Category: Rustic Decor

My Sliding Door

The sliding barn door look is in. Most everywhere you look someone has put in a new sliding door. Some are new, used, rebuilt, custom fit, wood, metal and/or glass. So pretty much whatever your style and taste happen to be the is one for you.
Not only is this a design trend but it is practical! Doors that swing out or in take up space. And if you are like most who need a little extra space in their home or you are going for the minimalist look, sliding doors are great!
However, keep in mind that the door slides across the wall hiding part of your wall. So, if you want wall hangings they must be thin so the door will fit over them and you will only be able to view your picture when the door is closed. No again if you like more of a minimalist look maybe you don’t want a lot of wall hangings in the first place. With todays, faux painting and wall papers many looks can be achieved without pictures on the wall.
Another thing about these doors is that they can be make from most anything. You can even just use an old door.
Hardware is the other thing. Door handles can be purchased new or you may use about anything laying around to make a pull. I prefer old iron myself but have also seen rope and leather straps that give the door a rustic look. Or maybe you like the high polished look and a sleeker line. You could go with stainless steel or nickel. When it comes to the sliding mechanism these too can be ordered. I got mine thru Wal-Mart real cheap. Amazon also has some great deals.
About my door. It was made from reclaimed tongue and groove wood. After sorting through to find the least warped pieces I built a jig to make the door. By using a large piece of plywood, I aligned a 2 x 4 on the long vertical side and a 2×4 on the top side making a “L” shape. I used a level to make sure my jig was straight as possible.
I laid out my boards and dry fit them to make sure they would go together then used wood glue to hold them. I screwed in my cross pieces and cut the bottom off to length.
As you see from the picture I have not decided on a door pull yet so my search continues. I also have to decide what type of finish to put on my wood. I hope you like it!

Hidden Island

In the cabin that my friend is working on the kitchen is very small. It is a galley kitchen. I thought that a island would be great but in the way. This is what we came up with. In the picture is an island that we built. The cool thing, it will slide under the main countertop when not in use. The heavy duty casters are hidden under the island and it rolls very easy. Nice to tuck it out of the way but have it accessible any time.

This was made out of white pine. The crate drawers, one was bought at our local home improvement store. The rest of the we made with scraps. Pretty proud of that as it is hard to tell the store ones from the homemade ones.

For the finish it is still undecided. Thinking about a burnt look. By using a torch to scorch a little of the soft wood and the clear coat or stain it looks great. If you are using the torch go back and forth like you were spray painting. Try to use long even strokes. And please be careful. Don’t set the shop on fire! You may want to practice with some scrap until you get the look you want. The picture below is how ours turned out. See the difference between the top drawer that is burnt and the next one that is not.

Burnt wood

What to do about that Stump?

That stump.  What do you do with it?  Now you could just remove it.  The stump can be pulled out of the ground or ground up. However, this can be costly if you do not own your own equipment.

This it what I did.  My husband cut the tree down and left the stump about table high.  I took a cheap glass table, you know the one with the hole in the middle for an umbrella.  Placed a round of wood on top and drilled through the hole, so not to break the glass.  Now I have an outdoor table.

Add a few bricks, some chairs and you have a patio with a truly unique table.


Out of the way

I am all about storage.  In the tiny cabin that I am following as it progresses there is a need for storage.  This is an old drawer that was taken out of a broken down dresser with its original hardware. They put it into the bottom step of the stairway.   It is great fun to salvage old things and make them useful again.  Think out side the box.  When shopping at garage sales, flee markets or salvaging out old furniture, don’t think of what it is but what can be.  Check out the reclaimed wood in the stairs also.

Help in the Kitchen

With few boards can create and extra hand in the kitchen.  If you are like me you are always looking for that little bit of extra space to store or hold everything.  This is a simple utility shelf that was started out as a fish cleaning station.  My friend wanted a fish cleaning station but it turned out to pretty and wound up in the kitchen.  See how different finishes and types of wood really makes it stand out.  This project can be done with left over materials or reclaimed wood.  It adds a special focal point to this narrow kitchen and provided much need storage space. Not only is the functional but by using wood for this makes the light colored kitchen warm and rustic feel.

End Tables

End Tables are a great accent to any room.  Not to mention a place to put your stuff! This is made out of an old pot belly stove with a piece of wood for the top. The door still opens to provide extra storage. This table can be left as is or  can be painted flat black to resemble a new stove. You can be bold and tap into your own creative nature and experiment with different colors.  Be sure when cutting unwanted pieces or edges from old iron you are careful.  Rusty metal can be a hazard if you cut yourself.  Don’t hesitate to ask for help or even consult a professional.  I will post more on end tables every now and then in the never ending quest to find just the right one.



Shelves for small spaces


Love it when something old can be reused!  Here is a old door that has been cut in half and put back together with shelves added to make a perfect corner shelf.  Remember almost anything can be reused.

What You Need to Know about Rustic log furniture

Rustic log furniture is a type of furniture that incorporates whole logs usage. Often, they are designed to have a pioneer kind of look. These types of furniture are very durable and last for a long period depending on the methods used to manufacture them.

Their popularity has increased in recent years resulting into more options and styles of décor being produced. For those planning to furnish their country homes, mountain lodges as well as log cabins, be assured to get the style of décor that you always desire. To cut on the cost of producing this furniture, logs are typically milled by machine in mass production. But, to those shoppers looking for a unique style, you may opt to go for handcrafted log furniture, though they are a bit expensive.

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Types of Rustic Decor

The best way to display the purpose or persona of a space is through the decorations used there. While there are a number of things people can decorate their home, office, restaurant etc. generally the decorations in any structure are focused toward a single theme. A wide variety of options are available to people for the purpose of decoration. With the recent times the usage of antiques or historic items has been extensively used by people to display their style and add uniqueness to their home. Rustic Decoration is a type of decoration which makes the home look more comfortable and gives a unique classy feel to the place. The types or rustic décor vary but can be generally classified into a few different techniques.

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