Barn Wood Planks on Mantel

I have added some old barn wood planks to my mantel and I am completely in love with it.
This may just be one of my favorite projects ever!


As you probably remember, here is what my mantel looked like before. 
 I had painted in a green color.


But I always knew that I wanted to add wood planks to it some day.
And then one day as my mother-in-law and I were driving down the road after dropping off my son at pre-school, we noticed a couple of old barns that were about to be torn down.


One of the barns had a sign on it saying, "wood, windows and doors for sale" and a phone number to call.


Actually, we drove by these barns every time after dropping my son off at pre-school and I always commented on how I would like to stop and take a look around.  Then finally one day we actually did stop and turns out we stopped just in time since the barns were going to be torn down a few days later.

So my mother-in-law and I parked the car a few blocks away (since there was massive construction going on). We crossed a dirt street that had just been flattened by a steamroller.  We then made ourselves at home looking around the barns. We both found things we liked and so we called the phone number that was listen on the sign.
A little while later a woman showed up a in an old dirt pick-up truck. She helped us load up our new treasures in the back of her truck and then she gave us a  crazy-bumpy lift, over the construction zone, back to our car, drinks a flying off the dashboard and everything!

It was such an adventurous day! My mother-in-law and I had so much fun!
My mother-in-law picked up this adorable blue window frame..


And I picked up some barn wood planks that we literally ripped off of the old barn. So when I say barn wood, I'm not a kidding!
I came home, washed my planks really good with the hose which took off most of the old lead base paint. I then measured and had Jake saw them to size. Next, I painted them in a pretty white and attached the planks to my mantel using small nails.


It's not perfect, but I think that's what adds to the charm of it.
I hung my driftwood mirror back up and then decorated the mantel using pots of grass, bottles, boat floats and a starfish.  All so very beachy.


And then while photographing my mantel.... my camera broke!!
I'm so very sad, but I have been wanting a new DSLR camera for a while now, so I guess it will all be okay :)
But in the mean time, I had to switch over to my phone camera which is why these pictures are not the greatest.



 I also picked up an old window screen at the barn, more on that to come.
Thanks for stopping by,

Emily




7 comments

  1. Lordy, I am IN LOVE and totally jealous that you live somewhere with old barns. Pinning this awesome mantel now :)

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  2. I really really love this!!!!

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  3. So love the new mantle area. You're lucky you got there just in time! You did an awesome job with styling too.

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  4. Obsessed! Looks so good. I need to get my hands on some old barn wood asap!

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  5. Just when I think your living room can't get any better, it does. So fun!

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