I love the DIY Barn Wood Shelves that I often see online, but none of them were quite what I wanted.
So, Daniel got out his pad and pencil, and these beautiful DIY Barn Wood Shelves happened.
He handmade the wooden corbels, which I love. Corbels have such a European feel to them, which when paired with old Barn wood it has a fantastic look. A flair of old world style, and a reminder of more recent homesteaders.
Daniel decided to film the process, and I’m so glad he did! We usually get so caught up in a project that we forget to take before and after pictures. But this time, we went beyond that and filmed the process of building these DIY Barn Wood Shelves for you guys. Aren’t you proud of us? I know I am!
- With a level, draw a level line on the wall.
- Mount the brackets or corbels evenly to the line
- Place your lengths of Barn Wood onto the brackets/corbels
- Screw them into the brackets/corbels from the top
- Now, the most crucial step is to step back and admire your beautiful work.
Ideas On Finding Barn Wood
Now, finding barn wood can be difficult. If you’ve purchased an old homestead, then you’ll have barn wood galore, but the rest of us may not be so lucky. If you’re one of the latter, then look out for old buildings and talk to their owners. Perhaps they’ll be willing to bargain, or chicken trade in exchange for your skills. People LOVE homemade food, a loaf of bread or a fresh pie can carry a lot of weight in bartering deal!
Tips on building DIY Barn Wood Shelves
Now, if you were mounting this shelf on brackets I seriously recommend using these hollow wall anchors, I’ve hung a sixty-pound chandelier from them before. Their primary function is for hanging heavy items when you can’t find a stud or the location of the stud won’t work with what you’re doing.
DIY Barn Wood Shelves Video
One of the things I love most about DIY (Do It Yourself) is the connection people get to the old ways. The benefits of DIY cannot be understated in a culture that is driven by consumerism, and the fast-paced lifestyles which support it.
Truth to be told, I feel more grounded, satisfied and happy after having completed a DIY project or just working with my hands. When my DIY project comes to fruition, I appreciate the finished product in a way that exceeds just going out and buying something new.
Are you inspired to try your hand at a DIY project this coming weekend? If we were your inspiration, tag us on Instagram @forgottenway_farms we’d love to see your handiwork!
-Daniel & Abby Jo