Stained Wooden Graphic

Day 4 of our Facebook live holiday series was somewhat of a test since I have never actually done it before. I wanted to make some wall art using a graphic I ordered but I wanted this to just be a template and later pull off the vinyl and expose the raw wood. This turned out pretty good but there are definitely was to improve on this one but overall I am happy with it.

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Making Wall Art using Stain and Decal

Step 1: Make the Wood Panel

I simply cut two 1x6s down to an appropriate length. Then I drilled a few pocket holes and attached them together with 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

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Step 2: Apply the Decal

Firmly apply the graphic and remove the transfer paper.

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Step 3: Staining

I just slapped a bunch of stain on and wiped it off. I think you may have better results using a smaller amount of stain and maybe cut the decal where passes over a joint and roll it into the joint to prevent the stain from going under the graphic at the joint.

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Step 4: Peel of the Decal

I used a razor to get under the decal and pull it off but this is pretty self explanatory.

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Lessons Learned

Like I said in step 3, I think applying the stain a little more conservatively and cutting the decal at the joints and pressing it into the joint would be helpful to keep the stain from getting under the decal.

Also, I think applying a shellac prior to everything would be a better look too.

Finally, adding a polyurethane or the like to cover the entire panel would be a good idea as well.

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Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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