DIY Barn Wood Shelf
Level of Difficulty: Medium
- Barn wood
- Corbels (I bought unfinished corbels from Home Depot for $3 each and they came with hardware to hang as a plus)
- Hand sander
- Sand paper
- Wood glue (I use Gorilla Wood Glue)
- Stain (I used leftover Minwax Dark Walnut)
- Chalk paint (I used Americana Decor Everlasting White)
- Wax (I used Americana Decor Dark Brown and Transparent Wax
- Paint brushes and clean rags
- Stain corbels – let dry according to can.
- Paint with white chalk paint – I did about 3 thin layers. Luckily each layer dries quick, only about 30 minute wait.
- Distress with sand paper to create a rustic look.
- Seal with dark wax and then a layer of transparent wax (once 1st layer dries).
- Use hand sander to smooth barn wood (including back and sides – you don’t want a splinter!)
- The back of my board had some deep cracks and to help strengthen the shelf I added gorilla wood glue to cracks and let dry according to instructions.
- I wanted a more natural look so once the glue dried I just coated the barn wood in dark wax with a clean rag, but you could opt to stain them too. If you do I would recommend sealing it with something the can of stain recommends like polyurethane).
- Once the corbels and barn wood are both dry, glue corbels to shelf. Make sure to line up to back of shelf for easy hanging. I used a rag to wipe any excess glue. Leave upside down to dry. It took about a day to completely dry.