I created this simple DIY inexpensive wall art for my daughters nursery before she was born. It was such an easy project and budget friendly! I already had everything we needed except for the boards.
She is now 5 and we all still love it! We’ve even discussed adding little hooks directly to the boards on the front or bottom edge for her to hang jewelry, lights or other lightweight items.
What you’ll need:
- Boards (any length and size – whatever works for your space)
- Sander (this is what I use, but regular sandpaper would be fine for this project)
- Painters tape
- Small dowels (optional) or wood filler
- Stud finder
After some light sanding (you don’t need much) I marked off the center of the boards vertically. This is where the tips of the arrows would land. From there I started taping, leaving the same amount of space in-between each. In a few spots you’ll notice I made it double the size.
You can do any pattern or size you’d like – have fun with it! I’m a big fan of anything geometric which is why I went with chevrons. 😉
Once I had everything taped, we hung them up. *Looking back, we should have done this AFTER we painted and removed the tape…some of the tape got stuck on the back when pulling it off. Since I was VERY pregnant and needed a little help my husband convinced me we should get them up first. 🙂
We found the studs and screwed them directly into the wood, no need for anchors. We did countersink the screws a bit and filled in the holes with pieces of wooden dowels. You could also use a wood filler. I sanded those spots a bit and you can barely tell they are there due to the knots and grain in the wood.
I applied two coats of paint with adequate drying time between the two. The color is what we used on her other feature wall on the opposite side of the room. Using this same color really helped tie everything together AND I didn’t have to buy anymore paint.
That’s me below finishing up…a few days AFTER she was born – I guess I could have started the project a little earlier!
I had intended on sealing it with a clear coat but in the end, I left it as is. I LOVE the natural look.
What do you think of my DIY Inexpensive Wall Art?