Weathered wood hearts: good idea for reuse if i have to remove the old painted oak in my mudroom. Oak is a hard wood that lasts for generations. It’s a shame to throw such durable materials away if you’ve remodeled a mus room or out building. They might look aged and in need of paint, but that is quality highly sought after. It’s called character. Try making these simple hearts out of the left over materials and use them as decorative pieces. You’ll have people drawn to them like a bee to honey. Here’s how you do it
1) Lay out the pieces of oak you have and determine how big you can and want to make the hearts.
2) Create a cardboard stencil of the heart shape and size you desire.
3) Place the stencil over the oak and trace out the pattern.
4) Use a jigsaw to cut out the pieces. Start at the base of the heart and continue up around one of the lobes. Go back down to the base and cut the other side.
5) Sand the pieces with graduating finer grains of sandpaper for a smooth finish on the edges.
6) Decide where to place your new treasures to show them off!
You can always strip the paint and repaint or stain, but the aged rustic effect is very nice.