FAQs

Q:  My wall is 80x40 (inches) how many boxes would I need?

A:  You will need 3 boxes. 80’’x 40’’ = 3,200 sq inches divided by 144 = 22.5 sq ft x 1.15 (assuming a 15% loss for end trimming) = 25.5 sq ft. Will even have a small amount left over!


Q:  Can I apply a polyurethane clear coat, or would that remove the color?

A:  Yes you can apply a clear finish. We recommend sanding the planks prior to applying the finish. Moderate to heavy sanding will remove the natural weathered look and leave the wood lighter. The more you sand, the lighter the wood will be. If you sand gently and then apply the polyurethane, you will be left with darker boards.


Q:  Can I use an air brad gun to secure these to drywall? 1.5inch brads?

A:   We recommend the use of a brad air nailer on drywall with the majority of the nails penetrating the studs. Planks are 3/8” thick and dry wall varies in thickness but is most commonly ½”. 1.5’’ length. Brad nails would be perfect for most situations.


Q:  Do you recommend painting the wall behind and if so what color?

A:  Painting the wall behind a black or dark brown color is recommended. This way, any nail holes, knots or cracks are not visible behind the wood.


Q:  If I bought this product would the colors be as diverse and varied as compared to what is advertised in these pictures of completed walls?

A:   Each box has a wide range of colors including brown and grey.

 

Q:  Can these be installed vertically under a chair rail?

A:   Yes, you can even put them at an angle for a unique look


Q:  We’re building a home bar for our garage. Can this be used around the front and side of the bar?

A:   Yes.


Q:  Can you use these on a ceiling?

A:  Yes. It is probably wise to use an adhesive like liquid nails just in case… you know how gravity is.


Q:  Can these be used outdoor on a fence? It’s the entrance to my main door.

A:  This is an untreated wood product that is mainly used for interior purposes. When used outside and against other walls, it would be best to install with a vapor barrier between the planks and the wall. This prevents moisture and rainwater from being held up against the wall. Many stores sell a wire mesh vapor barrier.


Q:  How would this work on a headboard for a queen size bed?

A:  This material can be applied directly to the wall or you could apply the planks on plywood and then install the plywood to the wall. A simple way to hang the plywood on the wall would be to use a French cleat.


Q:  Do you have to have a backing board?

A:  No! Most studs are 16’’ on center, so there is no need for a backing board. Simply mark your vertical studs and ensure you nail twice at every stud when applying the boards - it’s that simple!


Q:  Could this product be used to build a sliding barn door?

A:  Yes, very similar to a headboard, simply cut plywood to size and apply planks to the plywood. You can also use the excess to trim out the sides.


Q: Is this product smooth or does it have a rough surface?

A: It is barn wood so it will be a bit rougher, however, most surfaces have been cleaned. You can sand it to make it smoother, which gives it a little more modern, less rustic look.


Q: Good for a toybox?

A: Yes, however, we’d recommend sanding and sealing the wood prior to children using it.


Q: Has anyone tried this as a table top? Looking to have a rustic dining room table top.

A: Yes. Lightly sand and finish with a durable clear coat. It is 3/8’’ thick so you would need to put it on plywood first.


Q: We are thinking about placing this around our fireplace instead of stone, but we’re wondering if it is safe - will the wood burn?

A: It depends on the application. Use the same principles as would be used with any wood near a fireplace. It will ignite or develop burn marks if sparks fly from the fireplace. If it is a gas fireplace without wood sparks a less strict standard is required.


Q: Do you have to use an adhesive? Can’t you just use brad nails and nail those into the studs?

A: The 3/8” panels are thin and light enough to be held with only nails into the stud as long as the nail length is appropriately selected to fully penetrate the plank, drywall and still penetrate the stud.


Q: Can I use finishing nails for this project?

A: Yes, finishing nails will work well as long as they are long enough to reach the studs.


Q:  Are the pieces already finished or will I have to finish them?

A:  These are authentic barn wood planks and have been surface brushed but no other treatment has been done. If you are looking for a more finished look, we would suggest a clear coat after a light sanding.


Q:  Can these be used on ceilings or around any kind of moisture such as on a bathroom ceiling?

A:  The wood is unfinished and should not be exposed to direct moisture or extreme humidity. The pieces can become moisture safe if installed with a vapor barrier between the wall and paneling and a waterproof finish. If you use as a backsplash, make sure you seal them so the water does not get through.


Q:  If these are coated with polyurethane can they be used as wainscoting in a bathroom?

A:  Yes.

Q:  Everyone has been suggesting to use brad nails or finishing nails to mount these boards. Will it work with screws?

A:  Sure, we’d suggest a smaller head trim screw. It may be helpful to pre-drill.


Q:  Can this product be installed on cinder block basement walls or concrete? If so, how?

A:  We would recommend you install plywood on the block wall first. Then you can easily install the planks directly to the plywood.


Q:  Can this product be used as flooring over a wood subfloor?

A:   No, this product is too thin to be used for flooring.


Q:  What other work will need to be done when using these to cover an accent wall? I’m not very handy, so don’t want something too involved.

A:   It is very DIY friendly. All you have to do is paint the wall (optional), mark the studs, and start applying planks to the wall. You can do it!


Q:  Will you need to pull the trim or door frame off the wall before applying these?

A:   Most people leave the trim in place and butt right up to it. The planks are thin enough that in most cases it is near flush.


Q:  Can this be used for a ceiling like in a three season porch?

A:   Yes!


Q:  Did anyone polyurethane this? We are doing a wall, but we were thinking it would be good to avoid stains/spills and be able to wash?

A:   Yes, many people use water or oil based satin sealer to seal the wood. This also makes for easy cleanup.

 

Q:  Do I need actual nails or can I use Liquid Nails Only?

A:   We suggest you use nails or some sort. Liquid Nails would hold it, however, you need to secure the plank to the wall while it dries.


Q:  If I were to use this for an outdoor project would it hold up?

A:   Depends on where it is installed. This is a wood product that has not been treated with any chemicals.


Q:  Can these be used on a textured wall?

A:   Yes.


Q:  Can I use this in a bathroom, or will the moisture from the shower mess it up?

A:   We would not use this in the shower since it is a wood product. However, it can be used in other parts of the bathroom. We recommend sealing it if it is going to get direct moisture. We also recommend a ceiling fan that will help remove moisture from the room.

Q: I want to put this behind my toilet, on the wall. Will it be a good idea? Considering the humidity

A:    It will work fine for that application. That area should not be getting wet. If you plan on getting it wet we would recommend sealing it. This is still a wood product and will not hold up to being saturated with water.