As promised in my earlier post for DIY: Barn Wood Shutters for Pallets, I would like to show you how I made my barn wood valance. It’s really very simple, just a few items needed, but this is a lengthy post to give you all the information you need, so bear with me!
Back winter of 2011, we decided that since we were not able to sell our home and have our country living I so long for, that we would be putting our garden out in our front yard. We live on a quarter-acre lot and have plenty of room, but our back yard is completely shaded.
God is so good! We didn’t just get some barn wood, but our pick of a couple of buildings on an old farmstead. Yes!
The only catch was we had to remove it ourselves… in mid-February in Ohio. Let’s just say my husband and son deserve an award for being ankle deep in snow flying sideways removing barn siding with only a hammer, crowbar, and a screwdriver – there was no electric hookup! Can you believe I had a camera and forgot to take pictures!! Grrrr!
Now I realize not everyone has access to a homestead barn or even wants to attempt to tear one down. You could use driftwood, fence rails, or even new wood made old. Check craigslist free section for wood too.
- length of barn wood to fit your window
- tape measure
- hard cut masonry nails, rusted (rusting recipe below)
- drill & bits
- screws to mount valance to wall
- bedskirt or other desired fabric
- sewing machine
- desired fabric
- 1 pint hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- In a large plastic bowl, combine all of the ingredients with a plastic spoon.
- Place your nails ( or other goodies you want to rust) in the solution. This will foam and bubble over time, so I suggest placing it outside and on cardboard or newspaper. Leave overnight.
- Drain off solution. DO NOT RINSE.
- With gloves on, place your objects on cardboard or newspaper to dry.
Now onto the valance. First cut the barn wood to the length you need. You’ll need to take the length of the wood and figure the spacing between the nails you desire. Mine were 6″ apart. Next, to figure the layout of the nails, measure the width and find center – write it down. Your nails will be positioned 1″ in from both ends, so measure your board and subtract 2″ from the total. Take that subtracted total and divide it up by 6 (or desired nail width). It make not come up equal, so then you just get close to 6″ (less or more), and then you will be using that number to space your nails 1″ in from either end.
Some simple sewing skills are necessary to complete the valance. First, cut off the bedskirt sides to the desired hanging length (mine is 9″, with actual length 8″ + 1″ for top hemmed edge). Then, shorten them to the width of you barn wood piece, but also add about an extra 1.5″ per nail width-wise so that it would have a ruffle effect once hung.
Fold side edge of valance in a half inch, press. Afte that, fold again on itself another half inch, and press to get the finished edge. Now, fold the top edge of valance half inch down and press with iron. Fold again another half inch and press again.
After that, stitch down all folded edges 1/8″ from edge starting at the bottom of one side, go up across top folded edge, and the down the other side, ending at the bottom side edge bottom.