Monday, May 16, 2011

Birch Tree Planks

On date night last week I talked my hubby into running into Rescued Treasures before dinner. I just can't help just never know what you're going to find. Check out this link of a super cute tree painted on planks. I discovered it on pinterest. By the way, have you discovered pinterest??? ENDLESS inspiration! I'm in trouble! I found this dragon on planks for $6.88. I instantly whipped out my pinterest app on my iphone and checked out the tree plank idea again to see if I thought I could do it on this.

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. :)


  1. Fantastic!! I do like it better after the sanding!

  2. Very cute and clever! Somuch better than the original design.

  3. This is so pretty. love the color

  4. Wow that looks great! Much, much better than that silly dragon. Great job!

    Deviantly Domesticated Team