I excited to share my recent DIY wooden ombre beach painting with you because I think it turned out well. The DIY Wooden Ombre Beach Painting has proven to be an easy and fun way to bring a splash of color into my bedroom.
DIY Wooden Ombre Beach Paining
I’m sure you’re ready to get started on your own DIY Wooden Ombre Beach painting, so let’s get started.
I decided to try my hand at painting. I love color, I love the beach, so I thought why not throw a few pieces of wood together and see what happens? So that’s what I did!
The DIY Wooden Ombre Beach Painting is totally a foolproof ombre beach painting. You can NOT mess it up. I can’t paint my way out of a paper bag; my daughter is the artist in this family, not me. I am so happy with how three turned out though, they make such a great backdrop and add such a pop of color to the room.
If you don’t have spare wood lying around, get your hands on a pallet or use canvass. I decided yesterday I am going to make three more long skinny pieces to hang over my newly painted fireplace. I think I might try canvas this time to see how it turns out. Any hard surface would work, and I think the imperfections of the wood add to the character, so your options are limitless.
The first step, if you are using wood pieces like me,is to stick those bad boys together. I did it in the most basic way. I just used 2 pieces of 1×2 and drilled them in. If you don’t have a drill, you could also use liquid nails and glue the 1×2 across the back like I did, clamp them and let them dry. You could also use a Kreg Jig pocket hole system. It’s really just a matter of getting them to stay together. You don’t want your masterpiece falling apart.
I stained my wood with a bit of leftover stain I had. I had initially planned to sand the edges a bit at the end once the painting was done just to make it look a bit more rustic. I have learned though that when you make something and you like it, DON’T fuss with it. You can end up screwing it up and then you’ll be kicking yourself. So now I am waiting to see if I want to sand them or not. (Side note, I still haven’t sanded them..lol) I do think it would look pretty awesome with distressed edges, so maybe I will do that once I make my new ones. It’s your call, you can certainly skip this step!
Get all your paint colors ready. I bought cheap paint from the craft store, they were about 1.50 per bottle. If you don’t have a fancy-schmancy pallet, use an old egg carton like me. It worked so well, AND you just toss it out when you’re done! Paint your wood with a thin coat of white just to give yourself a lighter background. As you can see from mine I just used an old chip brush and its streaky as all get out. Don’t worry, just get ‘er done. Even if you don’t stain your wood first, I would still do this step. I think it gives you a nice base for your colors.
And here is where my lovely little tutorial went in the garbage..lol.
Getting pictures with every step was impossible! My paint was drying too fast and you really need to do the blending while the paint is wet. Next time I will make one of my children sit there and take pictures.
So I will tell you what I did. Close your eyes and visualize. and NO WAIT! don’t close your eyes, then you can’t read! Keep em open folks!
I started at the bottom with white and worked my way up. I kept each board next to the other while I painted them so that I could line up the colors. I didn’t want 3 inches of blue on one and 6 inches on the other. I wanted them fairly uniform across the 3 pictures.
I painted in sections from the bottom up in: White, pale aqua, aqua, dark blue, light blue, medium blue. Blend your colors like crazy where the 2 paint colors meet. Run a little into each other.
I then took some white and blended it into the blues at the top to create a cloud effect.
After standing back and looking at it, I decided I needed some sand, the thing was just too blue. So I added more white to the bottom (just so it was wet) and then blended in a tan color for my sand.
After it was all dry, I went back with a dry brush and added a few light strokes here and there to each color for some dimension.
You REALLY CAN NOT mess this up, this is a really foolproof ombre beach painting.
The beauty of paint is if you don’t like something, paint over it. Just make sure your paints are wet while you are blending. That’s it done! I LOVE the colors!
What do you think about this DIY Wooden Ombre Beach Paining and what colors would you choose to create your masterpiece?