When you own your home and therefore don’t control a lot of its “curb appeal” there’s very little you can do to dress her up. Luckily, my landlord is amazing and keeps the grass healthy and cut and the flowers looking trim and fresh. A few potted plants, some cute porch furniture and a chile ristra have my front porch looking pretty nice. But, there was something missing…
In the archway over the front stairs are two ceiling hooks with nothing hanging from them. They were probably used for a house number plaque that has gone missing after years of new tenants moving in and out of the rental property. I wasn’t too keen on making a number plaque – the house number is on the curb and the mailbox – so I decided to make this super easy Welcome Sign.
What you need:
- Scrap wood (I used a 2×6 piece of pine)
- Circular saw (optional)
- Faux glaze
- Spar Varnish
- Paint brush
- Mod Podge
- Sticker letters
- Screw-in hooks
First I cut my 2×6 to 16 inches long using my circular saw. This particular piece of wood was pretty trashed, so I sanded it using 80-grit sandpaper and then smoothed it a bit with 120-grit. I left it a bit roughed up.
Then I painted the front with Behr Lemon Sorbet using semi-gloss and painted the back and sides with a Martha Stewart Silhouette using eggshell. Then I arranged the letters in the bottom right corner and sealed them with Mod Podge.
Mix glaze using 1 part paint and 4 parts glaze. I used the Martha Stewart Silhouette to make my glaze. *Note: Faux glaze goes very far and this small piece needs a very small amount of glaze. To start I’d use only a teaspoon of paint; you can always mix more if you need to. Cover the piece with the glaze and let sit for a few minutes before wiping with a damp towel. Repeat until you get the look you desire. Let dry.
Because this sign will be hanging outside, I finished it with Spar Varnish. This will protect it from the elements, including UV rays.
There were existing ceiling hooks hanging in the archway to the front porch where I wanted this to hang, so I simply added screw-in hooks and hung that sucker up!