Behold the piece the below...
This piece is a few feet long and well worn...just the way I like it.
It's been all over my house, usually hung horizontally as a make shift chair rail. Right now, it's leaning in my entry until I decide how I want to hang it there.
What could you do with such a lovely piece of wood? How 'bout this? Below is one of my favorite pieces. It hangs in my entry. It's easy to make.Take a piece of old wood or a board. If it's not painted the same as the moulding, paint it and distress it. Then cut four pieces of moulding, 2 for the ends and 2 longer pieces for the top and bottom. Miter the ends at 90 degrees so they will form a corner and then frame the piece of wood.
If it's not perfect, who cares? Another word for imperfection is character. I like stuff with character.
Find some old doorknobs and screw them in. Notice that these don't even match...again, it's called character. I used to stress over matchy-matchy. I would have probably looked everywhere to find 5 or 6 knobs that were identical. Those days are over. Mismatched and imperfect = character.
If you are lucky enough to find moulding from an old window or door or whatever has the old hardware still attached, you can use the hardware to attach chain for hanging. Another tip: I'm not sure how strong the old hardware is so although it appears this is hanging from the chain, I also have secure hardware on the back of the wood part that is hanging from a stronger nail you can't see.
It looks like this piece was first painted with a pale blue-grey that peeks through the creamy white paint which is peeling off.So what else could you do with old moulding and wood? How about this?
This is an old piece of raised panel wood with original paint. Write what you want it and hang it up!
These letters are painted on freehand. They're far from perfect like you would get with stencils but look so cute that way.
You just can't get this kind of character with new wood. It's much easier to start with an original piece of already chippy wood. The hardest part is finding the wood or moulding but many times people just throw it out so if you keep your eyes focused, you might find some for free!
I'm going to link this is up to some of the great blog parties listed in my link up top. Can't wait to see the ideas others have to share this week!