My sister and I salvaged a pile of barnwood from my in-laws collapsed barn earlier this spring.
Debbie had seen a divided barn wood box that held Ball jars on pinterest, and she wanted to make one for herself. I figured since she was making one, she might as well make two so I could have one also (that’s what sisters are for, right?).
We had to get Ken (my neighbor handyman) involved as well, because we don’t have a table saw.
We had the mistaken idea that this would be a simple project. I had to laugh out loud though as I watched Debbie and Ken trying to put together the math for cutting the boards. They went round and round with numbers flying everywhere. It would have been so much easier if they’d had official plans with measurements. In the end, they decided it would be easier to just cut the pieces as they went. Off went Debbie and Ken next door, while I stayed behind and painted a dresser. They were gone a long time. Several hours. I had to go over and check to make sure no one had cut off a limb or anything. What was taking so long?
Finally Debbie came back with just one box put together!
Realizing how long this was taking, I suggested that my box not be divided. That meant two less pieces to cut and nail into place. It also makes it more versatile. I could put some ball jars inside, but I also could put larger items inside. Suffice to say, Debbie and Ken were more than happy to go along with my suggestion and so my box isn’t divided.
Debbie and I have conflicting ideas about how to ‘fix’ the raw edges of the wood so they are less obvious.
She wants to paint hers. I talked her out of buying a sample size pot of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Primer Red. It probably would have worked well, but come on, $15 for a sample size pot, just to do these edges? I’m sorry, but that offended my thrifty sensibilities. Instead, I just added some Miss Mustard Seed dark wax to the edges of my box to ‘dirty’ them up a bit.
Debbie still plans to experiment with some paint on hers. I have a barn red acrylic craft paint that might do the job, or we might try to mix up some MMS Curio and Tricyle to come up with the right color.
Meanwhile, I added my own flair to my box with some vintage drawer pulls and a stencil.
Now that we have a couple of prototypes made up, we might make a few of these for the fall Carriage House sale.
What do you think? Can you think of a use for a barn wood box of your own?