I thought it was about time for me to do something for my own home. And I have been wanting a three letter monogram for a very long time now. But I decided instead of hanging on my front door, I wanted something a little different, so I came up with an idea to put the monogram on some wood, but i wanted a barn wood look to it. Instead of hunting down some old wood, I decided it would be fun to faux paint some.
There are many ways and colors to chose from to make this look, but for this particular project I chose to stay with some neutral greys, because my family room is grey, charcoal, with a pop of yellow.
First step is to choose some wood. I took 3 pieces of scrap wood I had left over from a different project I am working on. I put some brackets on the back to fuse the pieces together. I then sanded down some of the rough edges I didn’t want.
Next step is to prime it with a white or light grey. I chose American Paint Company’s Plymouth Rock. It is the lightest of greys.
I added some water to water it down, about 50/50, and started putting on the first layer.
I then took a paper towel and wiped off the excess. The trick to this look is very thin layers of paint. You don’t want too much.
Here is the first layer drying.
Next I took a little bit darker grey, I chose American Paint Company’s Smoke Signal, a medium grey. I added about 50/50 of water to paint and brushed on.
I then again used a paper towel to wipe off the excess and let dry. I repeated this step a third time, but added a little of American Paint Company Special Edition Gun Powder, to my Smoke Signal mix, just to get a streak of dark grey here and there for some depth. I didn’t mix the Gun Powder in entirely, I just used a dollop and swirled it around .
I sealed the wood with some APC clear wax and here is the finished product!
And here it is with my three letter monogram, which I painted in Gun Powder as well. This beauty is going above our mantle over the fireplace.