Our July challenge this month for Lowes included a DIY outdoor art project, so that’s what I chose to make this time around. I had all this leftover beadboard from the porch project and have always loved painted beadboard, so I decided to do something a little different and frame a piece of beadboard painted with multi-colored stripes. All that left-over paint I have laying around came in handy too. This is from all my projects around the house and I love the bright hues of colors that I ended up with.
I had this old chippy yardsale frame that I’ve been hanging onto for who knows how long. I’m sure I didn’t pay more than a couple of dollars for this. It’s a pretty shade of burnished gold.
With plenty of leftover beadboard, my dad and I cut a piece to fit inside my frame.
I hauled out my left over paints and figured out I would need 7 colors to paint my stripes. I wanted to paint 2 rows the same color and not have every row a different color.
Here are my 7 color choices, from left to right:
Annie Sloan Old White
Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue
Sherwin Williams Fennel (actually a Pratt & Lambert paint, but SW can mix too)
Dutchboy Timbermine (gray)
Annie Sloan Florence
Annie Sloan Antibes
Sherwin Williams Santorini Blue
I used a small craft paint brush to stay in the lines and that worked out well and I didn’t even have to tape them off.
After painting all the stripes and letting them dry overnight, I got out my electric sander and went over the whole thing, sanding off bits and pieces here and there down to the raw wood to give it a weathered look.
Close up before waxing.
Then I grabbed my Annie Sloan wax, in Clear and Dark. You always want to put the Clear on first, so that the Dark doesn’t grab too much. I used my wax brush to rub on the Clear wax and then wiped it all in with a rag.
Then I went back with the Dark wax and brushed and rubbed it on and off the board until I had it looking like I wanted. I didn’t want it too dark, but it gives it a vintage and aged look, so that’s what I was going for.
Like this! It tones down the color and the sanding and wax gave it just the look I was going for.
I then popped the beadboard in my vintage frame (that I did nothing to, it’s old and crumbly). I used my small nail gun with staples to hold it into the frame and now it’s ready to hang.
I love this for a porch or covered outdoor area! Beadboard is so pretty and vintagey looking and painting the stripes all these colors is so fun. I love how this turned out. I don’t have enough walls on my porch to hang all my art, but I can swap it out whenever I want.
The colors are all so pretty together and I love the vintage frame, so glad I hung onto it!
This is a fun way to use old frames and scrap pieces of beadboard. You can go crazy with your own color palette and have something fun and pretty to hang on a spare wall. I love this outdoor art piece and will definitely find a spot for it!
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Disclosure: As a Lowes Creative blogger, I am sent gift cards to spend on projects and to blog about them. This post is sponsored by Lowes, but all ideas and projects are my own.
Lady Delores LeBoeuf says
What a great idea..an original work of art, thnx for sharing, Love & Blessings to you/yours…
Anne Boykin says
Yes Rhoda what a great idea! It came out beautiful.