I love Quakies. They remind my of my childhood at our cabin. So this is what I based my colors on, Yellow, Black, White and Grey.
The wall behind my couch is ginorm. I have 12 ft ceilings and I have had the hardest time finding some kind of artwork that is cheap and huge. (Not a very friendly combo). In june I was at our family reunion in Cedar City, UT. My uncle lives in the middle of nowhere out there and every time we would drive past his house I would see these trees, so on our way home the last day I stopped on the side of the road and gathered some cut branches. I had no idea yet what I was going to do with them but I knew it would be cheap and cool. This is what I came up with...
I got 2 pieces of 4x4 subflooring wood from Homie Depots and had them cut each in half.
Cost: $6.00 a Piece ($12.00) but I only used 3 so I guess $9.00.
Then I mixed grey oops paint with water. After doing one board I hated it. It was to grey. So I added a bunch more water and some black tole paint swirled in to give it a little bit of dimension. I started out with a brush but gave up and used a sponge and covered each piece of wood.
Then I took one of my favorite products in the world Ralph Lauren Faux Glaze in Black Silk and brushed it on just the outer parts.
Then I rubbed rubbed rubbed. I did this twice to get the color level that I wanted.
This is what they looked like in the morning after they dried.
I took my Quakie branches and tried to Gorilla Epoxy them on. It didn't work so I just ended up using finishing nails. That's also how I mounted it to my wall.
See how much dimension they have? LOVE it!
I love how they are so organic looking.
Total Cost Of This Treasure:
Everything else I had on hand
I just love being cheap!