My Almost FREE DIY Scrap Wood Wall Art

June 26, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

I know, you must be shocked it’s not a pallet, but it is an almost free scrap wood wall art! Yet again, Ethan has blown my expectations out of the water and together we made the most fabulous project yet (maybe with the exception of our PB-inspired dining room table).

DIY Herringbone Wall Hanging- OPC The Better Half

I started the makeover of our living room about a year ago (no joke) and have changed course a few times. Originally, I was going to add pops of color, including yellow, so I painted these frames on the cheap. They look pretty but I just haven’t been happy with them in the space.

$5 Frame Make Over - OPC The Better Half

I had been thinking for a while that I wanted to add some art above the couch but hadn’t really come up with a solid plan. Then I saw this fabulous wood wall hanging at Pier 1.

Pier 1 wall hanging

I asked Ethan to build it for me, and the next day he walked in with it in hand.

scrap wood wall hanging from OPC The Better Half

But as Ethan and I talked about what I would paint on it, he wasn’t thrilled with the trees and he absolutely put his foot down on any more words. Apparently, I have done too make pallets with words on them. lol.

So we agreed on herribone after being inspired by one of our Before and After Contest entries from Mad In Crafts.


Herringbone was super easy to do using painters tape. I placed horizontal lines every 6 inches then parallel stripes at varying distances.

Scrap wood wall hanging from OPC The Better Half

I mixed up a bunch of acrylics, and I winged it with the colors, adding teal to the existing light blue and gray pallet.

Mixed Acrylics

While the paint was wet I removed the tape, then the next day sanded it to give it a softer, more distressed look.

Scrap wood wall hanging from OPC The Better Half

This totally gave me the inspiration and motivation to keep working on the living room, so stay tuned for lots more coming.





What do you think? What would you have painted on the blank pallet?

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22 Responses
  1. paintergal says:

    So cute! This is very timely as I am searching for above the sofa art. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    Great way to add color to a room! Nice job!

  3. Love this! It looks great hanging above your couch.

  4. I love the colors- it looks great! I don’t know what I would have painted on there, but your idea is better than anything I could have come up with. πŸ™‚

  5. Ashley says:

    That looks awesome! I love it!

  6. Tanya says:

    This is wonderful Jocie, you two never cease to amaze. I love the colors!!

    xo, Tanya

  7. Terry says:

    I think we all are getting overloaded with word art in our homes. This Chevron is perfect and so now!

  8. JustME says:

    Oh wow Jocie, I love this idea. Though I liked the trees on the Pier 1 inspiration piece and would probably have done a single larger tree or just bare branches on one for our home, I love, love, love the way you made the chevrons. It fits your and Ethan’s style much better. It’s youthful and fun. You two make such a great team. πŸ™‚

    • Jocie says:

      Thanks! I thought about a tree but I already painted a giant tree in our bedroom, so I was feeling a bit on tree overload! lol.

  9. I absolutely LOVE your herringbone pattern and color choices! What a gorgeous piece of art for next to nothing πŸ™‚

  10. Christa says:

    I love how it looks with the couch and pillows. Great job!

  11. Gwen says:

    I love the herringbone! And the colors are fantastic, Jocie. You guys are incredible!!!

  12. Lynn says:

    I think it turned out great…I really adore how it turned out with the couch!!!

  13. Heather says:

    I love it!! Such pretty colors too!!

  14. OurPinterestingFamily says:

    It turned out absolutely amazing!! Way to go Ethan and Jocie…you knocked it out of the park.

  15. Maple plywood or just maple lumber? Did he chamfer the edges for the shadow line?

    • Ethan says:

      Hey Jeff. It was maple plywood and just straight edges (no chamfer). I used a metal folding ruler to evenly space all the boards.

  16. mom2kaelyn says:

    Seriously, how do you come up with these things?? Fabulous. I’ll be in need of some decorating assistance in the near future! πŸ˜‰

  17. Amy says:

    Love this cheerful wall art. It adds the perfect color to your room and looks to be so simple to create. Good work!

  18. I have been looking for a cheap oversized piece of art for my family room for so long and I think this would be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration… hope you don’t mind if I copy :).

  19. Holly says:

    Love the idea! What kind of wood did you use? Before you added the tape and colored blues/grays… how did you get the white finish on the wood? How much did it cost overall?


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