Thursday, May 10, 2012

"S" is for Surfboards

Paint: surfboards sign

Just in time for summer, a Pottery Barn knock off made using supplies I already had on hand.

Here's the inspiration:

And my version:

Pretty close and I saved the $39 plus shipping!

Here's how I made the sign:

1. Cut wood to size (I used 7.25"h x 39").
Prime and paint multiple layers of blue then sand to distress:

2. Print out letters, I used Ariel Narrow Bold font in 450 point, then lay out on board:

3. Trace letters with ballpoint pen using heavy pressure to create indent in wood:

For the 'S' I modified it slightly to match the PB inspiration version:

4. Paint on and inside the indent left behind by the ballpoint pen:

5. Staple 3/8" jute rope to the back for hanging:

Hang and enjoy!

You may consider sealing it with a clear poly.

I prefer the matte, weathered look and it will be hanging indoors so no need to protect from moisture.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework


  1. I love the sign Jaime! I also made a knock off surf sign a few weeks ago. Check it out at I used your same process :)

  2. You could put PB out of business!

  3. I love it Jamie! I also love your new header, very simple and that is what I like! Nice job!

  4. Love it!! I love making signs, and follow the same techniques you do. Love this one!

    Leanne @

  5. It is practically identical! I'd say you have a successful copy :)

  6. This sign turned out great. Love that shade of blue. As soon as I post this comment, I am off to become your newest follower. Great stuff! I will pin the sign too!

  7. love your sign. I use the outline setting when I print my letters. saves ink and prints faster. saw that tip somewhere and thought I'd pass it on.
    Cheers! Rita