Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Barn Wood Crosses Finished

Ok, I will start this off by saying the title should be "Barn Wood Crosses Finished by Brian". I will admit it - I come up with the hair brain crazy ideas, and my dear sweet hubby is almost always the muscle. I was allowed to hold wood while he sawed and stapled. I was also allowed to take pictures. I was NOT allowed to touch the power tools. I think this stems from the fact that I really want a blow torch for Christmas someday and that SCARES him.

The back story:
I bought three metal crosses over TWO years ago. I had seen a picture on Pinterest and thought I was crafty enough to duplicate what the gentleman was selling on Etsy. Those crosses sat untouched and then moved across the country two years later, and then moved again from the rental house to our current home.

If you have no desire to see the steps on how to make these, or
don't have access to a store selling old barn wood,
but absolutely LOVE them and need to own them, then I would HIGHLY recommend you check out Kent Hatcher's Etsy store.
The item he sells looks amazing!!
Apparently, LOTS of people like Barn Wood crosses.
I pinned Ken's photo on Pinterest over two years ago
and it has been repinned 1550 times. WOW!!

1) Acquire metal cross.
*It has been over 2 years. My guess, is I bought them at Hobby Lobby.

2) Acquire Barn Wood.
*I had no idea where to acquire
this in the Midwest, but after relocating
 to Phoenix, a friend introduced me to a
 store that sold old wood.

3) A few other things we used:
- Saw
- Square
- Ruler
- Thin piece of wood 
- Staple gun
- Screws
- Dremel tool
- Stiff brush
- Sealer
- paint

4) We used the crosses to decided how much past the end of the cross we wanted the wood to go.

5) Once the three cross pieces were cut (By hubby), we flipped them over and measured a solid piece of wood to act as the base and stability of the cross. You could use metal T's and braces for this, but I had the wood and I did not like the idea of a large number of screws going into the old barn wood.

6) The stability wood was attached using a staple gun.

7) Once the Barn Wood and stability wood were now all one piece, we took the crosses out to the backyard. We used a stiff brush to knock off any loose dirt and wood splinters and then sealed the crosses with a matte spray sealant.

8) The metal crosses were attached to the barn wood crosses using screws. (Each cross had two small screw holes)

9) We used a small amount of acrylic paint to disguise the silver screws against the brown crosses.

 One of our crosses up next to the picture of Kent Hatcher's Crosses on Etsy:

It was a LOT of work, and took over two years to finish, but I am very proud at how well they turned out. They now live in our entry way.

Thank you Kent Hatcher for the inspiration.


Anonymous said...

G O R G E O U S ! ! ! I love these Lori and also have a love for barn wood. They look amazing in over your little table. <3 <3

Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! you two make a great team!