The kitchen is finally taking shape. Tom tiled the counter tops and back splash with a light tumbled stone
and barn wood was used to frame the counters
The kitchen cabinets here are inexpensive bases that will be covered in barn wood . The existing cabinet doors and drawers you see here will be taken off and Tom will make and replace with barn wood fronts.
The barn wood strips we will use are from larger pieces of wood Tom will cut to fit the cabinets. The piece on the left is in its raw state, the pieces next to it have been sanded to a nice natural finish. I'm liking the natural wood so much, its making me rethink my choice of stain for the hardwood floor. I may stay with the natural finish of the white oak instead of the gray stain I have chosen. I'll need to wait and see how it all looks together.
Like this one.....our barn wood staircase! We didn't want the traditional staircase and came up with this design that suited a more modern country vibe without looking too bulky. Tom did a great job on this. We also plan to leave the wood in its natural state and will seal it with a matte finish
Most of the barn wood we are using is ash wood and when sanded it leaves such a beautiful natural finish.
American Barn and Wood. A really lovely couple own and operate this business and it appears their business of reclaiming these old barns is really thriving!
The walls in the kitchen and family room will be covered in plank paneling.
I have a few planks I painted and placed on top of this old redwood mantel so you get the idea.
I found the old mantel at a local antique mall I frequent. I was told it was over one hundred years old and at the time it was covered in baby blue textured paint Yikes! A few coats of white chalk paint though and a bit of sanding and it's perfect.
and how cute is this little bird house? I could not resist this. It looks a bit like the barn house!