LAKE Life Faux Weathered Wood Cottage Sign

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I've been looking at assorted "lake life" signs for the past few years in search of something for our cottage, but hadn't found just the right one yet. Suddenly it came to me that Smoothfoam would be the perfect way for me to create my own. The smooth surface is ideal for decorative painting, and it takes special finishes (like crackle) well too - so you can get a rustic or weathered feel on your finished projects.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Begin by transforming a plain foam sheet into a lakeside scene:
Paint top and sides of Smoothfoam(TM) sheet with Burlap paint. Let dry.
Apply coat of Americana(R) Weathered Wood(TM) crackle finish. Let dry.
Begin painting the lake scene:
Paint the sky with Blue Haven light blue paint.
Paint the grass with Hauser Light Green light green paint.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Paint pine trees with Plantation Pine paint.
Mix Midnite Blue and Plantation Pine and paint the lake.
Paint additional trees and grass with mixture of Foliage Green, Hauser Light Green and Woodland Green paints.
Add trunk/branch details to some trees with Coffee Bean paint and a touch of sand around the lake shore with Battleship paint.
Top layers of paint will crackle to reveal the paint below, giving the finished piece an aged/weathered effect.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Sand rough/raised area on each Smoothfoam(TM) letter with emery board.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Paint with Burlap paint. Let dry.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Apply coat of Americana(R) Weathered Wood(TM) crackle finish. Let dry.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Paint with Warm White paint. Top coat will crackle.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Mount letters to background painting with Beacon(TM) 3-in-1 Adhesive.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
Paint "Life" beneath LAKE lettering with Warm White paint.
I used a Command Hook to hang my finished piece on the wall, but you could also add a ribbon hanger, etc.
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor
  • lake life faux weathered wood cottage sign, crafts, wall decor

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Smoothfoam(TM) 1" x 6" x 12" Sheet  (http://www.smoothfoam.com)
  • Smoothfoam(TM) Letters - L A K E  (http://www.smoothfoam.com)
  • DecoArt(R) Americana(R) Acrylic - Burlap, Warm White, Plantation Pine, Foliage Green, Blue Haven, Ha  (http://www.decoart.com)
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Cindi McGee

Want more details about this project and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on May 24, 2016

    Love this! My best friend's family as a kid had a lake house and I spent almost every weekend there. Lake life is a major thing (that I love!) :)

    • Lisa Gish Moyer
      Lisa Gish Moyer Annapolis, MD
      on May 24, 2016

      This is a great alternative to finding weathered wood pieces and all the prep that goes into those and looks GREAT! And with the item being so light I bet you could hang this anywhere with those command type strips and be at peace with your walls not having holes to hang much heavier art. Thank SO much for sharing this idea! Styrofoam letters on my living craft store shopping list!

        • Cindi McGee
          Cindi McGee
          on May 24, 2016

          @Lisa Gish Moyer Thanks Lisa! Yes, the Smoothfoam is so light the Command hooks work perfectly! There are several other examples of the Smoothfoam given a "weathered" finish on the Smoothfoam blog - http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/ - just put "weathered" or "crackle" into the search spot and you'll see tons of options :0). It's really easy to work with.