I fell in love with this Pottery Barn horse when I saw it at Nydia's blog, Evolution of Home. You should take a visit to her blog if you haven't been there and see her knock off version and instructions. She does some great projects. Thanks to her inspiration I tried making one of my own.
Pottery Barn's horse wall art
Here is my version and this is how I did it.
I found some inexpensive lightweight plank paneling at Lowe's. It fits together kind of like wood flooring but is very light.
I used 9 boards and cut them 25 inches long, so my background ended up being 22.5 inches wide and 25 inches tall. I then fit the boards together.
I cut 2 1x2 boards and used Liquid Nails to glue on the back across the planks about 2 inches from each side securing the boards together. Be safe, use your protective gear!
I added some weight to make sure the boards had good contact, and waited until the next day to move on to the next step.
Now to the fun part! I used Minwax Pre-Stain wood conditioner first, it helps soft wood absorb stain more uniformly.
Then I applied Minwax stain in English Chestnut. Be sure to allow recommended dry time before beginning the next step.
I had drawn a horse and taken it to Kinko's where they enlarged it for me. I think horses are one of the most difficult animals to draw and get the proportions right. The drawing I took to Kinko's was cut in several places where I decided I needed adjustment, and all taped together. The lady looked at me like I was kind of kooky. I transferred my pattern to contact paper which I then secured to my stained board.
Make sure the contact paper is securely pressed down to avoid paint seeping under.
I used some latex enamel paint I had on hand and lightly brushed over the entire piece. You can leave as much wood grain showing as you like. After it dried I sanded the edges and did some distressing. A coat of paste wax and that's it!
Here he is, my version.
Have a great weekend
I am joining in on these parties
Show and Tell Friday at Cindy's My Romantic Home
Fridays Unfoldedat Stuff and Nonsense
Flaunt it Fridays at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Inspiration Friday At the Picket Fence
Newbie Party at Debbie Doo's Blogging and Blabbing