How to DIY Trendy Wall Art


Happy Tuesday Friends!

Today I am sharing a few mid-summer updates that I have been adding to my hallway, like these 2 trendy wood signs that I made.

Last week, my husbands parents came for a visit and we did some shopping. At one of the places we went, I saw some adorable hand painted signs that I thought would be oh-so cute in the house. When I was looking at them, my husband said “You could save $50 and just make those” and he was right, I could. So I didn’t buy them, and when we got home I ran out to the garage to see what size scrap wood we had that I could use.

Luckily, I found a few good sizes and I already had stain and paint, so I was ready to roll!

Here is the inspiration piece that I saw at the store,


Cute right?

I didn’t have one solid piece of wood that size, so I glued 3 boards together for the arrow and I had one piece that was the perfect size for the deer head silhouette they had that I also decided to make.

I stained them both with my Minwax stain in Dark Walnut 


For the arrow sign, I used tape to create my shape then painted over it with a white chalk paint. I didn’t want to copy the inspiration sign exactly, so I changed the color of paint to white.

Once the paint over the stain dried, it took on a grey color that I liked, so I only did one layer, Then I gently peeled up the tape to reveal the arrow.



For the deer head silhouette,

I printed a “stencil” the size that I needed from google images. I cut it out, laid it on the wood, and then carefully painted over it.

Once the paint was dry, I just lifted it off.



ThenI  used an exact-o knife, sandpaper and extra stain to go over them both and correct any flaws.

Finally, I finished them both with a layer of clear wax. I don’t think this step is actually necessary, it’s  just a habit of working with chalk paint.

(you could use any kind of paint & skip the wax)

And here they are…

 My free new trendy wall art. Not perfect, but pretty good for my first attempt. And did I mention that they were FREE!?







What do y’all think? Would you make these?

I’ll be sharing a few more updates to this hallway soon!

Have a great day!


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49 thoughts on “How to DIY Trendy Wall Art

  1. Hi Karen, I realize this post is from July, but was wondering what shade of blue/green and brand of paint you used on the deer wall art and your china cabinet? Love your farmhouse style!

    1. Hey gal! Thanks so much! I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg on both pieces! When I painted the deer head silhouette, because I painted over a dark wood stain, the color came out in that cool darker version. I really liked it so I just did the one coat rather than keep painting it to get more of the original color. The China hutch is the true blue of the paint color. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. I love them both! The best part is the price tag. I’ve been wanting to create some artwork out of old wood scraps in our garage, but just haven’t found the right inspiration. I really think that deer silhouette would be perfect in my living room remodel! Pinned and shared!
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    1. Thanks Gabby! My pleasure linking up with y’all! Are you linking up with us on Mondays for Something to Talk About? I would love to have you :)

  3. Hi Karen! Love these and I’m inspired. As soon as I hit “enter” on this comment, I’m heading out to my garage to make a couple signs! Thanks :-)

  4. Great tutorial, Karen! And I would definitely make the arrow sign. My daughter is ready for a bedroom makeover, and the arrow sign would be just perfect. Both signs are so cute, and I really appreciate tutorials where a stenciling machine isn’t involved, because I don’t have one! But I’ve got lots of painter’s tape! 😀
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    1. Thanks Rebecca! I ordered that wreath last year (pre blogging) but I don’t remember where from (maybe Amazon). I just googled Boxwood Wreath. They are all about the same price, so it’s just a personal preference. I think I paid $50 or $60. Hope that helps :)

  5. I love all your wall art and your tutorials make it look so easy. I think I am going to have to have an arrow in my life. Thank you for sharing. Cathy

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