Years ago my neighbor was replacing their fence. They had all these awesome weathered gray slats sitting in their trash. Seeing the beautiful weather beaten patina made me rush over and ask my neighbor if I could have them. My neighbors were used to my trash picking by then. So I took some of those slats and stashed them in my garage just waiting to make them into something. This is a simple and easy project to create large barn wood looking frames out of old pallet wood or fence slats. It helps to have two very adorable subjects to frame as well
Chop saw or miter box and hand saw
wood nail joiners
backerboard (sometimes called masonite) cut to size
poster or picture ( you can get poster prints for less than $10)
1. Remove all old nails from the wood with a hammer. Cut your wood slats to the size you need for your frame by making a mitered 45 degree cut with your saw.
2. On the wrong side glue the corners in place with wood glue and then pound wood joiners to hold them in place. Optional: secure everything with some clamps to dry for a few hours.
3. While that is drying spray your adhesive onto the back of your poster and the masonite and then press to seal it on. You can use a brayer or rolling pin to get a really nice seal. Then tack it with a few staples onto your frame to hold it in place.
No need to use use stain, paint or polyurethane when the weather does the work for you.
I absolutely adore the gray tones that was created by years of weather. I think adding some old vintage elements into my normally traditional/modern decor is so fun and ads a little texture to my walls.
Do you love weathered wood projects? Here are some more I have done.
Originally posted March 2012