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Can you believe this??? My friend just happened to find this fabulous chippy painted barn wood when she was out strolling through a pasture. Okay, so she is a veterinarian, and maybe is out in pastures more than the rest of us--but holy smokes! What a score! She actually found several. Some are flat boards that will be turned into picture frames. This one, well, it was a bit odd since it was thicker than the rest. She asked me if I had any ideas and let me go to town. What do you think? What would you have created?
In case you find some awesome barnwood laying around, I've included a tutorial. Of course you could just paint a 2x4 with some of Miss Mustards Seeds paint as well!
The first thing I did was the most heartbreaking part. In order to fit her small breakfast table, I had to cut the ends of the piece. This was so sad because each end had a peg end. I really wish I could have saved that detail!
Once that was done, I got busy drilling out 4 of those 6 holes -I left 2 so that some original parts of the board could remain intact. To do this, I use what I call a spade bit. I'm not sure of the technical name. I'm probably wrong on the name, so I've included a picture so you know what drill bit I'm talking about.
You can see the Frog tape that I have wrapped on it. That was so I wouldn't drill too deep. Didn't want to go right through the board! This part does take patience. Wood can be finicky.
This is what it looks like after drilling all 4 holes.
I also coated the entire thing with a layer of Minwax Paste wax. I let it dry throughly.
I then just popped in some candles that I purchased at Dollar General. 6 for $1 baby!
Look at how awesome that chippy layered paint is!!!!
I think the hardest part of this project will be giving it back to its original owner!
What projects are you working on? Have you ever made something for a friend and had trouble returning it?
***Disclaimer*** Please Please Please never leave a flame unattended. Yes, the material is made of wood, so yes, under the right conditions it could possibly catch on fire. I've seen these sold for years at the Round Top antique festival. Most of the candles burn down. It would be best to continually use new candles and to keep the wick far away from the wood. Please note I will not be held liable should something extreme happen in your case. Sorry for the little notice. I'm sure you are all responsible adults who would never leave a candle burning alone.