Classic Whitewashed barn wood offers the most distinct character of reclaimed lumber by maintaining the bright, natural look of family barns. Sourced mostly from Pennsylvania dairy farms, this barn wood has developed its greyish, white color from the lime wash used by farmers as a disinfectant to prevent grime and mildew. Classic whitewashed lumber is found in a variety of species—from oak and chestnut to hemlock and pine—depending upon what local farmers found readily available on their land at the time in which the barn was built.
Early dairy farmers used to say, “Too proud to whitewash and too poor to paint.” The effect that early farmers looked down on now provides a “chippy,” flaked look cherished in contemporary farmhouse and cottage designs.
Now considered refined and ornate, classic whitewashed barn wood has a weathered character that is unmatched for accent walls and ceilings.
Classic whitewashed lumber varies dependent on what is available in individual barns and wood sources. Inventory is cut to desired specifications upon request.
Width | commonly from 4-10”
Length | commonly from 6-16”
Thickness | commonly from 3/4", 5/8”, or 1/2”
Available Services | kiln drying, milling, edging
Surface Texture | condition as is reclaimed from barn