How To Paint a Barn Quilt

Today’s post is all about Barn Quilts! Barn quilts have been around for hundreds of years, and have started showing up again in Quilt Trails across America, the first quilt trail began in Ohio.

I’ve always loved barn quilts, so today I’m going to show you how to make your own mini barn quilt using the Barn Star signs by Walnut Hollow!


Barn Star Signs  ( These are available in 2 sizes! Small – 8.00″, and Large – 11.38″)

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint

Paint Brushes

The thing that makes these barn quilts so easy, is the fact that these signs already have the star patterns routed into the wood! There is no measuring or taping involved to transfer a pattern onto the wood, as you would traditionally have to do.

Step one:

Apply your first color of Chalky Finish Paint to a palette, and use a paintbrush to fill in the pattern on the wood. Because the pattern is routed into the wood, it’s pretty easy to stay “in the lines” of the design.

Step two:

Repeat step one with your remaining colors. I like using the Chalky Finish paint because you only need 1 coat of paint for most of the colors. You can leave the background as wood (which I think is beautiful!), or paint the background of your barn star quilt as well.

Step three:

Customize the design by changing and experimenting with the colors you use. You can also alter the design, as I did with the rainbow star, painting diamonds instead of triangles.

The baltic birch these signs are cut from is super smooth, so painting them is a dream!

Much like barn quilt trails, Walnut Hollow products are made in America.  Since 1972, the family-owned company has been recognized for its commitment to quality products, high fill rate performance, environmental initiatives, and superb customer service.

Additional information about the company’s commitment to eco-friendly practices can be found here.

Bio: Katie is an artist currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She is a lover of everything crafty and is the girl behind the blog Studio Katie, where she posts DIY’s, art journals, scrapbooks, and all sorts of creative things.


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