Wood Works: 3 DIY Ideas for the Weekend

Like many others, I am addicted to Pinterest. I love the constant stream of visual inspiration and the way that it allows me to organize my images. I also love the continuous flow of great ideas that come across my screen…Here are three recent ideas I found there, all focused on working with wood.

1. Wood Grain Silhouettes - Ditch the jigsaw in favor of paint to create reverse image artwork. Lowe's provides a complete how-to on creating personal plywood art, and HGTV's Genevieve Gorder makes over a foyer, showing the project in action.
2. Wax Paper Image Transfer - Use wax paper, an inkjet printer and a credit card to transfer images onto wood. This step-by-step tutorial by Angela Lerew at Unexpected Elegance has images and advice for achieving the best results.
3. Staining Wood, Naturally - How to use vinegar and metal to stain wood. According to The Money Pit, "A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain." The article also provides ideas on using other non-toxic ingredients, such as tea, coffee, walnut hulls and black raspberries to stain wood, as well.

Would you try any of these projects yourself? Which one inspires you the most?

(Images: 1. Lowe's, 2. Unexpected Elegance, 3. The Money Pit)

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