This is how it looked after years of waiting to be rediscovered.
First, I cleaned it up a bit, and painted the inside of the writing.
Next, I painted the "burnt look" grooves off white.
Finally, I watered down some white paint and washed the front. I tried to be careful, but I had to retouch most of the letters as I got white on the edges.
I added it to my Beach themed bedroom.
Please excuse the brown ribbon. I have plans to get some rope to hang it so it will look a little more "beachy". To my surprise, my hubby was really excited about it. I didn't realize that he had an emotional attachment to the sign too.
I guess because it's the name that he got to share with me and our beautiful daughter, who we finally met on year 13. (She was soooo worth the wait.)