How to Make Your Own Barn Wood

Whether you're creating a rustic interior or adding distressed wood accents to a modern decor scheme, barn wood is a popular choice. And the good news is, you don't have to mess with piles of old chipped wood or pay exorbitant prices for the barn wood look. You can easily turn cheap pine boards into rustic boards that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. In this story, we will give you a recipe to do just that. The 2 x 6-meter boards we use to create our authentic "aged barn wood" cost around $ 4 each.

Step by Step to Make Your Own Barn Wood

Tools Required

  • Angle grinder
  • Awl
  • brush knot cup
  • Claw Hammer
  • Paint roller
  • Utility knife

Step 1: anchor the tables

  • Attach the board to the sawhorses with 6d finish nails.

Pro Tip: Tweezers get in the way of the polishing process, that's why we nailed the boards to the trestles.

Note: The steps shown here are for wearing down one side of the boards. If both sides of the board are visible, turn it over and repeat the steps.

Step 2: grind the edges and tips

  • With the grinder turning inward, make random grooves on the edges of the plate.
  • Rounds off the factory edges.
  • Grind the ends of the boards to make them look worn.

Step 3: erode the surface

  • Remove some of the soft wood from between the growth rings (darker wood grains) by running the cup brush across the board.

Pro tip: follow the grain pattern. The growth rings are stiffer and will remain, while the brush will wear away the softer wood between them.

Step 4: make realistic wormholes

  • Punch groups of "wormholes" in a random pattern with the awl.
  • Lengthen some of the holes by tilting the punch down after drilling.
  • Space the hole groups 6 to 12 inches apart.

Step 5: add teeth

  • Make dents with a hammer claw or just about any dull tool, metal pipe, or even a chain.
  • Group the pleats in random patterns across the board.

Step 6: carve divisions

  • Cut softwood along the grain to simulate a crack or enlarge an existing crack.
  • Make false cracks on the edges of the boards or along the edges.

Step 7: make the saw blade marks

  • Move the grinder in a series of arcs to create the look of old "sawn" wood.

Pro tip: add this pattern to some of your boards for a change.

Step 8: Start with a base coat

  • Pass the first coat of stain. Covers the frame completely.
  • Wipe off excess with a cotton cloth.
  • Let this coat dry for about five minutes before moving on to the next coat of stain.

Step 9: touch the dark spot

  • Dip a crumpled cotton cloth into the dark stain and apply it to the plate in random stains.
  • Spread the stains with the cloth to create an uneven layer of dark stain.

Step 10: finish with a gray stain

  • With a separate cotton cloth, wipe off a layer of gray stain.

Note: this layer may be more consistent than the dark layer.

  • Wipe off excess stains with a dry cotton cloth until you get the aged look you want.

Pro Tip: If you want the added protection of a clear finish over the stain, let the stain dry overnight before applying a coat or two of flat polyurethane.

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