One of my favorite projects was a set of Driftwood Inspired Trail Signs I made for the home office. We were looking for a way to incorporate fun memories from our many hikes and they were a perfect fit. Even though I’ve been itching to give the office a makeover lately the signs are painted in neutrals so I know we’ll be able to use them anywhere in the house.
With summer winding down I thought I would share with you how easy they are to make in case you want to make some too. They’re a simple way to showcase meaningful moments, favorite travel destinations, or even significant dates in your home.
I went through this major purging period and I almost threw these pieces of salvaged wood away. I’m so glad they never made it to the burn pile. If you don’t have any scraps of wood in the garage to use, try pallet wood or you can even buy new pieces of wood at most home improvement stores.
I cleaned the wood with a bleach solution and left it in the sun to dry. I live in a heavily wooded area and it’s really important to keep the bugs outside. If you’re working with reclaimed or salvaged wood make sure it’s clean and bug free or has been treated prior to bringing it indoors.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey to achieve a weathered look using a white wash technique.
I wanted to make sure I could still see the wood grain so I used a light wash of Paris Grey followed by light sanding.
After the paint had dried, I placed the chipboard letters I bought at a local craft supply store onto the wood
and outlined each letter with a pencil.
Then I took white craft paint and filled in each letter.
After the white craft paint was dry I outlined each letter with a black permanent marker.
I didn’t seal the signs/boards because they’re going to be inside and it’s totally ok if they get chipped or scraped. If you’re worried about chipping or scratching you may want to seal with a polyacrylic.
If you want to hang the signs on the wall like we did, attach sawtooth hanger to the back with a hammer and nails.
Every time I walk into the office I think about the time we completed all of these hikes in one year. They definitely make me happy and a happy home is what life’s all about.