Easy DIY Nautical Sign

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

We just bought our first house and I’ve never been more excited! Well, maybe I’ve been as excited about other blessings in our life but it’s absolutely in the top 5. It’s a little bit of a fixer upper, but who doesn’t love turning something old into something they want?

The first project I wanted to tackle was our three season porch. It was old, and covered in wood paneling. Since there were so many things on our list, we decided to spruce it up with some paint. We went with a nice beachy blue and all white trim.

Painting wood paneling is no easy task. You have to prime it, fill in all the gaps, paint it, and fill in all the gaps again. Still, I’m glad we chose paint, it gives it a little more character. The color reminded me so much of a lake house, I decided a nautical theme would be perfect, and I already had some things on hand… bonus!! Instead of having our address numbers I thought it would be cool to have our coordinates, like you would find on a map. This sign was so simple, and cost me next to nothing to make.



paint (I used navy blue and white)

number stickers

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

Step 1:

Start by sanding a piece of wood with 80 grit sandpaper. I got my wood from a free pile on the side of the road… It’s weird where inspiration hits, I saw the old broken fence pieces, and thought it looked like old driftwood. So there I am, on the side of a very busy road, loading up someone’s trash, with my wheels spinning on how I could turn it into my treasure.

Step 2:

Wipe off any dust from sanding and place on a piece of cardboard to be painted. I used a white spray paint because its quick, and it’s what I had on hand in my work space. After one side dried I did the other side (I wasn’t sure what side I wanted my numbers on) it’s not necessary to paint both sides. 1 coat was enough for my wood because it was already somewhat white. You may need to use 2 coats depending in your wood.

Step 3:

While your coats are drying you need to find the longitude and latitude of your home. I used this website and they converted my address into coordinates. Use the number stickers and arrange them on your painted board. Once you’re happy with the spacing, go ahead and stick them on.

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

Step 4:

Take your board back out to your cardboard and spray paint it a different color. You may need 2 coats to completely cover your first color. Make sure every space is covered and then be patient. Let it dry for at least 3 hours. If the paint is even a little tacky, it will peel off with the stickers, and your hard work could get ruined.

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

Step 5:

After the paint is completely dry, start slowly taking off the stickers. Luckily I hadn’t chewed off all of my nails, but you could also use small tweezers to get the job done.

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

Step 6:

I was happy with how it turned out, but wanted it to look a little weathered. Use a 120 grit sandpaper on the edges and across the numbers to give it a bit more charm. Find a picture that you like, mine was of a compass ,cut it out and used mod podge to attach it.

Easy DIY nautical sign with map coordinates.

So that’s it, a super simple sign, which will more than likely strike up a conversation when anyone sees it.



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