I have a love/hate relationship with wall art. I love how it can pull an entire room together and make it feel cozy and complete. But I hate the price tag! I’ve been on a mission to create my own DIY wall art, and it doesn’t get much easier than these rustic painted arrows.
This month our #MonthlyDIYChallenge product was thin plywood or craft wood. I’ve had these wood plank panels in my basement for a couple months, and while it’s technically not plywood, it’s thin wood I already had on hand so I decided to roll with it.
First I cut the boards in half so they were 16″ long, then I gave them a coat of General Finishes “Java” gel stain.
Next, I freehanded arrows onto the boards with Annie Sloan “Old White” chalk paint. Any paint would work, that’s just what I had on hand. Don’t be intimidated by the thought if freehanding the arrows. We’re going to distress them with sandpaper in a bit, and the distressing works wonders to erase any imperfections. Here’s my arrows pre-distressing.
And here’s a closeup of how they look after distressing and sealed with clear wax. (I’m impatient and didn’t wait for the stain to fully dry before moving onto the next step. That’s why the white paint looks like it has a bit of a brownish tinge to it).
I have another quick and easy wall art project to share with you soon, but in the meantime, you can check out the rest of the #MonthlyDIYChallenge projects below.
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