Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Barn Board Shelf

A few weeks ago, my mom and I got a stack of barn board for really, really cheap (thanks to my good friend Erin!). We have been brainstorming ideas on what we can do with all this wood.

I love the different widths and faded colors!

Our first project was a long shelf for my parents main-floor family room. We started by lining up a few boards that were the width that we wanted for the shelf.

My parents found these unfinished shelf brackets at Lowe's. They wanted a more distressed look to go with the weathered wood so I rubbed on some black paint and sanded the edges.

We had just recently painted this end of the room a mossy-green color. The picture below is the closest to the true color of the walls. We took down the pictures that were hanging there and hung the brackets and shelf above the TV.

This is where we get so excited about how good it looks that
we forget to take pictures until it is finished and styled!!!

By the time it was finished, it was late and I wish I would have taken a shot of this wall from across the whole room (this is the far side of an open kitchen/ breakfast/ family room).

We love how versitale it is and have lots of ideas on how to change it and even make it seasonal.

1 board--$2.00
3 shelf brackets--$12.00
Black paint--$0...already had
Accessories--$0...already had

For a Grand Total of: $14

Now...on to a wood project at my house!


  1. This turned out great! I, too, have a thing for old barn wood! I really like how you "aged" the brackets.

  2. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Remodelaholic. Of course I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Your idea, to take the "old" boards, is fantastic!

    Take care

  3. Ooooohhhh - love it! Old wood is my fav! Hopping over from Handy Man, Crafty woman.

    Following to see what you come up with next :)

    Jill @ JunkyVagabond

  4. Oh my for sure. I just found this site today and am I ever glad I did. Coming over from Handy Man, Crafty Woman. Wonderful work you did.

  5. That's a great project! I love the look of old, aged wood.