November 20, 2012

Who Hangs a Barn Door on the Wall?

"Who hangs a barn door on the wall?"  That, and similar comments, were what I heard from my  three boys when I had the brilliant idea to hang an old barn door on the blank wall over the sofa.  Skeptics!  They just couldn't see my vision!  

I admit, the barn door was pretty primitive looking with years of dirt, grain, hay, and cobwebs!  (If you ever need to clean anything really dirty, like old barn wood, I recommend using TSP according to the directions with a small hand brush.)  I would not recommend deciding to clean a dirty, old barn door the week of a hurricane!  Can you believe I carried that dirty old door upstairs to my bathroom and cleaned it in the bathtub!  Hey, a girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do!  

Mr. C and son #3 hung the freshly scrubbed door on the wall for me.  This is when I heard from the skeptics!  The door was mostly just bare wood with a little bit of old white paint remaining at this point.  My original plan was to leave it that way, but it just didn't stand out against my light gray wall.  So, I painted it with Annie Sloan "Slate" chalk paint and applied some dark wax.  Then I painted the words of a favorite praise song, "In Christ Alone, My Hope is Found" using white acrylic craft paint.  I finished it off with some clear wax for protection.  I left the primitive door handle the original color and like the contrast it gives. 

When the boys saw the completed project, they had to admit it looked pretty good!    Even a few of their friends have complimented me on the barn door!  

And this is our 14 year old cockapoo, Ragamuffin (or Rags).  He absolutely refused to budge from his comfy spot on the sofa for me to take these photos!  

Have a Blessed Day,


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  1. Ooooh. I would totally hang a barn door on a wall! It looks fantastic there.

  2. Amazing project. The door is fabulous, and your message is perfect! Following your blog now. Follow me too at I posted "dolled up" on Coastal charm:)

  3. I'd do it in a heartbeat. Love the sign, and the message.

  4. This is great!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table :) I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS. Love rustic old stuff, and those are the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns! LOVE!

  6. I love this barn door (and the praise song too) and am wondering how you attached it to the wall. I have an old piece of board about 4 1/2 feet long by 16 inches wide. It is shaped at one end like an ironing board but had no legs so I'm assuming it was simply placed on the backs of 2 chairs. I'd like to attach it to the wall, perhaps with a phrase written on it but it's an outside wall and hubby is afraid I'll puncture the vapour barrier (a No No!) by putting screws for brackets in the wall if I use it as a shelf. I think it could work as a wall hanging in a collage of photos above the sofa if I knew how it fasten it to the wall. I don't see how yours was done and would appreciate some help. Thanks so much. I always enjoy your blog and decorating style! Blessings. Pam

  7. I love the barn door and especially what you've so beautifully written on it. God bless you :)

  8. Can you telle what fonts you used for the words or is it free hand? Thank you!


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