Reclaimed Wood Wall

April 1, 2015

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Look at this face… it’s a happy face. Recently, we had the opportunity to save some vintage barn board. We learned this crumbling old farm house was going to be burned down, it obviously wasn’t safe anymore, and really couldn’t be used for much. So, we sprang into action, crowbars in hand, so we could save those lovely, chippy boards.

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

But what’s the plan for all those boards, you might be asking? Well, this might sound crazy but… we wanted to rebuild that old barn board wall in a new location. And, here she is…

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

My husband and I were tasked with, how to make this entrance area (at work), a little more welcoming. The current entrance was a bit cold, not so inviting, and the giant cube of doors was a little awkward. Sore thumb syndrome. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

See how it sort of jets out, and looks like it doesn’t belong? We had to figure out a non-demo way to incorporate it into the space and get it looking like it belongs there. Enter the barn board…

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

I mean look at this place! And, look at those boards! Years of chipped paint, weathered to perfection. This was the ticket!

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As we collected board after board, (this is our idea of a great date day), I was trying to scam ways to keep some for myself. But, no cigar. So we loaded up the trailer and took it to its new home.

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

After that, it was about re-assembly. The siding boards from the old farmhouse still fit together perfectly. We used new lumber to frame out the edges to give it a nice clean look.

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

And, here she sits today, looking like she belongs. The new home is an outdoorsy kind of place, so all these vintage boards, fit right in! So gorgeous!

 

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

Here’s a close up of where the old meets new… fantastic!

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

I need a wall like this in my house. I call dibs on the next farmhouse!! Speaking of that old beauty, let’s take another peek at that old looker…

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

Isn’t that interior turquoise, the BEST?! That was such a great surprise.

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

Ring ring! Anybody home?

DIY - Rebuilding a barn board wall with vintage farm house boards.

Thanks old gal. You will be truly appreciated for many, many, years to come!

Using vintage farmhouse or barn boards to make a dramatic interior accent wall, with personality!

27 thoughts on “Reclaimed Wood Wall

  1. Lori

    What did you do to clean or prep the barn wood, so it could be on an interior wall? Is anything really needed to be done?

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Hi Lori. We didn’t prep the wood in anyway. My only suggestions, if you’re unsure, is to test the paint for lead paint. And, inspect for rot or infestation. We were good to go on all counts, so we just cut and screwed into the wall. We used new lumber for the corners, and baseboards. :)

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  2. Deborah S

    Hi. I really like how your project turned out.
    I want to know how you scored the boards! Did you know the owners of the property and get permission, or did you just go get them? I see so many long abandoned houses and barns along the hiways and byways that I’d like to just stop and prowl around for select treasure to rescue, but I’m always afraid I’ll get in trouble.
    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Thanks Deborah! Yes. We knew the owners and had permission to go remove the boards. It was slotted for demo, so we just had to go save them! I definitely would not take anything without permission, it can’t hurt to ask the owners of the property if they would mind you taking the boards or selling them to you. Good luck on the hunt!

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  4. Linda S

    Love it! May I ask what species wood you used for the new trim pieces AND what exact stain did you use….I’m trying to come up with stain for new knotty alder wood windows so I can trim out in Barnwood (opposite you did). This would help me so much! Thanks!

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Thanks so much, Linda! We just used plain pine from the hardware store. As for the stain… this project was actually completed some time ago, and I didn’t keep track. However, I know it was a Behr product from Home Depot, and if my memory is correct, it was called “driftwood” (but, I’m not positive)… Hope that helps! Good luck with your project!

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