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DIY World Map Stain Art

I want to show you guys what I am working on at the moment – a world map stain art piece!! I did this on a 4’x 8′ sheet of plywood with Minwax English Chestnut stain. Since the study is mostly my hubby’s domain, this is what he had in mind for one of our walls! The plan with this guy is to mount it in our recently organised and updated study.

We are (constantly) in the process of working on parts (multiple parts usually) of updating/upgrading or doing some reno’s… I will be so happy once we are at a stage where it becomes fun and games, but as of yet, there are still a few crucial/necessary projects to complete!! For this project I followed a similar procedure as the one I used to create our Kudu Stain piece!

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The first part of the project was to get a world map projected onto the plywood in order to trace it. As you can see above I followed an extremely simple setup – I printed a world map onto a letter size paper and traced the outlines with a sharpie marker onto a transparency sheet. Once this was complete I used my cellphone flashlight to project the image onto plywood. Easy-peasy…. and start tracing! (Take note that this is way easier in a very dark area!)

The next day, (I took advantage of hubby being away on a hunting trip), I started the painful task of staining the outlines! This took around 5-6 hours (thankfully I had a whole season of Grey’s Anatomy to keep me company!)… Beware, you might want to look at alternative positions – I lay mine on the floor and shifted around in multiple sitting positions… My knees, hips and elbows were NOT happy!!

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In progress…. One of my current diy projects on the go…. Watch this space!!! 🌎🌍🌏

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The next morning I started the next couple of hours ‘colouring in’ the map with the stain. I used a brush and sponge!! Again, if you have cranky  joints, you might want to explore alternate setups!! Once again, a couple hours later and almost through a season of Grey’s I was done with the stain part of the project!

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The only thing left now is to seal this piece and mount it in our study!! Super excited to see it in its final position!! Hoping to do all of that this weekend!!

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I’ll try and share the end result with you as soon as possible!!

DIY Plywood Headboard

A DIY headboard – how difficult can it be? You have seen a gazillion dream headboards that you would love to see behind your bed! You really want to jazz up your bed with a gorgeous headboard, but money is putting a damper on your dreams… What to do what to do….? Pinterest of course – when in doubt, always use pinterest! 🙂

You can see my inspiration on a few of my pinterest boards!

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I browsed websites and searched pinterest for that perfect headboard. But alas… I could not find quite what I was looking for. So, I used the more creative side of my brain and came up with a perfect solution. My own DIY Plywood Headboard. This is super simple, I hardly had to do any work! And as a bonus, the cost was a sheet of plywood and some trim. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

What you will need:

  • One sheet of plywood (I used 1/4″ plywood and let home depot cut it up into 6″ strips)
  • Paint (I used white, water-based paint and thinned it with water for the plywood and grey paint for the trim)
  • Paint brush
  • Cloth
  • Nail gun (or just a hammer and nails)

Here are the before shots. You can see that it is a little dull. That wall definitely needed some sprucing up to do!

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  • White was the boards with your thinned paint. I used a cloth to smear and spread the paint as I went along.
  • Also paint your trim.
  • Plan the position of your boards (we wanted it centre with regards to the wall)
  • Start nailing the planks (we had two spots that we had to cut open/trim for outlets and vents)
  • Nail your trim.
  • And voila! You now have a brand new fancy headboard!!

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I am crazy about how this room is shaping up!! I have a couple of other DIY’s to share from this room which I will post in the near future. In the meantime, have you tried your own headboard?