Vintage Wood and Flowers – Perfect for Farmhouse Decor
All of our beds have tall headboards as I prefer them that way, but I find it challenging to decorate the wall around the headboard. It either looks bare or too full. I knew I wanted a frame that would be wide and short so that it was symmetrical to the wall space above the bed. I had tried a 36 by 48-inch artwork and it looked too large, I also thought of a piece of metal art like in my master bedroom or a DIY farmhouse sign that’s in the girl’s guest room. When in doubt I often just wait and see what I will come across.
Hubs and I went on a day trip and found this old broken piece of a sideboard maybe. I am not sure what it originally was, but I knew it was the right size.
Isn’t this wooden piece exactly the right size and shape? Not to mention the pretty detail work. The wood is in good shape and there are no slivers or cracks. I knew it would be perfect for the little space above the bed between the headboard and the ceiling.a
The piece still had the original attachment hardware and nails all along the back. They were removed with a screwdriver and needle nose pliers.
As the wood was very dusty I washed the piece in soap and water and let it dry thoroughly. That was followed with a very light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper. This particular piece did not require much sanding, I just wanted to make it smooth and to make sure all the icky greeblies were off of it.
Instead of covering the wood completely and sanding off the excess I used a dry brush method. Then I applied one coat of interior white paint. It took less than ten minutes. I was very shocked at how fast it was to paint.
It’s super easy to do, dip the very end of the bristles in the paint. Wipe off most of the paint before applying any to the wood. Lightly stroke the bristles along the wood, building up the paint as you like. If you have to get too much paint on the wood, remove some with your fingertip inside a wet cloth. No sanding required, none, nada. How easy is that?
This little frame will make a nice background to the various seasonal decor. I started with blues and greys that match the rooms existing decor.
My original plan was to make a floral felt vine to drape onto the frame. I started making a few flowers but when shopping for vine materials I came across a floral vine at Michaels that I really liked. I used the 40% off coupon and managed to leave the store with just the vine.
If you choose to buy an embellishment for the artwork you can skip the flower tutorial. I ended up adding three felt flowers to the vine so thought I should include how I did it.
Felt Flower Tutorial
I hand drew a general petal shape onto graph paper to get the petals as symmetrical as possible. Then I folded the petals in half, before cutting them out, so that both halves were the same.
Once I had the general petal shapes done I traced them onto plain white paper. You can do this with any kind of petal you want to design.
To shorten the process for you I have given you the felt flower template. Each felt flower takes 5 of each kind of petal. The smaller flowers need the small and medium-sized pedals, while the larger flowers need the medium and large pedals.
Other than the template you will need craft felt and a needle and thread.
The center is made by cutting a strip of felt 4 inches by 1 inch. Fold the material in half and cut little strips along the length of the felt. making sure not to cut all the way through. Once your felt is cut roll it up and sew the bottom together.
Fold the bottom of each petal and sew to hold. Repeat with each petal until you have five in a circle.
For each flower make one with large petals and a second one with the smaller petals.
Place one on top of the other and sew together with the center on top.
Putting the DIY Farmhouse Bedroom Wall Art Together
I then placed the felt flower on the existing purchased vine by simply sewing the flowers around the plastic vine and snuggled in between leaves.
Wrap the vine around the frame starting at the center with your focal flower ( the largest blue flower) and working towards the ends. Once you have the fine like you want it secure it to frame with florist wire.