I still remember the words from those around me when I went to gather up some barn wood lately from a local barn that was coming down.
“What will you do with the wood?”
“I have NO idea! But you can bet if it’s sitting in my way, I’ll think of something…”
And it’s true. Ya gotta stock it in order to create with it.
Read the barn wood shopping story HERE.
Generally, the first thing I grab for cleaning reclaimed wood is the pressure washer.
But this paint was weird. If you touched it, it came right off. It was as if it was powder!
Knowing that, I gently hosed both sides off JUST to knock of any cobwebs or dirt.
And then it rained. And rained. And rained again. Good grief.
Right then, I KNEW what it had to become.
The old horse gate headboard was about to be retired. Cuz I was gonna build me a faux barn door headboard!
Out of barn wood.
With no barn door hardware.
1. Ensure wood is completely dry, then lightly sand.
2. Apply Tough Coat with a brush following the wood grain.
3. Allow to dry, then lightly sand on a low speed.
(this is why I love a variable speed palm sander) – Amazon affiliate link
Generally, I never protect reclaimed wood. It’s pressure washed, lightly sanded, then used as is.
But this round, because the paint flaked off at a mere touch, I knew it needed help. Whenever I tried to wash the paint, it just turned to chalk. (see picture above)
So I pulled out Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat. My first time.
Not being completely sure of how it would turn out, I tested a small area first. And goodness… I fell in LOVE!
The Tough Coat not only appeared to hydrate the wood, it coated the chipped paint with a level of a matte – satin finish protection that was perfection!
It was like working with an entirely different piece of wood. It drew out the warmth of the wood beautifully and naturally, not adding any added colour.
Bonus – Fusion Mineral Paint’s products don’t smell. They are environmentally friendly. This stuff had a nice faint candy like odour. And I can’t say that for any other stinky clear coat product I’ve used in the past!
I used my Bosch variable speed sander, turned down to about #2.
Creating Faux Barn Door Hardware
2 large hinges
2 rusty junk things
1. Enhance rust with a coat of hemp oil, applied with a small artist’s paint brush. Wipe off the surplus, and allow to air cure.
Next up was trying to figure out how to make faux barn door hanging hardware.
Looking at some pictures on the net for reference, I came up with 2 antique coasters, 2 metal… things, and 2 hinges.
It worked so well!
Installing the barn door
1. Cut slats of wood the width of your bed, and install to your wall, attaching to wall studs if desired.
For added stability, the slats were installed closer together where I knew I would lean against them. Make sure you run one near the floor moulding as well.
2. Cut barn wood to desired length, then screw the boards into place, one at a time. Ensure you leave enough room for the added hardware to come on top.
The boards are sitting about 1″ off the floor so they can be swept under.
3. Run a strip of wood along the top of the barn door if desired, to trim it out evenly.
1. A 2×4 was coated out in black, to create the faux rail.
2. The two metal hook things were installed, then the 2×4 slipped in.
3. The caster was placed on top of the 2×4, then threaded through the hinge. Two screws hold the post intact.
4. The hinge was then screwed onto the barn door.
How great is that cheat?! And this is why one needs to visit rusty junk bins to collect this stuff!
Rusty hardware was added to resemble the door being authentic.
For extra quirk, 2 handles were used, since the door was pretty big.
And a little bit of bed fluffing later, I had me a barn wood barn door headboard!
Isn’t that wood absolutely stunning?!
The pillow was a fun take for the bedroom! Bed & Breakfast was stenciled onto an Ikea pillow case, chiming in perfectly with the black, white and wood colour scheme.
Paint used: Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black – website link
Learn how to stencil on a pillow HERE
Find the Farmhouse stencil HERE
The ladder side table stayed, because it just worked!
And I may make a few changes here and there along the way, but for now…
Disclosure: This post contains some Amazon affiliate links. I also work with Fusion, using their products (that I do truly love) to showcase on projects.