DIY Custom Wood Wall Art

Do-It-Yourself Wood Wall Art

Looking to add a custom and unique piece of art to your walls?  Check out my tutorial for custom wood wall art that will perfectly coordinate with your decor.

The walls in our playroom have been sort of blank (especially without any curtains up yet), but I didn't want to wait until we could splurge on curtains to add interest to the blank walls.  So, I decided to take a stab at some do it yourself wood wall art.

Since our playroom incorporates a dark brown recliner and gray couch, I wanted something that would combine the colors in both (warm browns and cool grays) to make the furniture choices in there look more intentional.  Here's the finished product and I'm going to share how you can recreate the look for your home.

If you’re not yet comfortable with DIY projects, don't fear! There are plenty of places you can purchase wall art; Shutterfly is one of them. You can create custom home décor products with their different layout templates and themes. Their Design-A-Wall section is pretty neat too.

I've also seen similar wood plank wall art at places like Pottery Barn (you know how much I love them), but if you're willing to give it a try you can accomplish a similar look for a fraction of the cost!

Now let's get down to the details on how to recreate this piece of art,  yourself.

Supplies Used:

12 - 3/4" thick  3"x36" pieces of craft wood
4 - 1/4" thick  2"x36" pieces of craft wood (for the frame)
Valspar High Speed Steel Paint
Valspar Mark Twain Gray Brick Paint
Rustoleum Dark Walnut Stain
Bristle or foam brushes (to apply finish)
Wood Glue
3M Wall mount strips

Note:  I used paint and stain colors that I had already used in the room or planned to incorporate in the future.  You can use any variety of stains, paints and colors in your piece to customize it.

How to:
To start off, lay out all of your pieces of 3"-wide wood and create the pattern below.  Then lay the 2"-wood on top to create a "frame" that is about the size of the artwork you want.  Once you've done that, draw a line along the inside edge of the frame and begin cutting the edges of the wood at a 45 degree angle so that they meet up with the edge of the frame.  Work one section at a time.

Continue to work your way around section by section.  Don't worry about your edges lining up perfectly because the 2"-wood pieces will be placed over them as a frame to hide any imperfections.

Note how the above wood is obviously uneven/slightly jagged.
As I continue to build, the right side also becomes slightly unaligned. 

Voila! Those imperfections are now hidden by the 2” framing pieces I was talking about earlier.

Now it's time to apply the finish.  I used two different shades of gray paint and a dark brown stain.  Randomly finish each piece of wood with wood stain or paint until you are pleased with the results. I separated my pieces out into workable chunks, so I didn’t accidently lose/mess up my design.

When you've finished painting and staining everything, let your wood dry.  This is what my finished design looked like while it was still wet.

When everything is dry, it is time to assemble your artwork.  I glued all of my pieces of wood together by placing a thin line of glue between each seam and pushing them together.  Let the glue dry overnight to make sure it has a firm hold.  You could also glue all of your pieces to a piece of plywood if it makes you feel better. :)

Next, make your final cuts and glue the 2"-pieces of wood to set over the edges of the wood design.  Glue the frame in place.  I recommend clamping or placing something heavy on top of the wood to help create a strong bond.  Finish the frame as you wish.  I decided to paint just the top surface in the dark gray color.

Lastly, flip it over. Make sure that everything was assembled well- I glued all of the seams on the back of the piece like so.  This created a very sturdy final product.

Once everything is dry, you're left with a unique, custom piece of wall art for your room.  To mount ours, we used a couple of large 3M mounting squares.  You could also purchase frame mounting hardware to hang your artwork from your local hardware store.

Here's the finished piece in the room.

I love how it really ties together the different colors in the room.  This goes to show that decorating a home can be fun, easy and inexpensive.  What DIY projects have you done lately? I’d love to seem them! Let me know if you have any fun tips? How do you decorate a space?

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