Reclaimed barn wood upper cabinets.

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Forum topic by Paul posted 04-17-2014 05:02 AM 1447 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2014 05:02 AM

I had a client contact me today via text to inquire about building some cabinet uppers for an outdoor space using reclaimed barn wood. My initial thought was “you’re out of your mind” she doesn’t have a set budget in mind, I haven’t seen the outside of the garage she wants these on.

I’m picturing hours upon hours of surfacing old lumber. Anyone have suggestions on a rustic looking idea (barn wood or others) cabinets for outside in the elements of a Midwest garage?


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#1 posted 04-17-2014 08:12 AM

Anything you put out there is going to weather. I would look it over. Is she looking for something to impress when guests are over? Lots of variables that can change price and decisions.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 08:45 AM

Isn’t barn wood already “weathered”? Build the cabinets without surfacing the wood.

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 12:25 PM

Yea barnwood is weathered, if you plane it or anything that’d take away the look. Of course I’d think it might be a pain to find barnwood that’ll all have the look, strength, and not warped or anything wrong with it. There are ways of finishing that give it a rustic look but won’t look like actual weathered barnwood, search on Craigslist tons of people around me sell it.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 12:49 PM

She MUST provide you with pictures/samples of exactly what she wants because the spectrum of ‘finished’ reclaimed wood is very broad. Failing this step will result in your grief, regret and loathing.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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