Love shabby chic, cottage style, or rustic decor? I almost feel like I am cheating with this patriotic DIY monogram barn wood letter project because it was so easy and it looks so great! Set aside a few minutes to create this patriotic rustic decor, and you can enjoy it for the summer and beyond.
- Darice Barn Wood Letter
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint (I used Treasure Teal, Rouge & White)
- 1 inch Darice Foam Brush
- Darice 1 inch Bristle Brush
- Sand Paper (optional)
Step one. Shake the white paint before you open it. Open the paint and paint the top plank on the barn wood letter white. Skip two planks, and then paint the next plank white.
It doesn’t matter if you are messy or you get paint on the edges of the letter. The rustic nature of the letter is so forgiving and looks great in this messy, shabby chic style.
Step two. You guessed it! Paint another row of planks. First, wash your paintbrush out, and this time, use the red paint (remember to shake the paint first!). Then paint the plank below the 2nd white stripe.
Step three. Shake the blue paint can and rinse out the paint brush. Then paint the remaining plank blue!
Step four. Take the dry bristle brush and dip it lightly into the white paint. Tap any excess paint off, and dab onto a paper towel. Then lightly brush the white paint over the edges of the letter frame to create a rustic, distressed effect.
This DIY monogram project took you about ten minutes to complete (not counting an hour or so for the paint to dry!). Wasn’t it fun? You can use any color of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint for this project, and the results are really spectacular.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.