Back when our barn was being worked on I couldn't help but imagine all the ways I could repurpose the beautifuly weathered wood that was being removed.
On the first day of our barn repairs I ran out to see the progress that had been made. As I looked down into the 8-9 foot hole my heart stopped beating......no, it wasn't because of the state of the foundation, it was the sight of those beautiful wooden boards that seem to still be intact and attached to each other! My first thought, a table for the kitchen! My husband shattered that dream quickly with , "those boards are awfully twisted." Bummer........
Sooooo, we came up with this instead......
My husband cut away all the flat, straight wood that he could get from the main piece.
Then he staggered them and nailed them all together. He added the wood on the front with some extra heavy duty nails for added detail. the wood was already naturally distressed from years and years of wear and tare. It was perfect.
I have had this wall in my living room that has just been the hardest wall to decorate. It has seen so many different arrangements on it that I really didn't have much hope that this was going to make it look any better.
I added 3 off-white frames to the barn wood to keep it light against the dark brown walls. I am not finished filling the frames. I have yet to choose what I want to go in them, but I now how I am with making decisions like this so I thought I should go ahead and share this project anyways. it already started to sink way down into the photo abyss.
Once we had the nails positioned where we wanted the pictures to hang we laid the frames down to make sure we were happy with it. This thing is pretty heavy, so we didn't want to have to keep taking it on and off the wall.
Here it is gracing my big empty wall in all it's farm-ish, barn-ish, loveliness...
You will have to use your imagination as to what you would put in the frames. I have an idea already.......I will have to post on the completetion of this project as soon as it's finished. I don't however see it being finished during the summer unless it's rainy. To many things to do in the barnyard!
Oh, just in case you were wondering what happened to the rest of the less than desirable pieces of wood, they were made into a lovely pig pen. Nothing went to waste.
This project and the pig pen didn't cost a penny.