Wednesday, April 20, 2011

DIY Tutorial for Wood Stained Painting

I received a ton of comments and emails about doing a tutorial on the above piece.  I am happy to share how I made the above artwork for our master bedroom, it is really simple!

What you'll need:
One large scrap or custom cut piece of wood, take note of the grain on the wood so that it is as much or as little as you want (I found mine at Home Depot)
A small scrap of wood to hang your finished art
Wood stain in any color.  (I used classic black gloss)
A paint brush and rag
A small tip paint brush
Paint for the lettering (I used white acrylic paint)
Paint tarp, or anything to protect your working surface

 First, generously apply stain onto wood with a paintbrush.  Let it sit for a couple minutes.

 Rub stain with a rag, rubbing the stain in to wood as well as taking excess off.
Let dry, I gave mine a couple hours.

 Decide on lyrics, phrase, or something personal to you or who you are making your piece for.
Using a very small brush tip begin to paint letters on.  You might want to practice this on scrap paper if you are not comfortable with it.  Also, you could use tape to help you create straight lines?  Just a thought!  My brush was a square flat brush that was only about a 1/4" wide.
(I was short on time, so I did a short phrase, for lyrics I started at the top left corner and when you run out of room, start as far over to the right that the rest of that line will fit.)



Glue scrap wood onto back with wood glue, I'm sure a hot glue gun would be fine as well.
Let cool and you are ready to hang!


Have fun and email me your finished products!  I'd love to see them!

49 comments:

NattybyDesign said...

Thank you for sharing! The second one looks darker - did you use the same black stain for the first one?

Nattycox@gmail.com

nicole me oh my! said...

Yes, I used the same stain. I applied two coats of stain on the second one, and I'm sure it's the lighting. I took the photo early this morning with little sunlight.

Kristina Guilbeau said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to make one of my own! It really looks fantastic :)

Mallory said...

I have to go to Home Depot today so I guess I will just add some things to my list! cannot wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Katie said...

Thanks-a-million for sharing, Nicole! I have been eyeballing your piece jealously since first seeing your home tour over at Made By Girl. :) I never would've known you stained the wood without this tutorial -- I just thought you were lucky enough to find some ridiculously cool reclaimed piece somewhere. Now, all that's left to do is wrangle a friend or two into a craft day, 'cause I'm totally making one of these for our guest room!

Stephanie Shepherd said...

I love a good DIY project; I'll have to try this! If interested check out today's DIY sketched circles artwork inspired by West Elm on my blog!

eshebystephanie.blogspot.com

Inspiring Mrs. G said...

Thanks for sharing! I made one for above our bed a few days ago and it looks so good!!

J + M said...

I love this! Such a great mothers day gift :)

THE LADY EVE said...

I love it!!!
I am following your blog

xxx
http://snakesliveinmortalfearoftiles.blogspot.com/

-m- said...

i just love this! I really want to try it...although, my handwriting isn't as cute as yours! Thanks for sharing-

Marie said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing!
Happy easter!
xoxo Marie

Andrea @ strawberry-chic said...

Fun Idea! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

This is adorable! I'm going to try this - I need something to go over our bed and this would be special :) Thanks for the tutorial!

modern jane said...

Thanks for sharing! I love this project!

MelissaOklahoma said...

I've been listening to that song on repeat lately, so I'm really loving that first piece you made!

•Kristin• said...

love this! thanks for sharing!!! :) i'll be making one!!

Emily said...

love yours, those lyrics are perfect!
xoxo em

are you dressing up or dressing down said...

I love this!

Helen, X
areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

Lily said...

Thank you soo much for sharing !! I really want to make one for my new apartment !!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

carolina postcard said...

so sweet and it would make such a fun gift. Now I gotta get working on my handwriting!

tiffany garfield photography said...

I'm excited to make one! Thanks for the tutorial! You're awesome!

becky said...

hey! do you do custom orders? like the one in your bedroom? serious! let me know... my handwriting is terrible and I'm in love with yours.

beckypkimball@gmail.com

Swell Girl said...

You're so good. Love the paintings. I think I need one.

Ashly said...

Love this...pretty sure my handwriting would not look nearly that good though.

Michelle's Style File said...

What a great DIY- so clever.

x
Michelle
Michelle's Style File

Erika Gregory said...

What Katie said! Love thsi piece. Thanks for sharing the How-to......

FlirtyGems said...

Im going to do this too! I'll email you when I am done. Thanks for Sharing!

Jen said...

So cute! Love it. Thanks for the how-to. :)I wonder if a colored stain would be as cute? A turquoise or aqua? Hmmmmmm...

Christina said...

Love it! I can't wait to try one myself.

kait said...

this is incredible. i'm also really really happy that you went with ingrid michaelson!!
i would looooove to share this diy project on my blog if that's alright!
-kait

Kris said...

I love this!! Will definitely be making it for our home upstate, will be amazing if it turns out like yours

Miss Rubio said...

Perfect!!! I have been wanting to transfer a poem my hun wrote me to canvas, but I am loving the wood instead. :-)

Kristen said...

I love this!! Can't wait to try it!

karen @ our slo house said...

OMG, I love this. Now I just have to choose a phrase or some lyrics.

Barbie said...

Hi Nicole! Thanks for the great tutorial! I was so excited to do this as well as the chevron one you did, so I went down to my Lowe's and the guy there warned me that plywood bends over time unless it's nailed to a wall or something. So the art might end up warped. Have you found this at all? I'm guessing you didn't do anything to prevent this since you didn't mention anything.

theeclecticlife said...

Found your tutorial through Olive & A and I absolutely adore it! When I do it, I will DEFINITELY e-mail the photos your way!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm going to try this tonight for an anniversary gift for my husband. It's my play on the traditional first anniversary 'paper' gift so I'm painting the lyrics to our wedding song. I'm excited but a little nervous to try!

Jennifer Hayden said...

i loved this tutorial .. thank you so much for giving me the perfect gift idea for my friends' homes.

http://www.love-me-some.com/2011/05/wood-art.html

Emily said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made one for my brother's 21st birthday using an Avett Brother quote that we love!

Here's the link to the pic & my blog:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iTQqovd-chs/ThS5-vcZhEI/AAAAAAAAAc0/3h7XVkVrekI/s1600/IMG_5044.JPG

www.dashboarddiary.com

Julie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! The possihilities of personalizing this are so much fun to think about.

youresomartha said...

thanks for the tutorial! you inspired me to create me own for the "pinterest challenge". i didn't have any wood handy so i used canvas and paint, but the idea was the same. i only wish i had your handwriting!

http://youresomartha.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/pinterest-challenge/

ggoodrich said...

I'm grateful that you shared this. This would make a perfect and sweet valentine gift, but I'll be using combination of black and yellow on my work. Really love the steps that you've given. Its easy to make! :)
xo,
Grace | employment posters

Jess said...

I love this! I'm a sucker for over-sized wall art. I'm using this as inspiration for my own project over at justaredletterday.com! Take a look! Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!

Milliscent Morgan said...

Nice one keep on posting regarding on staining wood, it may help for those who want to conduct woos staining in their house.

Angela Burklen said...

I really love this Idea... I was wondering what the Quote was on the first picture I like what i can read however the lamp is over part of it and I would love to have this quote so i can make one of my own... TY totally love this :)

nicole me oh my! said...

The song is You and I by Ingrid Michaelson @Angela Burklen

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