I was looking for a budget friendly outdoor art piece to hang above my DIY console table. Here is the problem with a lot of outdoor art. Most of the outdoor art looks like it came from a junk yard or has some kitschy beer saying on it. That just wasn’t really the vibe I was going for on our patio.
So, I decided I was going to create my own art. And I found an art piece I could DIY that would cost me $0. That is a number I can get behind! By using materials I already had in my garage, I created a geometric wood art sign that matches perfectly with home.
Here was the inspiration I was going for:
How To DIY Geometric Wood Art:
Plywood cut to size
Paint (colors of your choice - I used Alabaster, Anchors Aweigh, and Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams)
Stain (color of your choice - I used Varathane Golden Oak)
1in x 2in Wood cut to the size of your plywood piece
Polyurethane Spray (Indoor Art)
Spar Urethane Spray (Outdoor Art)
1. Cut your plywood to size. If you have a table saw at home, you can cut the plywood using the table saw. If not, Home Depot will cut wood for you.
2. Cut the 1x2 boards to frame the size the plywood. Sand using sandpaper or an orbital sander if you have one.
3. Stain the plywood all over and let dry. I used Varathane Golden Oak.
4. Tape off the plywood to create the design you want.
5. Paint the areas to create the design and colors you want. Let dry. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have the art piece you want. Make sure you pull off the tape before the paint is wet. That will protect the bleeding underneath the paint.
6. Paint or stain the frame pieces. I painted my using Urbane Bronze paint by Sherwin Williams.
7. Attach the frame pieces using a brad nailer and wood glue.
8. Make any touch ups needed before sealing the piece of art.
9. Seal with Polyurethane Spray if this art piece will be indoors or Spar Urethane Spray is this art piece will be outdoors.
Here is the final product!
I did learn a few things doing this project, so here is was I would do differently:
Wait until the paint is COMPLETELY dry before taping over it or you will have more touch up paint to do.
Use a plywood that is 3/4in thick. I used one smaller and it made attaching the frame way harder and might have caused some cussing along the way :).
When you are painting the designs, tape over the stained part so you do not get stain on the paint.
Use wood glue to attach the frame along with the nails.
Make sure you have a small brush for touch ups. You will need it!
Look how great this looks above our outdoor console table. I love it.
What do y’all think? Are you going to try this on your own? If so, send me some pics!
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