Welcome to the second installation of Project Get Something on My Walls (PGSOMW). This loverly has actually been on my walls for a while now, but I wanted to share her with y'all.
I had this big empty wall in my family room/dining room. It was sad and bare for nearly a year. I wanted something big to fill up the space. After thinking about it for a long while, I decided I wanted something with more texture than color and I liked the idea of a natural wood look.
While wandering the halls of my local home improvement store, I came cross some plank wood paneling that looked something like this:
I think it was under ten bucks for one package, which was plenty for my project.
This is basically how I put my paneling wall hanging together (Sorry I don't have any pics!) I started off by picking my favorite, knottiest planks and laying them out in an arrangement I liked.
These kind of planks have a groove on one side and a notch on the other. This allows you to put them together, kind of like an awesome paneling jigsaw puzzle. Instead of lining up all of the panels, I decided to give it a slightly staggered look.
Then I used two pieces of scrap wood on the back to glue the whole thing together. I used liquid nails for this project because it was what I had on hand. After the whole thing was glued together, I used a pickling stain mainly because I had wanted to use pickling stain for a while. I used this stuff:
But I think you can make your own by just watering down some white paint.
At this point in the process, I let my canvas sit in my garage for about six months. This step is completely optional.
Next, I painted a dandelion motif on the canvas. I found an image I liked, drew some guidelines with pencil on the paneling canvas, and then went to town with my brushes. I used a three dollar paint sample from the home improvement store, which is kind of fun to do because you can choose from so many colors.
If the thought of painting something to hang on your wall is giving you a panic attack, then you could totally use a vinyl decal. That would look pretty awesome, don't you think?
So remember those scrap wood pieces I used to hold the paneling planks together? Well, those babies are also The scrap wood pieces on the back hold the paneling planks together, but they are also how I hung the piece. I drilled out two notches in the top piece of wood to match up with two nails I hammered into studs in my wall. **I am not claiming this to be the best or safest way to hang this thing. In fact, I am sure there are many better, safer ways to do it. This is just the way I did it.**
I could have taken a picture of that, but I drew you a pretty picture instead. You're welcome.
Here you can kind of see what I am talking about with the side view:
Anyway. There you have it. One less bare wall!
I'm linking up at Addicts (not so) Annonymous at Addicted 2 Decorating, Friday Favorites at Inspiring Creations, Friday Flair at Whipperberry, Weekend Wrap Up at Tatertots and Jello, Any Link Goes at Bacon Time, Feature Friday at Spunky Junky, Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things, Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T, and Fantastic Friday at Iron Violet Designs.