It’s project challenge time again and this one is a really fun one. They’ve all been fun but for this one I came up with something a bit unique.
Our category was ‘Reclaimed Wood’.
What’s so unique about that you say? Well, the wood I used is Reclaimed Cypress from the 1800’s! The actual age of the tree I don’t know, but this stuff comes out of the Mississippi Bayous and the logs have been underwater in the bayou since the 1800’s sometime. And the logs are HUGE. Hundreds of years old and preserved in the swamp for a couple hundred more!
A friend of ours has a woodworking business and he gets the most unique and amazing jobs. He does work on court houses, state buildings, large corporations like J.Jill, etc. This wood was used for at least one job and when I saw the scrap pieces he had left over I fell in love. This friend loves to pick on me about painting wood – he just cannot see any reason to ever paint wood and he lets me know quite often his opinion of painted wood. (all in good fun!) With this particular wood we agree – I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. The color, texture, grain, and obvious age it carries is so lovely how could I cover it up?!
I considered staining it but I couldn’t bring myself to do that either.
So I cut a stencil with my Silhouette, stenciled the saying on the board, and sanded lightly to distress the letters just a bit.
Viola and done. My husband had already cut a keyhole slot in the back so I can hang it if I want to.
I saw the saying ‘The Mountains are calling, and we must go… somewhere on pinterest or facebook or somewhere and thought it was fun. But I don’t love the mountains and they don’t particularly call to me. So I just changed the saying to fit what does call to me – the ocean.
I also made a stencil that said ‘the Beach is calling, and we must go… and made several painted signs that I took to my event last weekend. Everyone loved them and they sold very well.
See that lovely grain? It’s so tight and small – you don’t find that in the new wood you buy today. Only the really old stuff boasts this lovely look. Each of those rings they say is one year. These trees are said to have started growing 500 years before Christopher Columbus discovered America. Wow.
The cute feathers are also made of reclaimed wood but just lowly pallet wood. My husband used some cool pallets I got for free and made a bunch of fun arrows. He split the wood lengthwise to get more use out of it and he had just a few pieces of really thin stuff. I traced some feathers on them and he cut them out for me. I love the rough wood for these – it’s a bit ‘feathery’. I liked them tucked into this old spring and added to my vignette.
I really wish there were more of these thin pieces of wood cause these are just so fun!
And now you need to see my friends projects using reclaimed wood – they all did an amazing job!
You can also add your own link to a reclaimed wood project of your own!