It’s about time I showed off a barn wood project. This is probably one of my favorite pieces in my entire house. I love it for three reasons.
1-my husband made it. Yep, all of it, design and all.
2-since it is homemade, it is very customized. We knew we needed extra seating in the kitchen since this space is too small for a dining table. Our kitchen is also very limited in the amount of storage space is provided for seasonal items such as big serving platters so we needed space for those. There is also a lack of usable counter space. I like to spread out when I am making a recipe and this bar top provides a lot more space to do prep work or allow foods to cool, such as muffins or cookies.
3-we get so many compliments on this piece. Almost everyone thinks it came from Pottery Barn. They are completely surprised when we tell them we made it.
So without further ado, let’s get to the pictures!
This is pretty much the basic framework structure. Here we are looking at the side where the top will overhang providing room for a couple of seats. We decided to make it stand at about 38″ tall. It’s a nice height for us and we find we stand up to it a lot as well as sit at it.
A neighboring city had a yard sale that we were able to get a bunch of this wood to utilize as siding. It looks like barn wood, but I believe it was fencing. After debating which direction to nail the boards, we decided on horizontal, felt that vertical was too similar to a fence.
The bar top is a couple of pieces of oak that hubs glued together to make the correct size we needed. Once the pieces were glued together and dry, we sanded it down and then applied a couple of coats of stain* and then some polyurethane to seal it up.
*I believe we used Provincial stain from MinWax.
Finally finished! I couldn’t wait to take any pictures so you will just have to imagine it with a couple of bar stools. I love that we decided to put some open shelves on one side. I can display some of my antique pieces, cookbooks, or use it as food storage. The options are endless which is great for me because I like to change things up once in a while.
I guess this is the front side. We made the doors with magnetic closers. Hubs would like to do something different to the door fronts though. He thinks tin roofing would be fun, just haven’t found anything we like yet.
Here is a quick glimpse inside, please excuse the curious puppy. She loves to get into everything and check it out. I feel that every kitchen needs to have a cupboard that can hold all the baking sheets, cooling racks, cutting boards and any other long skinny pans. I also think it needs to have one for all the platters and serving trays that just don’t fit anywhere else. Luckily this kitchen has one cupboard where I could put all my baking sheets but still needed more space for the platters.
The beauty of this project is that we can take the top off and move it to our next home. This factor was a huge consideration in the design and the special features we added to it, such as the platter section. I love knowing that this piece can always travel with us and continue to be a big statement in every space it resides in.
Do you have a statement piece in your home that you love?