Barn Style Wall Made With Scraps

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New construction builds often entail changes that are made to the plans as the project progresses. With this cottage the original plan was to have an open loft bedroom but the owner later proposed to frame a new wall and enclose it.

The new wall was framed with 2x4's and enclosed from the outside with 6" tongue and groove pine like the corresponding walls. The pine boards were installed with an air nailer using 2" finishing nails. The tutorial for the barn door also seen below can be viewed here

So with building this additional wall came additional costs and there was a lot of wastage from the Pine boards. How could you put all of those short ends to good use and cut down on extra costs ? Seen below is just a fraction of the scraps that came from covering the walls of the entire cottage.

My solution was prompted by the popular style of barnwood walls, they look scrappy, they're all different colors and use recycled wood. Yeah, we could do that on the interior side of the new wall easily! money and add style at the same time!

I had leftover min-wax stains from other projects that I put on some of the Pine pieces to get the owners to pick their favorite color choices.

Stain Names Listed Below.

Next came applying the stains to the scrap boards, I used t-shirt rags and wore disposable gloves. The process is easy and goes quickly because only one even coat was applied and just left to dry for 24 hours. Since those scraps got used up quickly once installation began I realized I had to stain another batch to complete the project.


1. Ebony 2. Early American 3. Classic Gray 4. Red Mahogany 5. Walnut 6. Fruitwood 7. Maple Harvest


You begin installing at the bottom, the height of the first strip of the barn wall was cut to match the height of the base strip on the plain pine wall. This starting point is "key " to making the overall finish look cohesive. I've shown this with the arrows and lines marked in on the photo below. You'll see the new barn wall started with a slender strip to match the strip at the base of the pre-existing wall, this way all horizontal lines match up in the corners.

Continue to work your way up with mixing and matching the colors and length size, checking with a level as you go to keep your seams straight. All scrap board were given a fresh straight edge cut with the compound mitre saw to ensure a good join between ends, with the exception of the angled cuts required in the upper corners.

Here's a close up of how the wood grains show through the stain and how the seams are tight because of cutting new straight edges on all joins with the mitre saw.

Here's the completed look of the barn wall with complimentary trims added to the door frame.

Our only regret was that we didn't come up with this idea sooner to make effcient use of all of the scraps. By this point all of the cottage walls were completed but this sure would have made a great accent wall to the other bedroom downstairs! To say the owners were pleased was an understatement, they have a custom built wall feature that most likely would have just become fire kindling!

* I'm listing the cost low due to an extra pint of stain I purchased because really all other items were already on hand leftover from this construction project and others.

*Time duration included stain drying time and installation.

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  • Sandra Walburn Sandra Walburn on Nov 29, 2018

    Could I get the colors for 1,2 & 5

    im doing a kitchen/ breakfast nook redo and I think this is beautiful.

  • Anette Anette on Nov 29, 2018

    How did you make sure the joints came out on a stud? What if they were too short to reach??

  • Jodee Helm Jodee Helm on Dec 06, 2018

    I do want to do a wall like this in my house but I’m struggling to figure out what to do with one side of the wall that has a curved edge. Any ideas?

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