How to Paint a Lifeguard on Duty Sign

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Just in time for the summer season I created a Lifeguard Sign that looks like it's been out in the sun at the beach for years.

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

I began this project with an old board that had a little white washing on one side. The board is a little wonky, not quite square, and had great knot holes.

I painted the board with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle Red.  The color and the paint is perfect for a beachy, timeworn look. 

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

I like to hand paint my signs so I print out the words I wanted to use on my computer. 

I print the letters in Word using the shadow or outline letters... it saves a lot of ink!

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

Next I use carbon paper and slip it between the wood and the computer print out. I trace over the letters and they come out beautifully on the wood. 

Please visit Tracy's Trinkets & Treasures for my inspiration and another version of this sign. I liked the way Life and Guard were written on the way they were on her sign.

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

I used Mud Paint to fill in the lettering. I like the texture of the Mud Paint to give me smooth white letters.

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

When the painted letters were dry, I used an electric sander to sand over the entire sign giving it an old rustic look in minutes.

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

I sealed the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint with Tung Oil. The tung oil darkens the paint and gives the sign protection from the elements. 

Lifeguard on Duty Sign

A great sign for indoor coastal decorating our out by the pool...  Now all I need is a pool!

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  1. This came out amazing! Come on over to my pool. It's a Target special but it keeps you cool. =)


  2. Very cute, and love the red! I wish I had the patience to do this, but alas, I do not...


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