Barn Wood Frames {with no special tools!}

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 Winking smile

diy barnwood frame with no special tools


Chop saw or miter box and hand saw

tape measure

wood nail joiners


wood glue

backerboard (sometimes called masonite) cut to size

staple gun

poster or picture ( you can get poster prints for less than $10)


spray adhesive

old fence slats

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.


Eat, Surf Pray Art (with free printable), Pallet Silhouette ArtBarn Wood FramesWood Flower Trough CenterpieceHow Sweet It is to Be Loved By You art piece

Originally posted March 2012


  1. lindsay says:

    ..”As opposed to the awful cow?” Ha ha ha ha. Super cute beck!

  2. Peggy W says:

    Absolutely LOVE these barn frames. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. They’re almost as cute as your subjects! 🙂

  4. I have a pallet that I rescued the other day… and I’m making frames for them. I just have to get the Spring pictures of the kiddos printed out and then I will have them done too! 🙂

  5. These would look great with a bunch of Sepia photos that I’ve made. Also I’d add some colored finishing to it.

    These are gorgeous.

  6. I love these frames. They turned out wonderfully. I have some extra boards I should leave outside to get weathered.


  7. These are great! I love the rustic feeling to them. I have some barnwood frames in my house and would love to have more!

    I would love if you would link to my new linky party- Scout’s Sweet Sundays-

    Have a great day!

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