Monogrammed Gate Decor

Sometimes, working with different craft companies, I’m sent surprises in the mail. Fun, happy boxes with craft supplies for me to try. Recently, Plaid Crafts sent me a box of their new chalk paints, along with this fun Sea Turtle Monogram from Unfinished Wood Co. to paint!

Beachy Gate Sign

I’ve been working on updating the garden of our 1950’s Bungalow here in San Diego, and thought that this sea turtle would make the perfect beachy garden decor to hang on our garden gate. It is a very simple, and dare I say foolproof, project. You don’t need to be an expert painter or crafter to get an awesome result!

You’ll need:

Wooden sign
Waverly Chalk Paint in “Ocean”
Waverly Wax in “White”
Paint Brushes
Rag or old dish towel

supplies for beachy gate sign

Paint the sign and allow it to dry. Make sure to get in to all the cracks.

paint turtle blue

Once the base coat has completely dried, paint on the wax. The first brush stroke will make you think “oh my goodness, this is way too dark and I’ve completely ruined it!!” But, you haven’t. You’re fine. Use the rag to wipe away the wax while its still wet, giving your sign a beachy, coastal look.

brush on wax

Go around all the edges and sides, adding additional layers of the wax if you like, until you get the look you want. Allow to dry completely, then hang on your garden gate, or wherever you welcome visitors!

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