DIY Barnwood Art

I have a SUPER easy/quick tutorial here today on how to make an AWESOME statement piece for a room. Do you have a blank wall just SCREAMING for attention!? WELL, in the base I wanted the back of the bar to have a fun sign. I went to my trusty salvage store (Hunt & Gather) and came out empty handed - the horror! SO, when a friend asked to make her a fun piece for her command center, I tag-teamed that with my own little piece of art. Here's what she wanted:

 SO, the first thing you need for ANY barnwood project is, well, BARNWOOD. Farmers are tearing down barns all over MN (either to sell the land, or build new) and people are PAYING the farmers to tear it down for them! CRAZY HUH?? Well, then they store the barn and sell it to us suckers. I went to two places where they sold barnwood, and it was going for around $4/linear foot. SO, that means for the project above it would be about $75+ in materials. UH NO.

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!

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