Painting Inspiration – Faux Barn Wood

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I thought it was about time for me to do something for my own home.  And I have been wanting a three letter monogram for a very long time now.  But I decided instead of hanging on my front door, I wanted something a little different, so I came up with an idea to put the monogram on some wood, but i wanted a barn wood look to it.  Instead of hunting down some old wood, I decided it would be fun to faux paint some.

There are many ways and colors to chose from to make this look, but for this particular project I chose to stay with some neutral greys, because my family room is grey, charcoal, with a pop of yellow.

First step is to choose some wood.  I took 3 pieces of scrap wood I had left over from a different project I am working on.  I put some brackets on the back to fuse the pieces together.  I then sanded down some of the rough edges I didn’t want.


Next step is to prime it with a white or light grey.  I chose American Paint Company’s Plymouth Rock.  It is the lightest of greys.


I added some water to water it down, about 50/50, and started putting on the first layer.


I then took a paper towel and wiped off the excess.  The trick to this look is very thin layers of paint.  You don’t want too much.


Here is the first layer drying.


Next I took a little bit darker grey, I chose American Paint Company’s Smoke Signal, a medium grey.  I added about 50/50 of water to paint and brushed on.


I then again used a paper towel to wipe off the excess and let dry.  I repeated this step a third time, but added a little of American Paint Company Special Edition Gun Powder, to my Smoke Signal mix, just to get a streak of dark grey here and there for some depth.  I didn’t mix the Gun Powder in entirely, I just used a dollop and swirled it around .


I sealed the wood with some APC clear wax and here is the finished product!


And here it is with my three letter monogram, which I painted in Gun Powder as well.  This beauty is going above our mantle over the fireplace.

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Post courtesy of Cari

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  1. I love it!! What a fun project!

  2. Real nice design and great articles, nothing else we want.

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