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Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Restyle Junkie Artisan Barn Inspired Wood

HELLO everyone – today we are going to show you how to do a Barnwood inspired distressed wood wall. We teamed up with Restyle Junkie’s, Rachel Trimble, who uses an artisan process to create a wood that looks like 100 year old Barnwood, but …it’s new pine wood! You can follow both Restyle Junkie and Hello I Live Here on Pinterest, and Instagram, Facebook, to see other projects we both create – but for today, let’s talk barnwood inspired distressed wood wall – shall we? Re

We stumbled upon Restyle Junkie at the last Home & Garden Show here in Phoenix. Being new to the area, it was so awesome to find Rachel’s team, why – because I was in the market for some new home décor style! Sadly we just missed meeting Rachel. On my way home I received a Facebook Message – stating “come back to our booth – I really want to meet you!” 🙂 Little did I know she has followed Hello I Live Here for some time. From there a friendship formed.  We had previously used Barnwood like wood on a table sometime ago, and liked the look so decided to do something different.

Restyle Junkie shop

Curt and I went out to Rachel’s shop on an invite to see how and what she did here in the Phoenix, Arizona area (see info on how to find her at the end of the post). We started talking, she showed us her shop, and we noticed this delicious barnwood inspired distressed wood wall displayed in her shop – Sorry, but I could not say anything but — I am in LOVE with this barnwood look!

Restyle Junkie Artisan Barnwood Wall

She was so gracious, she gave us some samples to take home.

Sample Artisan Barnwood

My initial inspiration was to build some picture frames using her beautiful distressed wood. However, once I got home, that quickly changed to building an entire feature wall. It was so kind of Rachel to sponsor our post. So, now that the story is out there – Let’s show you the story of the barnwood inspired distressed wood wall.

Tools Needed:

Nail Gun – We used Ryobi Airstrike Cordless Brad Nailer

Drill/Driver – We use Ryobi – if you install plywood – you need to screw to the wall

Tape measure

Compound Miter Saw – We use a Ridgid compound miter saw

Jig Saw – Cutting round angles near the chandelier opening – We use Ryobi

Table Saw – Ours is Craftsman – because we love it!

Ladder – We use Little Giant or a 3 Stair Step ladder

2″ nailes – Porter cable

Mallet – Because sometimes you just need it

Barnwood (measure your area and order from Restyle Junkie)

How to install Artisan Barnwood

Restyle Junkie’s process uses an amazing machine that includes a 24″ drum sander encompassed with a wire brush attachment to convert brand new pine wood into fantastic looking barnwood inspired distressed wood. The wire brush removes the soft wood, leaving a textured finish. Then Restyle Junkie finishes the new old wood with a combination of stain and paint for a completely reclaimed vibe. Can you dig it! This barnwood inspired distressed wood wall in our home is an eye popper for sure!  (click link to watch video)

Installing up wall to build it

Rachel states, “the distressed wood has all of the character of 150 year old barn wood, without the exposure to the elements. There are no bugs, chemicals or barn dirt embedded within it. Because it is actually freshly cleaned artisan wood, it is trued up and more even than older wood, making it easier to build furniture and other projects.” Just look at how delicious our wall is!

Staggering and finishing wood

Restyle Junkie sells the wood by the linear foot and it can be finished in any color that their customer selects, which in our book is a win, win – look at how spectacular the wood matches my home theme!  Rachel nailed it with just a picture! Amazing – truly amazing!  We loved it so much – we took it up high – right to our trey ceiling!

Installing Barnwood ceiling

If you cannot decide on a color, the wood can be picked up raw, with the texture added, ready for you to work your own magic on. Could you ask for easier? Our entry way is truly one of a kind with loads of old time character.

Barnwood Distressed Walls

Though harder woods than pine were tested in the machine by Rachel of Restyle Junkie, she found the softer the wood, the more naturally weathered the board looks, which is where the wood artisan appeal comes in.  Don’t you just love the results???

Results Barnwood Distressed Walls/Ceiling

Building the barnwood inspired distressed wood wall was fun, but Restyle Junkie provided us these great tips when we started installing our wall, which I will share with you!

Tips for putting up a Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall:

  1. Always know where you studs are and mark them beforehand with a pencil or chalk.

TIP: If you have wood studs than you can shoot directly into the stud with your nail gun. If you have metal wall studs you will want to install 3/8″ plywood before the wood planks.

  1. The “seams” should always line up with a stud.

TIP: Studs are 24″ inches apart in most homes, so it is a great guideline in mapping out your pattern.

  1. Even with brand new wood there will be a little bit of unevenness in the wood which will create small gaps. You can either paint the background black before you install the wood, or you can fill in the few little gaps you see with a black sharpie after the wood is up. It will make the gaps look like shadows and you will barely notice them.
  1. Your wall will look best with a repeated pattern, repeated every 3 to 4 rows.

TIP: If you have trouble visualizing your pattern, the best thing you can do is make it out with a yard stick before your first cut.  Mark you studs vertically and then tick off the lengths of the board horizontally and you will see your wall come alive!

  1. Remember that 6 inch wood is really on 5.75″ wide and likewise 8 inch wood is only 7.75″. Order accordingly for an extra row or two.
  1. Other ideas for the textured wood:
  • Rustic sign in board
  • Add your favorite hooks to a plank for a charming book bag holder
  • Weathered shelving
  • Feature wall
  • Frames
  • Headboard & Much more.

The list of how you can use this beautiful artisan wood is endless. Why did Hello I Live Here choose this wood? We love the look and feel of barnwood inspired distressed wood, but our family is so allergy infested, we decided to find a wood that had no additives that would upset our allergies. This barnwood inspired distressed wood wall just worked for us – Finding Rachel and Restyle Junkie at the Phoenix Home and Garden Show was a treasure all in its own. Our entry way wall and ceiling never had so much character thanks to the barnwood inspired distressed wood wall.

Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Supplied by Rachel at Restyle Junkie! Want this wood for your home? You can get it at Restyle Junkie at 625 W Deer Valley road – Suite 108, Phoenix AZ – 85027. Be sure to follow myself and Rachel on Facebook, Instagram and our daily blogs – you won’t want to miss all the great products HELLO I LIVE HERE has found for our HELLO Family members this year!

Barnwood Distressed Walls Results Barnwood Distressed Walls/Ceiling Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Until next post!

XOXO – Linda


Large Black and White Photo – Nathan Frank Band Stand on Pagoda Island – St Louis

Candles, white planters, Angel, Heart, start decor – from HomeGoods and TJMaxx

Entry Table – pained and distressed by – HELLO I LIVE HERE Painted/Custom Furniture Pieces – Chandler AZ

Chandelier – The Home Depot

Silver and Gold Circle Wall Art – Kirkland’s

Basket under Table – HomeGoods

Tile Flooring – Arizona Tile – contractor to Cal Atlantic Homes

Clavos on Door – from black smith booth at Merchant Square Antiques Chandler

Wall Paint Color – Keratin By Sherwin Williams (Freeze Color – Sherwin bought them)

Disclaimer:  The artisan barnwood in our post was supplied to us at no charge by Restyle Junkie.  Even though we received the wood for free, our post is non-bias as we truly believe in bringing quality products to our readers.  Install instructions were for our project – your project may be different. If you have questions, please contact Restyle Junkie.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Custom built wine rack and panel doors

Today’s post will describe the custom built doors and our awesome surprise of the addition of a custom wine rack we decided to add to the middle section of our china cabinet makeover part III.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Our first thought was to add doors across the entire front of the china cabinet.  However, this just seemed off.  I knew it needed something else.  While enjoying a glass of wine with hubby, it hit me, wine rack!  That is the beauty of custom creation, they evolve in the moment and wine can be involved in the decision ;-).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Standing back and looking closer, it was going to happen, the center section of the china cabinet would be perfect for a twelve bottle custom built wine rack.  We decided to use a similar wine rack holder method we used on a prior project, but wanted to introduce a new building technique.  The end result was excellent and one we will use again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In our previous wine rack construction technique we built for the charity project merely laid each wooden slate on top of each other.  This created a bit of a bulky look just right for that piece, but this one would need something a bit more tucked back as you see below – Isn’t she cute!  If you missed that post you can read it by clicking Here.

wine cabinet custom built for charity
custom built wine cabinet

For this DIY custom build wine rack design, we wanted to join the boards by cutting half the board width, so each board overlaid the other which provided a nice clean look. To start the project we needed some stock that was thick enough to blend with the overall weight of the china cabinet.  The custom built wine rack was created using 1” x 48” pine, available from The Home Depot.  After determining the length and width of the wine holder we cut to length the wine rack pieces. Which you see on the Craftsman table saw below.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

As shown above, we laid the vertical four wine rack pieces (two for the front section and two for the back section) and marked a line where the horizontal pieces would cross.  This defined where we would rabbit cut, which we learned from Wood Magazine how to cut the pieces on our table saw.  We repeated this measuring process for the horizontal sections, making sure to define the exact location where the horizontal and vertical sections crossed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Once the measuring was complete, it was time to cut the rabbits.  Since we don’t have a dado blade, we used two stop blocks that defined the right and left edges of the rabbit.  We raised the blade to the required height and cut the left edge.  We then made repeated cuts until all the stock was removed.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the custom built wine rack pieces cut we did a dry fit before we nailed and glued the pieces together wtih our Ryobi Nail gun and Titebond glue. I love the look and it will bring anther update to an old china cabinet that will help make it a functional storage space.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

After the wine holder was built, it was time to move to the panel doors.  Keeping in mind the overall size of the wine cabinet, we opted for a thick raised panel door using thin PureBond, trimmed with dado 1×2 and completed using ¼ round.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

To get the exact door dimension we clamped two 1x2s to one edge of the cabinet and measured the remaining space and subtracted 1/8” (1/16” gap for each cabinet door side, which just happens to be the size of a dime).  We cut two ¾” Pure Bond panels using our measurements.  We then added the 1×2 trim to complete the look.  Finally, we cut ¼” round to provide a finished decorative look and attached with our Ryobi nail gun, filled in the cracks and nail holes with wood filler and Bondo combo to get ready to sand and prime with Valspar.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

With the doors cut and trimmed, it was time to dry fit the panel doors into their space.  It took a bit of adjusting, but we were happy so far with the look and where this piece is going!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, we are to the tough part – the finish work to make it just the right piece for our home.  See you soon for the last part of our China Cabinet Make over series!

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Hope you are as excited as we are to bring you this great old piece that became new again.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Until tomorrows Post – Have a great night!





Sanders Which One Should I Use? Let’s Talk Tools

Mouse Sander

Sanders –

That’s right…you read the request…Let’s talk tools.  Many of us DIY bloggers use a wide variety of tools. Tonight our tool talk is going to be about sanders.  You heard it correctly, sanders.  There are many types of sanders on the market, and if you’re new to woodworking it is important to know which sander should be used for which project.  Don’t just buy a sander because it’s what you saw on a blog or in the Sunday sale papers.  With this post we will talk about what truly counts when you are looking to add this magnificent tool to your shop collection.

First, you need to understand just what each tool can do for your project.  For instance, a detail sander helps reach into tight corners, or helps smooth molding profiles, where a heavy belt sander, if not used properly, can bring your wood working projects to a grinding halt (no pun intended :-).  Other factors to consider with your sander include variable speed, dust collection, size and weight, choice of abrasives, and ease of changing abrasives.  Since I am a smaller woman, I personally, I look for weight/size first then narrow down the other features.  If I can’t hold the sander comfortably it will not matter what I purchase, it will never work for my project.

Currently in our garage, we have a few types of sanders.  Each is used for just a little something different.  Here is how we attempt to answer the question: which sander should I use?

Our oscillating sanders help provide detail sanding.  This sander helps to provide wood projects with those wonderful profiled edges that make people swoon.  Oscillators, in my opinion, are the workhorse of the sander.  These babies will fit into corners like no other sander, come with loads of accessories, and never let you down.  But it’s not used for everything you need to sand.

Oscillating Sanders








The  orbital sander is for finish work  like prepare new molding, or clean up between finish coats This sander helps to remove material by using a sandpaper disc that spins in a circle while moving in an oval loop.  The remarkable thing about orbital sanders is they never hit the same path twice.  This sander will give you a swirl-free finish both with and across the grain.  It works quicker than a vibrating sander, but is not aggressive in removal of material.  I think this is the most gentle sander in the shop.  The down side, if use the wrong grit for your project, it can leave those little digs in the wood surface.

Orbital Sanders





When the Orbital Sander is not right for the project, we use a belt sander.  The belt sander is best for large surface sanding.  Because this sander removes a great deal of wood material fast,  use care to prevent wood gouging.  I admit, this is not my favorite sander due to the speed, it can get away from you quickly and before you know it, bam, high/low grooves and you’re starting all over.

Belt Sanders








Our newest addition of sanders is the Mouse Sander.  This little sander is the jewel of my garage 🙂 .  So much so, I have two so we do not fight over it!  We have the Ryobi battery operated and The BLACK & DECKER plug in model.   Mouse Detail Sanders have a compact design,  weigh only 2 lb., and provides an easy, comfortable sanding experience.  As a women with small hands, this sander is ideal.  This little tool reaches into corners, and contours curved surfaces. The soft body grip and lock-on switch provide comfort while standing for long periods of time and the dust collection system helps keep the project area free of dust (can you hear the voice of Tim the Tool Man Taylor in this description? argh, argh, argh!)









While choice of sander is important, technique is also important.  Here are some guidelines:

1 – Use even hand pressure – don’t bear down too hard

2 – Do not move too fast

3 -Work each surface in a consistent pattern with slight overlaps

4 – Start with course grit (80 -100) and move to fine grit (120-220) for an incredible smooth surface

With the correct sander and these techniques you can smooth uneven edges, flatten rough panels, and provide for an even painting surface.

This tiny choice of sanders only scratches the surface (no pun intended) of the sanders out there, but these are the main tools for sanding in our garage.  We have seen loads pictures in articles where sanding is taking place with the wrong sander.  With many years of working projects, I have totally come to appreciate using the right sander. Let’s face it – if you’re using the right sanding tool, the project  is done faster, looks better, and is less tiresome because you will not have to redo it again later.  Sanding is a task that has to be done; so it is best to use the right sander the first time around!

Well, that’s what I have learned about sanders and we hope we answered the question: which sander should I use.  Today’s talk from Hello I Live Here is now complete.  Happy sanding and see you next post!

🙂 Linda