How to Use Barn Wood to Finish a Bathroom


Homeowners who remodel their homes may want to explore using barn wood in their home renovation. Farmers built their barns with wood which today's builders can incorporate into their own building projects, bringing the aura of Old America that old barns represent to a modern home. The wood's use beautifies and enhances many home renovation projects. A number of specialty lumber supply companies salvage these wooden barn boards before the wood disintegrates. They then sell the barn wood. Homeowners remodeling a bathroom with a colonial theme should consider using barn wood for the bathroom renovation's finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Barn wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Water-based polyurethane sealer
  • Sandpaper
  • Draw up architectural plans to see how to incorporate barn wood into the bathroom design. Consider laying a barn wood floor, installing ceiling beams with barn wood, building shelves with barn wood, constructing a barn wood wall or adding barn wood wainscoting around the bathroom's perimeter.

  • Decide which type of barn wood to use in the bathroom. Some barn wood possibilities include barn wood flooring, barn wood boards, barn wood beams, barn wood ceiling planks and barn wood paneling.

  • Purchase the barn wood from a reputable barn wood supply. Check the barn wood supplier through the Better Business Bureau to insure that the supplier has a good reputation.

  • Insure that the barn wood has undergone proper preparation before using it. Remove old nails embedded in the wood, spray it with a pressure hose to remove dust and grime, apply Boracide insecticide to get rid of any insects in the wood, sand it and seal it with water-based polyurethane to preserve it.

  • Consider adding old barn wooden furniture to the bathroom's finish. An old barn wooden chest of drawers may suit the bathroom as a towel cabinet while a small cabinet may become a medicine cabinet or a vanity table.

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