September 20, 2017

Red Cedar into Barnwood Walls

Hey Friends! I hope everyone is safe after all the terrible weather this month. We had to evacuate Florida and it took over two weeks to finally get away from Hurricane Irma! Initially we weren't sure where to evacuate to, since Irma kept moving. Then once we all knew Naples would get hit, of course, the roads were a nightmare at that point. 

We made it Jacksonville and they were told to evacuate. We made it Savannah, and they were told to evacuate. Anyway, we spent a few days in Raleigh, NC. Now we're in the outer banks. It's a good thing we left, Naples got hit really hard. Specifically, where we were staying was totally flooded. It's so sad.
But onto happier things! I loved the look of this faux barnwood wall, created from cedar and weatherwood stains! Here's how to get the look!


  • Red Cedar, 1x6 and 1x2
  • Paint Sprayer or Brush
  • Nails, Nail Gun


1. Stain
For this project, we used 1x2 and 1x6 cedar, s4s. You will want to stain the red cedar with Weatherwood Salvage stain. We strain the stain and then put the stain through our gravity sprayer and applied it to the wood in even coats. We apply a heavy coat of stain and let the wood air dry. Depending on the red cedar you have, the color result will be anything from brown to dark gray to gray and brown mixture, because the tannin in cedar varies so much. You can see it working below.


1. Square Footage
First, determine the amount of lumber you will need. You will need to determine the square footage of your space by multiplying the length x width of your project, making sure to subtract for windows and doors.
2. Quantity
Next determine how much siding to purchase using the charts below.

3. Horizontal Application
In horizontal application, start at the bottom and work up, with the groove edges facing downwards. Leave a gap .5” at each wall to allow for expansion and contraction. Siding up to 6 inches wide can be blind nailed with one siding nail per bearing toe-nailed through the base of each tongue. See the drawing below.

4. Nails
Nails should be installed at an angle so they cannot work their way back out of the wood. Nails should be applied with enough force that they must penetrate 1-1/4 inches into solid wood and are flush with the wood.
5. Rows
Measure the length of the wall for your first row and install your first board. Butt the second board against the first and work across the wall, until the final piece of the first row. Make any necessary cuts for the last piece and install. Check every few rows that you are still parallel with the first row or the wall. To fill the wall exactly, it may be necessary to fit a board or two together loosely.
Download Instructions: Link

Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you tomorrow for the party.

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