Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Using Unfinished Wood Products in Your Home Decor

I love going down the unfinished wood aisle at Michael's and Hobby Lobby. 

For past projects using unfinished wood products, I have covered bird houses, a boat paddle, and a sled

Over the weekend, I found this pedestal stand and picket fence from Michael's. 

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Here they are unfinished. 

I wanted the picket fence for my mantel and I needed the pedestal to hold a book page pumpkin that I had just bought at the Loot Vintage Market. 

Here are the bar codes if you need them. 

For the picket fence, I just used some Minwax Dark Walnut stain that I had on hand. 

It only took one coat. 

Here it is stained and on my mantel. 

I added it behind my faux window. 

I love the layering of my Fall Rustic Sign, Faux Window, and then the fence. 


This is a piece that I can use all year long either on my mantel or other decor vignettes. 

For the pedestal, I wanted a rustic, patina paint finish. 

I started off by painting it with a coat of Rich Espresso. 

Next I added a light coat of white acrylic paint. 

Then I used sandpaper in 220 to roughen up the texture and sand off some of the paint. 

Next I used my finger to apply some Champagne Gold paint to the edges. 

Here it is finished. 

This is a nice piece to add to my stash of home decor products when I need to add height to a vignette. 

Here it is holding up my beautiful book paper pumpkin.  

I wish that I could take credit for the pumpkin, but I can't. 

I bought it, but I did find a tutorial here

Here are both pieces on my mantel. 

You can do so much with the unfinished pieces. 

The next time you see something you like that is unfinished, think layering, texture, added height, etc for your home decor and for altering them, just think stain, acrylic paint, paper, spray paint, etc, and have fun!!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. 

See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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  1. Love your mantle ;) Very fall like!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a great little display! There is so many possibilities in the bare wood aisle, and I love the inspiration that you gave us.


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