Salvaged Plank Art DIY

With spring fast approaching, I'm wanting to clean, purge and recycle.

It all started with this old crate lid.

I could not bring myself to throw it away.

Not to mention these old fence pickets. love em

So I decided to make a little plank art from scraps.

I lined up my planks and cut a strip of scrap birch to use as a brace.

I played around with the sizes till I got em just right.

I used wood screws to attach them to the strip on the back.

I screwed them on with the screws facing me.

I going for the rustic look here.

To add dimension, I used a scrap of molding.

Liquid nails.

And small finishing nails to hold it in place.

On one plank, I applied some watered down aqua paint.

On another, I used a white wash.

For the lettering I just pressed down on the wood.

With it being so aged, it worked well.

After my lettering dried I went over it with a fine sandpaper.

I didn't worry too much with the edges nor sanding.

I want the sign to have that sun kissed aged look.

You could change up your sign using "cottage" or "cabin"

The ideas are endless!

I left a couple planks blank.

How would you fill in the empty planks or would you?

These are so much fun to make!

Spring it!

xo Susie


  1. Wow! Awesome! I love it! I'd love to have it for my cottage... or maybe I need to gather up some old wood and craft it up myself. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  2. Love the idea! Looks great.

    Greetings, Pietrik

  3. Love the different tones and patinas on this, Susie! Fun project that now has me hunting for some wood scraps. :)

  4. Love it! Thanks for always sharing such wonderful DIY ideas!

  5. I love this! You're so talented!

  6. Would this be something you would sell? I would be interested and have you add the names of the two beaches by our summer house. Cindy R.

  7. Have you seen these before? Picket Fence Fish, for the rest of your fence :)

    (We used to sell them at a store I used to work at, made by a small company in NH, people went nuts for them and they were $35 a pop!)

  8. Another great idea Susie! I don't know how you come up with them but keep it up.


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