From Newel Post to Solar Welcome Sign Post | The Interior Frugalista: From Newel Post to Solar Welcome Sign Post
From Newel Post to Solar Welcome Sign Post | The Interior Frugalista

June 3, 2013

From Newel Post to Solar Welcome Sign Post

During a recent trip to my favorite local salvage yard in search of an old door, I found a bin of mismatched wooden newel posts. This one came home with me to re-purpose into a Welcome Sign Post for our front yard.

I did find that perfect 5-Panel Door Repurposed Into A Headboard

I painted the grooves in the newel post with two coats of chalk paint in the color Graphite. The rest of the post was painted with white exterior latex paint.  It was protected with two coats of exterior polyurethane.

For the Welcome sign I created a reverse stencil by lining up self adhesive letters along a straight edge to form the word Welcome and held them in place with painter's tape.

I placed a strip of tape across all the pieces of tape to make the word easy to move onto the sign in one piece.

I had Mr. Frugalista router the edge of a piece of salvaged wood we had in the workshop and I painted it with two coats of chalk paint in the same Graphite color used on the post.  Once the paint was dry I marked both the horizontal and vertical center of the sign in pencil and transferred my strip of letters onto the sign.

Flipping each letter up one-by-one, I cut the backing of the stencil to the half way mark and carefully applied each letter onto the wood. I then removed the tape and carefully repeated the process to the upper portion of each letter.

I rolled two coats of white exterior latex paint over the sign.

After the paint was dry to the touch I carefully lifted a corner of each letter using a craft knife and removed the stencils. Don't wait for the paint to be completely dry before lifting the stencils or it may take some of the paint with it.

To dress up the sign a little I placed a couple of cute self-adhesive appliques to the corners.

To give the sign more depth, I outlined each letter with a black fine point permanent marker. Once the ink was dry I applied two coats of polyurethane over the entire sign, front and back.

Instead of a wooden post cap we used a solar light post cap so the Welcome sign would be illuminated at night.

The black metal bracket holding the sign was purchased from the dollar store. I drilled two holes into the bottom of the bracket as well as the top of the wood sign, lining the holes up, to accommodate plastic coated wire to hang it with.

The Welcome Sign Post has since been moved to our front flower bed so it can be seen from the front driveway. The sign is changed for a Happy Holidays sign in late November.

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