Wood and paint are where my two passions collide. When I looked at the empty space above the couch in my living room, I immediately thought about combining these two and making easy wooden panels art wall home decor.
They are so easy to make and this project would be perfect for a beginner DIYer since technically you only need to know how to use any straight cuts saw. I used my favorite miter saw, but this project could be done with a circular saw or table saw - whatever you feel comfortable with.
Like any wall art that we create, it could be customized to your liking. I used a 1x10” wooden board but you can go smaller or bigger. You could also swap up real wood with plywood if that is the look you are going for. It would be definitely cheaper than using select pine boards.
Select pine boards were pricey but I love the edge on them so it was worth it in my opinion.
How to make an easy wall wooden panels art
Step 1. Prepare wooden panels
Measure the width of the board. If you are new to woodworking, the measurements for the boards aren’t the same as they mark them in the store.
1x10” actual size is ¾x9 ¼”.
Since I was going for a square look of the boards, I measured the board at 9 ¼” before making a cut. I was debating if I should make 9 panels but decided to cut 12, just in case I’ll decide to make more panels.
You’d want to be very precise with the cuts and try to make it as clean as possible. If you are using a miter saw, secure the board on the miter saw, drive the blade down very slowly. When it reaches the bottom, stop the miter saw but don’t put up the blade yet. Let it stop completely. This way you’ll minimize the amount of chopped wood and would get a perfectly clean cut.
Step 2. Paint a frame
Tape the edges with painter's tape on the sides and paint the middle white. As I said before, you can use any color you want, I felt that white would be a perfect canvas for my project.
Step 3. Paint your designs
I started out by sketching a layout of designs that I’d like to make. I researched Pinterest and chose the images that I liked and went well together.
After I decided on the images I chose a color palette. I felt that earthy colors would go perfectly in my living room. I chose my favorite shades of terracotta, sage, and pinkish colors.
The next step would be to paint designs on the panels. I used my favorite brushes for acrylic paint.
I'm not that great at painting but I think these pieces turned out lovely! I used different brush strokes.
I even experimented with making stamps from potatoes. That was so much fun! Just cut the shape that you need on the potato, dip it in paint, and press against the canvas. I love how it starts fading after a few pushes and creates these unique shapes. What do you think? Have you tried making shapes with potatoes?
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Step 4. Hang it on the wall
My original idea was to use strong tape to attach these wooden panels of art to the wall. I got this tape from Amazon since it had excellent reviews! The only thing I didn't account for was that you can't use it on the painted wall.
It ended up a complete fiasco when I texted one panel on the wall. Since we are in a rental and moving out soon, I couldn't make 12 holes on the wall so I decided to show you it as is and will put it up on the wall later.
What do you think about this idea?
It could also be rotated vertically.
Which design is your favorite?
If you’d like to watch me making it, the video is available on my YouTube channel. It’s quite a therapeutic one so I highly recommend it. I also talk about more details on painting.
I hope it inspired you to make something like this, if you do, tag me on Instagram @ifonlyapril. I’d like to brag about your project!