If you’ve been around our blog for any amount of time, you know that I love geography and have tons of pride for my home state: IOWA!! Represent!
I figured out this amazing way to make new wood look OLD and it basically changed my life.
I’ve used my ‘old wood’ to make these barn board signs and these Bracket-Shaped Plaques
Since 1×4 pine boards are inexpensive and easy to customize using my make your own ‘barn boards’ technique I might as well try making it into the shape of a state!
After printing my Iowa shape onto a transparency and projecting the image onto my boards, I traced with a pencil and wasted no time getting down and dirty with my scroll saw! (see all my other scroll saw projects here!)
I cut each board individually. It was so fun to see it come together one board at a time!
Next steps are to paint, sand and stain! I went with red and a touch of black for dimension. For the full step-by-step tutorial on making these boards truly look like old distressed wood, click here!
Finally, Nick cut a 1/4” piece of plywood and glued/stapled it to the back to secure all the boards together. (CHECK.OUT his creepy man-hand!)
After sanding, I decided to paint the outer edge a shimmery gold (Martha Stewart ‘Pearl’) and a little heart on Des Moines (our state capitol!)
All that was left was to seal things off with a little finishing wax, and slap on a comb hook! These look AMAZING on a gallery wall!
I love that the red represents actual barn wood, since Iowa is known for farming and agriculture! It’s difficult do drive ANYWHERE in this state without seeing a gorgeous old barn in all it’s glory!!
PS! Check out these other projects and tutorials I’ve done using my signature ‘Barn Board’ technique!
As always, THANKS for pinning!