As someone who loves making things around my home, you have to know that I live in home improvement and craft stores. I’m in there at least once a week. You also have to know that I scour magazines and online tutorials for inspiration for my next project. Lately, I’ve been working on bigger projects around my home which take up a lot of my time. They require a lot of planning and sometimes I get overwhelmed because I plan things out, but when I really get into the thick of it I realize that I may be in over my head. After finishing up the last of my projects and traveling for about a month for the summer I decided not to tackle any big projects for a while. However, I still get an itch to be crafty sometimes. It’s just something about having paint-stained clothes, glue on my fingertips, or sawdust on my shoes that makes me happy.
I knew that I wanted to do something, but at first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make. Everything that came to mind that I was going to be a big project. I finally decided to make a Faux Stained Wood Plaque to add to my collection of inspirational quotes I have around my home. It didn’t require any wood-cutting, strong-smelling stains, or stenciling. It was a pretty easy project! To get started on my project, I pulled up the new Joann mobile app! When I first logged in there were tons of other projects that tempted me. I loved how the app shows the skill level and time required to finish each of the projects. I really wanted to try some of them out, but I had to stay focused. Next came my shopping list. I didn’t need that many supplies to complete my mini-project, but I still used the Joann mobile app Shopping List so I wouldn’t forget anything. I was also able to check if there were any coupons available for me to use on my purchase prior to heading out to the store. I bought the supplies I needed, which include an unfinished wood plaque, brown acrylic paint, paint brushes, wood glue, and metal embellishments and letters. Using the brush, I painted the brown onto the wood and before the paint dried I used a damp rag to wipe off some of the color until it resembled wood stain. I allowed the wood to dry. Using the wood glue, I attached the metal embellishments to the wood and allowed the glue to dry. Once the glue was dry I was able to spray clear sealant onto the wood. I made sure the area was well-ventilated. I was able to share the entire process on the new Joann mobile app in a short video. All I had to do was choose “Create Video Project” and make a selection for each of the sections. The upload was super easy! My faux stained wood plaque came out beautifully and thanks to the Joann mobile app, the shopping process was a breeze! You can download the Joann mobile app through iOS and Android! What new projects will you share on the Joann mobile app? I’d love to see you share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!