All you need to create do-it-yourself wall art is some old planks, a paint brush, a few small nails, and your trusty can of spray paint. Oh, and don’t forget to bring up that half used gallon of paint from the basement. The only think you may have to purchase or borrow is a stencil, which you can find at most dollar stores for a buck or two, a piece of crown molding, some glue and a power saw or chop saw.
Step 1: Finding the wood
If you don’t have plentiful piles of wood scrap lying around the yard, consider yourself unlucky for this project but lucky for everyday other day of the year. Keep your eyes peeled for any neighbors who have just finished a reno or a deck, and hit them up for a few pieces of ‘garbage’ they might have.
Get creative with your search for some boards. If you have a family member with a barn that is falling apart in their back woods, go for a hike! Look for pieces that are cracked and weathered, but stay away from anything rotten!
My mother has this old sled in her burning pile and pieces of a front step, both are perfect candidates for some wall art!
Step 2: Pick your background color
Step 3: Distressing the wood
Step 4: Get creative
When you are choosing nails make sure that the length of the nail doesn’t exceed the thickness of your painted boards. You don’t want any pointy metal pieces sticking out the front of your wall art. Search for any nails you can find in the house and cut them down to size. With a pair of metal clippers just snip the nails to length!
Step 5: Grab your stencil and some spray paint
Use painters tape to hold the stencil in place while you spray paint it. Keep the tape as close to the edge of the stencil as you can.
Hold the spray can about 1 foot, or 12 inches, away from the stencil. Use smooth and even passes across the entire stencil. Press and release the button at the end of each swipe across the wood. Remember: two thin light coats are always better than one thick and drippy coat.
Touch the paint lightly and if it’s not sticky the paint is dry. If you’re happy with the coverage of the spray paint remove your stencil.
I wanted to add a personal touch so I took a small paint brush and some blue paint and added on a quote I liked.
Step 6: Adding in the frame
Use a chop saw and cut the crown or decorative molding at 45 degree angles to length.
I used carpentry glue to hold the frame together and to secure it to the wood. On the back of each piece and along the angled seam I squeezed on a good amount of glue and then laid the frame in place. It was a little tricky getting all the corners lined up without them slipping all over the place. Once everything is lined up hold it in place for about a minute then carefully pull your hands away and leave it to dry for a few hours.
Step 7: Finishing touches