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Barnwood Picture Frame

By: Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook’s artistic journey started at the young age of six when she won her school’s art competition.  And, the rest is history.  Her love and passion for art made her design career a foregone conclusion and she has never looked back. Suzanne refined her talent at the University of Georgia where she received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987. 

From her work to her hobbies and her day-to-day life, everything that is Suzanne is art… Her house is filled with an extensive folk art collection as well as art by herself, her husband and daughter, who both are professional artist.

Suzanne is has a reputation for creating art with a positive, whimsical spin that is always colorful and inspiring. Her dreams really did come true when she was able to become one of Plaid’s Design Inspiration Designers!

A Georgia native, Suzanne lives in Suwanee with her husband

Recreate the look of reclaimed wood with this barnwood picture frame.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Barnwood
Item #5074
Get the homespun look of aged barnwood with FolkArt’s Barnwood Finish. FolkArt Painted Finishes are a great way to elevate your home decor projects. Transform the look of your projects using these creative finish options. Add rustic, but contemporary, flair to your indoor or outdoor unfinished wood decor pieces with these easy to use, non-toxic paint finishes.


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FolkArt ® Painted Finishes - Brush Set, 3 pc.
Item #5080
Get the most out of your FolkArt Painted Finishes projects with this three-piece brush set. Ideal for thick or textured paint, these flag-tipped brushes have natural bristles designed for maximum hold and smooth application. Whether you’re creating a concrete look on a terra cotta pot or adding decorative moss to a lawn ornament, these brushes give you high quality results. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor and painted finishes projects, these 1 inch brushes are reusable and clean up easily with soap and water.


Other Supplies
Unfinished wide-mold wood frame (size of choice)
Brush basin or container for water
Foam plates
Paper towels
Straight-edged ruler or old credit card


  1. Pour a small amount of Barnwood Tint onto a foam plate. Load the Shortie Brush with Barnwood Tint.
  2. Following the grain of the wood, brush on Barnwood Tint. Wipe surface of the frame with a soft, lint-free, cotton cloth to remove excess tint. Let dry completely.
  3. Add Barnwood Wax to the foam plate. Working one side of the frame at a time, brush on the Barnwood Wax using the Shortie Brush.
  4. While the Barnwood Wax is still wet, immediately scrape the surface of the frame using the side of an old credit card while following the grain of the wood to remove excess Barnwood Wax. This will remove the wax on high areas of the wood grain and allow it to settle in the lower areas of the wood grain. Repeat step 3 and 4 until all sections of barn wood are complete. Let dry completely.


  • Be sure to also create the Barnwood effect on the sides or edges of the frame.
  • When scraping the surface to remove excess Barnwood Wax, any straight edged tool will work, experiment with rulers, scrap lumber, and hotel room card keys. Be sure to wipe your scraping tool often to remove the excess Barnwood Wax from the tool.
  • Holding the scraping tool at a 45° angle from the surface works best.
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