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Barnwood Furniture

  • I've Been Reborn! An Exclusive Interview with a Rustic Barn

    From Old Barnwood to Beautiful Rustic Reclaimed Furniture

    It looks quite beautiful to the average eye. But when you’ve seen what it was before and what it is now, it’s hard to think anything would have come out on top of the situation other than bunnies and any other grass grazing animal in the area.  An overgrown green pasture with fallen fence and wildflowers sprouting throughout. You can see an area of pasture to the North where a barn used to stand; tall, strong, and full of use. This is the exclusive interview with that barn. Its rise to fame and glory, its depleting use, the big fall of defeat, and when it found its purpose again.

    LFP: How old are you?
    Barnwood: Is this how you start all your interviews?  That’s sort of a blunt question. Let’s start off by stating that barnwood is like a fine wine, it gets better with age.

    I am a third-generation barn, my great grandpa was one of the first barns ever built in North America. I was the first in my family to be built with a metal roof; man, was my mom proud…. I was built in 1880- you can do the math from there.

    LFP: Metal roofs, I bet that was a huge upgrade back then. What was your purpose when they built you?
    Barnwood: I was built for a family of farmers. I had a multitude of uses. I housed the work horses, the hay to feed them, the equipment they would hook up to plow and plant the fields. I gave the barn cats a cozy place free from weather and generations of kids a place to play and use their imagination. I loved it, I was happy! I stood tall and strong nothing could bring me down.

    LFP: Or so you thought…  When did you start to see your uses be depleted?
    Barnwood: A new family bought the land to farm in 1960, they farmed the land but horses were no longer needed for that and they didn’t raise livestock. There were no animals for me to house, no kids to use their imagination to morph me into a pirate ship or to play house. It was just me and a couple of tractors.  The animals talked with each other and me, but those tractors – they just stayed quiet and wouldn’t talk to me, I felt so empty and alone. This was also the year that they brought electricity in. It would be the beginning of the end of me. There was an electrical fire in 1972 that took a good quarter of me to the ground. What did the tractors do during the fire?  Not a darn thing!  The cows and horses would have at least called out warnings.  The family couldn’t afford the doctor’s (contractor) bill to repair me, so there I sat. Empty and alone, as they took the tractors out of me as well.  I was at the lowest point in my life I had ever been. It was then that that tumor of a shed was built…

    LFP: Oh my! How sad! What happened?
    Barnwood: I sat, depleting. Watching as the new shiny shed get all the attention and use. I was neglected, crumbling physically and mentally for almost 30 years. The land was handed over to the bank in the 1990s, I was forgotten. Besides the occasional teenagers parking behind me to hide while they wrestled it looked like, odd creatures you humans are. It was in 2010 when I was found again. And that was by far, the best day of my life. At first, I was scared, all I heard was a bunch of guys talking about tearing me down. If wood could pee…. I would have created a river. Needless to say I had pitch streaming down my beams.  But as they started working I heard them say how this piece will work great for a vanity, and this would be great color for a dresser. All I could think was, they are only tearing me down to build me back up again.

    LFP: That’s wonderful! It must have been uplifting to find purpose again.
    Barnwood: Yes it was! I was built into all sorts of rustic furniture. My beams were used for barnwood beds, my planks for reclaimed barn wood hutches, buffets, vanities, and tables. I was useful in SO many pieces. I don’t know what has happened to all of me throughout the years, but looking at how I turned out. I can imagine all the parts of me are happy. Being used in the practical rustic fashion they were meant for.

    LFP: Have you been able to keep in touch with other pieces of yourself?
    Barnwood: ….. Did you really just ask that?  I’m remnants of an old barn.  Not a cell phone, not a tablet, not a computer, how would I have kept in touch genius?

    LFP: Let’s move on.  What have you learned from your long life?  By the way I finally completed that math, you’re 137 years old.
    Barnwood:  And I still look better than you!  Over the years, I have learned that no matter how you feel, how low you fall… your life always has reason. Looking back, even when I was just a structure to block teens’ cars from view of the road… I was useful. But being reclaimed, it has been the best feeling in the world. I’ve been reclaimed!  I am beautiful and useful and ready to live on for another 100+ years!

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  • What’s Behind Door Number One

    Get the right doors for your Cabin HomeThere is something magical about an old barn. So stately, so picturesque… I always try to envision the barn in its heyday, what role it played on the farm and what took place inside of it. I imagine the warm smell of animals, the slightly dusty but earthy scent of hay, the sweat dripping from the brow of the resident caretaker. It’s like a beautiful story just waiting to be unveiled.

    Perhaps that same magic is what compels me to bring the elements of a barn into my home. Reclaiming lumber from the historic landmarks and finding new uses for it is a continual quest for me. From furniture to siding to wall décor, barnwood can be found in many places inside my home.

    The decorator inside of me loves (LOVES!) to binge watch HGTV for new ideas. The day I watched Property Brothers and they installed a barn door on a master bath, I was in love. I had found my next project: Timber Frame Barn Wood Sliding Door for my downstairs hall bathroom. The traditional swinging door had been blocking traffic flow and the sliding door provided the perfect solution. What better way to highlight my love for rustic décor while providing a space saving door for the powder room? Perfect!

    If you have a room in your house that you want to hide, but don’t have the space or desire to use folding or hinged doors, consider a barn door. Just hang it on a track and presto! Great style AND functionality.

  • Barnwood Furniture Brings Rustic Charm to Any Bedroom

    Barnwood Nightstands with 1 DrawerThere's something special about barnwood furniture. The combination of rugged, weathered wood and careful handcrafting creates pieces that draw the eye and enhance the style of any room. In the Heritage Barnwood 1 Drawer Enclosed Nightstand, wood reclaimed from century-old or older barns is constructed into a stout bedside storage table with clean, angular lines and an old-fashioned appearance. Colors and patterns vary throughout the piece for a one-of-a-kind design with rustic charm.

    Each edge of the Heritage Barnwood 1 Drawer Enclosed Nightstand features rectangular pieces of barnwood to create a framework for the planks that make up the sides. In the front, a single drawer rests on full-extension glides, providing space for storing small items. The cubby beneath the drawer sports an attractive square door with hinges on either the left or the right depending on which orientation best suits the rustic decor of the bedroom. Cubby space is perfect for larger items that might otherwise have no permanent home. Curved wooden accents adorn the front corners under the tabletop, serving to soften the sharper look of the rest of the piece.

    With more than one type of storage, this nightstand is superior to other bedside furniture. Tables may have an attractive appearance but can quickly become cluttered with commonly used items such as remote controls, mail and books or magazines. Instead of placing these things on top of the nightstand, they can be tucked away until they're needed, keeping the bedroom looking clean and organized.

    This stunning cabin furniture is finished with clear catalyzed lacquer to bring out the best of the unique barnwood look. One of the most attractive features of barnwood is its different shades including light brown, dark brown and hints of red and gold. These variations come from years of natural weathering and make each Heritage Barnwood 1 Drawer Enclosed Nightstand a work of art. Choosing tooled leather or authentic antler handles provides just the right touch for cabin and lodge bedrooms that feature other natural wood pieces or furniture from the Heritage Barnwood collection.

  • Enjoy the Vintage Beauty of Barnwood Furniture

    WThen barnwood furniture will be perfect for your homehether you’re in love with all things vintage or just like the concept of recycling, barnwood furniture may be just the thing for your home. Made from authentic barn wood that has seen its share of the elements, these furniture pieces possess a unique character that other wood furniture doesn’t have. Exposure to air and moisture over the years brings interesting variations to barn wood which brings a special beauty to finished furniture.

    Besides being earth-friendly and crafted from all reclaimed wood, this gorgeous type of home furnishings has such superb character that it will work for so many of today's relaxed decorating styles. There's a lot more to rustic furniture than battered and distressed wood. Many of the pieces are downright elegant.

    You can create authentic lodge décor by using barnwood furniture in your bedroom. Beds made from barn wood have a heavy, solid presence that radiates both reliability and country comfort. Chests and wardrobes offer one-of-a-kind clothing storage as well as classic style. Adding a rustic bedside table and lamp helps to balance out larger furniture pieces and complete the look.

    Barnwood furniture brings an attractive and comfortable atmosphere to the dining room as well. By centering your country décor around a reclaimed barn wood dining table, you can put together a lovely dining set that makes the room both inviting and interesting. If you want something a little different, benches and bar stools are a fun change from traditional dining chairs. A buffet or hutch crafted in the style of lodge furniture contributes a solid presence perfect for storing extra cookware or special table settings.

    Creating rustic décor in the living room is easy when you incorporate reclaimed barn wood. There are many pieces perfect for use in classic or contemporary rooms. A traditional room layout may include a coffee table, console table or end tables, and one or more barnwood bookshelves. Or bring your wood furniture into the modern era with an impressive barnwood TV stand.

    The variations in barn wood give you many colors to choose from no matter what room you’re looking to decorate. Go with your preferred shade to create a unique room and home with your favorite selections of barnwood furniture.

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