Something Old to Something New
Back in the summer me and Eric gutted our kitchen and cut giant holes in the walls between it and our living room. It was a dusty few weeks, but we ended up with a space that would work so much better for our family. The old kitchen was always cold, drafty and the cabinets were original to the house. Now don't get me wrong I love old character and charm, but this kitchen was from the 50's when plywood was used so I didn't feel bad blasting it off the wall with a sledge hammer.
After the dust settled and the kitchen was back up and running, I got to thinking about the new giant hole in our wall and thought it looked a little too open (I think this was about the same time Eric started questioning if marriage was right for him). My solution you ask? Put in a light fixture!
I've had an idea for a modern/rustic ceiling light, which just so happens to be super on trend right now. Working with Eric and changing the design as we went, it evolved into what is now hanging in the stairway. We salvaged old hardware and rope to give it the rustic flare, but one thing I wished we had of done was find old barn board for the wood. We used pine planks and stained it with Minwax 'Colonial Pine', which is a warm mid tone. I didn't bother sealing it with any sort of topcoat because I liked the mat finish it already had. Plus with it being a light fixture I don't have to worry about it getting scratched like a piece of furniture.
This was a really fun project that me and Eric got to work on together, so we decided to make this our next addition to Three Stack Studio! Since the summer we have been thinking up new designs and reading up on building light fixtures that not only look good but meet modern safety codes.
One of our first tasks was to source a local barn board supplier. And I don't mean going to a big box store and paying $60 for half a dozen pieces of wood that has been made to look aged, I mean the REAL stuff! I wanted to find reclaimed planks that came out of a 100+ year old home/barn/ship that have a history. After asking around we found a place in the valley where they salvage these kinds of old structures.
Driving down we had no idea what kind of wood they had or how much, but as soon and I saw three barns sitting on the property, I knew we struck gold.
After loading up the car with everything that would fit, we went into Canning and also found some antique hardware to incorporate into the fixtures. From old chains, metal hoops, horseshoes, barn door hinges, and even a Yolk, one thing is for sure: whoever buys a fixture is going to need to find a ceiling joist to hang it from, because they are going to be heavier then any faux wood!
Included in the new line of light fixtures will be both ceiling lights and table lamps, both of which will have their own unique style and an element of local history. Right now we are working on the final designs and continuing to dig around for all of the other items to use in their construction, including one of the coolest lamp cords I have ever seen! Who knew a lamp cord could be a design element?
Stay tuned for more updates on our launch of Moor Woodcraft!