Here's what we ended up doing with this wall.
It's enhanced with several old family heirlooms: window frames from the old farm house my hubby spent summers in, the central one encases a piece of a quilt top made by my father's maternal grandmother; the writing desk belonged to my father's paternal grandfather; the barn board behind the star is a slab of wood that was milled by my husband's paternal grandfather on his Idaho homestead...I could go on with each piece, but they all fit into the family puzzle in a warm and fuzzy way.
Then, I lightly sanded to distress them a bit more. I tell you, that's the way to go, you don't want to put too much stain on the boards, so I let them do the entire stack and they turned out perfect. I prepped the wall by painting into and around the corners. No use wasting paint behind the boards.
You will notice that the old cherry wood chest of drawers in the very first photo has been replaced by the writing desk.
We simply moved the chest into the family/dining room around the corner finding it a better place.
That's all for today.
I suspect there will be a quilt post here very soon.