Disclaimer: Plaid has provided me with the tools and materials for this project. All opinions, however, are my own.
The folks at Folk Art have made a line of water based finishes that mimic the look of Concrete, Moss, Rust and Barnwood.
I’ve been itching to try out the Barnwood look. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to try it out on.
As usual I dithered a while and finally decided to use it on a simple crate.
But, as my plan evolved I realized I needed to face and overcome a longstanding fear:
I’m not quite sure why I find the idea of stenciling intimidating but I’ve kind of avoided using stencils all this time.
However, Plaid has sent me hundreds of stencils. It appears that they too think I should get over myself.
To create the crate I used:
- (2) 3.5x 1/2 craft wood strips cut to 11.5″ long
- (2) 3.5×1/2″ craft wood strips cut to 7″ long
- (1) piece of fiberboard for the bottom cut to 6 3/4″ x 12 1/4″
- brad nails (not pictured)
To create the Barnwood Paint Effect and Stencil I used
- Folk Art Barnwood Tint
- Folk Art Barnwood Wax
- Folk Art Milk Paint Brush (Folk Art Shortie Brushes are recommended for this technique but I didn’t have one on hand)
- Craft Stick
- Soft cloth
- Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint (Imperial Red)
- Folk Art “Farmers Market” stencil
- Plaid Stencil Brush
I will confess I was surprised to find out that “Barnwood” did not mean it was red. But despite that initial hiccup I discovered that using the finish to creating the Barnwood look was a very easy two step process.
- I sanded the unfinished wood and applied a coat of the Barnwood Tint
- Once that had dried (four hours) I went over the surface with a coat of Barnwood Wax.
- I wiped away any extra wax and then went back in with a craft stick and scrapped away any excess wax allowing what remained to settle into the grooves of the wood (Note: one of my boards turned out to be a little warped so rather than the stiff craft stick I used a small piece of cardstock that had a bit more flexibility and that worked great).
- Once I was satisfied with the look I set it aside to dry for 24 hours.
I was impressed with the result. There are lots of colors and variations and each of my four pieces ended up looking a bit different which really adds to the look of it.
Then came the stencil!
My practice runs did’t bode well. There were lots of leaks and blobs and fuzzy, unsatisfactory results.
However, once I began actually following the instructions (which is a totally cool thing to do – you should try it!) and realized that when they say “you want your brush almost dry” they REALLY mean it I achieved, instantaneous Rock Star stencils.
I was killin’ it!!!!
(I was not “killin’ it” however when I failed to center the the words on the wood. Lets just chalk that up to over-excitement shall we and move on?).
As a matter of fact I was so pleased with how easy it was I stenciled all the other sides as well which wasn’t part of my initial plan.
Assembling the box was just a matter of screwing the sides together and using a few brad nails to attache the bottom.
I actually took these final pictures in front of my rather aged backyard fence which I think looks pretty much exactly the same as the “Barnwood” paint!
As an added bonus I had to buy all these vegetables for this picture. So I will be eating vegetables!
(also, ice cream was on sale so I will be eating ice cream!)
All in all I’m pretty pleased with the Painted Finishes technique and I’m looking forward to trying out (and reporting back) on the other finishes.
And I am now all about stenciling!
The entire line of Folk Art Painted finishes are available and Michaels and JoAnn’s as well as via the Plaid web site (I do not receive any remuneration if you click that link)
Tall. Red, beehive hairdo. Stern expression. Limited sense of humor. Name that sounds like a Middle Earth creature who, at first seems nice but soon reveals an evil plan: The Gombert.
I think she scared everyone but I earned a special place in her dark heart when, one day, after being given what I thought was an unreasonable amount of homework I quite innocently asked why “she got paid if we did all the work?”
OK, as an adult I recognize the flaw in my thinking (teachers please don’t email me) but, as a kid, it made sense to me. However, this statement caused Mrs Gombert to become somewhat unhinged when it came to me (I once got detention for looking out the window!) and I lived in fear of her for the rest of the year.
She’d be on your list too. Maybe even above spiders.