Can you believe I’ve never made a reclaimed wood heart? I LOVE how they look and I’ve long admired the work my friend Joan (Scavenger Chic) does. As I was looking for an easy project for today, I came across a bunch of rustic heart projects on Pinterest. But Joan’s is right up there with my favorites.
I hope you love my rustic reclaimed wood heart as much as I do!
Easy Valentine's Day Decor
Because the weather is cold and rainy, I’m back in the basement shop. Luckily I have a stash of picture frames there as well as in the garage shop.
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Do you save that brown paper from Amazon shipments? I do. You can see that this paper had already been used for painting when I grabbed it to cut out a paper heart. Imagine my surprise when it fit perfectly in this reclaimed wooden frame!
Add Reclaimed Wood to fit Frame
Now, you could use pallet wood for this project, but I didn’t have any in the basement. But, I did have reclaimed fencing handy. I cut the pieces to fit the wooden frame, having to rip the very last piece on the table saw.
Being impatient, I only cleared off one corner of my workbench in order to create this reclaimed wood heart. As I work on more projects in the coming weeks, I hope to organize the basement shop as I go.
You can see the scrap pieces of thin fencing would be perfect to make a heart shape.
I think we all learned in school that you simply fold a piece of paper and cut it to become a heart shape. Hearts can be of any size—wide, narrow, tall or short. Mine was sort of a general heart shape.
I chose to use a sharpie for tracing my paper heart pattern. I felt it would give me a better line for cutting. The pattern was traced on the back side of the reclaimed fence boards.
Cut Reclaimed Wood Heart
Most of my tools are kept in the garage. I do have corded jigsaw in the basement, but I chose to bring my Ryobi in from the garage for this project. Cutting the boards separately is the way Joan did it, and I found that it really did work the best!
I had to make another trip to the garage to get my quick clamps. Usually I keep some in the basement, but I had borrowed them recently. Can you see how much easier it will be to cut the wooden heart individually?
Quickly, the lower portion of the wooden heart was already finished.
Each of the boards was so easy to cut individually. The curved part of the heart was the most challenging, but only because I had to get creative with the clamping process.
It all fits perfectly!
Paint Wood Heart Pieces
I chose some pinks and reds from my DIY Paint Shelf to paint the reclaimed wooden pieces.
So, you should start with your lightest color first. That way you can add darker colors to your palette as you go. Of course I used my favorite chip brush to give a sort of dry brush effect on the patina of the wood. In addition, it works best dampen your brush bristles to thin the paint a little.
Finally I added a little bit of red, stippling the brush and giving a light hand while painting the top portion.
In the end, I added a little white paint here and there to give some definition. The white paint was added to the tub I had been using all along. I don’t do this kind of painting very often, but I have to say that I was loving how it was turning out!
Paint Picture Frame
To tone down the frame, I chose gray craft paint. I painted two light coats over the entire frame.
How to Hold Fence Boards in Frame
Scrap wood was stapled in place on the back side of the frame to hold fence boards in the frame.
Sand Wood Heart Pieces
Can you see which part of the wooden heart has been sanded? The lower 2 sections. I did this to just smooth it all out a little.
Attach Wood Heart to Background Boards
I used original Gorilla Glue—you know the kind you have to damp & clamp?
If your project is difficult to clamp, find something heavy such as a paint bucket to hold your pieces in place while the glue sets up.
Embellish Frame and Reclaimed Wood Heart
This old chip brush is my absolute favorite for adding highlights or a dry brushed effect. Do you see those feathery bristles? I used it to add white highlights to the gray frame.
Do you think I should have whitewashed the background boards?
All You Need is Love
I used a Chalk Couture transfer to add some LOVE!
Lastly, I added some paper flowers to embellish the reclaimed wooden heart!
Reclaimed Wood Heart Valentine's Project
I think this reclaimed wood heart is perfect for Valentine's day, or just to show someone how much you love them. Don't you agree we all could use a little more LOVE?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.