Create a custom barn wood accent wall
SUPPLIES, COLORS AND TIPS
COST LESS CARPET, COLUMBIA FALLS, MT
I used 1 bundle of barnwood that was enough to cover this one wall. Follow this link if you need help with figuring the square footage you need: https://www.wallcoverings.org/page/HowtoEstimate
PAINT SUPPLIER, MIXING PANS & PAINTBRUSH:
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PAINT COLORS I USED:
1. Pure White SW7005
2. Rice Grain SW6155
3. Dorian Gray SW7017
I purchased “sample pots” of paint for around $5 each. The barnwood I purchased was quite orange/rust colored so by adding this wash it softened the colors for a more cohesive blend.
PAINT WASH TIPS:
Mix paint and water- 1 part paint/ 2 parts water. More water can be added to further dilute color as desired. Be aware that the color will fade as the paint soaks in and dries. Aditional layers of wash can be added. Be sure to paint the sides and ends as barnwood typically varies in depths so these ends will show in random spots.
Paint the wall behind the barnwood the dominant color that is being used in your design or you can use black paper tacked up behind the wood. The wall behind the wood will show through any knots, and also wood has a tendency to shrink so this will help hide any gaps that appear.
When installing, be sure to mix colors and sizes to create a nice random layout.
STEP 1- SET UP
Set up sawhorses or tables and protect workspace from spills & overflow with paper, plastic or cardboard. I chose to set up in the garage where clean up was easy if were to spill.
STEP 2- MIX PAINT & WATER
Mix 1 part paint & 2 parts water and stir well. My goal was to allow some of the original color and wood grain to come through.
STEP 3- DIVIDE UP BARNWOOD
Divide up the amount of barnwood boards you have by the number of paint wash colors you are using. Be sure to mix widths and lengths so each color has varying sizes.
STEP 4- ADD PAINT WASH
Add wash to each board using strokes that go with the grain of the wood. Depending on the starting color of the wood and how porous the wood is, each board will take the color differently. Be sure to hit the sides, ends and knot holes in each board.
STEP 5- ADD MORE WASH AS DESIRED
Boards will darken as they dry. You can add more layers of wash but as you do, the boards look more “painted” and less weathered so start with light applications and build up to your desired look.
STEP 6- INSTALLATION
Mix the colors as you go and for step by step install instructions I recommend visiting: http://www.jimmybarnwood.com/reclaimed-wood-inc/how-to-install-reclaimed-wood-wall-planks-over-drywall