United States Barn Wood Map


I am soooo excited about our new barn wood map that Dan made for me! The guy is a freakin’ rock star on the jigsaw. I could have tried this one myself, but his skills are bar none.

We started out with a barn door from my sister Natalie. Thanks sis. {You have actually seen this barn wood before…we used it in Jill’s house to make the sliding barn door}. But don’t you worry, if you don’t have access to barn wood, you can make your own with THIS tutorial.


Next we printed this image on a transparency.


picture source

We used an old school projector to transfer the image onto the wood.

barn-wood-map-how-to (5)

My daughter Oaklyn helped me trace the outline.

barn-wood-map-how-to (4)

Since the outline was so thick, we decided to trace the very outside of the line.

barn-wood-map-how-to (6)

We did our best to capture all the details.


Next, Dan cut the bad boy out with a jigsaw.


It took about an hour to cut out the entire project.

barn-wood-map-how-to (8)

After he was done with the cutting, we reinforced the back with 1X2s to hold the barn wood together. Next, we scraped off the loose chippy paint with a flat chisel.

barn-wood-map-how-to (7) barn-wood-map-how-to (10)

We sanded with a 220 sanding block to make sure all the paint edges were smooth.

barn-wood-map-how-to (9)

Then we used the air hose to remove all of the dust and paint chips.

barn-wood-map-how-to (1)

There were a few broken boards that needed some TLC so we glued them down with wood glue and clamped them into place until they dried.

barn-wood-map-how-to (12) barn-wood-map-how-to (13)

After the wood glue was dry, we sealed the boards with our favorite polycrylic.

barn-wood-map-how-to (3) barn-wood-map-how-to (2)

I wish that pictures did it justice! It is 68 inches wide and 43 inches tall.


Wanna know the best part about this project? The total cost: $FREE.99


Now that’s what I call Thrifty! TGIF.




  1. 1

    love it! it looks great, especially with the old paint still on there!

  2. 2

    very cool project and it looks great on your wall! congrats!

  3. 3

    Totally cool project. Just need to get a projector….

  4. 4

    This turned out really cute!

  5. 5

    outstanding!!!!!!! Y’all really did an incredible job!

  6. 6

    Yay! Way cool. What room is this in? Also your gallery wall? Back up and take more photos so we can get the overall effect!

    Tristie from Roosevelt

  7. 7

    Love this DIY project! Nice touch making it look really rustic with the paint. Will be following more in the future – loving your posts!

  8. 8

    Thrifty and FABULOUS! I can’t wait till the girls are old enough to help with projects. :)

  9. 9

    LOVE this map. I collect maps and globes, so this would be a great project if I had a husband willing to cut it out! Your map is fabulous! Gave you a shout out on my blog today. http://www.vintagecountrygirl.blogspot.com

  10. 10
    Louise Adkins says:

    Your map is super! Wish my husband would do that for me! :)

  11. 11

    THIS is AMAZING! Absolutely stunning. You are one of the most creative people I know, and I have to say I’m totally jealous! :)

  12. 12

    What a great (cheap!) way to fill an empty wall. Keep up the great work, Brooke.

  13. 13

    This turned out amazing! I love the rustic feel to it

  14. 14

    This is so freaking amazing!!! I am going tinted to make one with your awesome tutorial!! Thanks guys!!


  1. […] jaw hit the floor when I saw Brooke’s United States map made from barn wood. Seriously. It is that good. You have to check it out for […]

Speak Your Mind