DIY Project Parade ~ Wood block accent tutorial

Once upon a time at Hobby Lobby, I saw a chunk of wood. It was black with white “No. 1” and distressed and I wanted it, but then the thrifty DIY girl in me decided – “I can make that from scrap wood easily”! AND make it to look however I want and so my DIY brain got to thinking and this is what I came up with…

I cut a piece of 2 x 4.5 into a square and sanded the edges using my Dremel Multi-Max.

I gave it a white base coat using Deco Art Americana “White Wash”. 

I was going to do a No. 1 but then when I started looking around the Silhouette America Online Store, I came across a vintage crown image and decided I’d like that better. Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out the crown shape and used the negative part as a stencil…

I had Americana – Traditional Burnt Umber craft paint on hand…

Added a little ‘bling’ using Deco Art’s Glamour Dust (Ice Crystal)…

Then I peeled away the vinyl while paint was still wet.

I sanded the block edges again and a little bit of the wet paint to give it a worn look or maybe even because I lacked patience…but it’s all good and works out.  😉

Using TransTint dye from Rockler (I love this stuff! A little goes a long way!), I dry brushed a glaze effect…

{Mix with water according to instructions or ‘guestimate’ for small projects. Set left over and brush aside/uncovered where it won’t be disturbed to store. Water will evaporate. Use again by adding water! No wasting! Or mix in a sealable container and save.}

Super cute, huh?

See that beautiful rustic/vintage picture of me with the girls?

It’s all one piece {image transferred to wood + frame}. It looks like it, but there’s no glass! Here’s a closer look:

I LOVE it! That’s the awesome work of Dennis from Double D’s Workshop! Yes, he made it using digital image! The quality is amazing! It’s such a great gift idea (Valentine’s day for your significant other IS coming up!). Get more info at Double D’s Workshop! {Thanks for the beautiful gift, Dennis!}

Stay tuned tomorrow when I show you the other side of my little wood chunk (may as well get 2 looks from 1 piece, right?) and a few other projects I did to create a blue Valentine vignette.  🙂 What’s that? You want a little sneak peek?  Okay then, here you go:

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The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love. You post must be recent, shared at one DIY Project Parade only (not continuously) and be DIY related.
2. Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
3. Or email your link to and I will add it for you.
4. If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.
5.  If reading this in an email or reader, pop over to to see the inspiring DIY projects linked up!
6.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.

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