Finishing with barn boards / Guides

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...Barn boards for interior wall finishing Reclaimed barn boards can make for beautiful interior walls. It isn’t necessarily something you’ll want on every wall of every home, but as an accent wall it can be beautiful. Like many other woods used for finishing, it isn’t always necessary to apply any coating if they won’t...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...finishing much sooner than a hardwood floor. Reclaimed wood flooring: Depending on your taste and what you do with it, reclaimed wood can give you a floor with a lot of character. You can find and reuse old flooring, even use old barn boards for a beautiful and rustic look. Barn boards are usually much wider and ha...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...boards used for stairs and railings © Bala Structures Finishing boards: Old baseboards can be very easily reused and save a bunch of money. Sanding, caulking and paint can bring them back good as new. Bricks and masonry: Putting materials with high thermal mass in the path of the sun will absorb heat and help reg...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...barn boards: cut them to width, run a quick router across one edge to round it, and a very quick pass with a sander can bring out some fantastic looking wood with a rich Canadian heritage. Cons: Some reclaimed materials can be quite labour intensive to prepare, particularly painted boards. You will likely encounter l...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...Without direct sun exposure, a wood ceiling will age slowly and evenly. 14 year old timber frame with 1.5 inch pine boards as the finished ceiling, but also the floor above © Ecohome Air quality with a timber ceiling: With wood: the only air quality issues inside a home with untreate...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...barn boards and timbers: As barns are taken down for any number of reasons, much of the wood is still in exceptional condition and often commands an impressive price on the market. You can find support beams as well as boards. Mill your own tree: If you must take down a tree and you have space to store a pile of wood...