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DIY Barn Board with Nicole

If you've read my previous posts, I've shared that we were fortunate to purchase one of the show homes off of the lot at Stone's, in fact, a lot of you actually probably were in our house before we even saw it!

I loved that it meant that our home already had beautiful and coordinating colors - all I had to do was move in and decorate!

As with any home, we were due for a paint refresh and recently I went on a painting spree, freshening up some walls and trim. With fresh paint in the bathroom came a fresh idea: a new barn board shelf.

I was graciously given some old doors and authentic barn board from a friend in PEI, and I've been hanging onto the pieces waiting for the right project to come along. 

For this project, I wanted that industrial look so I grabbed simple L-brackets (Under $3 each), and in true-Nicole fashion, gave them a coat of matte black spray paint. This allowed me to achieve the industrial look I wanted, at a fraction of the cost of other shelf brackets. I called in back-up to help assemble the piece: my dad who can fix literally anything (I think his master's degree in engineering likely helps too!). I mentioned that the barn board was authentic, and it was: I had to use a wire brush to clean off some distinctive (though lovely) red PEI dirt, followed by a clear spread of sealant before we added the brackets and hung the shelf.

Nicole Barn Shelf

Using a few simple tools like a level and a drill, we hung this beautiful new focal point in the bathroom. Originally I planned to add a towel bar but had luck at Ikea with some hooks that we were able to attach directly on the brackets on the wall, and I love how well it turned out! Now we have not only a piece that serves a purpose (ready-to-use towels), but also a spot to decorate (my favorite part).

Even though a project like this appears (and is!) easy, make sure you know your limits when you're doing projects at home, especially if you're putting holes in your wall. A simple project like this may result in added costs and headaches if not done properly, not to mention the mess to clean up if your shelf falls down if you don't have that skill set (I'm a huge 3M strip fan and that just wasn't going to cut it for this project).

I love the imperfectly perfect edge of this barn board shelf, and how it fits with the aesthetic of our home.

Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022