I was at Home Depot the other day and saw some precut, presanded pieces of poplar wood. I wanted to see if I can come up with something cool for the walls. Each piece was about $1.50 or so, so I grabbed 7 of them and had a Home Depot employee cut them in half for me. When I left Home Depot, I still wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.
When I got home my initial idea was to glue them together and just give each piece a touch of color, but as I was arranging them I realized they looked much better staggered. So I went with that.
I'm on a paint dipped kick lately so I went with that same idea for this. Here is what I did.
I taped off the part I wanted to paint and then picked random spots to paint yellow. I wasn't sure how
I was going to arrange them when I painted them.
I added a coat of matte varnish to seal the paint and make it look a little more finished. This step
probably isn't totally necessary, but I like the sheen the varnish gives the paint.
I started gluing the pieces together, randomly. My first thought was to go with wood glue, but that took too long to set, so I used a hot glue gun. Poplar is very, very light weight, so the hot glue held it together fairly well.
I added 3 pieces of wood on the back to act as a brace and hold the whole thing together. I used the wood glue on the braces in the back to make it a little bit stronger.
And that's it! I did the whole project in about 2 - 3 hours. I think it looks really good against the gray background, but I'm still not sure about the location. I plan on living with it for a while and I'll see how it goes from there.