How I attach boards together for my rustic farmhouse paintings. This is a form of DIY pallet to create endless types of art work for the cottage and farmhouse decor.
I love to paint on wood so I attach boards together in many different sizes to create my own rustic surfaces to paint art work on.
This is not rocket science but I thought I would share for anyone who wishes to know.
This particular painting was done on four 1 x 8 pine boards. I get mine at our local lumberyard but you can also get them at big box home stores like Home Depot and Lowes.
I stained these front and back as the finished product is going in a gallery. If I was doing the painting to put in my own home I would not worry about the back being stained or painted.
To attach them together I use 1 x 2 furring strips cut to fit the size of how many boards I choose to use for a particular painting.
The four 1 x 8s together equaled about 28.75 inches. So I cut the furring strips to 28″.
I applied glue to the backs and set them in place. (to see how I apply the glue click HERE, the only difference when it is on the back is you don’t care if some glue squishes out)
I pre-drill the holes for the screws to help prevent the strips from splitting.
You can see the hole between the two screws that have already been installed.
I put two screws into each board for a total of 8 screws in each furring strip.
The length of these screws is 1.5″.
Long enough to secure the strip to the board but not so long as to come thru the front.
As I am attaching the screws I am constantly checking that the boards are lining up along the edges and are as tight together as I can.
I don’t clamp as that seems to make the boards buckle.
There may be a trick to that which I don’t know so please if you do know, clue me in.
And now for the finished result.
A rustic painting surface for your art.
Easy as Pie.