Happy Friday guys! I shared our new piece of art from Minted on Wednesday and how absolutely perfect for the space it is, and it was paired with this easy little DIY piece that I just couldn’t wait to show y’all. I am almost as obsessed with it as I am the Minted piece!
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This doesn’t take many supplies at all, and they’re likely things you already have around the house (aside from the stencils, maybe, I had to buy those).
- Scrap wood, the rougher the better (mine is plywood, roughly 12″x20″)
- Stencils of varying sizes
- Chalk paint in two different colors (other paints would work, but maybe not distress as well)
- Paintbrush, foam brush, or stenciling sponge
- Palm sander with fine sandpaper (or sanding block)
I used my Annie Sloan “graphite” chalk paint which is left over from our console table and put one coat of it on the board. I wanted it to look pretty rustic and faded so I wasn’t careful or anything and put it on pretty light. I made a little mock-up of how I wanted things to be laid out and what sizes, then just started painting, no measuring or anything, I just eyeballed the evenness of them. I definitely need to get a stenciling sponge or more little foam brushes to use for stuff like this, rather than my regular paintbrush, so if you have one of those instead definitely use it!
I also didn’t make an effort to have clean edges on the numbers so that it would look like they were faded and worn. After the stenciling was done, I used my little palm sander to sand down the edges of the board and lightly over the whole thing, just until it started taking the raised areas off. Initially, I planned to go over the piece with wood stain after sanding (like I did here), but I loved how it looked and decided not to mess with it any further. Which is probably good, because I’m not sure how that technique would work on the more absorptive chalk paint…probably not as well. If you’d like to use that technique on this, I’d suggest probably using regular latex paint instead of chalk paint.
Then I just set it up between my driftwood pieces and the Minted art! It is such a perfect balance up there now, and the graphite chalk paint matches the console table across the room as well as the darker stormy grays at the base of the painting.
I’m still relatively new to distressing things so it is still TONS of fun to me to do it! Like alot. Like, I get sad when the piece is finished and I have to stop.
I am obsessed with how weathered it looks with such little work. It looks like it washed up with those driftwood pieces. Aside from a wedding date, it’s be super cute in a nursery or kid’s room with their birthday also!
Sidenote, isn’t this wall just BEGGING to be planked?!? I’m DYING to plank this wall too! Someone please convince my husband that the TV will only have to be moved for a couple of days.
Hope you guys have a great weekend!