How to Make Your Dog’s Silhouette into Wall Art
Step by Step Instructions
1PREPARE: Always work in a well-ventilated area and cover your workspace with a drop cloth to protect it from drips. Sand each plank thoroughly, working your way up through #120, #150, and #180 grit sandpaper. Wipe away the sanding dust with a tack cloth in between each grit and once more when you’re finished.
2STAIN: Now, it’s time to stain. Before beginning, thoroughly stir or shake your can of Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain in Dark Walnut. Dip your lint-free cloth or brush into the stain and, working in small sections, apply a generous amount of stain to the wooden planks in the direction of the wood grain. Let the stain sit for a few minutes (more time = deeper color), and then wipe away the excess with a clean, lint-free cloth. Once all of your planks are completely stained, set them aside to dry for one hour.
3GLUE: Use wood glue and clamps to glue your four planks together to make a 30"x24" rectangular sign. Let the glue dry completely according to the label’s instructions.
4PAINT: Tape your stencil or trace your cut-out onto the planks. Then, stir your Ultra Cover Multi-Purpose Gloss Paint in Gloss White thoroughly with a stir stick and use a paint brush to paint your dog’s silhouette onto the planks’ surface. For best results, use light, even strokes. Once you’re done painting, set it aside to dry completely for 2-4 hours.
5PROTECT: To protect your artwork’s finish, we recommend applying a polyurethane topcoat. To save time, we used Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane, which requires only one coat instead of three. To apply the polyurethane, stir (do not shake) it thoroughly with a stir stick. Using a clean, high quality synthetic bristle brush, apply the polyurethane to the planks using long, even strokes in the direction of the wood grain.
6FINISH: Let the artwork cure for 48 hours before displaying. Once it’s cured, add picture-hanging hardware to the back, hang, and admire your new dog silhouette wall art!
What You Need
Varathane Wood Stain
Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane
Ultra Cover Gloss Paint
Dog Silhouette Stencil or Cut-Out
(4) 1"x6"x30" Wood Planks
Wood Glue
Stir Stick
Tack Cloth
Lint Free Cloth
High Quality Synthetic Bristle Brush
Sandpaper (#120, #150, #180 Grits)
Synthetic Bristle Craft Paint Brush