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Easy DIY Wall Art

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Adorning your walls with beautiful art doesn’t have to be expensive. Do-it-yourself artwork is all the rage right now, and creating it is easier than you think.

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.


 
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Step 1: Finding the wood

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Keep your eyes open for any type of wood that is not too heavy. 

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

Once you have a sufficient amount of wood it’s time to choose your background color. I chose white. To make the paint on the wood look rustic and worn, I took a regular paint brush and dipped it lightly in the paint and ran it quickly across the wood. Because the paint is on so thin it should only take a few minutes to dry, especially if you’re outside on a sunny day.
Jess_ (author) 2 years ago
Thanks! The first time is always a little shaky but I'm sure the next one will go even better :)
ChrysN2 years ago
Pretty, nice reuse project!