You know when someone knows you really well, and they give you an unfinished door hanger so you can paint it as you please… That’s exactly what Holly (and CD) did as part of their engagement present they gave to us when they stayed here for the 4th.  She knows I love all things coastal, and got us some great home goods, but I was excited to paint the anchor, and hang it on our door.

Monogrammed Anchor Door Hanger

What you’ll need:

  • Unfinished wooden door hanger
  • Paint
  • Twine
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

Holly found our door hanger on Zulily, but it looks like they have lots of similar ones on Etsy too.


The first step was to figure out what colors to paint the anchor.  I wanted to use a navy blue, but since our front door is black it didn’t make sense.. So I decided to go with a light teal anchor and then some sort of white / gray for the circle and W in the middle.


After I finished the teal, I had the hardest time deciding what part should be gray and what should be white, so I decided to sleep on it.  The next day, I thought a white W would pop the most, and went for that.  I used 2 coats for both the gray and white part to make sure no wood was showing through.  The hardest part was getting all the sides painted, especially on the W.

When all the paint dried, I still thought it looked a little plain and thought about stenciling small sailboats on the teal in a navy blue — apparently I was really trying to get navy on this.  Luckily both Lauren and Maggie told me not to do it because it might get too busy.  Instead, I opted to grab some twine and wrap it around the top and bottom for a some texture (secured with hot glue).

Once that was done, I took down the American burlap wreath, and put the anchor on the door!


Another door hanger is done!  And the teal matches the teal side table we have out front with the rocking chairs (don’t look at my struggling hanging baskets).  Thanks for thinking of me, Holly!



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