The feature wall seems to be the "in" thing to do these days. If you have been in our showroom, there is no way you can miss the 2 big display walls we installed in 1" grey board. The character you get in the barn board is from decades of wind, rain, snow and sunshine. Generally the grey board has one side grey (outside of the barn) and the inside is brown, giving you 2 options for colour when installing on the wall.
The best way to install the barn board is by strapping out your existing wall with 1x2. After the wall is strapped, we suggest you get a roll of black tar paper (roofing paper) and staple it to the 1x2. This is a cheaper and faster way to "black out" the walls as painting it will take up a of time and money. The black background on the walls will allow none of the defects to show up. If the wall was white you would see through the cracks and nail holes, highlighting the defects.
We offer our barn board 2 ways, raw or dressed. You can save a little money and dress it yourself (ripping both edges of the boards so they are square) or we will dress/prep it for you.
Take a look at a few awesome feature walls in this gallery: