Paint: diy mantel artwork
Happy Thanksgiving friends! I thought it would be appropriate to share this mantel artwork today on Thanksgiving as we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing. I made this piece for the priests’ dining room at the church rectory and hung it above the mantel.
This dining room at the church rectory is getting a makeover, it’s been a slow and steady progress but I’m determined to finish before Christmas. (As a side note this room gets ZERO natural light which makes picture taking slightly difficult.)
Before there was a huge empty space above the mantel and I wanted to add something organic (like a wreath) but decided that was too fussy for a group of priests so I settled on painting a wreath-like shape with a fitting verse from a well known hymn.
How to build and paint mantel artwork:
Step 1: Determine desired size and cut 1/2″ plywood. I connected 3 pieces together to get the width needed using 1×2 and 1x3s as mending plates, glued and screwed. (The vertical 1×3 pieces are to hang the artwork with screws and wire.)
Step 2: Paint the background then sketch out wreath shape and begin layering.
Step 3: Add lettering and continue to layer wreath shape.
Step 4: Apply Minwax early american stain to 1x2s. Cut one end at a 45 degree miter then measure to fit and cut other end. Apply glue to edge of artwork and using a scrap piece of 1/2″ plywood on top of the artwork hold 1×2 in place and secure with 1 1/4″ finish nails. Keep the edge of the 1×2 flush with the plywood scrap to create an even frame.
Above you can see the 1/2″ edge of the 1×2 which makes a nice depth for the artwork.
And the side of the 1×2 covers both the raw edge of the artwork and any visible pieces on the back.