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LAKE Life Faux Weathered Wood Cottage Sign

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.
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.
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.
Sand rough/raised area on each Smoothfoam(TM) letter with emery board.
Paint with Burlap paint. Let dry.
Apply coat of Americana(R) Weathered Wood(TM) crackle finish. Let dry.
Paint with Warm White paint. Top coat will crackle.
Mount letters to background painting with Beacon(TM) 3-in-1 Adhesive.
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.

Materials used 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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To see more: http://cindimcgeebehindtheseeyes.blogspot.com/2016/05/smoothfoam-lake-life-sign.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • 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!) :)

    • Cindi McGee
      Cindi McGee
      on May 24, 2016

      @Hannah V Thanks Hannah! We agree - we love our "down time" at the lake! :0)

  • 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.

  • Sally-Charles Evans
    Sally-Charles Evans Mayfield, KY
    on May 24, 2016

    Cute !

  • Barbara
    Barbara Lomita, CA
    on May 24, 2016

    I've had a similar issue finding the right 'quilting' theme for my studio. This is a GREAT idea! Need to find those letters.

  • Francesca
    Francesca San Jose, CA
    on May 24, 2016


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