Home Depot Monthly Gift Challenge-Rustic Centerpiece

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I cannot believe we’re already half way through May! The middle of the month means only one thing around here: The Home Depot monthly gift challenge of course.:) If you’re just tuning in, each month a dozen or so crazy talented bloggers and myself team up to make a DIY creation using one item from Home Depot and then give it away as a gift. This month’s item: a 2×4 piece of wood and the recipient: a new home owner. Oh, the possibilities…

*Home Depot in no way sponsors this post, but we spend a lot of time (and money) there, so we thought we’d blog about it.**

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 What you need:

-1 piece of 2×4

-tape measure

-saw (or table saw)

-3 small jars (1 3/4 inches in diameter at the top or whatever your hole saw dimensions are. Mine are from Michaels)

-hole saw (1 3/4 inches-should correspond to your jars) with drill

-hammer and nails (or a pneumatic nail gun)

-paint brush

-speed square (optional-used for accurate cuts)

For the weathered look:

-1 small package of 0000 (fine) Steel wool

-1 cup of vinegar

-1 black tea bag

Here’s how to make the centerpiece:

2x4 start

1. Cut your 2×4 into 4 pieces (2 pieces should measure 24 inches and 2 should measure 7 inches or whatever you desire). Use the speed square for accuracy.

**Note: I let our 2×4 piece of wood sit outside for several weeks to speed up the aging process.**

2. Using a tape measure, determine where you want your jars on the top piece of the wood (ours are 7 inches apart). Make sure they are even and centered.

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3. Using your hole saw (1 3/4 inch), drill three holes into the top piece of wood.

2x4 hole saw

4. Nail the four pieces of wood together in the shape of a rectangle (top and bottom are 24 inches and the sides are 7 inches).

2x4 nail

5. The jars should fit snugly in the holes, but wait until you’ve stained the piece before securing them in.

Staining the piece:

1. Tear the steel wool pad into small pieces and place in a jar.

2. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the jar and seal it. Shake it well and let it sit for 24 hours.

3. When the above mixture is ready, boil 1 cup of water and pour it into a cup with the black tea bag.

4. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes.

5. In a separate large bowl, pour the vinegar mixture (should be slightly gray as pictured below) in followed by the tea. Stir the two together well.

2x4 stain

6. Using your paint brush, apply a generous coat of the stain to the wood. For a darker gray, stain the wood multiple times. The stain will appear brown at first on the wood, but as it dries it will turn grayish.

2x4 staining

**I gotta say, I was pretty skeptical about this concoction, but to my total surprise, it worked beautifully! And keep in mind, the color of the wood looks a little different in each setting. I also did a little editing to mix it up a bit. **

Once again, I wasn’t quite sure how to wrap this guy, but one of these months I’ll get it together.:)

So, what do you think? Kind of makes me what to run around in a giant wheat field, sun shining, arms open wide.

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2x4 done 2


2x4 done


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If you’re looking for more 2×4 inspiration, then look no further! Make sure to check out some fabulous 2×4 projects below. Their creativity is so contagious!

Happy wood working my friends.:)

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24 Responses to Home Depot Monthly Gift Challenge-Rustic Centerpiece

    • Thank you, Amy! Glad you like the stain too.:) I wasn’t quite sure about it, but it turned out pretty well (even though it smells faintly of vinegar if you get up close to it).:)

    • Thanks, Emily! I was amazed this little concoction worked for me. If there’s a way to screw a DIY project up, I usually find it.:) The DIY odds must have been in my favor this time.:)

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