I found a lady who had a dollar section of items that were cut down a bit (most pieces were 12'+). When people cut it down she re-sells the scraps for $1/lf. NOW we're talking.
I lined up the pieces until I had a design I liked, then had them trim off any edges I didn't like and I was on my way! If you're in the market for barnwood let me know - i'll send you her location!
Whats awesome is on some of the pieces, the location was stamped to the wood. I also got a few pieces with the original saw marks on them (piece furthest to the right)! I brought the pieces home, washed them down and assembled them in a pattern I liked. Attaching them together is SUPER easy. Grab some scrap wood that fits the length of the artwork. Then just drill screws through the two pieces from the back side:
Some of my pieces had different depths, so I used some scrap wood to fill in the gaps so the front was level.
Then I flipped er back over and gave it a good sanding. There was alot of nails in these boards, some I hammered through and kept and others looked dangerous so I removed them with a pliers. I stained this piece LIGHTLY (barnwood is very dry so it soaks up stain more than normal) with some walnut just to make it a bit more cohesive and bring out the patterns - but the wood looked sweet as is so do you!
For my little project, I found two pieces that were 4' x 1' and hoarded them away. I screwed the two pieces together, sanded, and printed out a little message. I hand cut that out, because finding my stack of carbon paper was just NOT going to happen mid-basement renovation.
I traced over the letters...obligatory pencil tracing detail shot:
And painted on two coats of a gloss white paint.
To hang both pieces I screwed in two 50lb hinges to the back and used picture hanging wire between them. That way you only need to put one screw in the wall and you're done!