It’s funny how something as mundane as plywood can be turned into something beautiful. Chelsea Coulston of Making Home Base demonstrates that with her fabulous DIY wall art made from plywood. This oversized triptych has a bold geometric pattern, and it looks smashing hanging over her sofa.
This was Chelsea’s contribution to our Plywood DIY Challenge, in which some of our favorite DIY and decor bloggers create new DIY projects using plywood. This DIY wall art project is pretty simple and inexpensive with a very impressive result.
Here’s Chelsea’s tutorial.
The wall behind my sofa has been bare for months. First, I wanted a gallery wall. I got it half-way up but wasn’t in love. It stayed half done for a few more months until I decided to ditch the whole gallery wall and moved on to something totally different, something a little bit glam, and something totally DIY.
Oversized DIY Wall Art Tutorial
Materials Used in This DIY Wall Art Project
- 1 sheet of 5/32″ plywood (I used one of the birch Purebond Project Panels, but maple would also work)
- sandpaper or electric sander
- Minwax interior stain in Early American
- Lint-free cloth
- Painter’s tape
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Metallic Gold spray paint
- D-ring picture hangers
I love plywood for many reasons. Two of them are that it’s super affordable, and you can use it for just about anything! For this project, I got a sheet of 5/32 in. Purebond Birch from The Home Depot. I had the store associates cut the wood into three 24 x 40-in. pieces for my wall art.
Once home, I gave each piece of plywood a quick sanding before applying Minwax stain in Early American. I applied one coat of stain using a lint-free cloth.
Isn’t this stain gorgeous?
The next step was taping the geometric pattern. First, I needed to find the center of my board.
Next, I ran two pieces of painter’s tape, overlapping, across the length of the board, through the center that I had just marked. I made sure to place the tape on the long side of the board in all corners so the sides would be even.
The pattern: the pattern is really simple to create. The painter’s tape was 1-½ in. wide, so I measured 1-½ in. from the edge of the tape and marked to place another line of tape.
I continued measuring the 1-½ in. spacing and placing tape until the pattern was complete.
Once complete, the pattern looked like this and was ready for paint!
I wanted something a bit glam, so I chose a metallic gold paint. I gave each piece of plywood several coats of paint allowing for a little drying time between coats. Once the paint was completely dry, I peeled off the painter’s tape and the piece was ready to hang!
I love these D-ring hangers. I popped two of these on each piece of art and was ready to hang them up!
I absolutely love the way they turned out. I seriously can’t believe I was able to whip these up in one afternoon, for about $10 each!
So happy to have something pretty up on this big ol’ wall behind my sofa!
Chelsea Coulston is a mom and a military wife. After living in five different states in six years, she’s become an expert at decorating and DIYing new homes. She (currently) lives in San Diego.
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Chelsea received a Home Depot gift card to complete her DIY wall art project. The ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.