Last week I took on a new booth in the Vintage Touch to expand Heidi Boo Boutique to include women’s wear. My children’s space is decorated with soft pastels, but I wanted the new area to be a bit sassier. I wanted to decorate it as cheaply as possible while still having a big visual impact.
I have a huge pile of scrap wood (actually I have two piles) that I can put to use for this.
This is a big piece of wood paneling that I assume came out of my house somewhere before we bought it. It’s the perfect size to do some big bold artwork on, but the blue was too dark for my space.
I decided to paint it white, but I was out of paintbrushes. Happily, I had just read a blog post from the Junk Gypsy on how to paint with small blocks of wood. Why not try it, right?
The blog post recommended pouring paint onto plates and dipping the wood flat side down into the paint. Keeping it simple, I used the skinny end of a piece of wood and dipped it into the paint, then dragged it over my paneling. It went on easily and was sort of like icing a cake. If there was too much paint in one area, I had plenty of time to scrape that paint off with the wood and smooth it to another area before it dried. It didn’t come out looking anything like the Junk Gypsy blog pics, but I liked the effect.
It took about 20 minutes to cover the entire thing. After it dried and I had picked up brushes, I painted cacti over the white/blue paint. I think the paneling turned out great and I used it for some photos before taking it to the shop. I never had thought to paint with wood but I’ll probably be doing it again!
Have you ever painted with wood? Let me know below!