This DIY Cathedral Arch Wall Décor idea is totally customizable! Just grab the blank wooden arch cutout and your favorite paint.
This DIY Cathedral Arch Wall Décor turned out to be a happy accident! I had started painting the arch white, then decided I wanted it in my studio…where I have white walls. So, I decided to take the project in another direction, but only after I had a light coat of white paint sporadically all over it. In order to salvage the cutout, I flipped it over. The following tutorial is what happened next!
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Supplies you’ll need for your DIY Cathedral Arch Wall Décor:
- Cathedral Arch
- Fluff Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel by Dixie Belle
- Brown Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle
- Black Best Dang Wax Dixie Belle
- Coffee Bean Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Clear Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle
- “RS” Dixie Belle Paint Brush
- Spray Bottle
Once I had my cutout flipped over, I started staining it using Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel and it dripped everywhere!
Y’all know I am “The Messiest Painter Ever”, right!?!
After I stained the entire surface and started wiping away the drips, it got all over the back and created an ugly mess.
So, I let the stain dry and then flipped it over and started sanding the stain drips off the back. Well, when I did that, I also started sanding the white I had on it from earlier. To my surprise I was actually liking the look, so I left some of the white and went ahead and stained it all.
Here is what it looked like with the stain and some of the fluff sporadically on it as well.
I was really liking the look, so I decided to get my Dixie Belle Brown wax out to deepen it a bit more.
After I added the Brown Wax, I decided to add a bit of Black wax in a few spots as well.
My best advice for situations like this – just play with it! If you don’t like it get some clear wax and remove some and keep playing until you get the look you want.
All done!! It really did come out perfect in the end and it totally compliments my white shiplap walls.
Now to my original look…why not make it two sided!?! After all, I love to change things up pretty regularly!
To begin, water down coffee bean to make a wash/ink consistency.
Grab a small brush and paint the watered down Coffee Bean Paint onto the surface like normal and then wipe it back using a clean cloth.
You will play with this part as well, took too much, just add more.
Add layers of the Coffee Bean wash, wiping it back after every coat until you gain your desired finish.
Once you have achieved the coverage you want, let it dry. We will use a wet distress technique for the rest of the project.
To wet distress, simply take a damp cloth and lightly rub off the paint in areas you prefer.
Remember if you get too much just add more paint. There is no right or wrong! Just try and use a light hand as you go.
At this point, I took a little much off, so I added a bit more paint with a light hand.
I am liking how it is looking so far.
Now, let’s add some black wax as it will darken the stained part and deepen the coffee bean color to look more like black.
Just rub the Black Was into the surface using a clean cloth.
Don’t forget the edges!! Be sure and wipe any in order to avoid it puddling onto the other side. Remember, we want it to be two-sided!
Here’s the finished product!
Another great look that compliments the crisp white walls in my studio.
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