A Huge Thank You to Wagner for supplying us with the tool in creating a custom accent wall piece that is truly one of a kind!
Sometimes the perfect tool comes along to help in Creating a Custom Accent Wall Piece. Enter the Wagner Furno Heat Gun.
If you have been following along with my stories on Instagram, then you know we've been renovating our Recording Studio.
For those of you who don't know, Trent and I are professional musicians who met and fell in love at music school in college. Every home we've owned has had a designated room for us to practice and record.
Any music room, movie room, or home theater needs to have proper acoustics for the best sound. In the past, we've made panels out of black fabric and though that helped control the sound, they certainly lacked style.
We wanted to make a piece that not only helped with the acoustics of our room but one that would also add beauty. We decided to use wood and create a panel that would help diffuse the sound and knew it could look killer!
When we attended the Haven Conference this past summer, Trent and I had the opportunity to try some of Wagner Spraytech's tools. That's when the inspiration struck! After getting the chance to apply high-temperature heat to a few wood samples, we knew this was the exact look we wanted!
Here are the steps to Creating a Custom Accent Wall Piece with wood-burned accents for your home.
Creating a Custom Accent Wall Piece
We started by cutting 4" x 4" x 8' fir wood posts into 1 - 2 inch thickness on 15 degree angles. Make sure the wood is untreated!
Only one side is cut at that angle, leaving one side flat to attach to your frame. We also integrated several pieces cut without an angle into the design.
Next, we started playing around with charring techniques.
We wanted variety in the wood pieces and this is where the fun really began!
The Wagner FURNO 700 Digital Heat Gun has variable temperature settings ranging from 125°F - 1300°F plus multiple fan speeds. The large LCD screen lets you view the temperature adjustments in increments of 10°F. These features allow you to have precise control for any project.
Right from the start we noticed that Wagner has made it very easy to create a consistent look with even heat while remaining cool in your hands. The soft-grip handle is also very comfortable and never felt heavy in our hands even after using it for long periods of time.
Here are some of our first sample pieces ranging from light to heavily charred.
Now - the heavily charred look did take a longer time to execute, but it was so fun to watch the wood transform.
Look at that smoke! How fun! If you are wanting to achieve a heavily charred look like this, we recommend working in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.
We spent about a day charring all the wood pieces. We opted to paint a few wood pieces black to add some depth as well as leave some pieces natural to create a true variegated effect.
Next, we built the frame. The height and width can vary to whatever size you want. Just remember, the larger the piece, the heavier it will be to hang.
Our piece measured 40 inches by 45 inches.
The back is made of 1/4 inch plywood that we spray painted flat black.
The sides are made from 1.5" x .75" poplar pieces. Using a table saw, we cut an off-center channel in each piece to slide the plywood backing into. By adding a channel to the wood, it ensures a tight fit for the backing and helps with stability. We then stained each piece using black stain and finished with a coat of satin poly.
Next we built three sides of the frame using a nail gun. Then we slid the plywood backing into the slotted frame and nailed the final side of the frame into place. Finally, we ran a bead of wood glue around the edges for extra strength.
I love these embellishments Trent added to the sides! He used four 1/4" button plugs stained brown.
Now it was time for the fun part! Assembling the wood pieces.
However, we quickly realized that we made a slight miscalculation and ended up with a happy little mistake.
Our original plan was for creating a custom accent wall piece with wood pieces that filled the entire frame. But when we started assembling them, they didn't quite fit exactly due to slight variations in thickness of the fir timbers.
So, I played around with the pieces and settled on a modified cross design. We love it!
Once we finalized where each wood block would go, we used construction adhesive to secure each piece in place.
Let it dry overnight and you've got a custom piece of art for your home.
Because of the size and materials used, we hung it across two studs and it's gorgeous! Just look!
By combining the natural wood and black pieces along with the charred wood, it creates a beautiful variegated effect.
We have a beautiful accent piece that also diffuses sound and is super cool!
And we wouldn't have thought of this idea if it weren't for the Wagner Furno 700 Heat Gun. Besides the beautiful appearance we achieved with this product, we also loved the safety features it offers like the cool down mode with it's built-in stand and protective side bars that prevent the hot nozzle from touching your work surface.
One hundred and one uses indeed! You can use it for tons of household tasks like softening putty and caulk, thawing frozen pipes, removing paint, decals and more. Head over to Wagner's website for more info on this amazing product!
Or for making awesome DIY Artwork like this!
I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and listen to your creative side.