Stenciled Barnwood Tutorial
Last week I shared my spring mantel, and today I wanted to share a tutorial on how I made the stenciled barnwood.¬† It is actually a pretty simple project.¬† There are also a lot of variations that could be made to customize it as well.
The wood that I used was 1 x 8 6ft shiplap boards ($4.57 each at Home Depot).¬† I chose them because they groove together (like hardwood flooring tongue and groove) and because there was a rough side and a smooth side.
I purchased 3 boards and cut them each in half leaving 6 - 36‚Äù boards.
Leaving one board unused, I connected the tongue and groove sides to create a grid that measures at 36‚Äù x 34.5‚Äù.
For the crossbars, I used 1x2-6 No. 2 Premium Pine boards also from Home Depot.¬† I purchased one at $2.47.¬† They were cut to fall just inside the edges so we cut two boards at 34‚Äù.
We ran the crossbars at the top and bottom, about 6 inches from the edge.¬† We drilled pilot holes and attached it with wood screws.¬† Just to be sure it was secure, we inserted two screws on each board for both the top and bottom.¬† We decided to attach the crossbars to the smooth side because I wanted to use the rough texture for this project.¬† I left the backside untreated and will now be able to use this for a future project.
Staining the rough side, the first coat was applied with steel wool and I used Minwax Antique Walnut.
This is the part where I admit I am a bad blogger (insert hand slapping here).¬† I did all the steps while we had a glimpse of warm weather and then it went cold again and I was unable to do the painting step for some time.¬† When I finally did complete it, I was so ecstatic¬† to be painting, I forgot to take a picture!¬† But no worries, the fabulous folks over at Cutting Edge Stencils where I purchased the stencil have better photos than I would have had anyway.
I used their Charlotte stencil and it was love at first sight!¬† Even looking at this picture of all its lacey wonderfulness make me fall in love all over again!
I met these folks at a blogger event a few months ago and I was so smitten with their products and their company that I knew I wanted to find a project to use the Charlotte stencil.¬† Now, I will admit, it is a little pricey for just this project ‚Äì but I have a few other projects in mind that easily helped justify the price.
I used the same method, rolling on white paint we had here at the house.¬† Using the overlap method it is quite easy to do.¬† In this case, I hung the stencil of the edge, however, if you were doing a full wall or larger treatment, they have an ‚Äúedge‚Äù stencil that comes with it that fills it all in perfectly.¬† It is quite ingenious and all explained well in their directions and on their site.
My version is a little more ‚Äúwonky‚Äù and not so delicate.¬† This is because I used a rough surface and because I probably used a little too much paint.¬† I did go back and kick back some of it with steel wool.¬† It was also good practice before I work on my next project.
Oh and for the record - this is not a sponsored post - I just super duper love this company and this stencil.
Thanks so much for reading!
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