Hi, everyone! This simple tutorial is well-worth sharing, in my honest opinion! I even got unsolicited thumbs up from all the normally-disinterested men in my family! So, maybe I should have titled this post “Decide on something you don’t have, hit your trash dumpsters, grab whatever you have in the garage, and hope for the best!”. I wanted something big and dramatic. Something woody, but old and full of character. I also wanted something right now and CHEAP like the budgie.
Well, I didn’t want to go to the hardware store to buy wood. Then I remembered I stashed some boards under the deck “just in case”. I ran out and grabbed one, happy that my “just in case” argument was finally going to be justified!
It was covered in mud, probably was full of creepy-crawlies, had a few paint spots on it, and had worn off remnants of stain still visible. In other words – perfect! (Well…free, at any rate.)
I scrubbed the board with hot water, soap, oil soap, and then with clear water again until I was sure it was clean. I let it dry and then The Hubster cut the broken end off for me. I tried not to gloat that my “garbage” was actually getting used!
I didn’t want this perfectly stained. I rather liked the aged, worn look of the board, but it needed something. So, we grabbed one of my cans of Minwax with a hint of red in hit and dry rubbed some color into the board with a paper towel. Very casual, hit-and-miss color. Remember, this is NOT a finish, just an accent – an aging technique, if you will. I had no fixed plan. We just rubbed color into the board and let it drift away as the paper towel went completely dry. I didn’t care for our first attempt, so we flipped the board and tried again. We eyeballed it, used even less color, and, when I liked what I saw, it was done!
Then, I grabbed the four large, brushed nickel hooks I had picked up awhile ago at Goodwill for a total of $6. Again, perfect!
And, finally, my paint, a sponge brush, and a few of my stencils. (I always like to keep my current paint colors in mason jars for easy touch-ups. I have a bad habit of moving things around, rehanging wall décor, etc. LOL I’m always patching and painting something.)
Because I was doing this totally on the fly, after I mounted the board to the wall, I remembered I had to measure out the placement of my hooks. You might want to do that before you mount your board. But, having lived with me my whole life, I’m pretty used to my shenanigans, so I’ve gotten good at backtracking. LOL
Then I drilled pilot holes. That deck wood is HARD!
I affixed my four hooks and then played with my stencils until I decided what I wanted where. I didn’t measure. I’m sure they aren’t exact. I literally held them in place with my hand while I dabbed paint on the stencil. I chose my wall paint color. Two reasons – 1) I thought it would be a nice accent and 2) it was the first color I could reach. Not even kidding.
I even left the original drill holes on the unbroken end! I thought it gave it more character.
Not too shabby, huh? LOL I was going to add more stencil work, but then I decided I liked the simplicity of it.
It took me all of five minute to start filling up the hooks. LOL
So, here she is!! This project is almost completely free! $6 if you want to count the Goodwill hooks I already had on hand. Everything else was something I already had from another project! And the stencils, when I did buy them, were about $2 a piece, which puts us at a pricey $8!!
What do you think for a completely unplanned, spur-of-the-moment project? ? Would you keep it or throw it back in the dumpster?