Handpainted Guest Cottage Sign

While browsing Pottery Barn online, MJ from 517 creations came across a sign that was perfect for her guest room. She especially loved that the sign was “worn, distressed, and vintage-looking.” Since MJ planned on creating her own, that meant she need to worry about making it perfect since imperfections are part of the beauty. MJ painted her board and then used the ballpoint pen technique to trace her letters. After a bit of sanding, it was ready to welcome her guests to their “cottage.”


MJ was inspired by the Guest Cottage Sign from Pottery Barn.

Guest Cottage Sign

Check out MJ’s tutorial at 517 creations.


  1. quite pretty! looks very much like the original!