How to Decorate Using Barn Wood

You probably have taken a drive in the country and noticed an old barn that is no longer used and barely standing upright.
Barn wood has a charm and personality all its own. The barn boards are weathered and aged from the elements. Adding barn wood décor to your home will create a rustic style. Some woods have paint that is faded and chipped, while other pieces are natural wood. The next time you have the opportunity to collect barn wood, bring a few pieces home and create a decorative piece of barn wood art. .

Step 1

Change the look of an old table top with barn wood. Measure and cut the boards to fit the table top. Nail the boards to the top, and sand any rough edges. Paint the rest of the table with paint to match the room décor.

Step 2

Make a shelf in the bathroom to hold perfumes, soap or lotions. Buy a pair of decorative “L” brackets, and attach the barn wood to the brackets. Mount the brackets to the wall.

Step 3

Paint your house number on barn wood, and attach to the house siding above or beside the front door.

Step 4

Use barn board for garden signs in a flower bed or along the front walk. Mount the board on a stake to stick into the ground. Stencil a phrase or a picture on the board.

Step 5

Attach hooks to the barn wood to hold keys. Use two picture hooks, one on each end of the top corner, to mount the wood to the wall. Use the key holder near the front door for easy access to car and house keys.

Step 6

Hang pictures framed in rustic barn wood. Landscapes come alive when framed in original barn board and add country charm to a wall. Barn wood frames are ready-made and found in craft stores or picture framing shops.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Nails
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Paint
  • “L” brackets
  • Hooks


  • Before taking barn wood, always get permission from the property owner. If you don't know who the owner is, don't take the wood.

About the Author

Emma Lee owns a photography website and also works as a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, animals and photography. Her work can be found on various websites. Lee attended Charles County Community College located in Maryland.