A few months ago we were invited to dinner at a friend’s home –a renovated 100+ year old barn-turned house! I was admiring some of the furniture that was in the house when he purchased it (it was presently sitting in the sun room with the hot tub and clearly not being used). There was a beautiful workbench with a hutch type top and a corner hutch. They both needed work, but beneath the grime were what I knew could be two beautiful pieces of furniture. I could barely contain myself and went into a narrative on what he could do with the pieces and where he could put them in the house! He was laughing and then he said–I still get palpitations when I think about it–
“Do you really like them?” (are you kidding?—I think I actually said it) “ Then you can have them.”
At that very moment I believe I heard a choir of Angels sing! Really! It was like winning the lottery!After telling him I would provide him with a lifetime of lasagna ,we made arrangements to get the pieces home.
We don’t have any information on the pieces other than they were in the house when the former owners purchased it and it is supposed to have been found in the original barn. We decided to work on the barn workbench first.
You can’t really tell by the photo, but the base is pretty old, solid and heavy as all get out. As for the top piece I’m not so sure–to me, it looks like it was added at a later date, the wood pieces seem too thin in comparison with the dimensions of the wood on the base. Either way, I LOVE this piece and knew just where I was going to put it.
It was really dirty and there were actually cement-like pieces in between the boards on the base. We removed the top (not sure what we are going to do with that). The wood was rough cut on the underside and very splintery (is that a word) so we sanded the entire thing. The drawers were wonky and my husband straightened them out a bit and enabled them to slide in and out easily–they fit loosely, but I think it gives it more charm. I did have to order new knobs from Cherry Tree because I couldn’t find any to match the originals. I was going to paint it but we opted for walnut tung oil and I have to say it I’m glad we did, it looks great.
VIEW OF THE TOP
The top is about 2 1/2 inches thick and has tons of dents, cracks and knots. Full of character.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT IN ITS NEW HOME
The finished product! I just have to locate some really big baskets for the two areas that are empty–
not as easy as I thought it would be.
I think its the perfect piece of furniture for under the TV.
Thanks Jason, you can exercise your lasagna privileges any time you want!
Turned out to be the perfect place to hang Christmas Stockings too!
Oh, and I did find