If you’re dealing with a dull staircase and a long, empty wall, it’s time to infuse some creativity into your space with this Wood Artwork. In this step-by-step DIY blog post, discover how to craft a stunning herringbone pattern wood artwork that not only fills your wall but also becomes a captivating accent for your staircase. The best part? You can achieve this transformation using scrap wood, specifically 1×4 mattress slats, and a straightforward hanging method with just two screws. Let’s dive into the detailed process and turn your space into a work of art.
Materials Needed for Herringbone Art
- Straight mattress slats (1×4), 4ft long (or similar)
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Wood stain (Varathane Ebony with a mix of Dark Walnut)
- Wood glue
- Carpenter triangle
- Wooden straight edge
- 1x2s for framing
- Wood blocks
- Long wood screws
- Stair platform (for reaching elevated heights)
Step1: Prepare the Wood Artwork Slats
Begin by salvaging straight mattress slats (1×4) from heavy trash or curb finds. Using a table saw, rip them into approximately 1×1 strips. Next, cut these strips in half at a 45-degree angle on both ends with a miter saw. For efficiency, cut 4-5 slats simultaneously to speed up the process.
Step 2: Stain the Wood Artwork Slats
Apply your favorite wood stain – in this case, Varathane Ebony with a mix of Dark Walnut – to the prepared slats. Ensure an even coating and let them dry completely.
Step 3: Assemble the Herringbone Strips
Using wood glue, join each of the 45-degree angle cut strips together. To reinforce the bond, insert nails with a nail gun. Use a carpenter triangle and a wooden straight edge as a guide for precision.
Step 4: Create the Frame
Assemble the frame for your herringbone wood artwork using 1x2s, measuring 8ftx3ft. This ensures that the final piece will fit perfectly on the wall above the staircase.
Step 5: Attach Herringbone Strips to the Frame
Apply wood glue and use a nail gun to secure the herringbone strips to the frame. Use wood blocks to maintain equal distance between the wooden strips, ensuring a uniform and aesthetically pleasing design. Allow all the glued components to dry thoroughly. Patience is key to ensuring a sturdy and durable final product.
Step 6: Hang the Wood Artwork
To hang the piece above the staircase, use two long wood screws inserted into the wall. Set up a stair platform to place the ladder securely against the wall.
With some creativity, scrap wood, and a bit of DIY spirit, you can transform a boring staircase and empty wall into a focal point of your home. This herringbone wood artwork not only fills the space but also adds a touch of sophistication to your surroundings. Follow these steps, embrace the crafting process, and watch your space undergo a stunning makeover. Happy crafting!