Modern Semicircle Wall Decor

15 Materials
5 Hours

I love unique wall decor! I nearly always make it rather than buy it. If you have some basic woodworking skills, you can definitely make these modern semicircle wall decor items. Follow the below step-by-step tutorial for all the details!

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Cut out wood semicircles

Using a jigsaw, cut out 3 semicircles with 9″ diameters from your 1″ x 12″ x 4′ boards. There are two ways that you can cut out a perfect circle. You can use a saw guide specifically made for cutting out circles or you can use a pencil and string to draw a perfect circle onto the wood. If you use the latter method, first place a nail in the wood where the center of your circle would be. Tie a string around it and tie the other end of the string around a pencil. The length of the string from the nail to your pencil will determine how big your circle is. Then simply draw your circle by guiding the pencil around the nail in a circular motion, keeping the string taut at all times.

Sand wood

Next use a random orbital sander or sandpaper to sand down your cut pieces of wood. I started with 120 grit since my wood was already relatively smooth. I then moved on to 220 grit to get a really smooth surface.

Wipe off wood with a tack cloth

You will want to have clean dust-free wood prior to finishing it. Simply wipe it down with a tack cloth.

Apply a pre-stain wood conditioner

To ensure even coverage of stain, first apply a pre-stain wood conditioner using a rag or synthetic brush. Since I’m using a water-based stain, I need to use a water-based pre-stain wood conditioner. If I was using an oil-based stain, I would want to use an oil-based pre-stain wood conditioner.

Allow the wood conditioner to penetrate the wood for 1-5 minutes. Wipe off the excess with a rag.

Allow it to dry for 15-30 mins. Then lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any raised grain. Only one coat is needed.

Apply stain and paint

Apply a Pure White semi-transparent color stain using a rag, synthetic brush or foam brush. Wipe it off immediately (< 2 minutes) with a rag. It only takes an hour to dry.

When dry, use painter's tape and Krylon chalky finish paint to paint on a horizontal line near the bottom of each semicircle.

Apply a wax to the surfaces

I chose to use Minwax Grain Highlighting Finishing Wax. This wax adds a protective coat and also highlights the grain, giving it a gorgeous look and feel.

First mix the wax. Then, using a rag, apply the wax in a circular motion, making sure to evenly cover the surface.

After 3-5 minutes, remove the excess wax using a rag and moving against the grain. You will see that the wax sets into the grain of the wood, leaving a beautiful effect! 

Attach D ring hangers to the back of the semicircles

First measure to ensure that your hangers are evenly spaced. Pre-drill small holes and screw in the D ring hangers with a screwdriver or drill.

Hang them on the wall and you are all set! I hope that you enjoyed this modern wall decor tutorial.

If you're interested in making more modern items for your home, such as a console table, click here to read how to make it.

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  • Luci Hedley Luci Hedley on Nov 08, 2020

    i really like your style, unfortunately i own a really old home in rural Australia, and this decor certainly does not suit. may have to sell up and move to a modern unit on the beach ..... i wish!

    • Haha, yea, it's always hard to try to meld your home's natural style with your personal preference. Completely get that!

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Oct 26, 2022

    It’s so enjoyable to see all the ways to decorate, even when it won’t be appropriate to my own home. Lovely, artistic accents💕