Monday, January 16, 2012

Red and Black Cross

This project was for my niece's living room. She recently had new floors put in, and she wanted some new decor items.

These crosses are from Scott's Stuff (Blanket, TX) - sorry, no web site. I sanded each of the crosses, and then used wood sealer. After it had dried, I sanded the wood again.

For the project, I used DecoArt Americana Lamp Black and Napa Red acrylic paint, as well as matte and satin Varnish. The largest and smallest crosses are painted in Lamp Black. After they dried, I sealed them with Matte Varnish. The medium cross has four coats of Napa Red paint. Red paint takes more coats to give full coverage.

Using a Damask stencil, I used Satin spray varnish. Using spray varnish with a stencil gives a softer effect than using a brush. Let each area dry before putting the stencil down again.

Below is what the largest piece looked like after covering all of it with the stencil pattern.

These simple brads make it easy to hang wood projects.

Just hammer it in the center of the piece. I usually go about an inch below the top of the item.

For the small wood cross, after varnishing with Matte Varnish, I used a small round brush to freehand paint a swirl design all over the cross.

Set this aside to dry. Next, using a second damask stencil and a stencil brush, I pounced color over the stencil using a fairly dry brush. Again, let the paint dry before you put it down again to apply the pattern.

The cross looked like this after I was finished. After it dried, I varnished the piece with Satin varnish.

Using Clear Gel Tacky Glue, I began gluing the dried crosses to one another. If the wood pieces aren't perfectly flat, put a heavy item over it until the glue dries.

After the first two are glued together.

With the three wood crosses together:

For the last step, I glued a silver cross ornament that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

I think it is adorable! I can't wait to see it on Tasha's wall!!

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  1. Wow, this is amazing! I could see this cross being sold online or in home decor stores. We are currently looking for residential home builders and I'm sure this one would fit in to our new room.



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