Unless you haven't thumbed through a shelter mag recently, you're aware of the distressed trend happening in all things home related. We are all after that chic, but lived in feel.
As I venture into our playroom project, the item at the top of my list was to create an organized space to display my son's artwork. Let's face it. A fridge can only handle so much.
Pinterest helped me out with the idea of adding clothespins (man have I been using these a lot lately!) to 1 X 4's and hanging artwork from the clips. Easy. One of my gal pals has this set-up in her playroom and it was neat and orderly, but still showed off her kiddos handiwork. Sold.
I started my picking out to 1 X 4 pieces of lumbar at Home Depot. I painstakingly looked through board after board to find the smoothest, cleanest looking pieces I could find.
Then I got home and decided to beat the snot out of them.
This wasn't the path I had intended to take, but when inspiration hits, you run with it.
Little and I took these boards out to the driveway and while he climbed trees and played on his scooter, Mommy worked out her aggression with a hammer.
I even flipped the hammer over and pulled the claw along the wood to make some deeper gashes.
I'm sure my neighbors thought I had finally lost it, but after 15 minutes, I had some pretty distressed looking wood. Or pretty, distressed looking wood, depending on how you want to view it.
Then, I propped the wood up in the garage and awaited a warm enough day to tackle the staining step. Is it spring yet? (That post it to come later this week.)