Keith’s Living Room Makeover – Barnwood Wall

Hi! We made a little more progress over at our friend Keith’s place, so I thought I’d share a little bit about that here today. If you’re just tuning in, here’s Keith’s “before” photo…


…and here’s the inspiration picture I put together for him a while back…


…and here’s where we’re at right now:

Rustic Barnwood Mantel Fireplace Lettered Cottage

We’ve still got one barnwood plank to attach (right above the mantel), but in a nutshell, Kevin and Keith used our nail gun to secure each board to the studs behind the drywall there.

I told you that we stained the wood with watered-down Amsterdam-colored stain the other day, but I also wanted to mention that we decided to give them even more dimension by brushing on a quick coat of Behr’s “Atlantic” colored semi-transparent stain the day the guys tacked them up:

Atlantic Behr Wood Stain

Now they really look almost just like the ones in my inspiration photo! :-)

Rustic Barnwood Fireplace Mantel Lettered Cottage

I look forward to sharing another update as soon as we’ve got that last board up and all the bookcase trim and crown molding in place! 😀

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  1. Melissa G says

    Funny thing is my parents did this in their house 30 years ago. My dad used to tear down old barns (for pay) and would occasionally get to keep wood. So to save money when they were remodeling a 100 year old farm house, they did one room with barn wood, and then the family room half way up the wall with a pic rail above. People didn’t care for it saying it was “too rustic”. If my mom were still here, I could tell her she was just very AHEAD in design!! Love the room, btw!

    • says

      Girlz, nobody loves “being ahead of (her) time” more than we do — am I right?

      I painted my woodwork a Benj. Moore gray way back in ’85! I have plans to do said-same this fall!

      TY for sharing!

  2. Jess says

    Love the way it’s coming together. The shade of stain is so pretty and adds great contrast. Y’all have so much talent!

  3. Summer says

    Love it! The design is just perfect and it’s coming together beautifully. Our sweet nephew is so blessed to have friends like y’all :-)

    We’re also praying for you and Kevin in your adoption journey – it’s a roller coaster ride for sure but worth every pitch, dip and lurch! Blessings to you both,


  4. says

    I love the woods and the color of the paints! It’s going to look fantastic! Can’t wait to see the finished room. I just redesigned, ala nautical old Florida my informal living room. ~ Karen

  5. says

    Wow! The room is really pulling together. It looks great! I wish I had white cabinets and shelves (I think) in my family room.
    I enjoyed meeting you yesterday.

  6. says

    I LOVE the way that wood turned out. It looked great before but with the addition of the last minute stain it turned out pefect. What a lucky guy Keith is to have friends like you two!

  7. Carrie - Curate | by Carrie Corson says

    Love watching the progress of Keith’s living room! The color turned out great. It’s exactly like your design!

  8. says

    Really impressive, starting to look just like the inspiration photo. Which btw, sorry if this is a silly question, but how do you make an inspiration picture? I could really use one for my living room!

  9. says

    I love it so far! Love the way it gives the wall texture and interest. It looks rustic too. I saw a pallet wall at a beach cottage that we stayed at in Tybee Island but couldn’t convince hubby t do it so I settled for a mirror. Can’t wait to see all the changes that you’ll be making to your new home. A whole new canvas to work with while you prepare for your adoption.