After measuring the area where these would be installed I determined the measurements around 52 inches long and between 18-20 inches wide. Using 1x4 Cedar fence picket board I cut to length at 52inches. 6 boards side by side made up 22inches I decided to go with the for width.
After painting and updating the exterior of our house we were looking for a way to add some more modern accents. Here is what I did.
Step 1 determine size
Step 2 Start pattern
After cutting each piece down to length and laying out on work bench I then used the cutoff pieces to start my design. 6 boards made it pretty simple to find my center point. I aligned each piece starting at bottom corners to the center. Staggering for the herringbone pattern.
Step 3 Continue pattern
I then cut pieces to size and continued my pattern I had started securing each piece using a brad nailer and finishing nails. Continue this for the entire length of your boards.
Step 4 Cut flush
Once entire pattern has been complete I then turned the project over and cut all of the edges off flush using a circular saw. This keeps the time and guess work out of determining all of the angles in the beginning.
Step 5 Add frame
Using a table saw I ripped a few of the fence boards right down the middle. I used these pieces to make a frame/boarder around the edges. This section was also secured using brad nailed with slightly longer nails for a better hold.
Step 6 Finishing
At this point I lightly sanded all edges and entire front using an orbital sander and 180 grit paper. I then painted my from using an exterior black paint that was used on trim for the house. These are now mounted next to windows on the deck for a shutter look. May add some pots and flowers to these at a later date but definitely a nice touch all alone.
Step 7 Build another
Using slightly different measurements I made another one for the front of the house and attached our house numbers and mounted for a beautifully updated accent. Sky’s the limit with DIY