There’s something about the weathered look of old barnwood that brings to mind images of pioneers, hard work, old farms and early America. Once in a while, the wear and tear of time will force an old barn to be renovated or even torn down, but that doesn’t have to mark the end of its life. An old barn, specifically its beautifully weathered wood, which can only be created by the passing of the year, can live on forever in a variety of homemade creations ranging from tables to houses and everything in between.
If you have some old barnwood on hand and would like to give it a new life, here are some ideas to help get you started:
1. Make a Table
There may be no better way to reuse old barnwood than by making a table. Take some of the largest boards and attach them to the top of a metal picnic-table frame to give it a weathered look. Or if you’re feeling more ambitious, build the frame itself out of barnwood to make a table that is 100-percent reclaimed wood.
2. Build A Treehouse
Looking to build a treehouse for your kids? Consider building it out of barnwood—the more weathered the wood, the better it will blend in with the tree. Best of all, you know the wood you use in a treehouse will be thoroughly enjoyed and put to good use for years to come. (Be sure that all pieces of wood are structurally sound; use additional lumber wherever necessary.)
3. Make A Fence
Tidy painted fences are great, but for a farm, it’s hard to top the rustic appearance of a rough-hewn wooden fence, which means that old barnwood is a great choice of material. Use new, sturdy fence posts to ensure a long-lasting fence, then use the barnwood for the boards that connect the posts. With some digging and a few nails, you’ll soon have a rustic fence to be proud of.
4. Make A Clothesline
If you’ve got some wood from the frame of the barn in addition to the weathered siding, consider making a clothesline. Use two of the sturdiest, squarest pieces of wood as the posts, then add to each post a long board from the side of the barn to hold the lines in place.
5. A Wonderful Walkway
Need a walkway for your garden? Using barnwood gives your garden a graceful weathered appearance that will complement the beautiful colors in your garden. By building wooden walkways or paths through your landscaping, you encourage use of the area, drawing people along the planks to take in their surroundings in a more personal way.
6. Porch Swing
Imagine the rustic beauty of a barnwood swing gracing your deck or porch. Swing away the tensions of your day while enjoying the elegance of rustic lawn furniture.
What is it about the look of old barn wood that we love so much? Is it the appearance of the hewn edges and knots, or the feeling of running your fingers against the weathered grain? Come visit us to find the perfect barnwood for your backyard! Contact us to find out what we have in stock.