MYO Reclaimed Wood Vintage Wall Feature

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been revamping our guest room lately. Last week I shared with you the headboard that RancherMan & I made from repurposed barn wood pulled from our 1880’s barn when it was refurbished a few years ago.  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!  But now what to do with that wall?  RancherMan & I don’t like much visual clutter so I was in a quandary.  Do we just leave the wall blank?  Well, maybe, but I think it looks a little TOO bare.  What to do…

Then I remembered a great piece old aged wood that RancherMan had to cut off the original boards we were using for the headboard because it was split, but I loved the split. And the ridges. And the knot-holes. It was a beautiful piece of aged wood. So I asked him to save it for me.  My mind was spinning on ideas to make a meaningful pictorial wall feature.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now there are lots of artistic people in my family. MOST members of my family actually, but the artsy tendencies skipped me for some reason.  Oh I can usually plink something out if I can see a picture of it first and go verrrry sloooowly.  But I’m not good at actually picturing a project in my mind and seeing it through to the finish and having it turn out even remotely the way I originally envisioned it!

But I’m also the eternal optimist so I jumped in with both feet anyway.  I picked out several pictures that I had taken around our ranch over the years & contacted a local printer in town.  Bada-bing, bada-BOOM for a whopping $1.29 and in about 24 hours time they reproduced several full-color pictures for me.  Gotta love living in a small town!

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I cut out each photo with my handy-dandy * photo trimmer and set them all aside.  But these prints were printed on card stock.  For what I had in mind I needed them to be a little more sturdy.  Hummm…  I KNOW!  I’ll cut out pieces of cardboard and mount the pictures to them, almost like matting.  But where to find the cardboard for the mats…  I started looking around the house for colors, textures & thicknesses I wanted and found the perfect thing.

I disassembled the packaging from a 12-pk case of cola and voila – that cardboard was the color I wanted and the thickness I needed.  (say it with me folks – my motto?  USE WHAT YA GOT!  LOL)  Using one of my prints as a template I cut out appropriate-sized squares of cardboard for my mat.  Yeah, I like that!  So far, so good.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then it was simply a matter of a few squiggly lines of glue on the back of the pictures, attach the mat and use two of my heaviest books to press the pictures to the mats for awhile.  Can you tell that I love me some Amy Dacyczyn?  Her * Tightwad Gazette books were faves of mine.  So much so that I bought the book that had all three volumes AFTER receiving one volume as a gift in the 80’s and buying the second volume myself in the 90’s.  You Tightwad Gazette lovers know what I mean.  I think Amy would be so proud of this project!

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now that the pictures are cut out and glued to their mats I turned my attention to that old barn wood board. Sigh…  What a beautiful piece of wood.  So interestingly ridged.  Such perfect patina. So beautiful. And since it came from my own old barn so meaningful to me.  But being artsy is tough sometimes so I pulled out the hammer & hacked up the smoothly-cut edge with the claw of the hammer so it would have a more rugged appearance.  LOL

Then I hammered a couple of star-headed nails on each end of the board, strung & wrapped some jute baling twine and attached some vintage clothes pins so I could tell what kind of spacing I’d need and how many photos I could use.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now this wall-feature board is going to be hanging on the wall.  In our guest room.  OVER THE HEADS OF OUR SLEEPING GUESTS!!  There’s no better way to be declared the worst hostess ever than maiming your guests in their sleep during their overnight stay at your hacienda…  So I wanted to make absolutely sure it was secure when I hung it on the wall.  I asked RancherMan to put some heavy picture-hanging wire on the back of the wood, using screws to anchor it in place.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then when all was finally ready I hung the wood on the wall and placed my favorite newly-printed photos on it using those lovely aged vintage clothespins.  I had more pictures printed than I actually needed so I’ll be able to change them out periodically if I like, and that certainly works for me since I picked out the photos that I loved the most!  Now that my little work of art is finally finished I take a step back to see how she looks…

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite ranch photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I love it, and it came out exactly how I hoped it would.  (fist pump!)  But because it’s apparently my nature to be cruisin’ for a bruisin’ I can’t leave well enough alone.   I’m now in the process of painting some of the furniture in the guest room distressed white to tie in the old farmhouse theme I’m looking for.

Now I enjoy painting to the degree I would enjoy, say, a root canal, but I’m determined!  Because I’m distress-painting the furniture in this room with white paint, I’m thinking about maybe milk-washing this old piece of wood to tie the aged barn wood patina of the headboard with the distressed white of the other furniture.  But then again I may leave it alone, it looks great like it is.  Decisions, decisions…   Whaddya think?

~TMH~

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50 thoughts on “MYO Reclaimed Wood Vintage Wall Feature

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    You did such a great job with this! It turned out beautifully. Thanks for posting on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop!

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  2. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    I love this! The rustic appearance adds so much charm, and so thrifty too! Well done, thanks for linking up to Merry Monday, I can’t wait to see next week’s!

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  3. Elaine

    Cute!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week! I love having you!! Pinned!

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  4. Kristi Stone

    Oh that’s really cute, Tammy! I love it. We have plenty of aged wood around here that would be great for this project. We are not into visual clutter either—I used to be, but it was overwhelming after a while. I would love to do this project for a specific higher-up blank spot in my kitchen. It would look great there, and not clutter things up at all.Visiting from Good Morning Mondays. Kristi@Stone Family Farmstead

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  5. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    Such a cute idea and I love that it’s easy and inexpensive! Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo Lisa

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  6. Sarah-Ann

    I love this! I made a similar one years ago that I use all the time. Thanks for sharing it with us. Visiting from Our Simple Homestead blog hop.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I love that I got to use the oldest most interesting board for this feature Sarah-Ann. I used old vintage clothes pins for hanging the pictures, and I made up several more photos so I can change it out if I want. I’m thinking about making a set for each season of the year and changing it out for my guests based on the season. Hummm…. Thanks for stopping by. ~TMR~

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  7. a spirit of simplicity

    Oh wow!! I just love this! I collect all kinds of driftwood pieces from the beach -and I need a headboard -and I take lots and lots of pictures! I am definitely going to do this! thanks for sharing this great idea.

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  8. Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

    This turned out sooooo good! Thanks for sharing! I think it would be great for my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

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  10. Kimberly

    Hello beautiful! What a fun project. Love it! Pinned. Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I hope to see you at our party tonight, it starts at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  11. Diana

    I love the look of your spare bedroom. The headboard looks great the way it is, I wouldn’t do anything to it I couldn’t undo if I wanted to. And your picture board is great. Diana

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Diana, I’m really loving the way they turned out too. You make a good point about not doing anything you can’t undo if you want to. ~TMR~

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  12. Heather @ Never Lacking Zeal

    So cute! I did something similar with an old wooden frame and some chicken wire. I love utilizing old stuff to make something new!

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  13. Lisa

    I love this idea. I also think it would look good painted white and distressed. Maybe use a black cardstock as the backing for the pictures. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Erlene

    It looks great. I think if you are leaving the wall that light color I would leave the wood alone. Super cute idea…where did you get the star nail heads? Those are so neat. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Can’t wait to see the room all finished.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Ya know Erlene, we’ve had those star nails for years & years. We must have gotten a small supply of them, I still have a couple left even after this project. ~TMR~

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  15. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

    What a great idea! I like it just the way it is. Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday, this post really speaks to the heart of simple living. Hope to see you again this week!

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  16. Debra @ MsMoozys Open House

    I just love this idea, thanks for sharing. I want to let you know that I will be featuring this post on Tuesday’s with a Twist so please stop by for a peek. Have a great day.

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  17. Lucy

    I received The Tightwad Gazette in the mail as a newsletter. I saved all the copies and kept them in a notebook. I poured over them constantly and loved them!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      There are many Amy D. fans out there, myself being one of the biggest fans. She’s amazing. ~TMR~

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  18. Rochelle Dunlap

    I have some photos that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with and I believe you just gave me an idea. Thanks. I do have to say as a photographer I cringed a little when you used elmer’s glue on a photo (Not good for longevity). The natural wood look is amazing, it gives the images a nice “clean” backdrop.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL Rochelle, these are reproductions of my digital photos, reproduced on cardstock by a local printing company and the whole reproduction job cost less than $2. If the glue causes a problem down the road, $2 and 24-hours time will replace them. 🙂 Thanks for your compliment! ~TMR~

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  19. Karen

    All three of Amy Dacyczyn’s books are on my bookshelf. They were like my second bible when my kids were growing up. Your wall art ties in so well with the headboard. You should be proud. There’s such a sense of satisfaction when you can take something that most people would relegate to the land fill and turn it into a useful and versatile piece. Nice go’in.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Debra, I really loved the character in this old piece and couldn’t stand that it was being cut away & discarded. Sometimes thinking outside the box is in order I guess! ~TMR~

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  20. ColleenB.

    What a Beautiful and clever idea. Love that. Very nice; simple and easy project to do, plus you can change out the pictures whenever. It goes so well with your headboard but I’m surprised that you didn’t use your branding iron and brand in your ranch’s emblem; ‘ Sunrises Forever.’ Enjoy the remainder of the day and have a wonderful evening.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL Colleen, I was afraid the brand again might be overdoing it, but I’m working on doing something similar freehand on a piece of leather I think might look really cool. Stay tuned for updates! ~TMR~

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  21. Tracy @ Our Simple Life

    What a simple beautiful idea. I think it is pretty just leaving it in its natural state…

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  22. Patricia

    That turned out so wonderful. I agree, Amy D. would think this project is the “Bee’s Knees”. I like te idea of white washing the wood to go with your farmhouse white distressed furniture…but no stress on you, right? I salvaged a piece of fence wood from the back fence when it was bull dozed. I haven’t done anything with it yet…but I’m looking for idea! Pat

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yeah Patricia I’m thinking that too, but so nervous because I really, REALLY love the look of this old wood. ~TMR~

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