The beauty of barn quilts is they look gorgeous painted on anything! I’ve painted barn quilts on Christmas ornaments, keychains, drink coasters, and many other places, in addition to the normal wood square. The sky really is the limit if you can draw out, tape out, and paint a beautiful quilt pattern on an empty space. But I see this question all the time, “What kind of wood is a barn quilt made of?” The answer? It really doesn’t matter if it’s going inside a building, but when painting for the outdoors you do have a few considerations. Here’s a few of my favorite boards I’ve used that have given me beautiful results with my barn quilts, along with their pros and cons, to help you make the best determination of what wood you need for your barn quilt.
The end goal of any work of art is that it expresses your creativity and your personality, so don’t be afraid to make it unique, leave a few mess-ups, and paint it in your favorite colors even though it doesn’t match your house. It’s yours, it’s unique and it’s perfect just the way you create it - with paint runs and brush strokes and all. Let your creativity flow and enjoy the barn quilt painting process!
Where would we be without our paintbrushes when we go to paint a barn quilt? There are many options of what to choose depending on the project, but the proper care of our materials is pretty universal. Here's some tips and tricks to help you maintain your barn quilt supplies, specifically paintbrushes, to keep you painting for years to come.