Barn wood accent wall from scratch

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Project by jaycidesigns posted 01-06-2016 07:35 PM 1595 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build a barn wood accent wall with reclaimed barn wood, only to find out later that, “oh yeah, by the way, the reclaimed barn wood contact fell thru, so do you think you could just make it from scratch?”

I took it as a challenge and decided to give it a try. This project ended up being a lot of fun and turned out really well… Well, at least the customer was really pleased!

I used a mixture of 4×6x and 8×1” cedar I picked up from Menards. I used some distressing techniques to give the wood an aged look. To achieve the greyish aged color, I dissolved steel wool in white vinegar and diluted it with water to get several different shades. This provided me with a good base color on the wood to work with. To get the final look I wanted, I used whitewash paint to go over some areas that needed to be brightened up and also give it a nice contrast from the darker stained boards.

To speed up the install, I decided to build the wall in two sections in my shop and then transport the sections to the job site. I mounted the cedar boards to the wall, which I built out of 1×4’s, which really helped visualize how the end product was going to look.

-- Jason Rice, Indianapolis, IN

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#1 posted 01-07-2016 02:07 AM

A lot of work with nice results.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 05:57 AM

great results in obtaining a rustic look… well done…

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 03:51 PM

Very nice!

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