I recently saw beach signs at a local gift shop that were made out of old fence pickets that I really liked. I thought it was a cute idea to reuse the pickets this way. My parents just so happened to be taking down a 20-year-old fence and let me take some of the pickets they had.
I decided to use an antique white wood stain on the wood prior to painting on it. It already looked antiqued, but I wanted it to be a little whiter. Rust-Oleum Wood Stain works good for this. They have many different colors. I also like the Weathered Gray and Vintage Aqua stains they carry.
After I stained both sides and let it dry (I waited a day). I then had to decide what I wanted to stencil on the pickets. I used individual letter stencils to spell out what I wanted to write. I decided to make one that read “Beach House” and the other one reads “Beach Cottage.” If using individual stencils like this I find it easier to use masking tape to place down the letters so they do not go out of place.
Carefully pull off the letters after you blot the paint onto the wood. After it dries seal your creation with a clear matte spray. I used Rust-Oleum Matte Clear.
The final thing to do is add a picture frame hanger to the back.
These picket signs are easy to make and are great for beach or farmhouse sayings. If you plan on keeping it inside add a real starfish or maybe a sand dollar to the sign.