May 11, 2011

"I Like Mornings..." DIY Wall Art

When I first saw this wall art on the blog me oh my! I just knew I had to try it, and I was so happy when Nicole decided to post a full how-to on it. The project really is super easy. 

Here is my take on this fabulously easy DIY wall art.

What You'll Need:
  • A scrap of wood. This can be as big or as small as you want. I found a pre-cut, already sanded piece of plywood at Lowes for $5.00
  • A small piece of wood to hang your art.
  • Wood stain in your chosen color. (I used 'Ebony' by Minwax)
  • Foam paint brush (I found that foam leave less streaks)
  • Old rag
  • White acrylic paint
  • A small tip paint brush (the stiffer the tip, the better)
  • Latex gloves (these are optional, but I highly suggest them)
  • Anything to cover your working surface

 First, apply stain into wood with paint brush.
Let is sit for a couple of minutes.
Rub the stain with rag, this will help rub off any excess stain. Wipe off stain following the wood grain.
This is how my piece of wood looked after being stained (I ended up doing another coat later). 
Let dry. I let mine sit for 24 hours.

For some reason I didn't take pictures of the painting process, but it's pretty simple. Choose a phrase, song lyric, or verse you love and paint it! I used tape to make sure that my lines were straight. If the full line won't fit on each row, just write as much will and then move down. 

I decided to slightly alter a phrase that I found on Pinterest, and since this piece will be going over the bed the phrase was perfect.

Just a few things I learned from this little project:
  • Be careful about your stain choice. I wanted something dark so I chose the darkest color stain I could find. While I'm happy with the color, it is more black than I thought. You could always go with a slightly lights color and do multiple coats.
  • Hindsight is 20-20 and I wish I had chosen a brush with a smaller width, I think it would've made the letters look a little more delicate.
  • It wouldn't hurt to lightly write out your phrase with pencil before painting.

I haven't hung the piece yet because I still need to find the perfect piece of scrap wood for hanging, but I cannot wait to see it up and over the bed!

I'll be sure to post pictures when the art is hung up! x
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