Painted barn siding is reclaimed from barns throughout the country, most often in Pennsylvania. Barns were often painted, and were most often painted red or white. The look of a faded, chalky, even flaking paint lends itself wonderfully to an antique, yet artistic project. Painted planks can be re-used as exterior siding or interior paneling or incorporated into projects as featured below.
Painted siding is a great option for either the painted fronts or the brownbacks. Siding is not a uniform material. In a typical “batch” of painted planking, you can expect to find a range of shades. It comes in random widths and lengths and typically ranges from 5-12″ wide and 4-16′ long. It is normally 3/4-4/4″ thick. Anything less than 3/4″ would be considered what we call “paneling grade.” Down to 1/2″ thick is acceptable for decorative purposes, but we would not recommend using it in a structural manner.
Thicknesses between 1/2″ and 3/4″ is “paneling grade” which we would not recommend using in a structural manner.