One of my fellow "trash to treasure" friends asked me if I was embarrassed to buy it...yes! lol
I taped off the edges, just a little bit past the ugly dragon, so that I would be sure to cover the whole thing. I painted a couple of coats of paint that I already had. After that dried, my hubby free handed a tree while looking at my inspiration picture. I would have loved to make a stencil on my silhouette but it was just too big!
I love the texture of the board. Can you see it? I totally helps out the birch tree effect. I painted it white by HAND and it took me over an hour and a half!
After it dried overnight, I used the tip of a foam brush and a super light amount of antiquing glaze to add the black lines that are on birch trees. I dabbed it on a paper towel first to remove most of it, and then if it still went on too dark, I smudged it with my finger to make it lighter and blend.After all of that it still looked to "new" to me. I just can't handle full on paint in most situations. I was afraid of ruining it with sanding but it worked great!
I took a piece of sandpaper and lightly rubbed all over it. The best part is I did it right after the glaze so it also smeared the glaze all over it too.
I was worried about the dragon showing it's ugly face again if I sanded it, but it didn't, it came off too, so the board shows through a bit in spots. Love it! I still like the original better, but I like mine too. :)