Watercolor Outdoor Sign {Poolhouse decor}

Hello Friends!  Hope you all had a happy weekend!  Ours was pretty low-key compared to years past.  Typically, we host a 4th of July Pool Party with friends and family.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen that our pool has had a late opening this year.  In fact, it is still filling with water as I type this.  So…we went to my in-laws for dinner and watched their town fireworks display (which is Awesome!).  The boys loved it and are still recovering in from too many late nights by sleeping in. 

One of my favorite places to spend the Summer is at the pool.  Every home I have owned has had one.  Before children, I used to spend every afternoon laying by the pool reading…I gauged a Summer by how many good books I had read.  That was the life…

Lucky for us, our current home came with a pool too…In fact, it was the only redeeming feature when we looked at our home a couple years ago.  One day, I’ll post the scary “before’s” and the stunning “after’s.”  The Summer after we moved in, we built a Poolhouse area on our back patio…But I never finished decorating it.  Thanks to some fun wall art I previously shared on the SNAP blog, it is finally coming together…

SPLASH Outdoor Sign with an easy Watercolor Paint effect I OneKriegerChick.com Living in a house of little boys, there’s a whole lotta splashing going on…why not encourage it, right?!

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Splash Sign

SPLASH Pool Sign- supplies

  • Large wooden letters (Mine are 13 in. from Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint: Cream or white, shades of turquoise or blue (I used DecoArt chalky finish paint, but any will work)
  • Paintbrushes: Multiple sizes (Shown in tutorial)
  • (If you notice the “P” is missing in the photo, that’s because I forgot to buy one and had to run back after painting these…What I get for shopping with children in a craft store!)

Now that we have our materials, let’s get started…

Splash Pool Sign- first coat of paint Start by painting letters cream.

It took two coats, so on the second coat I used a coarse paintbrush to give the letters some texture.

Splash Pool Sign- texture in letters Ready to watercolor…the easy way?

Choose three colors of paint…I wanted the look of water, so I used three watery blues.  Since I only had two, I mixed some cream into the darkest color.  Turned out perfect!

Splash Pool Sign- DecoArt chalk paint colors

Splash Pool Sign- Colors for watercolor Now, let’s paint…

Splash Pool Sign- Watercolor painting Step 1 I loosely painted a stripe of each color.  Then… Splash Pool Sign- creating watercolor look

I used a damp paintbrush to drag through the paint from the darkest color to the lightest.  You’ll want to use one side of the brush and then flip the brush over to drag through the next section.  The paint dries fast, so you have to work quickly.  If you want to increase the time you have to work with the paint, add a little water in the paint to thin it a bit.  The more water, the more watery the look.

I painted the end of each letter with the middle blue. Splash Pool Sign- watercolor paint To make sure each letter has the same stripe variation, set the letters side by side and use the painted letter as a guide…

Splash Pool Sign- painting letters

Splash Pool Sign- watercolor paint effect

After painting SPLASH, I thought it needed a little something more. Why not a small sign to spell out “Make a…SPLASH”…  So simple to make.  Just a scrap board and some paint.

Splash Pool Sign- accent sign I painted the board cream, then penciled “make a”, and painted over the pencil lines with a small paintbrush and the darkest paint color.  Once hung on the wall, I think it finishes it off…

Splash Poolside Painted decor with a water color effect Here’s a sneak peek at how the Poolhouse is coming along…Just a few more accessories to go!

Splash sign- Poolhouse decor If you like this project, you may also like my other Poolhouse decor… Outdoor Poolhouse I OneKriegerChick.com Pottery Barn inspired POOL Sign // Rope Anchor

 Hope your week’s off to a great start!

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