The Barn Wood Wall

It all started over a bonfire and a photo. “Hey, Mel, do you think you could do this in our living room?”

As the project took on its own identity, I learned more about the couples’ history whose home I’d be working in for the job. With roots in beautiful Potter County, PA, the wife grew up with a love of barn wood and an appreciation of the deep woods. The couple found gorgeous barn wood planks from Chaddsford, PA for their wall build, and the seller treated them with wax on one side before sending them on to their new home. The dichotomy between the waxed side and the natural side caused a dilemma; we weren’t sure which side to use since both were equally exquisite, yet very different.

The rich, waxed side prevailed.


With this being an accent wall with the fireplace and mantel as the primary focal points, a random wood plank pattern was perfect for the space.  The couple had chosen a hand-hewn beam as their mantel, which was as beautiful as it was heavy. Daisy happily sliced that to the correct size.

The perfect finishing touch to the mantel was this small pig that the husband’s great grandfather had when he was a small child over in Ireland. History? Meet history.


The final room…


…complete with the barn wood cut-off piece turned into a candle holder. Just in time for her birthday.


When the client sends you a message to tell you that she pressed her face to the barn wood wall, breathed it in, and childhood memories came flooding back, that…THAT…is what it’s all about. And when I did the same, I got it. And smiled. Yes.  YES. 

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

~Oscar Wilde





About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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