I love DIY projects, especially when it comes to home decor. When you go the DIY route, you are able to make something personal and unique, while also sticking to an affordable budget. Have you seen how expensive home decor can be?!
Right now I really love the rustic, yet chic, farmhouse look. Anything with distressed wood is right up my alley. I love wooden wall decor with quotes and designs, and recently came up with the idea to make one for my mom for Mother's Day. I decided to put all of her kids' birthdays on this particular design, but you could easily put your favorite saying or something personal.
To get started, I headed out to get supplies. I was able to get the wooden board, acrylic paint, and paintbrushes at the craft store, and the sawtooth picture hangers at Target. I already had wood stain, but you can get that at any hardware store.
Wood Stain (and something to apply it with)
Sawtooth Picture Hangers and Nails
Step 1: Stain Wood
To start, I needed to stain the wood because I wanted it to be a darker color. You could definitely skip this step if the wood you find is already the color you want it. To apply the stain, I used an old sock per my dad's recommendation. It was super easy! I stained both the front and back, but you could easily just stain the front if you won't see the back. Don't forget the sides! Once you are done staining, make sure you let it dry for a few hours. I only waited about 2 hours since the piece of wood wasn't very big.
Step 2: Plan Design
Next you need to plan out your design. I knew I wanted to write out birthdays of my siblings and I, so I first wrote them in a word document on my computer. I played around with different fonts until I found one that I liked. Then I copied the birthdays onto the wood with a pencil. I used a ruler to help space everything out so that the numbers all lined up. As I was writing everything with a pencil, I didn't worry too much about things being perfect because everything would get covered up with paint. One tip as you are copying your letters and numbers is to look at the original image as shapes and lines, not as letters and numbers. I find that when I look at them as shapes and lines, I can make them look more like the font I'm going for and less like my regular handwriting. You could also choose to use a stencil if you prefer instead of free handing.
Step 3: Paint Design
Now you're ready to paint! Since I am left-handed, I made sure to paint the birthdays backwards so that my hand didn't get into the wet paint. I ended up doing two coats of paint. For the first coat, I just worried about tracing the numbers and making them the general thickness that I wanted. For the second coat, I used a smaller brush to clean up the lines and make the paint stand out more. I didn't have to wait in-between coats because the paint dried quickly, but make sure you wait if your paint isn't dry after the first coat!
Step 4: Attach Sawtooth Picture Hangers
After your paint is completely dry, it's time to attach some sawtooth picture hangers so you can hang your new decoration up on the wall! I waited until the next day to make sure the paint was totally dry. To attach, all you need to do is use a hammer to nail the hangers in place! If you have to attach more than one, make sure you measure them out so they are at the same height. You don't want to hang up your wall decor and realize it is crooked! If you don't want to use nails to hang your decoration up, you could get some 3M Command Strips to use instead of the picture hangers.
Step 5: Hang
Voila! You're done! Now you just have to find a place to hang your wall decor!