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Wooden Wall Art

I am in the process of putting together wall galleries for both my sons’ rooms. I wanted something homemade to go with the collection of framed art that I am using, so I decided to make a simple piece of initial art from a thin wood board.

By: Dana


  • piece of thin 1/4” hardboard or plywood (2’ x 4’) from Home Depot
  • saw (Home Depot can cut board to size), sandpaper block and electric sander
  • spray primer, chalk paint (Michaels)
  • painters tape, foam paint brush
  • Silhouette Cameo, or letter stencil from Michaels
  • hanging hardware (optional, depending on where you are putting the finished piece)


1) Cut board to size and sand away any rough edges (this wood gives nasty splinters!). My boards are 13” x 13”.



2) Spray with primer and let dry. Then apply 2-3 coats of white chalkboard paint and let dry.

Painted board


3) Decide on how you would like to paint the art. I roughly measured out stripes 2 1/8” wide to cover board. Tape off alternating stripes.

Taped off board


4) Apply the black 2-3 coats of the black chalkboard paint, letting dry in-between coats.

Black paint


5)  Remove painters tape once dry.

Painted board


6) I used my electric mouse sander to rough up the boards to give a shabby look.

Mouse sander


6) Using my Silhouette Cameo, I created letter stencils for each board and taped them down as best I could.

Silhouette Cameo




7) I used a combo of spray paint and an old can of paint to make the red letters.

Painted letters

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8) Once dry, remove stencil and sand a bit more until you have a completed look you’re happy with.

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8) Hang (attaching picture hardware) or lean on a shelf/dresser for a neat addition to any room!

One Comment Post a comment
  1. mylifeasishan #

    Looks so cool

    March 2, 2016

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