Pinterest is to blame for my latest DIY project - a wood plank wall art piece. After my first attempt at DIY wood map art turned out better than I had expected, I decided to give it another try with a similar project. I found two pins of inspiration last weekend, take a look:
I like a few different things about each of the two pieces. I liked the script font of the first picture, and the white-washed, uneven planks, but I also liked the dark wood of the second picture and the word placed at the bottom. I decided to merge the two ideas together for my own unique piece of art.
A quick trip to Lowe's and $12 for 5 already cut pieces of thin wood was all I needed to purchase for this project. The pieces of wood were all the same length, but various widths. I used a small piece of wood and screws I had at home to secure the secure the planks together, making sure to stagger the planks so they were a bit uneven.
I used Rustoleum's American Walnut stain, two coats, and then heavily watered down some light gray paint I already had on hand. I lightly brushed this over the dried stained wood and then quickly used a damp cloth to wipe away the paint after about 30 seconds of letting it sort of dry. It gave the wood a super subtle washed out look, but without making it too white-washed.
I let the whole thing dry and then made a home-made cut out stencil using cardstock paper to print the word "Grace". I kept the stencil in place on the board using spray-adhesive. I'm not detailing the steps too much here since it's literally the same exact steps I took for the other wood art project with the map. This is super easy to do with some time and patience. I used a light mustard-yellow paint color to paint on the word Grace. Once it dried, I lighted sanded the letters so it looked just a bit faded. Here's the final project:
Hanging up on our wall
Both wood art projects on either side of our built-in media center. See the subtle difference between the dark wood of the map art and the lighter wood of the other piece? I think the white-wash painting technique helped make both pieces distinct in color. For about $20 for both pieces, I am really happy with how they turned out.
Have you done any Pinterest projects lately? If so, link up to it in the comments below!