I made this board thingy for my wreath above my mantel. Most people are smart and make them for free out of pallets. But since I am hanging onto my pallets for an outdoor project I decided to use something else.
I was walking around Lowes and decided on cedar fence boards. I decided on a length and cut them with my miter saw.
I then took one of the boards and cut two pieces just shy of the width of the boards and screwed them to the back. Cedar wood is so soft and easy to work with.
I wanted it to look like "found" wood that's been laying on the ground for 52 years that fell off an old barn in a corn field. The boards are uneven and one is chipped on it's side and they have knots.
I drew an arch on the top using an old arched mirror as my guide. You could use lots of things for your guide. Just play around with it. I cut out the arch and little curves at the top with a jig saw. I just drew a curve on a piece of crusty old sandpaper and used that as my guide for the curves.
My initial idea was to do a white wash where the wood and knots still showed through. But I looked at too many ASCP pictures that day and ended up painting French Linen over the cedar. Eh? That's exactly what my husband said. After painting on the French Linen I did a white wash with ASCP Old White, added some blue paint, and then sanded to show all of the layers of paint and a little of the cedar. And that's all folks!