I am blessed to live so close to the beach! Except during a Tsunami warning! We love it here and of course many of us so close to the beach like to decorate in the beach chic style. I bought a long pine board and went to town cutting lengths between 36in and 24in and made a sign that will lead everyone to the water. Here is a before and the hand painted sign before distressing.
I used a latex exterior in a soft aqua and a chocolate brown acrylic for the lettering that I like to do by hand...it is much easier for me than stencils but either would work fine. I sanded with fine 220 grit sand paper to distress. I used Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze and finished with a wipe-on poly by MinWax. I also added a real shell and of course hangers on the back so it can be displayed proudly!
Have fun and use your imagination! I gotta run SURFS UP! Actually I used to surf but I would not dare try it now...I will however get busy on my next sign.
Have great day!