The other day, I was at Home Depot to pick up my 5 gallon jug of water and of course I had to take a browse around the store. I’m sure I am not the only woman who likes Home Depot! I was looking for some lathe wood and that’s when I saw the garbage bin full of tossed wood. I took a peek inside and saw this broken piece of aged, old looking, pallet wood. I politely asked the young man working there if I could have it and he said, “sure, take what you want!” Into the shopping cart it went!
When I checked out with my water, I happened to run into a man who was in the hospital with my husband last year. We spent about 40 minutes catching up and then we walked out together toward our vehicles. When I got to my car, I realized I never picked up my water. I had to go back into the store to get it. After loading it into my car, I received a phone call from my youngest son that his work buddy had given him a table saw and I needed to come get it.I drove down to his work and picked it up. That’s when I remembered, I left the piece of wood in my shopping cart. Can anyone say senior moment!!!
I had to go past Home Depot to get home, so I drove around and sure enough- it was laying there in my cart. Whew…I mean I worked hard to get his piece of ratty looking wood I wasn’t about to leave it!
And guess what, I took a picture of it, but now I can’t find it on the camera, I only have the pieces after I cut it into sections.
After I cut it, I noticed that now there are areas that don’t look old. I have a jar of vinegar that I put steel wool into and it makes stain that when you use it on your wood it makes it look old, so that’s what I used on the edges. This wood is pretty fragile since it has cracks through it.
After I stained it, I also used my antiquing wax on it to darken Then, I drilled two holes in the top for my hanger.
I have a roll of rusty wire that I picked up at a barn sale last month..what a find that was!! I cut a piece of wire and threaded it through the two holes, twisting the wire on the front to give a “decorative” look! 🙂
Take a grubby candle, one you may already have on hand, or one you made by painting your candle with Mod Podge and rolling it in cinnamon and coffee grounds. Tear a piece of homespun material into a 1″ strip,
wrap it around the candle a few times (I didn’t even glue it but you could).
and attach the candle to the board using more rusty wire and twisting it closed on the back of the board.
It is so simple!!
Sometimes, buying primitive decor can get so expensive, but you can make one of these for practically nothing, just shop the wood bin at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.
If you can’t find a piece of old wood, you can use whatever you have on hand. You can distress wood by hitting it with a hammer, take a nail and tap some holes in the board, just beat it up! Take out your frustrations it is good therapy!
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