Barn wood finishes

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by americanwoodworker posted 08-05-2012 11:40 PM 2871 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View americanwoodworker's profile


185 posts in 2370 days

08-05-2012 11:40 PM

I have access to alot of barn wood for some projects but I am confused about the finishes. I have noticed many variances to barn wood. A crackled paint look. A gray almost colorless wood or a deep rich reddish brown color, etc.

The wood I have access to is grey. I cannot stand the look of this color. It is lifeless and almost depressing to me. I love the deep reddish brown color in some barn woods. So I was wondering. Is there something you do to the barn wood to make it that color, or does that particular variance only occur in certain climates?

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

9 replies so far

View bondogaposis's profile


4725 posts in 2347 days

#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:08 AM

It has to do w/ two things, number one the species of wood and number two the climate. In the Pacific NW mostly they use western cedar and it turns grey w/ all of the rain. Where I live in MT the wood is mostly pine and it tends to a golden brown color with streaks of dark brown. Also exposure, plays in southern exposure generally yields lighter color vs Northern exposure more grey.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Clint Searl's profile

Clint Searl

1533 posts in 2357 days

#2 posted 08-06-2012 12:27 AM

”Is there something you do to the barn wood to make it that color,”

Stain? Paint?

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

View Viking's profile


880 posts in 3191 days

#3 posted 08-06-2012 12:31 AM

I make picture frames from “barn wood” and leave them natural and unfinished.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

View SASmith               's profile


1850 posts in 2983 days

#4 posted 08-06-2012 12:39 AM

You can pressure wash it to take away the gray color.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10096 posts in 4048 days

#5 posted 08-06-2012 03:19 AM

Milk Paint?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 2186 days

#6 posted 08-06-2012 04:56 AM

I planed a piece to see what it looks like and it is a gorgeous piece of oak.This to had turned gray over the years.I’m going to have to cut the length down to make my table so i
I don’t think that gray on top and the natural look on the ends would look good.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View lunn's profile


215 posts in 2305 days

#7 posted 08-06-2012 01:33 PM

I’ve built a hall tree and bench to match from barnwood. i planed the inside of it to start the thickness. then i planed the weathered side. I left some of the deapest weathered grain. Finished great and the grey may turn black Gave it a whole new look. It was 1” red oak. Try planeing piece leaveing some of the weathered you’ll know when to stop !

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

View waho6o9's profile


8189 posts in 2573 days

#8 posted 08-06-2012 01:39 PM

Run a magnet over the wood to find metal before planning. Nice score on the oak!

View americanwoodworker's profile


185 posts in 2370 days

#9 posted 08-06-2012 10:44 PM

I appreciate all the input. Just as I had figured though the patina I am looking for is not underneath the grey. But I will try and pressure wash or plane it to see whats there. I was not too interested in the paint look as I know how to make the crackled effect with a little paint and elmers glue.

Thx for the input.

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics