Remember how after we moved here in May I shared our new home tour and said the pink of the paintings in the living room wasn’t working for me? Well, after months of staring at them I finally just took everything off the wall last week. I wanted to build a wood wall hanging to replace them but my husband and I had different “visions” for what we wanted. Since he every now and then gets a good idea, I figured I’d let him run with this one.
He had dreams of a barn wood rustic piece-which led us to try and figure out where in the world we were going to find reclaimed barn wood in metro DC. We ended up just north of DC at what I like to call our new favorite place-Community Forklift. This place was awesome y’all!
Do you see those columns??? I was trying to figure out where in our house I could just sit a few (or one-they were pricey!) While they didn’t have barn wood they did have tons of salvaged wood from old DC rowhomes and other old buildings. We ended up deciding on some old baseboards with some cool grooving on them and picked up three of them for the bargain price of $16.
Back at home my husband found some scrap wood to use as a base on the backside of the baseboards to hold them together. He pre-drilled holes and nailed them to the scrap wood. We decided to leave them totally as is-no cutting, sanding, etc.
We used some old metal hangars off a yard sale painting I bought long ago to attach wire to the back for hanging. Because the baseboards were pretty thin it wasn’t as heavy as we thought it would be thankfully.
Once that was finished he handed it over to me to gussy up. I swept it off then moved it inside where I cleaned it with Murphy’s Oil Soap and then conditioned it with Pledge Orange Oil. After cleaning it up I decided against staining it.
I may change my mind in the future because it’s a little on the light side of what I prefer but it has so much character that I really wanted to preserve that…there’s even some penciled initials on one of the boards!
We hung it up with one regular wall anchor into a stud but added two large command hooks on either side just to be on the safe side-this thing hangs over our heads when we’re on the couch and I don’t want to get randomly knocked out one night while watching my HGTV!
It’s a little plain hanging in my opinion but I plan to use it almost like a mantel, changing the decor on it seasonally-I made a quick bunting just to see how it would look decorated:
Be sure to stop by Friday to see how I ended up actually decorating it for autumn (this bunting didn’t make the cut!) and see my entire home tour!
What do you think-too rustic? Should I stain it? I’d love your thoughts!