You know those days when you want to put up a shiplap type wall using old barnwood and you are fresh out of old barnwood?
Yeah, those days are the worst.
Or are they?
We have a small desk area that is in dire need of an update. Mr. Creativity will be using it as his work space so it needs to be manly because, well, he’s a man. You know I love a good shiplap wall, but I felt like pristine white may come off a little too feminine. So I pitched the idea of an old barnwood wall to him and he gave me the go-ahead. But alas, I’m out of barnwood.
Never fear, Amy Howard at Home has the most amazing products and I am thrilled to be able to share them with you today!
First up, you will need the wood for your wall.
This Pallet Wall in a Box would be pretty to seal and hang as is.
Or stain it in a dark walnut.
Or (and this is my favorite) age it somehow.
But how would we age it? Leave it outside for 3 years? Ummmm, no.
Oh look, here comes Amy Howard to the rescue once more! Better With Age is the easiest and fastest way to age any type of wood. It works differently with various types of wood. Some wood has more tannins in it and will turn almost black if you use it full strength. I diluted my Better with age with water to get several different looks.
I used Better With Age at full strength to speckle the wood first. Then I diluted one cup with 1 part Better With Age and 3 parts water (1/4), the next cup was 1/2 strength and the third cup was 3 parts Better With Age and 1 part water (3/4).
Thoroughly confused? Here’s a quick little video that shows how I did it.
See, now that wasn’t so bad! And the bonus is, there won’t be a math quiz on what you just learned.
I am excited about the next step that I’ll be doing on this wood before I hang it on the wall. I will be sure and share it with you just as soon I possibly can.
What do you think about non-white shiplap walls? Are they for you, or are you a traditionalist?
**Amy Howard at Home supplied the products for me to try out and write about my experience. These thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. But I dare say, you would agree with me if you tried them for yourself. 😉