After being with my husband for seven years, I’ve FINALLY found a common ground for both of our décor tastes. I love glam/chic meets a rustic/industrial design, and well, he’s a guy, so there isn’t much of a thought process when it comes to design. It’s taken a ton of trial and error but I found that I could do “my style” meets outdoor “manly-man” style (whatever that means).
So for this DIY, I wanted to make a quick and easy update in our family room by making my own barn wood inspired shelf. Sadly, there is not a reclaimed wood shop nearby, so I just went to the local hardware store for this simple update. Here is how I did it:
What you’ll need
Wood board – wood and size of your choice
Plumbing: floor flange (2), steel nipple (2), iron cap (2). Size and finish of your choice
Weapon of choice (to beat the wood)
Pick the measurements desired for the shelf and then buy the most beat up piece of wood you can find. There isn’t much like that at most hardware stores, so look for nice knots and lines in the wood. I came across a piece of pine with some natural wood knots and nice long lines. Personally, I would have liked a piece of wood about 2 inches thick, but for the sake of my sanity and travel to a specialty store, I settled for what I could find.
This is the fun part! Pick your weapon of choice. It can be anything laying around the house, for me I picked a large battery, a screwdriver and a wood piece whose purpose is unknown to me. Have a little fun! Hit it, knick it, knack and knock it. Drop things on it and dent it up. I had a great time, but the dogs really didn’t enjoy this part. To make this look a little more roughed up, I rounded the edges with my sander to truly give it an aged and imperfect look.
This part is optional, but I would highly suggest this step if you want a nice aged impression. Take a soft cloth and rub the antiquing wax all over the board. Really get into the holes, scratches and dents that you just made. The wax will seep into the lines to give it gorgeous aged characteristics.
I chose to use a stain over the wax to help seal it in. I went with mini wax Special Walnut. I like to use a cloth when I stain, but a brush will do the trick as well. I did one coat of the stain to get the color I wanted.
Depending on the look you want, you can use polyurethane to seal it or leave it bare wood. Keep in mind that if you want to seal it, you can purchase a polyurethane that has a non-glossy finish. Next, let everything dry and place the plumbing fixtures on the wall and you’re done!