How To Paint A Barn Quilt – A Unique Decoration That Anyone Can Make

On August 5, 2019 by Preeti Shah

Have you ever looked at a lavish apartment or home full of unique decorations on the walls and thought, how much did that cost? I’ll never be able to have a home that looks this good.

Well, home décor doesn’t have to be expensive at all, if you know what you’re doing. You can make your unique decorations that will wow your guests and make your walls look better than ever.

Barn quilts are an excellent way to get started – they’re not too difficult to make, almost anyone can do it, and they look beautiful and classy in almost any décor.

Today I’ll tell you all about how to paint a barn quilt that will improve the entire atmosphere of your home. Let’s get straight into it.

What Is Barn Quilt?

What Is Barn Quilt

If you’ve never heard of barn quilts, don’t worry – they’re easy to explain. Despite the name, they’re not quilts at all.

They’re quilt patterns painted onto a piece of plywood or similar material that you can then hang from the wall and make your home look better.

They aren’t quite as beautiful as Kantha Quilts And Blankets are, but they do an excellent job of sprucing things up.

They’re called barn quilts because, traditionally, they used to be painted on barn walls. They still are, and you’ll see them if you take a drive around the countryside.

Today, however, they’re more often used for home décor, and that’s the type of barn quilt that I’m going to be talking about today.

How to make one of your own? Well, read on.

What You Need

Why Do You Need Barn Quilt

Now, as you might imagine, you’ll need a few tools and materials to get started. If you’re someone who’s already into DIY stuff, you’ll probably have a lot of these things lying about already. If you’re not, well, you’ll have to go out and buy them.

  • One square piece of plywood (a 4-by-4 will do, though you can choose whichever size you think fits best)
  • Several types of paint (house paint, acrylic paint, it all works great, and you won’t need a lot of it – leftover paint can be used just fine)
  • Painting brush (the size you want depends on how detailed you want your barn quilt to be)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape
  • Hanging hooks or something similar

Once you have all that, you can get started on painting your barn quilt!

Painting A Barn Quilt

Painting A Barn Quilt

I’ll explain the process of making your barn quilt step-by-step – follow along, and you’ll see how easy and rewarding it is.

  1. Find The Right Pattern

Choose The Barn Quilt Pattern

Choose a quilt pattern that you want to paint before you start painting – simple designs without a lot of curves, and using maybe two or three colors usually work the best.

  1. Paint The Board In One Color

Barn Quilt Board

Figure out which is the most predominant color that you will have on the barn quilt and paint the entire board in that color, then let it dry. It will help prime the board and make painting go easier.

  1. Draw The Pattern With A Pencil

Draw The Pattern With A Pencil

Use your ruler and pencil to measure the board and draw the basic pattern onto it. Try to be as precise as possible. It shouldn’t be too hard, and it will make painting a lot easier. You can also mark each area with the correct color by writing it into the area.

  1. Start Painting

Exterior Painting

You can begin to paint now, and you should do that color by color. Protect all the other areas by placing the painter tape on the edge of your pencil lines and paint the first color onto the correct areas. Let it dry, and then move to the next color and so on.

There will be some bleed-over, especially on the places where the board is a bit rough, and you can’t prevent that, but this process will minimize it.

  1. The Finishing Touches

Finishing Touch

Once you’re finished painting the large parts, you can go over the smaller details and areas where you messed up with a smaller brush to ensure that the final product will look great on your wall.

You can also build sides for the board to make it stand out from the wall or borders of a different color to make it pop more and so on.

Add your preferred hanging method to the board as well – loops or hooks usually used for hanging painting are the right choices.

  1. Hang It On The Wall

Hang Quilt On The Wall

The only thing left to do is to pick the right spot for your brand new barn quilt, hang it on the wall and admire it in all its glory!

The Conclusion

There you have it – now you can make a barn quilt of your own and spruce up your living room with a unique decoration for almost no money at all. Doesn’t it feel great? You won’t just wow the guests you’ll also be able to say – yeah, I made that on my own.

It’s easy and fun to experiment with making barn quilts as well, and you can easily make dozens of them at a low cost and change them up from time to time when you feel like it.

If you have any questions about this, pop them down in the comments, and you will get the answer as soon as I can.

Until next time I hope you have a great time making your barn quilts!

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