This old barn is full of extra barn wood that is destined for great DIY projects

I live in the country.

I might have mentioned that before.

A few 100 times.

And where I live….we really don’t have drive-through diet cokes or Target or movie theaters or fast-food restaurants or four-lane roads…..

…..or stop lights.

Except the kind that blink yellow.

But does all of that even matter?


Because we have something so much better.


Old-broken-down-about-to-fall-over-truly-vintage-make-you-think-of-little-house-on-the-prairie barns.

Full of….wait for it….wait for it…..barn wood.


And besides….aren’t restaurants over-rated?

I  mean….after all….we do have gas station pizza. 🙂

 Hometalk Show feature - Barnwood Projects you can make yourself

Tomorrow, May 29 we are talking all things barn wood on the Hometalk Show.

At 2pm EST.

If you want to RSVP to watch online click here.

If you want to see a truly professional 15 second promo featuring a girl with red lipstick and big earrings getting super excited about barn wood….click here.

DIY barnwood letters project - make custom letters from old barnwood to decorate around your home

I hope I’ll see you there.

I’m going to be showing you how I made a barn wood letter along with three other blogger’s barn wood projects.

It’s supposed to be a 30 minute show.

Unless I start laughing and telling stories and get sidetracked.

Good thing that never happens. 🙂

15 easy and fun DIY barnwood projects from Thistlewood Farms

PS  Want more barn wood projects?

Here’s just a few more.

Doesn’t it make you want to give up stop lights and four-lane roads and move to the country. 🙂

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  1. Image for nantucketdaffodil nantucketdaffodil

    Ok I LOVE barns. And mint chocolate chip ice cream, and rustic chic decor, and lay in bed til 6 mornings. But I am teaching at 2:00 eastern. Sad face. I want a house full of barnwood frames. Hope I can catch a re-run.

  2. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    :) We have gas station pizza too and a gas station full restaurant that's actually quite good. I have used old barn wood and old pasture fencing for my signs for years. I think it's about time I made some more. Always enjoy reading your blog Kariann. Have a super sweet week. xoxo P.S. My neighbor has a barn I could live in. :)

  3. Image for Laura Laura

    I fell in love with barn wood so many years ago they are hard to count. (Well I could count them, but then I would definitely give away my age). :) Laura

  4. Image for Angela Angela

    Well, I'm not in the country and there are no barns around but I've got pallets of wood from new home construction right outside my door.....will that count?! LOL!! I'll be there!!~~Angela

  5. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    Almost!!! Great tease for your time on Home Talk!! I think you're having too much fun living out there in the boonies. Just sayin' Of course...I'm only two steps away and we don't have a light "in" our we have a round-a-bout of sorts. Then again...the highway runs right on the edge of town and there are two stoplights there. But, we do have restaurants...good ones too. And a nice grocery store, an organic store, and an Agway....but other than that....just some shops that are only open from 11-4...two gas stations...and a hotel. ;) I know it's a metropolis!! Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  6. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Oh, I really wish I could watch....will there be reruns? I'll be on a plane to Scotland! They don't have barns there...sigh...but they have everything else...and castles! I'll have to play catch up when I get back. I watched your video...boy, do you talk fast! ;)

  7. Image for Suesan Suesan

    I'm about to do my own barn wood project. I've made a bar area on the back of my stove peninsula by using a large butcher block counter. I'm using old beams as the supports for bar area and the barn wood siding (painted black with yellow letters from an old Mail Pouch ad, but very very faded) will cover the back of the peninsula. I'm super excited to see how it turns out. Now, if I could just get my floor finished, I could get on my barn wood project.

  8. Image for Patty O Patty O

    LOVE, love Barnwood!!! I have my eye on a few old leaning barns in our area and the thoughts of contacting the owners to see if my hubby and I could go tear them down! Heehee. We'll see if I get brave enough...

  9. Image for Andrea Andrea

    I too live in the country with plenty of leaning, half rotten, beautiful ole barns. The horses are in our neighbours yards, and the cattle graze on the next field over. However, I must admit that I'm pretty lucky to also have Costco, Target, and an amazing pizzeria mere minutes away. Best of both worlds, I tell ya :)

  10. Image for Regina Regina

    As a girl who lives in a town with two - count 'em - TWO stoplights, I totally understand your love of all things country! LOVED your promo! :) I'll try to tune in!

  11. Image for Tanya Tanya

    Yes, this makes me want to move out a ways for sure! We live right on the edge of where country meets suburbia and I long for more barns and a little less traffic. Have a wonderful week Karianne!! xo, Tanya

  12. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Honestly? I mean REALLY honestly? There are some days I want to go all "Amish" and give up the all the crazy, electronic, fast-paced life I have. Heck. Yes. Sure, there are some things that I would really miss (like running water). But...I think I'd come away from the experience with a much better appreciation for the things I take for granted today. And the Amish have big, beautiful gardens. And baked goods. And windmills. And goats and sheep and cows and horses. And barns. Glorious barns.

  13. Image for Karena Karena

    Karianne I have to admit that I am a city girl; however easily lured away to the country for long weekends! Please do enter my Giveaway from Segreto Finishes! xoxo Karena Art by Karena

  14. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    Why is it that barns have this romantic feel to them when in fact they are not romantic a roll in the hay is not romantic it is awakard as hay gets stuck in places we would rather it didn't.........................not that I have every had a roll in the hay.............I am using my common sense here and that tells me it would not be romantic

  15. Image for Cristina Cristina

    What can I tell you? I've wanted to go back to the country since I realized it was a much better choice. I never disliked it. I was born in a village that right now has about 60 rgistered voters and not all live actually there (& of course no traffic lights, just one yield sign). I only spent my summers there, as we lived in a close by city. One summer my nephew couldn't stay in the city so we drove him to the village with my mum. I was lying there, on my bed & there was not a noise, just peace & quiet. It was then I knew I had to go back to living in the middle of nowhere. Though we don't have little house on the prairie barns around here. I wish! (I live in Spain) Green with envy I am!! XOXO, CRIS

  16. Image for susan susan

    And this is what happens when I don't check my email for a day (or 2)... completely miss something I would have loved to see! Surrounded by barns here, too! Couldn't talk the hubby into buying the one I grew up near, though :(

  17. Image for Kathy Kathy

    This sounds fantastic - I hope I can go back and check it out. I live in rural Georgia under nearly the same conditions. I just LOVE it! We're excited because a town nearby - 30+ minutes will be getting a Hobby Lobby! I have to travel at least 30 minutes in all directions if I want serious shopping. There's nothing like the peace and quiet of country living, also that you really do know your neighbor. I hope you have a blessed weekend, Kathy

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