This one is a $2 wooden heart,
And this one with a mother's prayer on it for $1.
I have been looking at some great reclaimed lumber projects on Pinterest lately, and I decided to try to make these cutesy country hearts into a couple of rustic hearts. No sawing with any power tools and very little sanding went into making these rustic, upcycled hearts.
I am going to use the back so I won't have to sand off the painted side with the Mother's prayer.
I roughed the heart up a bit with a hammer head, awl, and I also dragged the claw of the hammer across the heart for larger grooves and ruts.
I stained my heart with dark walnut stain.
I painted on some ivory and red acrylic paint. I did this in a messy fashion as almost all of it will be sanded off.
I left very little paint on the heart.
Lastly I applied two coats of a matte polyurethane, and hung the heart on the wall. A saw tooth frame hanger is nailed to the back.
I went through pretty much the same process with this one.
I flipped this one over too to distress the back and found the deep hanging groove in the wood.
I tried to make a few wider and deeper grooves in this one to distract from the deep groove on top.
I stained this one dark walnut, and painted it white and red too, but sanded off even more of the paint, leaving a trace of paint in the ruts and grooves.
The polyurethane brings out the rich wood tones.