Remember last Thanksgiving day when we decided to tear down the wet bar in our kitchen at the same time I was basting the turkey? It looked like this on Thanksgiving morning.
A week later the new pantry was finished and has been a wonderful addition to the kitchen.
You can read about the whole project Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3. BUT... that wall is too light and I just could not find a stain or treatment that would make it match the rest of the wood in the kitchen. I hope you can tell from this picture that the walls in this room are clad in reclaimed barn wood. Old, faded, weathered and truly awesome barn wood. This kind of wood isn't something you can buy at Home Depot. This is wood you have to get from a falling down, nobody wants it anymore barn and I just didn't have one of those nor did I know anyone else who did. Until I started thinking the tiny back bathroom which only has a toilet and a sink and which we hardly ever use might need a paint job. So I go into that tiny bathroom and what do I see? Smack me on the forehead! Barn wood! That little bathroom had a chair rail of the stuff. I told you we hardly ever use this bathroom and so this treasure has been overlooked for six months while I pulled my hair out trying to figure out a solution to the glaring wall problem.
Before Chris could even blink (or say no) I started ripping out that wood. In this picture you can see where the chair rail was I was too excited to take a before picture. We had to take out the toilet to get to all of it.
Up on the kitchen wall it went before you could say Bob's your uncle!
I LOVE that wall now. It blends exactly with the rest of the kitchen and no longer sticks out like a sore thumb. Here's my favorite piece of the whole project.
There's a giant knot hole behind this rusted piece of tin. Some person from the past hammered over it to cover it up and it has withstood the test of time and weather. Just awesome. I'm not putting the whole thing back together because there are more changes coming that I'll tell you about soon. In the meantime I have to go prep that teeny bathroom for painting. Thank goodness the builders of this house had the foresight to use up their left over barn wood in that little space rather than throw it on the waste heap. And for goodness sake how long do you think it would have taken me to open my eyes and see what was right in front of me all along?
Until next time,