DIY Faux “Barn Wood” Wall Art

DIY faux barn wood wall art

Do you love that old barn wood look? One weekend I decided I wanted to make something with barn wood or something similar for our master bedroom. I searched online for a while to see if there was anywhere close to me to purchase and everything was a far drive. After stumbling across this post from Young House Love on how to make new wood look old I decided to try!

It was really easy. Plus I happened to find some Minwax wood stain in Ebony with the oops paint for $5.

I started with different widths of one inch thick pieces of wood and had them cut at the hardwood store. It was about $25-30 of wood for 3ft.x 5ft area.

With the paintbrush I would paint a layer of water and then a layer of stain and rub it off quickly with a rag to get that gray color. The water keeps the stain from getting too far in the wood so it’ll be gray not black.

Pallet Wood Wall Art DIY

We cut two separate pieces of plywood and then nailed all the boards to the plywood to keep them together. “We” meaning my husband…. The last things we did is attached picture hangers..two of those big claw things.( The picture I have above is when we tried to do a wire hanger which didn’t work out.)

how to stain pallets

I really like how that grey looking stain turned out! It looks great as part of our room makeover!

faux barn wood wall art

These nice iron sconces I found at Goodwill and are from our last house.


DIY Painted Pallets

I decided to spray paint them Krylon Coral Isle. I love it, hubby liked them better before…sigh 🙂 oh well. I think it looks more modern.

So these little “swooshy” shaped unfinished frames and birds are from Michael’s. With coupons they are really inexpensive. Aren’t they cute?!

Michael's Unfinished Wood Frames

I painted the little birds too and glued them on the 8×10. I was thinking…Wouldn’t this be a great wedding gift?

painted love birds unfinished wood frame

And here’s the view from above my bed…This room is really coming along! What do you think? Would you like something like this in your house?

Master bedroom

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40 thoughts on “DIY Faux “Barn Wood” Wall Art

  1. This turned out gorgeous! I am your newest FB fan and I’m following you on Pinterest. It looks like you have a lot of great projects and ideas. Looking forward to seeing more. I hope you’ll visit Posed Perfection soon and maybe even follow me back.

  2. YES!! Would make an adorable wedding gift.
    My date is July 1st…just sayin’

    Gorgeous job. And as a precaution- you know-just in case I don’t get a gift from you…I make one this weekend!! ?
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I have real barn wood that has been water damaged so I was searching for a fix when I stumbled upon your post. I just had to comment to tell you what a beautiful job you did with your project, it looks so much like real barn wood. Beautiful pictures too. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  10. Such a cute project …going to have to try this! Curious to where you got your bedspread..been looking everywherr for coral and grey!! Thanks!

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  13. I used your method to age a whole wall of pine boards on my shop. So easy to do. I wet them with a sponge as I stained them in place on the wall. Timing was very important as the board dried the stain would go darker especially the Ebony. I was going to use the vinegar-steel wool method but with the size of my project it would’ve worked out. The project was done with free pallet wood, screws and stain I already had. I thinking $0, thanks for posting!

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