Introduction: Plywood Decor

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Do you want to decorate your home with earthy tones and finished wood, but lack the funds to get real, non-IKEA furniture, expensive tools, or just don't have the time or effort?

Make a grain board! It's a cheap piece of birch plywood, basically a scrap from the construction materials shop, with some kind of finish. The project takes minimal effort, and results in a really nice mood setter for home decoration purposes.

Step 1: Sand It, If Needed

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Sanding the board might be necessary, depending on the board's surface. We sanded with 120, 180 and 240 grain paper along the grain to smooth it out a bit, but this was not strictly necessary.

If the board is to be touched or used as a table top or something, rounding the edges a bit and getting rid of splinters might be warranted.

We wanted sharp and wax-free edges, so we taped the edges prior to applying the finish.

Step 2: Wax It

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A tinted wax is a good fit for enhancing the grain of the wood. Waxes are often fairly easy to work with, especially in comparison to stains, and come in natural oil-based formulations that can be used at home (no fumes).

The wax should be spread as thin as you can, rubbing it in with a sponge, a wax-roller or a rag. Here we used a few old socks to rub the wax along the grain, one "row" at a time to disallow unsightly overlaps.

We ended up with two coats, letting it dry for 24 hours in between.

Step 3: Hang It and Enjoy

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The board got as an afterthought a hanging line.

The finished piece can be used for whatever. It's a nice mood setter for
a living room or a calm bedroom decoration, and takes your mind off the fact that you don't have the means to rent or buy an actual wood-built house, or get stuff that doesn't have an umlaut in the name.

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