Such Gorgeous Sleepers Need to Be Displayed

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We found a place nearby that sells sleeper planks. It's the most amazing place to visit with all this beautiful wood of various lengths. We bought these 2 planks merely because we loved the wood, but no idea what to do with it.
We have such lovely bird life visiting our garden that I was inspired to put these up as outdoor art. Again my husband had the task of cleaning them, and they came out beautifully. What a canvas to paint on. The blue I used was what I have left after painting my bookshelf. I was also looking for an excuse to use it again. We sealed it afterwards with exterior sealnt.
Here's the end product up on our garden wall. love them and they fit in so well with our visitors.

Suggested materials:

  • Sleeper planks, sander, acrylic paint and exterior sealant

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  • Karen Sklar Karen Sklar on Dec 03, 2016
    Are sleepers dangerous to sand because of creosote?

    • Samantha Samantha on Dec 04, 2016
      They do contain creosote, but my husband wore a safety mask when sanding. It's also best to wash them with washing soda or the likes a couple of times before sanding. In RSA a product Woodoc makes wood revivor which he used. It doesn't get rid of all the creosote but it's a lot less when having to sand..

  • Karen Sklar Karen Sklar on Dec 04, 2016