Driftwood Inspired Trail Signs

I started working on an office makeover before I left for Haven. To be perfectly honest, I had instructions that scared me. You ready? No white, No chippy, No flowers, Nothing girlie please. What? Those are my signatures! I started collecting smalls and accent pieces that would go with this treasured piece of art.

Picture of a tree

Throughout the process I kept purchasing decorative items that were inspired by nature and that’s when things really started coming together. I went through this major purging period and I almost threw these pieces of salvaged wood away. The only reason I still have them is because it started to rain and we couldn’t add anything else to the burn pile that day.

Salvaged Wood

But I really wanted to add driftwood tones to the space. It wasn’t the color I was looking for but I knew I could change that color with a little bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


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 me 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 followed by light sanding.


 After the paint had dried, I placed chipboard letters onto the wood

Chipboard Letters

and outlined each letter with a pencil.

Driftwood Inspired Trail Signs

Then I took white craft paint and filled in each letter.

Sign to Nantahala

After the white craft paint was dry I outlined each letter with a black sharpie.

Sign to Unicoi Gap

I’m so excited these pieces didn’t make it to the burn pile. I can’t wait to see how they come together with the rest of the office.

Driftwood Sign

Many blessings and happy weekend,


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  1. CoCo-
    Your trail signs are fabulous! So glad that you salvaged the wood and created this fab art piece for the office! You’re truly talented 🙂

    Vicki and Jennifer

    1. I’ve almost missed out on some really great pieces due to the burn pile, lesson learned 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet comments!

  2. Liz Bonin says:

    I can’t wait to see how the office turns out! Although I know the answer already – it will be beautiful! Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone and doing a fab job! Liz

    1. I can’t wait to get started on the office either! I feel like I’ve been talking about it forever 🙂 Thank you for your sweet comments friend, you are very much appreciated!

  3. Love the signs! You aging process looks great. I’m anxious to see the office when you’re finished. I’m sure it’ll be great!

    1. I’m still not over your cow sign, so in love! I can’t wait to finish the office. All of this rest has me itching to get complete it!

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