Are you as amazed as I am that January has just flown by?  Sometimes January can be a bit draggy… especially in Canada but this year it has been so busy that February and Valentine’s Day just kind of snuck up on me.

If felt good this week to pick up my paintbrush again and work on a little project after the Home and Remodeling show.  I wanted to make a new piece of Valentine art that had a rustic vibe to it.  an old table top reclaimedAs I was cleaning up and putting things away, I found this old piece of wood in my stash.  It used to be a table top that I salvaged from a broken table on the side of the road.  It was peeling, crooked and sad… perfect for my project.

Here is how to create your own piece of rustic Valentine art…

drawing out a heart on a painted board1. Paint the board with white paint.  I used Miss Mustard Seed Farmhouse White.  You only need one coat since you want the piece to have an old, worn look to it.

2. Draw a heart to the right side of the wood.  I used a pencil to draw out my heart and then just painted right over it.  I didn’t mind if the pencil showed through a bit, it just added the feel of textured wood lines.  adding wax lines to a heart before painting pinkadding wax lines to a painted heart3.  Add some wax lines to the heart.  The wax keeps the paint from adhering in those spots and makes the heart appear to be made out of separate boards.  painting a pink heart on reclaimed wood with Coutry Chic Paint in Vintage Cupcake

adding wax lines to a pink heart4. Paint the heart.  I used Country Chic Paint in Vintage Cupcake and painted right over the wax lines. adding a stencilled key to Valentine art5.  Add the “Key to your heart”.  Use a key stencil to make a key on the opposite side of the board as the heart.  I stenciled the key using Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black. drawing out a string before painting6. Add some vintage hardware and a painted ribbon to connect the two.  The vintage hardware adds another dimension to the piece. I added a piece of from a stash I found awhile ago and then drew out and painted a ribbon to connect the two.  vintage hardware used to make Valentine artchippy pink Country Chic Paint in Vintage Cupcake7. Finish the piece off with a light sanding.painted key on reclaimed wood painted whitereclaimed wood Valentine artThis rustic Valentine art looks lovely on my shelf and adds a touch of whimsy to my Living Room. In under an hour I had some new art and saved an old board from the trash.

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?  If so, I’d love to see what you’ve created!

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The Key to My Heart Valentine Art**Please note that this post includes Affiliate links, for your convenience, for products that are used in this project that I have tried and use regularly.  By using the link, it in no way increases the cost of the product to you should you choose to buy.  However, by using the link, a small portion of the sale is given back to me to help fund this blog.**


I have 2 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. Lisa, I LOVE this project. I’d keep it up year round … I live with 3 gremlins who have my heart, and it’s nice to be reminded of this when they’re not so sweet. 😉 I too have lots of extra wood and hardware. If I get around to making one, I’ll be sure to alter and of course give you credit. (When I pinned it, I saw the FJ Donna has also pinned it … you should get tons of traffic! :D) Take care, Cynthia

    • Aww thanks Cynthia! It was a fun little project to make. Sometimes it’s the simple ones that you end up loving the most 🙂 I can’t wait to see yours if you make it <3

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