Common Questions

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 want to finish apply 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: Wood is unfinished and thus should not be exposed to direct moisture or extreme humidity. If installed with a vapor barrier between wall and paneling and with a finish they are then more moisture safe. If you used as a backsplash I would definitely seal them so the water does not penetrate.
Q: If these are coated with polyurethane can they be used as a wainscoting in a bathroom?
A: Yes
Q: Everyone has been suggesting to use brad nails or finishing nails to mount, can I use screws?
A: Yes a smaller head trim screw is best. You may want to pre-drill to prevent cracking depending on the screw size and how close you are to the end of the plank.
Q: Can this product be installed on cinder block basement walls or concrete? If so how?
A:  We recommend you install plywood on the block and then install the planks to the plywood.
Q: Can this product be used as flooring over a wood subfloor?
A: No. It is too thin to be used for flooring.
Q:  Can I buy this product in the store?
A:  yes.
Q: What other work will need to be done when using these to cover an accent wall? Not handy, so don’t want too involved.
A: It is very DIY Friendly… paint wall (optional), mark studs, and start applying planks to wall.
You can do it!
Q: Will you need to pull the trim or door frame off the wall before applying these?
A: Most leave the trim in place and butt up to the trim. The planks are thin enough that in most cases it is nearly flush.
Q:  Can this be used for a ceiling like in a three season porch?
A:  Yes!
Q:  What is the country of origin?
A:  United States of America!
Q: Did anyone polyurethane this? We are doing a wall, but were thinking it would be good to avoid stains / spills and be able to wash?
A: Yes many people use a water or oil based satin sealer to seal the wood and make for easy clean up.
Q:  Do I need actual nails or can I use Liquid Nails Only?
A: We suggest you use nails or some sort of fastener.  Many adhesives would hold it, however it is difficult to secure the plank to the wall while it dries if nails are not used as well.
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:  It can be used in the bathroom. We recommend sealing it if it is going to get direct moisture and not have it where the shower or other water source directly sprays. Also recommend a ceiling fan or vent that will remove moisture from the room.

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Q:  I have a wall that is 84” x 108” how many boxes do I need?
A:  84’’x 108’’ = 9,072 sq inches divided by 144 = 63 sq ft.  Add 10% loss for end trimming = 69.3 sq ft. 
You need 7 boxes.
Q: Can I use an air gun to secure these to dry wall?
A:  We recommend using a brad air nailer on drywall with the majority of the nails penetrating the studs. Planks are 3/8” thick and dry wall is most commonly ½”. 1.5’’ length brad nails work well for most applications
Q:  What is in each box?
A: Each 48” box has 8 layers.  Three of 3” width, three layers of 4” width and two layers of 5” width.
Each layer has one or more pieces to complete the layer.
Q: Can I apply a clear coat, or will that effect the color?
A: Yes you can apply a clear finish. We recommend lightly sanding prior to applying finish. Moderate to heavy sanding will remove the natural weathered look and leave the wood lighter. The more patina left on the lumber the darker the boards.
Q:  Do you recommend painting the wall behind?
A: Painting black or dark brown is recommend so that see through holes, knots or cracks do not show a light color wall behind.
Q:  Can you use these on a ceiling?
A: Yes probably wise to use an adhesive like liquid nails as well if on the ceiling
Q:  Is the price for each board or each box?
A:   Price is per box
Q:  How do you install this on the drywall?
A:  Please review the installation instructions and or video on Menards.com
Q: Are the colors as varied as shown?
A:  Each box has a wide range of colors including brown and grey.
Q:  Can these be installed under chair rail?
A:  Yes, you can install them vertically, horizontally or on an angle for a unique look
Q: We’re building a home with a bar. Can this be used around the bar?
A:  Yes
Q:  Can these be used outdoors?
A: This is untreated wood that is mainly used for interiors. When used outside and exposed to the elements best to install with a vapor barrier between the planks and the wall so that moisture and rain water are not held against the wall.  Wire mesh vapor barriers are common for this type of application.
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 directly on 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 or can you attach to studs?
A: Most studs are 16’’ inches apart.  In this case, no backer board needed. Simply mark your vertical studs and when applying boards ensure you nail twice at every stud.
Q:  Could this product be used to build sliding barn door?
A: Yes, cut plywood to size and apply planks to the plywood. You can also use the excess to trim
out the sides.
Do either one side or both.
Q:  Is this product smooth or does it have rough surface?
A:  It is barn wood that has been brush cleaned. You can sand to make smoother heavy to moderate sanding will make it look less rustic.
Q: Good For Toybox?
A: Yes, however I’d recommend sanding and sealing it prior.
Q: We want to use for 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: Do u have to use an adhesive? Can’t u just use brad nails nailed 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 work well as long as the length is adequate to penetrate the studs behind.