Our first DIY project – a Rustic Art Display Hanger

 
 
Rustic Art Display Hanger :: making it in the mountains
 
I came across this post by Liz Marie Blog on Pinterest a few weeks ago and it looked so do-able I figured this Rustic Art Display Hanger would make a great first DIY for us!

And so, I sent Brady to the hardware store that day to pick up the lumber. We bought 2 – 1x6s and hubby cut them to 8′ lengths for me. I picked up a small can of Minwax wood stain in Dark Walnut and, after sanding down the raw edges on each end, I got to work. After letting the first coat dry on one side, I noticed that there was A LOT of unevenness to the colour that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with.
 
 
Rustic Art Display Hanger :: making it in the mountains
*NOTE: There are some extra boards pictured here that I stained for another project that I’m working on*

 
I had read about using a pre-stain in my research for yet another project I’m planning, but thought that it would be overkill on such a small project as this. Upon seeing this first coat, I changed my mind. So, I dug out my can of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and painted it on the other side. With my first coat of stain, I could already see a big difference between the two sides … LESSON LEARNED! And with that, it was decided that this side would definitely be the front of my project. πŸ˜‰

 
After another coat on each side, I let the boards dry for a couple of days (I gave them some extra time as they were sitting outside in our unheated garage). I screwed some eye bolts into the front – one centered on either end and one in the middle – and tied a string of twine through each one. I then hammered some art hangers onto each end of the back to hang it with.
 
Rustic Art Display Hanger :: making it in the mountains
 
All that was left to do was put them up on our “office” wall and hang some art to display.
 
 
Rustic Art Display Hanger :: making it in the mountains
 
 
Rustic Art Display Hanger :: making it in the mountains
 
I’m just SO thrilled with how they turned out! What a fabulous way to display Carson’s artwork!
 
DIY Art Display Hanger | making it in the mountains
 
 
 
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21 thoughts on “Our first DIY project – a Rustic Art Display Hanger

  1. This is really nice Kristi! What a great idea! I’m so impressed at your handiwork and I’m sure you’ll get years of use from this πŸ™‚

  2. I love the rustic charm the wood gives this project. So adorable! I’ve seen projects for clothespins covered in Washi tape, so I think I would make a few of those for the artwork! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

    1. Thank you Megan! I’ll have to go exploring on Pinterest to find some of those clothes pins you’re talking about – that’s such a brilliant idea!!!

  3. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
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    1. I’ll try to figure out a way (I’m pretty new at this!). I did read online that you should be able to click an “unsubscribe” button on the emails you are being sent. Let me know if that works and in the mean time, I’ll try to figure things out from my end πŸ™‚

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