It all starts with your raw materials:
I’m so impressed with Sam’s ability to see what wood works together, and here is the blank slate.
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 nosing is attached:
Then the bottom molding:
Aaaannnd… drawer box material. We salvaged a couple of pallets for these pieces.
After planing, the drawer box sides get notched out to fit in the drawer box bottom:
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.
Then we got around to staining the box frames:
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.
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:
Hopefully this beauty will be put together soon, so stay tuned!
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With Love, Erika Nora