I had been trying to figure out how to decorate around a big, honkin’ flat screen TV, but was actually watching a video on arranging spaces in an open concept floor plan when I saw an image of a TV flanked by beams at the top and bottom and came up with my grand plan. I grabbed a screenshot which I have since lost, along with the link to the video (Sorry to whoever had this brilliant idea I stole!) and showed it to my husband. As it was essentially just big hunks of wood stuck to the wall, he said yes to doing the beams, and also suggested we use the barn siding to frame our big bay windows.
The beams turned out to be one of our very favorite parts of the house. I should also mention that all the barn wood, including what was used to build our table and the barn board headboard and mirror that are currently in the works, was supplied FREE OF CHARGE by my very awesome, lovely, and endlessly generous sister-in-law. So, in order to achieve this look, you’ve really just got to know someone who recently tore down a barn. Other than that, check Craigslist, maybe?
My husband just cut the beams to size (they are both six feet long), cleaned them up, and put on a few coats of polyurethane. We used 10″ heavy duty screws to adhere the beams to the wall. I mean, these babies were loooooooong! Three of them did the trick; those beams are not going anywhere. I think they’d look better with black washers behind the screw heads, but we were too tired to paint washers. My husband says, “We can add them later if you want.” Which is code for, “We will never add them.”
Don’t look too closely or you’ll see where I spilled paint on them. Oopsie-daisy!
For the window trim, we just nailed a piece of the clapboard siding over the window. Bonus! It covered the six thousand screw holes I made when I tried to hang up our previous curtains by myself! This is the bay window in the living room.
Here is the bay window in the dining room. I love the look of the barn wood, and it really complements our barn wood table (which you can read more about here). I also like how the roughness of the wood juxtaposes the soft fabrics of the window dressings. By the way, I made those curtains out of shower curtains! (More about that here.)
We also have a greenhouse window in the kitchen in front of the sink that a full-grown human or two can fit in. You can’t really see the window in this shot because of the blazing sunlight that comes in, but you can see the barn board trim over it.
We were going to box in the headers where we removed walls with barn wood, but we thought that might be overkill. Plus, I didn’t want our barn wood well to run dry. I really want that headboard! Have you used reclaimed barn wood for projects? I’d love to see how you did it!