How to Create a Slate Wall Hanging
Got some reclaimed roofing slate left over after having your roof done? Here’s a great way to use it up and simultaneously find yourself with a brand new decoration for your house – and even better, one that you made yourself. This is also a great project for bringing the family together at the weekend, since it’s easy to get the kids involved so long as there are adults on hand to take care of the more tricky parts of the crafting. Without further ado, here’s what you need to know:
Step One – Preparing the Slate
To get the slate ready, the first thing you’ll want to do is measure the desired size and shape. This is the trickiest part of the process: use a slate cutter and remember to watch out for your fingers – safety first! Then, you’ll want to carefully measure and drill two holes for the rope to be threaded through. The easiest way to get this right is to hold the slate over the edge of the table with one hand and drill with the other.
Wipe the slate clean before you move onto step 2!
Step Two – Sketch Out Your Design
If you want to paint a base coat over your slate then now is the time to do it. If you’d rather keep the natural look of the slate instead then nobody would blame you – it’s certainly beautiful – but be aware that it will be harder to paint your design directly onto the slate’s surface.
Whichever choice you go for, now it’s time to grab a pencil and sketch out the design you want; whether it’s a few words (“Home Sweet Home”) or a full mural is entirely up to you.
Step Three – Get Painting
Now it’s time to grab the paints (and the kids) and bring your design to life. For the best results you’ll want to use a high quality acrylic paint, and take your time over the details. After your design is dry, spray over it with a clear acrylic spray paint to add a layer of protection – you’ll also want to make sure that no pencil marks are visible.
Step Four – Hang Your Handiwork
Once everything is dry and ready, it’s time for the fun part – hanging the slate for the world to admire. For a rustic look, especially if you’ve kept the original slate surface as the background, a thick piece of rope finishes of the design, while for something more contemporary you can use leather.
If you have a more ambitious slating project in mind then we can help; take a look at our services online and contact us if you want more information – you can get in touch at 01829 262 600.