Monday, August 8, 2011
I really wanted some original artwork for my bedroom. Alas, my exquisite taste does not match my limited budget. Then I saw this artsy fartsy tutorial / narrative. An idea was born.
When buying lumber, I had picked up a couple of free pallets. At the time, I had no specific plans for them. I just knew that the rough planks could be used to create something fun. (Ana White also has many pallet plans, from Adirondack chairs to shelving units that I will get around to making, eventually.)
I began with my least favorite action: tearing the pallet apart.
Then, I nailed the boards together to create a canvas of sorts.
I stained the front to match my bedroom furniture, and let it dry for a day before sanding it a bit.
Next, I taped off the edges and painted an area in the center. (color: oatmeal, left over from painting the basement walls and "ceiling" two years ago.) Immediately after painting, I removed the tape and brush-beat the edges so they wouldn't appear so stark. Again, I had to let it dry. Without all the drying time, this whole project would take about an hour.
The next morning, I pulled a bunch of paint (yes, all leftovers from wall colors) and began applying it to the barn wood-looking canvas I'd made. No sketching, no planning, just "here goes..."
Then, I added some brown to the bottom.
Oops, that looked crap-tacular. The sander helped obscure it into a nice, negligible blur.
I touched the sander all over the piece to distress it, vacuumed the dust off, and applied a top coat of clear poly.
And here are the cost-free picture-hanging materials I never used because, although I am fairly pleased with the end product, it doesn't look right in the room it was intended for.
But it didn't cost anything!
Time to start over.