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.
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!