Inspiration for projects comes from the oddest sources. Have you ever looked at something but saw it in an entirely different way? That happens to me a lot. And it happened to me when I saw the old gate at the house on the corner. The neighbor was replacing it and had the hinges off. I saw it and thought it is a beach of a life.
The gate was originally painted beachy blue-green after it was installed. Then repainted a cream. The Florida sun and rain is brutal and the colors faded and crackled. The wood became old and weathered. Don’t you love the look of old weathered wood?
I discovered this inspirational beach sign when I was pickin in my backyard. And because I live in an area with beautiful beaches I decided to name it after one of the beaches we all enjoy…Coquina Beach.
To start off with this project I scrubbed the gate down and bleached it. After it was dried I got out the nail gun and compressor. I had to nail some of the boards to the back brace and added a piece of wood to the back for the eye hook hangar.
The pressure of the water blew some of the paint off but it added to the character. Whenever I looked at it I saw where the hinges were looked like lighthouses, and the horizon of the beach, it is a beach of a life.
I used my printer to enlarge the letters. I had to play around to get the size. Once that was done I placed the letters on the gate, when I had the letters positioned the way I wanted it I used the pencil scribbled on the back method to transfer the words to the gate.
I rummaged through my paint colors and selected a beachy blue and added some gray to blend with the beachy color that picked up the color in the gate. This color became Beach. Coquina was painted in a mix of black, gray and a touch of dark blue. Then I mixed the paint with Plaster of Paris and water which is my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe.
After I transferred the words to the gate, I painted them in. Then I brushed on Polycrylic, actually two coats on both sides.
I drilled pilot holes on the boards that hold the boards together so it can be hung on the wall. See how easy it is to have a beach of a life?
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Old Fence Gate or boards to recreate Plaster of Paris
Printer to Make Letters or stencils to fit (similar to mine)
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