Hey all, first off just want to say my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the tragedy in Boston. I can’t even watch the footage on tv it is just so awful. I decided to still share my hand carved wall art post today to hopefully bring a little bright spot to your day…
We just got back from spending spring break in Florida with our kiddos and I’m ready to trade building sandcastles in for some DIY. I’m getting like >this < close (well maybe more like > >>>this <<<< close) to having my little man’s big boy room done, but I thought I would show you a sneak peak of one of my favorite projects in his room.
Little man has a nautical/fishing/boating/industrial/rustic theme (yes, that’s what I’m calling it, it’s soon to be the latest design craze, you watch) so this whale art fits right in.
I had so much fun making this one, I haven’t used wood carving tools since Jr. High wood shop, (should have seen all the DIY in my future way back when) but luckily my brother had a carving set he let me borrow. It really isn’t as hard as it looks, I’ll break down the steps for you.
Start with a piece of scrap wood, draw out your design in chalk, carefully (so you don’t gouge your table…or hand, or eye, or cause any sort of bodily harm to yourself) carve your design with a wood carving tool. I added white paint in the grooves afterward to make them pop even more.
For the finish – I stained the whole piece, put a blue paint wash (paint mixed with a little water), followed by a white paint wash. Finally I sanded the whole thing down and added in some more detail with white paint again.
See? Not so hard, yes there are a few zillion steps but none of them are complicated.
Did I fool you with these big ole bolty looking thingys? And yes, that is the technical term for what I used, just ask the nice man at Lowes who scratched his head and stared at me…
I mean how exactly are you supposed to explain to a practical man that you just want some pretend bolty thing-a-ma-bobs, that aren’t going to actually do anything besides look pretty?
I wanted to add a little bit of an industrial look to add some heft to this piece – which I wish was actually thicker wood but I didn’t want to have nightmares about this thing falling off the wall and smacking little man over the head – so I went with a thin, light piece of wood…I know, you are shocked, I chose practicality over prettiness for once (hello white couches with toddlers!?).
So this part gets really complicated, once you get past the people at the hardware store thinking you are off your rocker…no power tools needed – unless your hot glue gun is heavy duty. Tie a knot with some extra rope, glue it inside the bolt/nut thingy, then glue that onto the washer whoozamawhasit, then glue that all onto the wood to cover up where your nail actually is. Done!
Can’t wait to show you what else I’m working on in this room!
Oh and don’t forget to tell the nice gentleman at Lowe’s I sent you, remember to ask for the pretend bolty thing-a-ma-whatsits…
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