Upcycled Tree Art

Every DIY’er usually has lots of misc hardware, trim & spindles hanging about.  If you don’t, visit a Habitat for Humanity store and you can usually get all you need.  Here is the finished photo & steps to create your own:

img_65431.  We started off with 6 pine boards with no character & no color.  We glued them, clamped them, sanded when dry and screwed two braces along the top and bottom of the boards at back.

2.  To give the boards character and depth, I poured some FAT paint Red Barchetta onto a paper plate & added enough Extra FAT to create medium/thick consistency for troweling.  The size of your boards will be your guide to how much to use of each.  I randomly trowelled it over the boards & let dry.  It doesn’t look pretty, but trust me; it is going to make such a difference to your finished product!

img_65303.  I took my heat gun to help the process along for two reasons.  (1) I hate waiting for paint to dry, and (2) I wanted some of the thicker areas to crackle a bit.  A pic later in the article will show you an example of what that looks like.  Next, lay on a good coat of Red Barchetta – no particular way, just get it on.  Paint all the sides at this point as well.  You will need one more coat.

img_65274.  Once the first coat is completely dry, the next layer is painted in a cross hatch pattern as opposed to brushing in straight lines.  The cross hatching actually leaves more dimension to your project.  Here is a pic of the second coat wet….. you can see the texture of the Extra FAT & brush strokes. (and don’t forget to add another coat to the sides)

img_65265.  Now it’s waiting for paint to dry (not my strongest skill set).  This is where my fan comes out lol.  Even though FAT paint dries fast; I’m always in a rush to see the final product.  I’m sure I’m not alone.  When dry, give it a light sand making sure you aren’t taking all that great texture off the boards and using a damp rag, wipe all the dust off and brush on a good coat of FAT Clear Coat.  I used one thick coat.  Because this is a rustic textured surface, precision is not required.  When completely dry, the fun begins.  This is always the best part of a project – adding your artistic touch.  Bring out the FAT Patina wax.  It’s the BOMB!

img_65406.  With a clean dry rag, start rubbing & pushing that wax into all the bumpy bits on your boards.  See the crackling above?  Get it in there.  You will see where the wax grabs.  Don’t be over zealous and rub it off too soon.  Play with it.  I did about two coats overall, and more in the areas I really wanted to highlight.  It takes a bit of practice with the drying time of this product, but trust me, you really can’t go wrong with it.  Worst case scenario? Take a bit of FAT Clear Wax and remove what you don’t like.  It’s like a magic eraser.  As each layer dries; give it a buff.  You don’t want all those layers to sit too long & get sticky.


7.  Now you can really see the layers and how effective the Extra FAT was in achieving this look.  So rewarding.  Next step; nail and/or screw on your trim & hardware.  I added some vintage jewelry to a few pieces; I’m all about the bling 🙂  That’s it.  Hang that sweetness up & enjoy my friends.


4 thoughts on “Upcycled Tree Art

  1. I like this project, gives new meaning to using everything you have … throw nothing out ! Bits and pieces can be made into beautiful art!


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