Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and an inviting front porch is a great way to make your family and friends feel welcome. There are simple things you can do to create an inviting front porch without spending a lot of time or money. I added some florals with fall colors, layering with greenery, big plants, pumpkins, ferns, and lanterns. SUPER CUTE! And of course, the focal point of our decor is the ever so popular DIY porch WELCOME sign.
This year I created my own sign with a unique twist. It is now one of my favorite pieces. I am anticipating using it for ALL THE SEASONS, but we will see. I found a great antique door that came off an old French armoire. These are everywhere in Round Top, Texas or vintage markets, although, they may be over looked by many as “just old junk”. I was lucky enough to score one! I brought it home and transformed it into a super cute, unique WELCOME front porch sign.
Here is what I did:
- I lightly sanded and cleaned well with TSP
- I made up a mixture of my own “chippy paint.” It works great! I purchased a Sherwin William TO GO in a light grey color. Then I poured two cups of paint, added 3/4 cup of calcium carbonate, and a touch of water into a container. *It should be thick, about the consistency of a cake batter.
- I used a CHIP brush (just a cheap brush that you can purchase at a Lowe’s or Home Depot). Then I painted the door. This does not have to be neat. The more texture the better. When it was dry, I took sand paper and sanded the edges or any area I wanted a distressed look.
- I sketched the WELCOME letters and painted them in black. You can definitely use stencils and can find them at a craft store or on Amazon.
- I added a cute little wreath to the bottom and tied it off with a black and white buffalo check bow.
- If your door or sign is in an area where it could get damp from rain, you can clear coat it with a Polycrylic sealer for added protection.
….and there you have it! A simple way to create your own DIY porch welcome sign. I hope you take the time to do something fun like this! If you see an old door or even a cabinet door, grab it and start painting!
For more Thanksgiving inspiration, check out our fall tablescape post. Get creative, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!