For our new home, I wanted to create a large piece of wall art that I could hang in our screened in porch. I wanted the wall hanging to have our last name, the year we built our house and the name for our new home, which my girls named the “Kohn Haus” after their father’s German heritage. For the base of the wall hanging, I used an old wooden table top – the kind that is usually covered with a fabric table-cloth. If you don’t have a spare circular table base, any large piece of wood would work just as well. This table top is thirty inches in diameter, because I wanted to make a pretty big wall hanging.
After lightly sanding down the table top, I painted the entire top with two coats of white paint. After that dried, I then used a tape measure and blue painter’s tape to mark where the stripes would go on the wood piece. My stripes are about three inches wide, but any size stripe would work well. Once I had the stripes taped off, I painted the areas to be striped with a medium gray paint. I peeled off the tape before the gray paint was dry so that it didn’t pull up the paint. I then applied a second coat of gray paint.
While the stripes were drying, I turned to my five-inch wooden letters, numbers and small balls that I had purchased at Michaels. (http://www.michaels.com) I spray painted the letters, numbers and balls with a blue chalky finish spray paint that I also picked up at Michaels. This was one of those happy accidents – I wasn’t looking for a chalky finish paint, I picked the paint because I liked the blue color of the paint. Once I sprayed the blue paint on the wooden pieces, I realized what I had bought, but I liked the look, which is kind of faded and rustic. Because the balls are so small and spraying them with a spray paint nozzle caused them to “jump” around, I put them in a shoe box for spray painting.
After the wooden pieces were dry, I spaced them out on the table top and hot-glued them to the base. Once all of the dots and the letters were affixed to the base, I put some wall hanging hooks on the back and hung it on the brick wall in our screened in porch. I’m glad that I saved this wooden table base – it went from an unused piece of wood to a pretty cool piece of family wall art.