Recently I took a little break from my stairwell project to DIY myself some bedroom wall art.
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this, but my husband and I have never had anything decorative above our bed; I've never been able to find something I loved for that space. I like meaningful art as a general rule anyway, but especially in a bedroom it somehow feels like it should be more personal, and certainly not just thrown up to fill the space.
Maybe this is just me, and maybe I'm overanalyzing things (surprised?) but that's just how I work. I'm complicated, people!
A month or two ago I started to form a plan...I love the look of weathered wood signs, so I decided to create one for my bedroom. Before I had to start searching too hard for old wood, some family friends kindly volunteered some of their weathered wood siding. Lucky me!
One side of the siding had some old white paint which was most likely lead-based. I (carefully) scraped the offending paint off, cut all the pieces to similar lengths and liberally coated the previously painted side with both a clear spray and polycrylic. 'Cause I'm nervous about lead paint, and if a little bit of poly is good to seal any stubborn bits of possible dangerousness into the wood grain, a whole bunch of poly is even better.
I laid the pieces of siding out on my kitchen floor (newly glossy side to the back!) and used screws and leftover wood from another project to secure them to each other. I also added screw eyes and wire from a picture hanging kit.
At that point, my excitement got the best of me and I had to hang my new project above my bed to see if I liked it well enough to continue.
And... I just about died.
I love it. It's unexpected, definitely not boring above-the-bed-hotel-art. My favorite part is the juxtaposition of the rustic, weathered wood sign and the glossy chrome and crystal light fixtures and the crisp bedding. Did I mention that I LOVE it? L.O.V.E.
And it's not even done. My plan is to paint one of my favorite quotes onto the sign to finish the project, but I love how it looks even by itself and I was just too excited to keep these photos to myself. Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if I want to paint it at all... no matter how random it might be to have a big blank wood rectangle hanging above my bed. I'm going to have to give this some thought.
I think this sort of sign, left as is, would also be fabulous as a backdrop for pretty much anything -- how great would a display of mirrors or framed photos look layered over this? Gorgeous!
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