While we were in Florida, I visited the House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar,
The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.
|Not totally professional (my painting that is. Dave's frame-building rocks). I love it and Dave says it makes interesting reading for those who spend time "standing" in the bathroom. And yes, I know, that's some green tile!|
|Original from Crafts by Amanda|
Amanda has a great tutorial on her site, so won't go into detail. These are surprisingly easy to make, provided you have the right tools - rough wood, sandpaper, craft paint, paint brush or paint pens and, most importantly, a helpful husband.
If you're handy with power tools, you can do this step yourself, but I found it much faster and simpler to get Dave to cut and sand the boards for me. He even used a Dremel to create some "worn" areas.
Of course, all that work may require some refreshment.
When the boards are ready, just paint . . .
Letter - using Amanda's easy method that even a total non-artist like me can do.
Tip: If you decide to use a paint pen rather than brush,
buy several because one will do approximately 2.36 signs.
Let dry, and sand lightly to fade lettering
and create the look of years in the sun,wind and ocean breeze.
Connect your signs with some rope stapled to the back, if you choose - and hang.
Now I just need a brilliant idea for window coverings . . .