Apr 23, 2012
Barn Wood Repurposed
We have been doing some much needed repairs to our barn over the last month. This means scrap wood! Yeah!! Parts of our barn had to be cut away to make the necessary repairs. Thankfully my husband knows how much I love reusing wood and he always sets it aside. He knows it won't take me long to figure out how to re-use it!
I was able to sneak some artsy-crafty time for myself this weekend because it's been SNOWING!!! all weekend long. Crazy. But, I seized the moment and took advantage of being indoors.
This is not a good picture, I know, but there was no good angle to take a good picture from, believe me I tried. It is a board off the side of our barn. Perfectly weathered and over 100 years old. Love.....
I left it as is, as far as color goes. I love the old gray wood coming through the faded red paint.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it as soon as I had it in my hands.
I wanted to make a couple farm signs out of it. I hopped on the computer and chose a font in Microsoft Word (I don't have any fancy programs) that looked farm-ish to me.
I chose the phrase, or phrases I wanted to use, chose the size letter that would fit on the board, typed out the letters I would need, and printed them out.
Then, I grabbed my scissors and cut out each letter.
When I was finished cutting everything out I placed the letters where I wanted them on the wood.
You can't see it in the photo, but I traced around the letters with a pencil.
Then I chose black paint to paint in the lines. I just used acrylic paint.
I made two signs which were exactly the same size. I used different phrases on each.
To mount these signs to the wall we drilled a hole in each end of the board on the black letters, or stars, so the black screw would not be seen.
I love pigs. Sigh....I always have. You'll start to see a piggy pattern in our posts, like yesterday's piggy pancakes, as we get closer and closer to getting our hogs this spring.
Time to hang the signs!
I chose to hang them in our entry way. It is a narrow room so getting a good picture was kind of hard, but I did the best could....
In the entry way/mudroom I have a 3 cupboard storage area my husband made for me out of old kitchen cupboards. He added the molding to the top and the design on the bottom to dress them up. All scrap wood and the cupboards were going to the curb, so the whole thing was free. I'll have to post on that project another time.
This space was a little difficult for me to decorate. I didn't know what to put above the molding. The bottom is a Lemon Edge White and the top is a butter cream yellow color. The tile on the floor is actually the same color as the red in the barn wood. The wood was the perfect length and width for this space. I put one sign on each side of the cupboards.
You can use any kind of scrap wood for a project like this. It's very easy and took less than an hour to do both signs, and it was free.