Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by to read Beautiful Things.
I know it’s getting cold out so I thought I would do a project that we could get through quick, fast, and in a hurry! If you are like me, you probably don’t have a workshop so you have to use your table saw outside. Brrr.
This project is pretty versatile. I saw it once while I was out and about. I liked it so I thought I would make one myself. If you know me, I like to take old stuff and make it new again. Currently I use mine as a message center for my Realtors, however, you can use them however you may wish. In the picture above I have used a message board to hold Christmas Cards.
- 1 Board - 1x4 (You will cut the board in to whatever length you choose. Mine are cut in 24 inch increments.)
- 1 Glue Gun
- Paint Brush
- 1 Package of glue sticks
- Rustic Metal Clips (They come in various sizes and can be purchased at any craft supply store.)
- 1 Bottle of Milk Paint (I used white to white wash my boards but you can use whatever color you wish. Gray also looks nice.)
- 1 Quart of Gel Stain (I used Coffee because I like the rich color it produces.)
- Sand Paper 220 Grit
Measure and cut your boards. You might want to measure twice and cut once. I have a tendency to jump in and eyeball the cuts. Take it from me; this creates extra work for you.
Once you have measured and cut your boards you can stain your boards with the color of stain you prefer. Let the first layer of stain dry.
Take your 220 Grit sand paper and lightly sand your board(s). You will notice the stain has soaked in to some areas a bit more than others and the sanding process will bring out some of the woodgrain and creates some character.
Add another coat of stain and immediately wipe it off with a small rag. (I use my husband’s old t-shirts and cut them in to 4x4 squares.) This will enhance the richness of the stain.
Once the second coat of stain has dried you will apply the Milk Paint. Keep your rag handy (no pun intended) because you will apply and wipe. This adds that worn, weathered look.
Now that you’ve got your board stained, sanded, and white washed, it’s time to place your rustic clips. Warm up your hot glue gun. Place your clips equal lengths apart and glue the clips in place. (I screwed mine in to the board but you can glue them much more quickly.
Thanks again for reading Beautiful Things. Can’t wait to tell you about the next project we have for you!