Hey guys! I’m happy to announce I have rejoined the awesome ladies at the Thrifty Style Team hosted by Julie at Redhead Can Decorate! Each month we bring you a collection of thrifty style DIYs and decor inspiration that doesn’t break the bank!
My contribution to this month’s Thrifty Style Team is a DIY Antiqued Wall Panel. I love the wall panels I see in retail stores, but I could never bring myself to shell out the $75 for one. That was the cheapest I could find for a antiqued wall panel knock off, and don’t even ask how much the real antique deal costs! I decided to try my hand at DIYing my own knock off to save a little green.
My wall panel started off life as a cabinet door I got for $3 at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. It measures 41 x 14 1/2 inches. Originally it wasn’t painted… I used it for a previous project, then got tired of it and decided to use it to make a sign. I painted it but never got around to adding the letters. It’s been so long I forgot what I wanted it to say.
I bought these nifty wood onlays from Amazon. Amazon has a suprisingly large selection of wood onlays, so if these don’t turn your crank, you’re sure to find some that do. (I’ll include the links to everything I used for this project at the end of the post.)
I glued the onlays onto the cabinet door using Gorilla brand wood glue. I thought it looked nice just like this! You can achieve a lot of different looks using wood onlays.
Once the glue was dry, I painted everything with Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Rustic. When this paint is wet it has more of a rust-brown color, but it turns into a deeper dark brown color when it dries.
Once the paint was dry, I applied FolkArt Home Decor Crackle Medium where I wanted the top coat to crackle and petroleum jelly where I wanted the top coat to chip. You can use Elmer’s glue or Mod Podge to crackle paint as well, but I like the crackle effect of the FolkArt Home Decor Crackle Medium. Many paint lines carry crackle mediums, and some paints are made to crackle without using a crackle medium. You have a lot of choices when it comes to crackling paint, so shop around and find one that makes your heart happy <3
When I painted over the crackle medium, I applied the paint in a thick coat and only brushed over the crackle medium once. Once the paint is on the crackle medium, it can’t be touched/brushed over or it will smear the crackle medium and it won’t crackle. It is very hard to avoid the temptation to re-brush crackle areas that don’t look quite right, but trust me – don’t do it! 🙂
I loved how the crackling came out!
Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I scraped the places I applied petroleum jelly with a paint scraper to chip off the paint (I forgot to take a pic of this). When using petroleum jelly under paint to create a chippy effect, always make sure the paint is thorougly dry before scraping it off. If the paint is still wet, it will smear on the areas you want to chip instead of chipping off.
I applied FolkArt Home Decor Antique Wax on all the onlays…
…and then wiped it off with a damp cotton rag. I then wiped the rest of the wood panel with the same damp cloth to add a little antique color.
I really liked how it turned out! But every project is a learning experience and there are always things I would have done differently. First, I would have painted the cabinet door and onlays separately, then glued them on before I applied the wax. The reason for this is it was hard to work the last coat of paint around the onlays and keep a uniform crackle effect. I also would have applied the crackle to the entire door instead of just here and there, and then put petroleum jelly where I wanted the paint to chip.
I hung the wall panel by my entryway sideboard. I don’t know if I’m in love with it here, but I know there are a lot of other places I can use it. I’ll definitely be making more of these!
This project cost me $27 for the cabinet door and onlays. I already had all the supplies I used for this project, but if I figure into the cost how much of the paint, glue and crackle medium I already had, I estimate this project cost me around $40. That’s almost half the cost if I were to buy a similar wall panel at the store, and by making it I got exactly what I wanted 🙂
Here is the shopping list for all the supplies I used in this project:
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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Antiqued Wood Panel project! Be sure to check out the rest of the great Thifty Style Team projects through the links below!
February Thrifting, The Thrifty Style Team Way!
Bliss Ranch – Thrifting At Occasional Shops
DIY Beautify – DIY Eucalyptus Heart Shaped Wreath
2 Bees In A Pod – Blue and White Thrifted Home Decor
Jennifer Rizzo – DIY Decorative Decoupage Bee Dish and Free Bee and Honeycomb Printable
Postcards From The Ridge – Clear the Clutter with this Tool Box Mail Organizer
Salvage Sister and Mister – DIY Cardboard Sunflower
The Creekline House – Ten Things You Should Always Buy From the Thrift Store
The How To Home – How To Decorate With Repurposed Crib Springs
The Painted Hinge – DIY Antiqued Wall Panel
The Tattered Pew – The Secret Trick To Creating Inexpensive Watercolor Art
Unskinny Boppy – Farmhouse Bucket ‘O Carrots Easter Craft Idea
Virginia Sweet Pea – DIY Milk Glass Lamp Makeover
What Meegan Makes – Make Vintage Art From Your Home Blueprints
Thanks for checking out the Thrifty Style Team this month! Be sure to join us on the second Friday of each month for more thrifty style ideas that won’t break the bank!
That is a fabulously chippy piece!
Thanks so much Bliss! 🙂
This looks amazing and I never would have known that it wasn’t a vintage piece.
Thanks so much Paula! 🙂
Beth Bryan says
VERY cool project!! Love that “old” patina!!
Thanks so much Beth! <3
Michelle, this project makes my heart happy! I have just the panel already, that I haven’t known what to do with!! I think you can buy wood onlays at Lowes as well. Thanks for working out the kinks, I’ll definitely be making one of these soon!!!! 🙂
Thank you so much Cindy! I’m happy you found my project inspiring! 🙂
Courtenay from The Creek Line House says
Such a great antiqued finish! I love how you mixed the crackling and the chipping in different places on the same piece. It really looks authentic!
Thanks so much Courtenay! 🙂
This looks amazing! What a transformation! Great job!
Thank you Pamela! 🙂
I love the antiqued, chippy wall panel. It looks so authentic. Thanks for listing the products used
You’re very welcome Barbara, and thank you! 🙂
WOW. That is gorgeous. You did such a great job!
Thank you so much Deborah! 🙂
Freida Page says
Absolutely beautiful! I love the Crackle.
Thank you Freida! 🙂
I just love what you have done. I have enjoyed watching the details and layers you have used to create your DIY antiqued wall panel. Thanks for the inspiration!
You’re very welcome Meegan! I’m happy this inspired you! 🙂
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
What an absolutely brilliant tutorial! It looks like an antique. The onlays are fabulous.
Awe you’re too kind! Thank you so much Laura! 🙂
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
This is such a great up-cycle! I love the crackle finish and the embellishments. I looks like a very expensive piece of wall decor!
Thank you so much Angie! 🙂
Kathy A says
Awesome results and great tutorial!