Welcome back for my Week 4 update to the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home. This week I made major progress in the DIY department without spending much money at all. In other news, my stash of scrap wood and leftover paint is a bit smaller. #DIY problems
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I’m slowly making progress on my twins’ “Coastal Cool” bedroom, and this week I’m obsessing over this fabric:
It’s called “Oaring Around” in Chartreuse from Minted. I am in LOVE! It’s the perfect modern, whimiscal pattern for this room.
I ordered a yard for our Seaside Theater wall feature, but I also want to incorporate this pattern elsewhere in the room.
Enter: my giant wall art plan. Oh, and the total cost: zero dollars.
Yep. I made this huge wall art piece using leftover scrap wood and paint from other projects. Win!
Oaring Around Wall Decor: Supplies
- Scrap wood – I used 5 pieces of leftover plywood (cut to 48″ x 8″) mounted to two 1″ by 6″ boards (cut to roughly 35″)
- Finishing nails – to mount the plywood to the 1×6 boards
- Hanging hardware – attached to the back of each 1×6 board
- paint brushes
- white paint – leftover from a wall or furniture project, if you have it
- oar template – I used this 30″ wood boat oar from Joann Fabrics
- measuring tape
- green paint – FolkArt chalk paint in Crochet Yellow is the perfect shade of chartreuse
Oaring Around Wall Decor: Instructions
I mounted my plywood (cut to 48″ x 8″) to two 1×6 boards using finishing nails. Just be careful to make sure your boards are evenly spaced. I just used a coin to measure the space between each board and keep it consistent.
Paint everything white, and then pick an accent paint color. I used this Folk Art Home Decor chalk paint in crochet yellow. I couldn’t have found a more perfect paint color match for my Oaring Around fabric.
Next: using a pencil, lightly trace your oar. I chose an alternating up-down pattern for my oar pattern, with one oar on the end being tilted. Laying a tape measure along the bottom piece of plywood will help keep everything on track and evenly spaced.
Using a craft paint brush, fill in the oar outlines with your accent paint color.
Oaring Around Wall Decor: The End Result
Aside from the d-rings that I used to mount this, I didn’t have to buy any supplies for this project. I scored a giant piece of wall art for this room by using leftover supplies and saved a TON of money!
A quick message for all of my DIY-addict friends out there: don’t look at that stash of scrap wood and leftover paint with shame. View it as an opportunity to make even more awesome DIY projects, and to save a few bucks along the way! Win!