Velvet Love: Barnwood

I recently went with Adam and a couple of friends to Les Enfants Terribles for brunch.  The food was great but what I couldn't take my eyes (and mind) off of was the artistic floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall installation of reclaimed wood. Les Enfants Terribles, Outremont Quebec

I've been swooning over reclaimed wood for months now.  I just can't get enough.  The possibilities are endless in terms of what you can do with it.

You can make small objects like key racks,

Barn wood key rack

via Apartment Therapy

 Covering a wall with rustic barnwood adds warmth and interest to a space:

Wall covered in barnwood

via Vintage Finds

 You can build a headboard out of barnwood to add drama to your bedroom:

Barnwood Headboard

Via Crafty in the Concrete Jungle

There are also plenty of ways to incorporate reclaimed wood in the kitchen.  On the ceiling, the cabinetry itself, shelving, and architectural beams:

Fern Creek Cottage: Rustic Farmhouse

via Fern Creek Cottage

Country Living: rustic kitchen

via Country Living

Houzz: Modern kitchen with barnwood

via Houzz

Starting to see where I'm going with this???  Last week, we received our long-awaited barnwood boards that we will be using to cover the beam between the kitchen and the family room.  We are extremely lucky to have a friend whose parents live on a farm and who coincidentally had a big barn that they were about to tear down.  Can you say score???

I'm a first-time barnwood decorator, so I'll have to do some research on how to prep the wood before covering the beam.  I'm not keen on sanding it too much, for fear of losing it's authentic rustic feel.  But maybe I have to protect it? Seal it?  I have no idea.... BTI! (Bless the Internet).

Here's a pic of what it currently looks like:

Barnwood, raw form