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Wooden Plaque Redo

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I was given a nice set of wooden plaques/pictures similar to the ones pictured above.  I liked them, but they didn’t quite fit my decor.  Have you ever had that issue before?   Well, I decided to do something about it and it was easier than you might think…
You will need some supplies, like:
~ Spray on Primer
~ A quart or smaller container of a water based enamel paint in your choice of color(s)
&/or a Spray Paint color or your choice.  If you choose to use spray paint be sure to choose one one that coats with one coat.  I chose one of each.
~ Another color for accent
~ 1″-2″ paintbrush – don’t get a cheap one or you may have issues with the bristles falling off, making your work harder.
~ Smaller paint brushes for detailing
~ A Container to hold water for clean-up
~ Paper towels or a rag
**If you have little ones around – something to keep them entertained
(I’m a mom so first priority is to keep the little one entertained…  I chose paper and watercolor paints:)


The first thing you’ll want to do is prime all the plaques with two coats of the spray on primer. The key is to do thin even layers, from top to bottom – only slightly overlapping the layer before it.  Do not spray on too heavily or the paint will puddle or drip.  Follow the directions on the can.  Spray in an open area – cover anything you do not want to be damaged by the overspray.  You can also use a brush on primer, but it may take longer to dry.  Apply the second coat like the first.


For my plaques, I had two smaller plaques and two longer ones.  The longer plaques had small mirrors but I chose to spray over them.  Otherwise, I would have covered each mirror individually with tape.  It was more work than I wanted to put in.  For the smaller plaques, I spray painted them a nice aqua bluish color using the same technique I used with the primer – making sure I waited for each layer to dry.


Next, I used my paintbrush and enamel to paint the longer plaques red.  Just a word of caution here – do not use too much paint.  As I mentioned before, the plaques had mirrors, so there were deep “wells” where the mirrors sat and paint can puddle in these areas.  I used the smaller paint brushes to spread the paint around when this happened.

After I applied one layer I allowed it to dry before applying the second layer. This is
such harder than using spray paint since you can get brush strokes.  If you prefer a smoother finish, I suggest spray paint.


I then touched up any edges or areas that didn’t have paint or needed a touch-up.

Lastly, I got out the gold paint and began doing the accents.  To be honest, this part was the most tedious, so much so, I stopped midway through.  One of my daughter’s finished the job though and then hung up our lovely paintings next to one of my original pieces of art!



Picture8Oh, Aiko the crafty dog helped with this one…

I hope you liked this tutorial if you have any questions or have something you’d like to add – just leave us a comment below.  Also, let us know what other kinds of tutorials you’d like to see!

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