To me, wall art is SO daunting. It seems so permanent and I’ve had such a hard time deciding what to put up. It’s really not that permanent, but the idea of changing it or having to patch a hole or figuring out how to cover up a hole later on is a lot of motivation to make me pick something I can love and live with for awhile. So I went about my usual Pinterest search to find some inspiration and found this painted wall art from Joss and Main.
It’s a cute idea…less cute on the image and text. I like beer (especially good beer), but its not something I want on my wall. I also do love me some grey and white and I love the idea of the wood. So off to Home Depot…
Here’s what you’ll need to recreate my version (but add/change/adjust to make any design you want):
Wood Canvas and hanging:
- 5 strips of Red Oak (24″ x 2.5″ x 0.75″) for the “canvas”
- 2 strips of Red Oak (1.5″ x 0.75″ x 14.5″) to hold the “canvas” together
- 10 1-1/4″coarse thread all purpose screws in gold
- 2 Ready Screw D-Ring Hangers
- 18″ Mirror Cord
- 4 Self Adhesive 3/4″ Felt Pads
- Optional: Wood Stain (Sunbleached)
- Optional: Sponge Brush
- Cordless Drill (Milwaukee)
- 7/64″ Wood drill bit (Ryobi Drilling and Driving Kit)
- Phillips head drill tip (Ryobi Drilling and Driving Kit)
- Wall Anchor Kit (includes anchor, screw, and drill bit!)
- Acrylic Craft Paint (any colors you want!)
So I didn’t really go into Home Depot with much of a plan. I walked into the lumber section and wandered around until I found what I wanted. You can pick any type and size of wood you want. Just keep in mind that the bigger the pieces, the more your wall will have to support. Its gonna be bad news if your anchor doesn’t support it and the whole thing comes crashing down. Womp womp. So anyway, I picked out the size I wanted, and true to my frugal nature, I went and found the cheapest type of wood I could find. This is how I settled on Red Wood. If Home Depot doesn’t carry the size you want, they can cut it for you! However, call ahead to see if the saw is working. Its a conspiracy that every time I go into my local Home Depot, the saw is broken. Annoying. Also make sure you check out the scrap lumber section! You can find some SUPER cheap stuff in there, but there is only stuff when the stupid saw is working. No saw, no scraps. Stupid saw…
Okay, next I went to pick up all the hardware. I picked out some 1-1/4″ coarse thread screws (recommended by the Home Depot guy). I picked up a box because it was cheaper than buying the ones in the tiny little packets. You want to make sure that the screw is long enough to grab the strip or Red Oak that holds the canvas together and the canvas piece, BUT without stabbing through the front of your canvas. I made my Home Depot guy swear this would not happen (and he was right).
Next up, pick up some Ready Screw D hangers. These are rings shaped like D’s and you’ll need 2 per canvas. It comes in packs of 3. Sneaky, sneaky. Trying to get me to buy more than I needed. Since I made 3 canvases, I picked up 2 packages. No extras! HA! Next to these hangers, you should find the mirror cord. The one I picked up holds 40 lbs and I was pretty sure my canvas wasn’t going to be more than that. In the same aisle, there are heavy duty felt pads. I used these to cover the screws so it wouldn’t scratch the wall behind it. You’ll need 4 per canvas.
Lastly, you’ll need wall anchors. I had a kit at home from a previous project. Mine came with a drill bit too! Also check to make sure you pick up ones that will hold the weight of your canvas. Google or ask the Home Depot people.
Tip: A great way to measure not-heavy-enough things with a regular scale is to stand on the scale, remember your weight, pick up your stuff, and stand on it again. Take the difference. Mine weighed 8 lbs each.
Okay. Now that I had all my stuff from Home Depot, I was ready to get started. I paid some good money for some non scrap wood (stupid broken saw…) so I wanted to make sure the wood grain showed through. The Pinterest pin painted the whole thing an opaque grey, but I got a free can of stain from my contractor so I used that instead. You can not stain at all if you want to keep the wood color or paint if you hate the color of the wood. I laid out each plank on top of a box pretty side of the plank up (and by pretty side I mean sticker side down so I wouldn’t have to remove them) so I could get to all the sides of the plank as well, took out my stain and sponge brush, and got to staining. The first time I did this, I forgot to stir the solid bits at the bottom of the can into the stain and one of my canvases is a slightly different color. Oops. I did it for the other two. This stuff is a one-coat stain. So one coat and some dry time later. All done.
Next up, putting the canvas together. I flipped over all the planks (pretty side down, sticker side up) and laid them out the way I wanted them to be put together. I left some gaps to accentuate the these-are-wood-planks look. I placed the strip of red oak across the back about 2-4″ from the top. I got out my drill an drill bit and drilled a hole through both pieces, making sure not to go through the pretty side of the canvas. I did this because the would might split if I just screwed straight through. So I made the first hole, I switched to a Phillips drill tip and screwed in one of my screws. It seems tedious and stupid to switch back and forth, but its pretty impossible to realign the holes if you do them all at once. Believe me. I tried. Repeat 4 more times, then do the same thing for the other strip 2-4″ from the bottom. You’ll notice that mine don’t match up perfectly and that’s because Home Depot doesn’t cut precisely and I can’t drill/screw in a straight line either. Its okay though. It adds to the rustic look. Tah dah! Canvas done.
Next up is the fun part. I was flipping through Etsy for some inspiration and found these:
- Floating dandelions
- Floating across canvases
- Crossing dandelions
I laid down some paper, pulled out my acrylic paints and brushes and got to work. I randomly painted on some stems and then drew some straight lines out of an oval to make the petals.
I added some yellow and grey accents to tie into the rest of my living room decor. I tweaked and added to it until I was happy with what I had. Once I was done painting, I let it dry for a few hours and was ready to hang this thing on the wall.
I stood up the painting right side leaning against a wall. I measured 2.5″ from each end and screwed in the D hangers with my drill with the flippy tabs facing in. No need to pre-drill since these screws are pretty shallow. Just be careful not to hit the screws that attach to the front of the canvas. You can adjust slightly in or outward to avoid those. The only thing you need to be sure of is that they’re equidistant from the sides so you don’t get any wonky hanging. Next, I took the mirror wire and threaded it through the D ring with about 4″ doubled over. I did an overhand knot (that knot that you do right before you do the rabbit ears when tying your shoes–I don’t know names of any knots and you probably don’t either) then took the excess and wrapped it around the hanging part of wire. I did this to make sure it wouldn’t come undone with the weight. I did the same thing to the other side, but leaving very little slack because I didn’t want this peeking out over the top.
Next, I placed 4 felt pads on each of the screws on all four corners. I did this to keep the screws from scratching up the wall.
Now time to prep the wall. I marked off where you want the painting to hang. Honestly, I eyeballed where I wanted the first one and hung the other two equidistant from that one. I didn’t both measuring too much. Next, I took the FREE (love free stuff) drill bit that came with my anchor kit and drilled a hole. Next I took the plastic anchor and shoved that in with my finger until it was flush with the wall. I tapped it with the back of a screwdriver to make sure it was extra flush with the wall. It shouldn’t take that much effort. If it does, you used the wrong size drill bit. Try again. Next I used my drill to screw one of the screws in my kit into the plastic anchor with about 1/4″ hanging out.
I hung my new painting up on the wall and adjusted until it looked strait. Voila.
I did this 2 more times to get my 3 piece installation. Happy painting!