Barn Red Midcentury Modern Cowboy Cabinet; Part One

It all starts with your raw materials:

Reclaimed oak wood sitting on a table in a workshop

I’m so impressed with Sam’s ability to see what wood works together, and here is the blank slate.

Reclaimed oak barn wood with old red paint sitting on a table in a work shop

This is authentic oak barn wood from Montana, probably over 100 years old.

I asked Sam the other day; “Why did red become the popular color for barns?” We pondered the thought, and found the subject quite fascinating ourselves, and had a great time coming up with ideas and letting the conversation develop naturally, and we never googled the answer. I often wonder, since I feel I truly am an old soul, if the next generation will enjoy such wonderings?

This was a couple weeks ago, and just today Joyce came over for a visit, and had the answer to our barn red question; farmers used to get out their white lime wash to paint and protect the wood, and mix rusty old nails in there to give it some color! How cool is that?

Just like the Midcentury Modern Cowboy Cabinet, this Barn Red Beauty is also waterfall style:

The edge of a cabinet made out of Reclaimed oak with old red paint on it, showing the waterfall effect.

The nosing is attached:

Reclaimed oak barn wood cabinet side with the middle panel with the original barn red paint on it

Then the bottom molding:

Aaaannnd… drawer box material. We salvaged a couple of pallets for these pieces.

A stack of Pine reclaimed pallet wood sitting in front of a delta planer on a table in a workshop

After planing, the drawer box sides get notched out to fit in the drawer box bottom:

A stack of reclaimed pallet wood after planing and notching out sitting on a table in a workshop

Then comes box building. We always use glue and pin nails. Titebond II is the strongest glue, although it takes a bit longer to dry.

Drawer box sides after being assembled stacked on top of each other on a table

Then we got around to staining the box frames:

Drawer box sides stained gray sitting on a table on top of wax paper while drying and a man applying stain to one of them

While we were staining, Sam decided he liked the industrial look of some of the drips and a strange flower pattern that emerged from pooling stain on the wax paper, after setting a wet side down upon it.

Drawer box sides stained gray with starburst patterns in the stain, stacked upon each other

At first I didn’t like the look so much, but as it dried, I could really dig it. The stain we used was Minwax Gray and it has a bit of a silvery shimmer to it when you don’t wipe it off.

Next was attaching the black leather to the bottoms of these drawers:

Black leather glued to wooden drawer bottoms, stacked on top of each other

Hopefully this beauty will be put together soon, so stay tuned!

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With Love, Erika Nora

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