Hi! I'm Susan and I blog about decorating, organizing and home and life improvement at LivingRichonLess.com. I originally met Gail at the Haven Conference two years ago and, in case you didn't already know, she is a genuinely sweet, caring person both online and in real life. And since she's still working on getting back to her repurposing self after her recent surgery, I wanted to offer an MRL-worthy DIY project to all her lovely readers.
I discovered this hunk of board on our firewood pile last week.
My husband said he found it under a pile of leaves and assumed it was junk. Silly husband. 😉 It wasn't too warped and it looked usable. So I trimmed the top and bottom on the miter saw to make the length 30 ½ inches. (I kept the width at 11 ½ inches and the depth at about ¾ of an inch.) Then I sanded it on all sides and brushed on a coat of Minwax stain in Jacobean.
While the stain was drying, I created the word art I wanted to stick on the front of it. I used Adobe Photoshop to piece together a collage of words using various fonts. I'm sure you could create something similar using PicMonkey or Gimp. I made the image size 20 inches wide by 30 inches long - the largest poster size available through the Walmart photo lab (for same-day pickup). Because my wood piece was only 11 ½ inches wide, I made sure the word art was no wider than 11 inches. (You'll see why later.)
I'm sure I got a few strange looks from the Walmart photo lab employees considering I had chunks of white space on both sides of my poster. But I just carefully trimmed them off at home.
Next I mounted the word art onto my stained board using Mod Podge (matte finish). This is the part where I held my breath, because it looked like I was ruining everything!
I applied Mod Podge to the entire top of the photo, too. Luckily, it dried clear. I did make sure to use even strokes with my paintbrush so the texture of the glue was not too visible. Here's the final result:
You'll notice I left about a quarter inch of the board visible on all four sides in front. I felt this gave it a more finished look. I love that you can see the wood grain on the sides.
So there you have it ... a rescued piece of firewood transformed into an inspirational family mission statement. For a free printable version of this word art as well as a free e-book, head on over to LivingRichonLess.com. And you can also catch me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Continue to get well, Gail!
Thank you sooo much Susan for a great DIY tutorial today! I LOVE your wall art. I think you made the perfect decision to leave the border all around—it really makes it stand out against the wall color.