Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ode to Barn Wood

Dear barn wood,
You make me happy.
Your rough textures and chippy paint
make me feel a little sappy.

With you I love to create and build
And when I do I am fulfilled!

Ok, poet I am not.  Happy builder I am and when I have some lovely barn wood it sings to me, "Build, create, let me be useful again!"  So that is exactly what I did when I made this hall tree.
Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
I started with three 6 foot boards that I joined together at the top and bottom with a 1x3" board.  I also added one at chair height which is about 17".

Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
I joined together two boards to make the seat and the bottom shelf.

Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
I used thick boards to join the bottom shelf together.  There were 2 3/4' thick, the same size as the bottom horizontal board that joined the three 6 foot boards together.  This way the bottom shelf had more support to rest on the ground.  
 I then added supports between the seat and the bottom shelf.
Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
 Next, I secured the bottom shelf by screwing through the top into the bottom horizontal board.  
Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
 I did the same with the bench seat.  When you are working by yourself, clamps are your friend!  I have several, including pipe clamps for big jobs.

Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html I added some trim boards around the seat and bottom shelf.

Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html

 Some hooks and a mirror painted in cream for contrast finished this barn wood piece. 
Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
 I made the mirror by gluing a square mirror from Michaels to a thin piece of plywood.  I trimmed it out in barn wood, secured with screws from behind.
Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html
 The hall tree is shown on my porch because it is headed to my booth for someone else to enjoy.
Reclaimed Barn Wood Hall Tree http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/ode-to-barn-wood.html 
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5 comments:

  1. I also love barn wood!!!
    Your porche looks inviting now!!! Great idea!!!
    Have a nice weekend!! Besos

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  2. I love it too but unfortunately it is really hard to get around here. I sometimes get lucky and find a pile of reclaimed wood stacked up by someone's garbage but not too often. I love your bench!

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  3. I need some 6' boards as I want to build a long bookshelf for my hall. I currently have 3 shorter boards stacked together using 4 crates from JoAnn Fabrics where I work. I have my stereo on it & a few nic-macs but I need a longer space. I love your hall tree. It's very rustic.

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  4. This piece is gorgeous! I love your painted furniture, but weathered wood this beautiful needs to be naked!

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