So many times I get asked how I am able to decorate on a tiny budget. Well, the answer lies in making use of what I have or what is affordable. Shopping your home is definitely the easiest, most economical way to change up your decor. Let’s pretend today that you already own this Americana wall art below, but you want a more modern look. It’s about to become a DIY welcome sign coat rack. Hang with me now…
To begin, I think this art is cute and well done. However, it is made of solid wood and just ripe for the picking for a new look.
There’s many ways you could go with this, but since modern farmhouse is popular right now, I decided to use it for my example. I could have went cottage, shabby chic, or even industrial theme too.
First, I ran the half round through my table saw giving it 3″ interval faux planks. The blade was set at 1/8″ depth and the fence set as needed. Likewise, you could also use a router or circular saw and Rip-Cut too. See the beads?
In the instance you prefer no power tools, you could also paint them on or use a hand saw. However, this method is definitely more realistic looking.
Then, once I had my faux planks, I spray painted the whole thing in a flat black. This is the base color I want to peek out through my next layer. Next, I used my paint brush to dry brush the DIY welcome sign using a basic latex flat white paint.
Notice how I’m not going for even, solid coverage. Just an aged appeal of sorts.
Next, I created my design in an editing program (PhotoShop or Word work well). I hand-painted the text on after using my transfer method to place the art I created. While I was after a DIY welcome sign, you could have added text for most anything. Which would you choose? (kitchen, bath, laundry, kids room)
Finally, to finish it all up, I added hooks for function and charm.
To soften the sign a bit, I added a laurel design to the edge. Isn’t it fun to make things have your own personal touch?
Not only do we now have a welcoming sign, but a functional piece of wall decor too. I’m all about making use of all the spaces in our home.
Additionally, if you’d like to make this coat rack your own, you can find it available in my online shop along with many other goodies too. Sign up for my free newsletter to get a discount on your first purchase. Details below.
My hope and goal is to inspire you to rethink what you already own that maybe doesn’t suit your style any longer. With this in mind, it’s easy and economical to make use of what you have.
Likewise, pin and share this DIY welcome sign coat rack to inspire others. It’s fun to share!
Up next, our family room remodel is nearing completion and I’m updating my fireplace. SEE THE AFTER HERE.
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Pamela Brazier says
Hi, This is so great!! I have a board exactly like this I picked up at a thrift store awhile back. I know I can always get inspired by you❤
Hi there!! I’m so happy to hear you are inspired. It’s why I do what I do. Thank you!
Debra A Wise says
It has a much cuter purpose now. Great vision and great makeover, Larissa!
Fun! I couldn’t resist the shape and the function. Thank you, Debra.
Very nicely done! The original art work was great for it’s day, but cute country had its day long ago.
It truly was. I took time to study her layering and texture. It was pretty! Glad you like the new look too.
Well didn’t that come out cute! I have a 6-y-o sitting here beside me begging me to make one, haha! I feel his temptation (even without a nice hunk of junk around inspiring me to action ?) and I’m going over the house in my head here now… trying… to figure… out… WHERE we need… some hooks… Nothing yet, but who knows! Maybe we’ll find the excuse we need! Hmm, maybe my sister needs one?!
Oh how fun! That’s what I’m all about, Becky. Thank you for sharing that. Report back! 😀
Robyn Wright says
Thanks so much, Robyn.
Sam - Raggedy Bots says
Absolutely love the signs fresh new look and now that it’s practical as well ??
Thanks, Sam! I know you understand how fun these makeovers can be.
Cathy Klose says
Brilliant! I have several Americana art on metal trays. I got them so cheap at a garage sale. The woman must have had 30 of them. I took the ones that were in the best shape. Now, I know what to do with them!!!!
Wahoo!! That is so awesome to hear. Have fun with it, Cathy! 😀