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Barnwood Wallboard

Which would you rather have? Industrial particleboard that has been glued together and painted by a machine, or an actual piece of reclaimed barnwood, hand-selected and carefully treated to tell a new story for years to come.

Our mission is to reclaim decades (even centuries) old barnwood and renew its story as barnwood wallboard – wood that was used to shelter and protect those living within its walls before it came to us. When these barns or shelters are no longer needed for their original purpose, but still clearly have lots of life left in them, we select the boards and beams we believe our clients would love to incorporate into their own homes and stories. This gives our wood both modern and vintage appeal, creating texture, visual interest, and beautiful depths of color to any space it occupies!

All our barnwood is processed through a kiln to make sure it is thoroughly dry and insect-free. Our wallboard is then run through a horizontal bandsaw to create wood pieces between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. This makes each piece light and easy to handle. It also creates a smooth backside for easy adhesion to walls or surfaces. The boards are cut to varied lengths and bundled together based on width. Each bundle is roughly 3, 4, 5, or 6 inches wide.

How to order our wallboard: Measure the surface of your wall by multiplying the width of the wall by the height. This will give you the square footage needed to cover your space. We strongly suggest that you order about 10% more than the size of the surface you are covering. The minimum quantity is 50 square feet; the price is $10 per square foot.

Contact us for orders over 500 square feet for special shipping and pricing options.

 

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Tools Needed: 

  • Caulk Gun with Liquid Adhesive
  • Nail Gun (1.5 or 2 inch nails)
  • Chop Saw or Miter Saw
  • Jig Saw (if there are outlets to cut around)
  • Enough dark color paint to cover the space you are boarding

 

Before you begin: 

Prep the wall. Paint the entire surface of the area you are boarding with dark brown or black paint. Any natural holes or gaps in the wallboard will show the wall color behind it, and dark paint blends well with the wallboard.

Install Tips: 

There is no set pattern you must follow when installing wallboard, but for best results, keep the following in mind: 

  • Each row should have the same width boards across the entire row.  
  • Seams should be staggered between rows. 
  • Keep your bundles separated by width until right before install. 
  • Start on the bottom of the wall and work your way up.
  • Alternate the widths of boards by row to achieve a look that seems random.

How to Install:  

  1. Select your first piece of wood and squeeze a few dots of liquid adhesive to the back of the board. Place the board on the wall and shoot 3 or 4 brad nails into the corners of the board before releasing your hand. The nails are only holding it in place until the adhesive dries, so there is no need to hit studs. Repeat this process across the entire row. 
  2. For each subsequent row, make sure you are selecting boards that will create staggered seams and choose a different width board than the one before it.
  3. As you near the end, measure the distance to the end to make sure you stay level and square. 
  4. Your last row may need to be cut to width so that it fits tight. If you do not have access to a rip saw, the last row can be lapped over the final board to give it a crown/trim look.  

Once installed, your wall will be gorgeous enough to enjoy as-is, making its own beautiful statement. Adding accent pieces to your newly installed wallboard will enhance any decor with which it is paired!

Wallboard FAQ

Should I get the exact square foot that my wall is?

We recommend getting 10% more than the square footage of the surface you’re covering. This will account for cut boards, any mistakes you make, and there simply might be a few boards you don’t like. 

Will there be any painted boards in the bundles?

We do our best to keep painted boards out of the bundles that we ship, but there may be some paint on a few of the boards. 

Will there be cracks or holes in the boards?

Yes. There will be boards with both cracks and holes.

Should I paint the wall beforehand?

Yes. If your wall is not already a dark or neutral color, then we recommend that you paint it black or a dark color.

How do I install my wallboard?

We recommend using liquid adhesive and a nail gun. The liquid adhesive is what holds the boards onto the wall, so you only need to use a few nails to make sure the board will not move while the adhesive is drying.

Does it matter what boards go where?

Yes and no. We recommend that you install the boards row by row based on how wide they are. For example, place a row of 3” wide boards, then a row of 5” wide boards, then a row of 4” boards, so on and so forth. Make sure the boards are staggered so that the seams of the boards do not align with the row above it or below it.

Will I have to cut any boards?

If your project requires a flush edge, you need to cut some boards to the desired length. Also, you may need to cut the last row at the top to a specific width.

Can I paint or stain the wall wood?

Yes! If you like the look of stain or paint on your wallboard, you can do either or both!

Does it need to be finished with polyurethane or a protective coat?

If your wall wood is going to be used as a backsplash, in a bathroom, or outside then you should finish it with polyurethane. If your wall wood is rarely going to encounter liquid, there is no need to put any finishing product on it.

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