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Last week’s How To Saturday was the first of a two part technique of how you can get the barn wood look.  I developed this technique, through lots of trial and error, just for my Farmhouse Table Project from Hell to make new wood look old.

Just to review, the two parts include:

 1.  Creating a Chalk Paint Wash for the under coat

2.  Creating a weathered Chalk Paint for the top coat

Authentic salvaged barn wood is expensive and sources for salvaging it are pretty rare.    So, I developed a painting technique that would make new wood look old.

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After painting your furniture piece or wood with the gray chalk paint wash, it’s time for the second part of the Barn Wood Look Technique.

Part Two of the Barn Wood Look

Mix up a batch of pure white chalk paint using the Old House Chic Chalk Paint Recipe.

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Next, use a regular, chip, or nothing special paint brush.  Keep the paint brush dry and only dip the very tip in your pure white chalk paint.  This is called “dry brushing.”


If you run your hand over the wood of your furniture piece, you can feel the ridges of the grain.  The high points that you feel , or the ridges, are the parts of the wood we want to paint, while the…valleys (for lack of a better word) will stay unpainted.  This is where we get our weathered look.

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Brush on the pure white chalk paint very lightly with the grain of the wood.  The paint will catch on the raised grain of the wood (the ridges) and leave other parts of the grain unpainted (the valleys.) The parts that are missed by your lightly painting on the white paint will be the gray wash “valleys” that peek through.

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If you used too much white chalk paint in part two, don’t worry!  Lightly sand, with 220 grit sand paper, the parts where you want less white chalk paint and try again.

Let the second layer of white chalk paint dry for 24 hours before giving the whole table a light sanding with 220 grit sand paper.  I would suggest not sanding with an electric sander.  The sanding process can get away from you and suddenly your perfect two part barn wood finish is gone.



Don’t hesitate to contact me by way of a direct email at  or leave a comment below with your questions or concerns!

Try it out!

When you try it, let me know how it goes! Leave a comment about your experience, your opinions of the two part Barn Wood Finish Technique, and/or email a picture of your project!

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