How to Paint a Lifeguard on Duty Sign

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 www.homeroad.net


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 www.homeroad.net


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 www.homeroad.net


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 www.homeroad.net


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 www.homeroad.net


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 www.homeroad.net


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 www.homeroad.net

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


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .