Ashley Samuelu with Emiliejayne’s Front Porch explains a few easy craft and furniture projects you can make with naturally-distressed wood that has its own character and charm.
Turning Barn Wood Into Home Decor
Make the old new again with reclaimed barn wood in your home décor. Studio 5 featured a few easy craft and furniture projects you can make with naturally-distressed wood that has its own character and charm.
Tips for choosing barn wood:
• Go for character. If it’s got spots of wear, or knots or moss, you want it. Imperfection is personality!
• Let the wood speak. Sometimes by looking at a piece of wood you’ll get an idea for how it can be used.
• Buy a little more than you think you need. A little extra material gives you the flexibility to change plans or fix an error. Barn wood is hard to find in a pinch, and you’ll be glad you have reserves from a similar batch.
Start simple with a barn wood word plaque. These are so popular now, and easy to make. A light paint wash makes the backdrop for our 2-plank plaque, with the word “Italy” stenciled in dark paint. Rusted hooks are fun and functional.
Weathered wood takes the shape of a barn with this rustic twin-size headboard. Designer Ashley
Samuelu used a discarded twin-size headboard as a framework. For a creative twist, our headboard features a unique slide-on side shelf to hold a lamp or books. Use boards in any width for the main body of this project; ours is four barn wood planks, each 11-inches wide.
Width: 45 ½”
Height at peak: 66″
Height at side: 40″
Loft Door: 19×19″
Seasonal Hook Plate
Use weathered wood as a backdrop for a creative seasonal hook plate. Leave some rough, rustic edges of the barn board to give the piece charm and character. Add a set of wrought-iron hooks you already have, and change out seasonal decorations!
Height: approx 38″
Barn Wood Hutch
A little woodworking skill will take you a long way in building this barn wood shelf unit. Its relatively simple design is highly functional and very economical!. A versatile piece for many rooms, a barn wood hutch can be a showcase for collectibles, an office storage space, and a cute kitchen rack!
Base Finished size:
Width: 50 ¼”
Depth: 19 ¾”
Top Finished size:
Depth: 9 ¼”
Rest easy on barn wood benches that add a touch of whimsy to the porch or garden. You can get creative with style and structure, but here are a couple of sturdy benches that are easy to make.
Green bench finished size:
Height: 18 ½”
Width: 34 ¾”
Depth: 12 ½”
Finished size (back only):
Height at tallest point: 47 ½”
All of these finished ideas and more are featured at:
Emiliejayne’s Front Porch
3497 So. Highway 89, Bountiful, UT 84010
Emiliejayne’s is the hippest kind of consignment shop, a mecca for decorators and designers looking for fun stuff and a dash of creative whimsy.