Grindstone Design

Solo, Missouri | 2915 Sales


Grindstone Design

Solo, Missouri 2915 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (488)

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2018

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We make our products with reclaimed barn wood from barns like this. However, this is actually the barn we store our lumber in... which seems fitting!
Scandinavian coffee tables having polyurethane added. After this, they will be ready to go to customers!


Each piece of wood has its own unique history!

Each item we make at Grindstone Design has a unique story behind it. The wood used in our products is reclaimed from barns in rural Missouri. Each barn has its own story; some were chicken houses while others were milk barns, some were large while others were small tool sheds, and some were even built before the Civil War. Each was built for a purpose and played an important role, not just in a single family’s life and well-being, but in the development of the country as a whole. Small family farms were an integral part of the American economy and each barn represents a tiny piece of that. Prior to the wood being made into a barn, the process of harvesting trees and turning them into usable lumber has its own rich history, which supported families and the country.

When we use the wood from a barn, it is just the beginning the next part of it’s history. We purchase the barn from the landowner and disassemble it; the barn is usually in a state of disrepair when we begin the process and would otherwise be bulldozed or burned. Then we give it new life by cutting, sanding and crafting it into a new item with a unique purpose. We take pride in creating a beautiful new item, but also in being careful to maintain all the beautiful weathering and each perfect “imperfection” that tells the story of the wood’s long history. Some of the marks were made when it was cut into lumber. Some of the holes are from little boys (and girls!) shooting their BB guns at the barn while others are from the wear-and-tear that happened while the structure was in use. Instead of covering that up, we strive to preserve these marks and add to the beauty of the piece of art.

So now the history of this piece is in your hands. It might be meant as a gift for newlyweds, or find a place in your own home and be passed down through the generations...who knows!

Our little team takes a huge amount of pride in making each piece and getting it safely to you. We want you to love it. If you don’t love it, contact us and we will make it right!
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Shop members

  • Brooke Hamilton

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Brooke is the owner of Grindstone Design. She does a bit of everything from answering customer questions and preparing custom orders to manufacturing and shipping.

  • Brandon


    Brandon has some amazing woodworking skills and has a hand in making most of our products.

  • Brittany

    Shipper, Customer Service

    Brittany has a hand in packaging most of our orders and also assists with answering customer questions.

  • Cassy


    Cassy is a high school student who has an interest in art and design. She is responsible for painting all the world maps and polyurethaning furniture.

  • Jack and Ingrid


    Jack and Ingrid are a married couple that team up to help make some of our products. They have amazing craftsmanship and have a hand with the star quilt blocks and herringbone tables.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 25, 2018
Grindstone Design offers rustic and recycled home decor. We pride ourself in creating handmade products that have a story.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
We gladly accept returns. Contact us within 14 days of purchase and ship the item back within 30 days of purchase to be eligible for a refund. We will refund 100% of the purchase price (but not original shipping costs) within 3 business days of receiving the item back in the original condition you received it in.

If your item is damaged contact us you may be eligible for a refund of the original and return shipping cost. Contact us for details on your specific situation.

This covers all regular items in our shop, but does not cover custom or personalized items. If you would like to return a custom item please contact us for details.

If you like your shopping experience please leave positive feedback. If you are not satisfied, please contact me before leaving negative or neutral feedback to I can work with you to make your experience in my shop better!

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I ship larger items through UPS. Smaller items are shipped through UPS or USPS. All items are insured up to $100. Additional insurance, confirmation or express shipping can be arranged with buyer for an agreed upon price.

Depending on the weight/size of the item you order, it may cost more to ship to your area. I will convo you to make you aware if this applies to your purchase. Based on this quote, you can either decide to continue with the purchase, or I can refund you your payment.

We currently ship to Canada and Mexico. We may off international shipping to other locations on request.

More information

Last updated on Jul 13, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I would be happy to help customized one of our current listings, or to make a whole new item that you've dreamed up. Just message me with a description of what you have in mind and we will discuss the details.

Where does the wood come from?

The lumber used is from barns in rural Missouri that range from 40 years to over 100 years old. Many barns fall into disrepair and are falling down and we work with the owners to get all the usable barn wood so it can go on to have a second life. Many of these barns would just be burned or left to rot so it is a lot of fun to reclaim the lumber and make it into usable items.

Will I get splinters from the rough wood?

It is unlikely that you would get a splinter from a barn wood product. We lightly sand each piece to take off the roughest parts and this smooths it slightly (and brings out beautiful variation in the wood color!). However, the wood is still rustic barn wood and anything is possible!

Can I put my barn wood product outside?

Most of the barn wood we use has spent over 50 years outside in the weather and there is no reason it couldn't spend some more time outside. The color and look of the item could continue to change due to weathering if placed outdoors.

Will my purchase look just like the listing photo?

The item you receive will not be the exact same as the photo but will be very close. Items made from real barn wood can't be replicated perfectly due to the lovely uniqueness of each piece of wood. However, I strive to choose wood colors and textures that are as similar as possible to the listing photos so there are no surprises. If you have any questions about a specific product, don't hesitate to contact me.