Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Love This Barnwood Headboard

I like this headboard I found on Just Drink A Coke. Rustic and simple, anything but fussy. I wonder how it would look with a brighter wall color though? The bed will be a large part of the space in my little barn loft.

Friday, May 20, 2011

What's My Style?

These are some other things I like, I don't know what my style is, kinda a mix between country and I don't know what. I like the way steel looks against gray barnwood planks. LOVE the idea of replacing a pantry door with a cute screened door, the only interior door in my little hayloft cabin is to the bathroom though..... So obviously THAT won't work.
I'm drawn to beachy nautical things, but we're closer to the woods, and lakes, than we are to the beach.

Small Dining Bar Set

I already have this little Mission Style Dining Bar Set
already. Not sure where to put it yet, I'd like to repaint
it maybe.

This Leaf Bistro Set - Plow & Heah is cute too though. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Barn We Built

It's a 33 x 24 barn on a concrete slab. It's built entirely by us, family, and friends, but especially my Dad. We haven't gotten in any hurry, we just work on it when we can.
I'm proud we built it ourselves and for very little because we used reclaimed lumber whenever we could. After Hurricane Rita, damaged fencing was everywhere so we helped cleanup and reused the fence pickets to clad the barn! I still need to finish the trim. 
I like the way it looks like it's been here a long time. I enjoy crafts and making things like birdhouses, signs, shelves, so it's great.
It has the usual stuff like a workbench and storage area, but I want it to look and feel like a rustic lodge. There's a beer light hanging over Derick's pool table, his dart board in the corner, and deer horns all over the place. I also want to use some salvaged corrugated tin I have as wainscoting, add a couple of rustic tables, hutch for a tv, and some comfy outdoor furniture. The downstairs is my husband's "man cave". It will also be a great place for parties and family get-together's. We plan to attach a funky outdoor bath/greenhouse later, and we're almost finished with a guest apartment upstairs. See more pictures of the apt here - "The Hayloft".

View from the back with the guest house over it. It looks out into the woods behind us.

I have a little workbench for my crafts, my scrollsaw is on the left just out of view.

I have salvaged corrugated tin, I'm thinking of using it like wainscoting on the lower part of the wall below the windows and putting barn wood on the top part. If I have enough tin I might put it on the ceiling too. I saw that done at the Hideaway Ranch and Retreat headquarters building. Very cool.

 Playing pool and darts in the evenings.
Randy Micheals & Sam Darling
& Frank Long entertained us.... Miss them Montana guy's.....

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Barn Loft Construction Photos

The loft over the barn will be a guest quarters/studio for me. It's 14' wide by 24' long. The bathroom and and kitchen counter are 9' long.
Now I have to decide on paint colors. I want it to be rustic and 'campy' but with a more light and airy feeling than the dark woods, and deep red and pine green colors you usually see. I want this to be a fun place. I want it to make people smile when they walk in!

I need to decide how to do the countertop. Initially I thought I would use the same tile as in the bathroom. But I don't have enough left so I can either buy more or choose another tile. I'm a little curious about a thin concrete finish over MDF I saw done on some DIY show. I really need to decide if I'm going to paint the cabinets darker or lighter than the walls. They have cool colors in stains now too.

I need a little table to go in the corner there. I was thinking of a bistro style table and chairs. Even a cast aluminum garden set might go nicely there. I've also got the small butcher block table (in the picture) and matching bar stools I could use. 

A full bed will fit there on the left with the headboard against the exterior bathroom wall.

It has a nice view of the woods behind us, the patio door faces south with a tin roof over the deck it'll be a great place to sit and watch the deer and rabbits in the evening.
I did all the tile work and left-brain plumbed it. We think it came out pretty good. Seems like I only paid $25 for the tile at a Floor Decor Outlet.