Thursday, November 27, 2014

"M" is for Mantel Artwork

Paint: diy mantel artwork

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  I thought it would be appropriate to share this mantel artwork today on Thanksgiving as we gather together to ask the Lord's blessing.  I made this piece for the priests' dining room at the church rectory and hung it above the mantel.

This dining room at the church rectory is getting a makeover, it's been a slow and steady progress but I'm determined to finish before Christmas.  (As a side note this room gets ZERO natural light which makes picture taking slightly difficult.)

Before there was a huge empty space above the mantel and I wanted to add something organic (like a wreath) but decided that was too fussy for a group of priests so I settled on painting a wreath-like shape with a fitting verse from a well known hymn.

How to build and paint mantel artwork:

Step 1: Determine desired size and cut 1/2" plywood.  I connected 3 pieces together to get the width needed using 1x2  and 1x3s as mending plates, glued and screwed.  (The vertical 1x3 pieces are to hang the artwork with screws and wire.)

Step 2: Paint the background then sketch out wreath shape and begin layering.

Step 3: Add lettering and continue to layer wreath shape.

Step 4: Apply Minwax early american stain to 1x2s.  Cut one end at a 45 degree miter then measure to fit and cut other end.  Apply glue to edge of artwork and using a scrap piece of 1/2" plywood on top of the artwork hold 1x2 in place and secure with 1 1/4" finish nails.  Keep the edge of the 1x2 flush with the plywood scrap to create an even frame.

Above you can see the 1/2" edge of the 1x2 which makes a nice depth for the artwork.

And the side of the 1x2 covers both the raw edge of the artwork and any visible pieces on the back.

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