The first major project of our kitchen makeover was peeling the wallpaper and painting the walls the same gray as the rest of the first floor. This was amazing and really made the kitchen feel more connected to the rest of the house. However, we realized that we kiiiiind of missed the wallpaper. Not really, but the pattern and business of the design made the walls look full. Once it was gray, this huge wall in our eat in area just looked so big and blank. We didn’t want a gallery wall since we already have one on the stairs and one in the sunroom, and so I decided to come up with some large scale art. I have long been oogling the gorgeous grains of the birch wood sheets at Lowes, and so I decided that a 4×4′ piece would be the perfect addition to this space.
But, what to do on the wood. Of course, I considered painting different designs or shapes, but I kept coming back to why I loved the wood – the beautiful grain. So, I decided to just wing it.
First, I used our can of Restore a Finish to coat the entire thing. This is much lighter than a stain and just really made the grain pop. Bonus: we used it on some of the boards for our dining room table, so it brings the two spaces together nicely.
Next I grabbed left over paint samples (colors that we considered for our downstairs and upstairs wall colors as well as our front door color and one teal paint sample left over from the condo). I used a thin paint brush to trace some of the grains, randomly. I filled some in thicker than others (choosing 2 parallel grains and filling in all of the space between them). Certain sections needed two coats, but it was a really easy process.
Sean mounted the board by drilling four holes in the corners of the board and equally into the wall. Two of the holes are in studs, so it will hold just fine. He used leftover chunky black screws that came with the sliding barn door kit as the mounting hardware. He also added some space between the wall and the art in order to give it a three dimensional feel by putting a big hex nut on the screws between the art and the wall. Then, when they were screwed in, there was about an inch of space between the wall and the art.
What have you been putting up lately? Any new art projects?!