Looking for ideas for a rustic remodeling project?


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Hello everyone. I put together this slideshow of a living room remodel I completed in my house. If you’re looking for ideas for a rustic looking remodel in your house that’s a bit unique, maybe you’ll pick up a few ideas from my project. I didn’t do an in depth “how to” narrative on this, left it more as an inspirational idea video, but if you have any questions on the materials or methods I used, send me a message. I’m in the middle of another remodel project right now, and I’ll be posting more in depth “how to videos” of that project. Enjoy.

 
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Hi,

Thanks for sharing. The room you created looks a lot more homely than the blank canvass you started off with. A nice transformation and I bet it didn't cost a great deal monetary wise. Well done. :)

I much prefer the look of your newly created room to what is now fashionable being dazzling white everywhere with masses of glass which must be like living in a goldfish bowl; I like lots of wood because it gives warmth and friendliness unlike the all white which is more like an hospital.

Woodworking is so rewarding; here's our kitchen mostly made of offcuts of Meranti and plywood stained jacobean dark oak; we like wooden beams so I added some.

Kind regards, Colin.

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The upper gallery with turned spindles stops short due to me making and installing the new meranti doors; previously we had plain white sliding doors to the ceiling.

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Fully fitted hardwood kitchen costing little in money being made mostly of offcuts which I machined the work spanning 25 years; a bit of patience and a lovely understanding wife helped a great deal.

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The picture doesn't do the paneling justice; it is actually richer and darker; still work in progress.
 
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Hi,

Thanks for sharing. The room you created looks a lot more homely than the blank canvass you started off with. A nice transformation and I bet it didn't cost a great deal monetary wise. Well done. :)

I much prefer the look of your newly created room to what is now fashionable being dazzling white everywhere with masses of glass which must be like living in a goldfish bowl; I like lots of wood because it gives warmth and friendliness unlike the all white which is more like an hospital.

Woodworking is so rewarding; here's our kitchen mostly made of offcuts of Meranti and plywood stained jacobean dark oak; we like wooden beams so I added some.

Kind regards, Colin.

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The upper gallery with turned spindles stops short due to me making and installing the new meranti doors; previously we had plain white sliding doors to the ceiling.

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Fully fitted hardwood kitchen costing little in money being made mostly of offcuts which I machined the work spanning 25 years; a bit of patience and a lovely understanding wife helped a great deal.

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The picture doesn't do the paneling justice; it is actually richer and darker; still work in progress.
That’s some impressive woodworking. I’m not a fan of the modern bright white look either. That space I created is very calm and relaxing. I’m in the middle of remodeling the family room right now. Similar kind of vide but unique to itself. I have a playlist started chronicaling the transformation on my YouTube channel
If you want to follow along here’s the playlist. When it’s all done I’ll post a thread with the finished project video.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDBID_-aJinGhn5vGjIi-YUiDDxglxleC
 
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Rustic is not reallt my cup of tea but I love what you did, it's more of a modern rustic. Good job.
 
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Rustic is not reallt my cup of tea but I love what you did, it's more of a modern rustic. Good job.
Thank you. I really do like blending wood and steel. If you like that general concept, but don't dig the rustic vibe, you can definitely do a similar set up with a more modern look.
 
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Hi,

Thanks for sharing. The room you created looks a lot more homely than the blank canvass you started off with. A nice transformation and I bet it didn't cost a great deal monetary wise. Well done. :)

I much prefer the look of your newly created room to what is now fashionable being dazzling white everywhere with masses of glass which must be like living in a goldfish bowl; I like lots of wood because it gives warmth and friendliness unlike the all white which is more like an hospital.

Woodworking is so rewarding; here's our kitchen mostly made of offcuts of Meranti and plywood stained jacobean dark oak; we like wooden beams so I added some.

Kind regards, Colin.

View attachment 1481
The upper gallery with turned spindles stops short due to me making and installing the new meranti doors; previously we had plain white sliding doors to the ceiling.

View attachment 1482
Fully fitted hardwood kitchen costing little in money being made mostly of offcuts which I machined the work spanning 25 years; a bit of patience and a lovely understanding wife helped a great deal.

View attachment 1483

The picture doesn't do the paneling justice; it is actually richer and darker; still work in progress.
Actually, I am newbie in this from and I am so glad. Your woodworking is really fantastic. I love this work. I want ot decor in my bathroom. Please, let me know, is it too much costly?
 
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Hi,

Very good question charlesey regarding cost; There are so many variables when it comes to cost. A great deal of excellent work can be done with just a few good quality tools; I started out over 40 years ago with a single speed Black & Decker 3/8" drill; hammer; tenon saw and a wood chisel; with these plus other hand tools like screwdrivers I installed my very first fitted kitchen from scratch. I bought 2" x 1" planed softwood and made the framework then I bought sheets of white Contiplas these at 8' long. I'll never forget the blisters on my hand as I cut the Contiplas using the very cheap tenon saw; I think I paid 80p for the saw and after each cut had to sharpen it.

It took ages to install the kitchen due to lack of money but I did succeed in the end and my lovely wife Bron thought the new kitchen was wonderful. For the work surfaces I used cheap chipboard with Formica glued on; I used two layers of chipboard with spacers allowing shallow drawers to be inserted; to cover the chip board rough edges I used rounded beading; our neighbours were amazed but to answer your question it doesn't have to cost a lot if you can get hold of offcuts of timber.

Below is a picture of our bathroom; I made and installed all the woodwork many years ago costing very little indeed; the timber I scrounged from where I worked; with bought timber where I couldn't scrounge; the ceiling beams were lengths of dirty timber that electric motors had been stacked on; I sanded them down and stained them Jacobean Dark Oak; the finish is polyurethane varnish. The panels are just WBP plywood again stained and varnished; I even designed and made the window frame.

I prefer our bathroom to modern all tiled bathrooms; I think it's much more friendly and welcoming; the whole bathroom cost very little in money but involved a lot of work which I actually enjoyed and still enjoy. Our neighbours spend a fortune getting tradespeople in to do every job and they never learn anything; Bron and I do all our own jobs saving a fortune.

May I suggest you browse the web for ideas; start off small then your skills will quickly develop; I hated woodwork at School but over the years and firstly out of necessity I I did my first home woodworking when I married Bron and now I love all aspects of woodworking.

Please yourself charlesey and don't let anyone put you off trying something new with their negative comments; do the very best in whatever you try and never quit however hard it becomes; you'll learn more from mistakes you make than what you already know.

Kind regards, Colin.

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Our bathroom I made and installed many years ago costing very little indeed.

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The hardest part is making a start; go ahead and make lots of silly mistakes; I did but little by little I became better. A bit of encouragement in the picture above and the picture below; the drawers are solid oak made from timber I had kicking around; I made these drawers a few years ago for Bron to store her card making materials. These are more advanced projects but if I can do them you will too if you really want to.

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I can make anything these days after all I've had over 50 years in which to practice; this is our front room which I gave a comprehensive makeover to about four years ago; it still look gorgeous. If anyone tells you that you can't do it what they really mean is they can't do it and don't want you to succeeded; prove them wrong and enjoy doing so. Good luck.
 

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