Old beach sign towel hooks

Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.

Old beach sign towel hooks

I think it’s impossible to have too many hanging opportunities in a home. 

Or on vacation for that matter. Between drying pool towels and beach towels, (tough life I know!) during my last vacation getaway to Maui, every chair back in the condo was used. I was always wishing there were a few more hanging options by the front door.

But I will admit… I dreamed this project up before heading to Maui. What if…. I could create a stencil collection that would chime in well with vacations, and make something with them while on vacay?

So… I did!

My condo owner was so very gracious in giving me free reign to make old beach sign towel hangers to leave behind. And during the first week of being here, I knew that this project would not only be pretty, but oh so VERY productive!

And they sure were!

Here’s what I did:

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Old beach sign towel hooks

Getaway Collection - beach, lake and vacation stencils by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Getaway Collection - beach, lake and vacation stencils by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Find the Getaway Collection stencils HERE

About the stencils

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The Getaway Collection is a set of stencils with vacation sayings. They are also built to mix and match so you can create the exact wording you wish!

cutting the wood planks / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

cutting the wood planks / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Preparing the boards

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1. Cut boards to length, and alternate lengths / types of points for a random look. Sand.

The first stop was Home Depot for new, treated boards to use as old beach sign towel hangers since I didn’t wish to risk a termite issue.

However you can see how I used reclaimed wood in THIS POST once home!

Picket top

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A jig saw was used to add a picket to the top of one plank. At home, I used a miter saw at a 45 degree angle.

placing the stencils / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Positioning the stencils

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2. Position stencils randomly for a gathered over time look.

The stencils were designed to fit onto basic planks. Bonus, right?! Gotta make it easy.

They were then placed in a staggered way so no two signs were exactly alike.

Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.

Stencil tips:

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3. Paint and / or stain the boards as desired. Then reposition stencils as desired.

As luck would have it, some boards were a little darker than others. I didn’t bring stain along and was ready to water down some paint, but ultimately, didn’t need to. A couple boards were painted with acrylic craft paint, and the other two left as is.

The concept… each board had a different look.

I also decided to only use 4 boards instead of 5.

stencil supplies / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Easy paint tray tip!

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Tip: want a quick paint tray? Slip a plate inside a plastic bag! 🙂 Worked fabulous! What we invent while on vacay… 🙂

Various stencil brushes were used for the stenciling. I like to collect large and small.

And a chip brush was used to add a coat of paint to the planks.


acrylic craft paint / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Acrylic paint in beach and neutral tones

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The local Walmart in Maui stocked plenty of pretty acrylic craft paint colours of the sea, so here they are.

I used Apple Barrel acrylic craft paint in tones of:

Tuscan Teal, Cloudless, Laguna, Melted Chocolate, and more.


stencilling sign planks / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

4. With a very dry brush, (tap onto paper towel or rag to offload) stencil each design, then lift stencil, allowing the image to dry. Lightly sand once cured if desired.

Tips on how to stencil are HERE.

Lake Rentals Old Sign Stencils / Beach signs towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Gotta say, if your images are SHARP, you’ve done a good job on unloading that brush paint. Sharpness is key, that is why you want to achieve a very dry brush.

Beach and lake themed signs / Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Getaway Collection / funkyjunkinteriors.net

And don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and techniques! 

BEACH and HOUSE were both created by starting with one colour, and lightly going over it with others for an oxidized effect.

How to further distress:

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It’s very easy to make these signs look more distressed, but I chose to leave them looking newish this round. But to further distress, beat them with a hammer, and go over lightly with stains or tinted waxes.

Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.

5. Hang stencils to dry, or soak them right away / then clean.

Tip: To clean or not to clean?

I no longer clean the stencils after using. I just leave them be. Just make sure they have a chance to dry, and there isn’t any crusty paint along the edges of the letters, and you’re good to go.

Cleaning them is better of course, but it isn’t easy. So if you do clean, soak the stencils RIGHT AWAY until you can get to them.

Making old signs in my Maui workshop / funkyjunkinteriors.net

6. Be AMAZED that your workshop is on beautiful Maui garden grounds. Over kona coffee of course.

I understand… this workshop space isn’t typical. But let’s celebrate this one for a moment anyway, shall we? Because the stencil line I created FOR Maui is happening IN Maui! 

Making a beach sign towel hanger / funkyjunkinteriors.net

So let’s flip these into old beach sign towel hooks next!

Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.

Adding hooks

 

Multi coloured stenciling on beach sign themed towel hangers / funkyjunkinteriors.net

7. Random coat hooks and screws were used to hang up the beach towels.


Beach House / Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Getaway Collection / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Making an old sign towel hanger with beach signs / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Hooks are expensive so the odd screw saved a few dollars and looked more random too!

8. Attach boards to the wall by screwing them in, directly into the wall. No fancy hangers needed.

hallway before
The hallway before. Isn’t it calling for something super cool?

Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.


Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.
Beach signs on a condo wall!

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These old beach sign towel hooks have become my very fav drop off area for everything beach and pool. Which I truly hope future renters will equally enjoy.

(I wasn’t able to successfully get a picture of the entire thing at once.)

Learn how to make old beach sign towel hooks using wood planks and stencils! The perfect summer decorating idea with beach, lake and bed & breakfast themes! Click to read full tutorial and where to get the stencils.
And here’s how I created these beach and getaway signs once home using old fence planks!

And now I can staycation right at home too… even though I’d rather be back in Maui.

Think you’ll whip up a set of vacation signs for home too? Where would you hang them?

Getaway Collection : Funky Junk's Old Sign StencilsFind The Getaway Collection stencils HERE

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8 thoughts on “Old beach sign towel hooks

  1. Love the signs and I know you enjoying Maui. I used to walk the beach for shell treasures and I had them all over the place. You should make small shelf or catch all to put those beach treasures.

  2. Look at you just whipping up these gorgeous signs like they’re nothin’…I sooooooo love this idea and the way you’ve fleshed it out! I really need to get some of these stencils…we are minutes away from a great lake and just down the street from a river, so the theme of these signs would be perfect for our little cottage-like house! Thank you for yet another amazing project! Enjoy the rest of your dreamy vacay!

  3. Living in SD far from an ocean beach, I redecorated my guest bath in a beachy theme to use shells I’ve collected in AK and HI. It’s a big bathroom and I’ve been trying to dream up something for towel holders. Opened your link and said “YES, this is it”!

    Have you thought about flying to another island for a day trip?

  4. It’s funny that I ran across this today. My family and I were on vacation in Gulf Shores Alabama a few weeks ago and I told one of the ladies in a shop there that the one thing I’d love to see in the condo’s we stay in is a hanging rack somewhere in the entry for all those towels we bring in from the pool These are wonderful!!!!

  5. Love this idea, Donna! I’m sure the owners of the condo will be pleased with all the touches you’ve added to their space – you’re probably their dream renter. Maybe they’ll ask you back again next year 😉

    Nice to hear from a Pro that you don’t have to wash stencils. I’m terrible for not cleaning them right away so now I won’t feel so guilty.

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