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DIY Sign for Nautical Bedroom

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This DIY sign for my nautical bedroom makes me smile every time I see it!

master bedroom makeover after bedding 1

I feel goofy even making this into a post of it’s own, because it’s so ridiculously easy, but every good pun deserves its spotlight!

When I started working on my bedroom, I knew I didn’t want to go with traditional lighthouses and shells overload (says the girl who just posted a picture of a shell swag!), because it just isn’t me. I wanted it to have a little more spunk and color to it.

Putting a “No Wake” sign above my bed, cracks me up more than it probably should. What can I say?? I’m easy! Hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t mention that in a post about a bedroom…

But this sign is super easy too! Promise!

master bedroom makeover no wake zone

Just start with a piece of wood that fits your space. I recommend using an piece of unfinished wood or wood scraps. It will give it more of an authentic feel.

I’m cheap and didn’t want to go buy anything (and a procrastinator and didn’t have time to drive to the store)! So I used what I could find in my garage.

In this case, it was the slide-out keyboard tray from an old desk I redid!

desk before after makeover table console

That’s right, that slide-out piece has been saved for 2 years since I worked my magic on this piece, because I just knew. I KNEW. I would use it someday!

I sanded it down a little so it wasn’t so glossy, and then painted the whole thing white.

For the letters and oval, I used my Silhouette and the Arial Bold font to cut my letters out of contact paper to use as a stencil. (here’s another example of how I stencil using contact paper)

For stenciling, just make sure your brush is very dry after you dip it in the paint. I dip in paint then swipe it on a paper towel until it’s dry before I start dabbing on the sign. This has always been hard for me, since my normal instinct is to load up on paint. For this it was pretty easy, because I wanted a dry brush, weathered look anyways.

Then just peel off your stencil and you are completely finished!

If you don’t have a craft cutter, like a Silhouette, you can just use regular stencils that you find at a craft store. Or try this technique using pencils! I’ve done this many times before I got my Silhouette and it works great!

I might go in then and sand this to distress it even more and really give it that beachy look! For right now, I promised my husband I’d live with it for awhile before I attack it with my sandpaper!

master bedroom after gallery wall

Don’t forget to hop over to my Bedroom Reveal post and enter to win $200 in bedding from!! They have so many options to choose from and the entries are pretty low so you have a great chance of winning!

Some other stencil and Silhouette projects you might like:

Faux Watercolor Pillow

faux watercolor pillow with fabric markers

Wooden Photo Holder

wood clip photo frame wall art

Repurposed Thrift Store Finds

wood slice repurposed thrift store holiday decor verse

globe earth repurposed holiday decor