A few weeks back I saw this charming sign on My Sweet Savannah. I knew it was just what I needed for my guest bedroom. We have this blank space over the window area that was lacking something.. So I decided to try to make my own "guest cottage" sign.
I started out with a large (about 36") piece of wood I had in my garage. I had intended to make some shelves with it but changed my mind. So it was already painted in flat black paint. I then did two coats of light gray I had leftover followed by a quick coat of white paint.
I gave it a good sanding to give it that vintage look. And so the other paint colors would show through. I printed out the words on my computer and shaded in the backs of them with a pencil. Next, I taped the letters on the piece of wood so I could trace them.
After the outlines were on ready I filled them in with some black craft paint. I believe I did 3 coats to get the perfect color. After it was dry I gave the whole thing another thorough sanding. Lastly, I went over the edges with a little stain to make the bare wood stand out a bit more... Here it is! I can't wait to hang it in our guest bedroom!