By far the question I am asked most about our Barnwood Builders episode from April 2016, (Season 3 episode 7) is "how did the glass walls over the logs work out?" Well, they have been up and in use for over a year now with no sign of moisture, rot, mold or mildew.
We did a lot of preparation and prevention before we actually put the glass up. We carefully cleaned the log walls using a nylon brush and leveled a few spots that would have caused unusually large gaps behind the glass.
The next step was to wipe all the logs down and carefully vacuum the logs and the chinking joints to remove all the dust from the sanding.
Next we brushed on several coats of a waterproof poly sealer. As you can see, the sealer deepens the color of the logs a lot, so much that we sealed the logs in the entire bathroom. The sealer also called wall a lot of attention to the fact that there were 2 replacement logs on the outside We tried to age and distress the logs put in place by the previous owner but the replacement logs were pine and the originals are all poplar so getting them to match was an impossibility.
*Please note, we do not normally seal the interior of our logs with such heavy duty sealer because it so drastically changes the color and I LOVE the aged patina that the old logs have and I try to always preserve that when possible. But for this application, the moisture barrier for the logs was my primary concern.
All ready for the glass!
Oil rubbed bronze U channels were used to hold the glass in place and are mounted on the floor and the ceiling about one half an inch off of the logs on the back wall and the left hand end wall of our shower. This half inch gives the logs an air gap to release any moisture or humidity that might build up behind the glass. Our glass installers carefully lift the heavy glass shower walls into place and insert the panels into the channels on the top and bottom and secure each panel into place.
After the panels were secured, the bottoms of each panel and the corners where the glass met and where the glass met the tile on the front wall were thoroughly caulked with clear silicone to prevent any water from seeping under the glass or into the corners.
I am not usually afraid to try new things and think outside the box, but because of the potential risk to my logs, I did approach this project with a little more trepidation than most of the ideas I carry out. But I was actually so thrilled with the way the first shower turned out that I did a second glass log wall in another bathroom:)
I definitely give this project a 2 Thumbs Up!!
Originally posted by Beth at Unskinny Boppy following her stay at
Eagles Nest at High Falls. Her blog is amazing and her
decorating talents are over the top! Meet Beth here and visit her blog for all kinds of decorating and DIY tips! http://unskinnyboppy.com/about-me/
December 9, 2013 by
Beth at Unskinny Boppy
Since everyone is feeling a little overwhelmed by all the Christmas ideas already, I
thought I would take a minute to show you guys this GORGEOUS cabin where we
stayed in early November, with nary an ornament or bow in sight.
We took a nice three day weekend vacation over Veteran’s day weekend to
Guntersville, Alabama. I spent many childhood vacations at Guntersville State Park, so I have many great memories there when I was Garrett’s age. This seemed like a
fun place to take him for a weekend filled with nature, quietness and togetherness. When I stumbled upon this cabin that has quite an awesome story behind it, I knew I just had to book it to stay here on vacation.
According to the VRBO listing, it was originally built in New Market, Alabama in 1836 and has been carefully moved and rebuilt on its present site high atop the mountain overlooking the Tennessee Valley Divide and Town creek. The story of the cabin is what drew me to the place, but I could not have prepared for just how awe-inspiring it would be once we arrived to this sacred piece of Earth.
Here is a video tour of before and after photos of the original cabin versus the newly renovated cabin. Stunning!
And check out this view. Wow!
There was only one other house as far as we could see in any direction. The silence
was wonderfully deafening. There aren’t quite enough words to describe how
peaceful and beautiful this place was, so I’m going to let the pictures do the talking….
Was that not the most gorgeous cabin on the face of the earth? Seriously, no detail
was left overlooked. Everything was perfection. To think that the original cabin was built over 175 years ago just blows my mind. You HAVE to watch that video above if you have a minute to see the whole story from start to finish.
Look for my follow up post with ideas on things to do with a 5 year old near
Guntersville, including High Falls Park, Lake Guntersville State Park, Bucks Pocket
Overlook, The Space and Rocket Center, Touring the Nina and the Pinta, and hiking
at Swann covered bridge.
I want to share an awesome Blog that my sweet friend, January Alexander, owner of
J. Alexander Home wrote about her recent stay at our newest cabin,
Kennedy Cabin at High Falls.
My view-Part 1 of 2
Hi there! I wanted to write a personal note tonight and share a very special place with you! This folks is the amazing view my family and I experienced last weekend in Alabama while set up at the Vintage Pickin Barn Sale. This view is what we enjoyed down a tiny, one lane, backroad leading out atop a mountain in the countriest of country...let me introduce The Kennedy Cabin!!! The Kennedy is one of 5 beautiful antique log cabins restored by my sweet friend, Karen Tillery of Restoration Log Cabin Rentals! I have had the joy of staying in 2 of the 5 and let me just tell you...if you want to experience God's finest gifts...visit one of these cabins! From my first trip, my heart and soul were filled with peace and tranquility from what these logs bring! Take a sneak peek from our weekend and you'll know why!
Karen and I have become great friends and our passions are identical! Her love for design and detail are cream of the crop! We literally call ourselves soul sisters and are so excited to have met when we did...we have so many ideas for the future!! Karen not only started her cabin rental business several years back, but her love for cabins even connected her to become a featured designer on the popular show Barn Wood Builders, with Mark Bowe!! Mark even built one of her homes...so cool! ❤️ After growing up in an antique log cabin myself and even buying one of my own, I totally understand and appreciate all the joy and beauty they bring! Take a peek around the Kennedy and stay tuned for PART 2 of this adventure!! HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT to share with you! Until then enjoy the view,
XoXo January Johnston Alexander
Originally posted on Barnwoodliving.com, October 29, 2016
What exactly comes to mind when you hear someone talk about rustic style decorating? Maybe frilly country curtains, crocheted doilies on tables and dressers or baskets of large fake flowers scattered around the tops of cabinets? Or perhaps you immediately imagine a mountain cabin complete with black bear knick-knacks and southwest style fabrics and accessories? That’s not at all what I see. For me, in decorating 1800’s log cabins I strive for anything but the expected. I mix contemporary pieces with antiques, and classic pieces with rustic pieces. I use natural finishes and elements and combine them with handcrafted up-cycled furniture and accents. When looked at separately, these things seem totally unrelated but when combined together, they give an eclectic, time worn look, with a warm and inviting atmosphere that screams “home”. Because the log cabin itself is such an incredible structure, a work of art, my approach to decorating is to compliment but not compete with these beauties.
When renovating log cabins, we are saving a piece of history. Each cabin tells its own unique story. Many times we must peel away other layers of history to get to the original beauty of the logs. These layers are all part of each cabin’s story so anytime possible, I salvage everything and I recycle, reuse, reinvent, and repurpose every piece to become a part of the next chapter.
Old beams too short for reconstruction could become cool light fixtures and table legs. Other old framing timbers from a reclaimed barn can be planed and joined to make an amazing farm table.
The log below a window turned into a large doorway can be recycled into a custom hand hewn mantle that would be a focal point in any room. And a few old barn boards combined together a statement piece add some photos and an old tailgate complete with the antique tag and you have a great piece of art.
Even down to the cut off pieces of some old replacement logs, everything finds a new purpose in my decorating. A custom bed gives 3 different logs with partial damage brand new life. Small remnants of some beams can be joined together to create a one of a kind chandelier with some bought light fixtures. And with the addition of a few rusty old chains and an old wood and steel pulley… voila you have a masterpiece!
A really big part of my design style is thinking outside the box, or in my case, outside the cabin pen;) To achieve this look in your own home, you need to look at materials that would normally be tossed into the dumpster during a renovation and see the potential for a second chance. Don’t be locked into the expected or conceived idea about what something should look like. You can even redesign things so that they are no longer used for their intended purpose. Restoring the history and charm of these old log cabins and being surrounded by the stories that the old log walls hold is priceless. Bringing in unexpected elements that add beauty and interest and give new life to old salvage items adds that WOW factor that we all so want to achieve in our homes. This is what gives my cabins that eclectic, well-worn feeling of a home that has been loved for hundreds of years…that is my design style, Rustic Elegance.
This has been an incredibly busy and action packed 5 weeks since my last post. We have begun renovations on the cabin in Langston and we have completed the move of the cabin from HWY 72 in Madison, Alabama to High Falls. I have had several people ask me just exactly how does one go about moving a log cabin. So instead of trying to explain in words what a move like this looks like, I thought I would share a video with you guys all about our latest move....
It has been a very long time since we have posted anything but now is a great time to share some exciting news......we are adding 2 more cabins to our inventory!! We have recently purchased and are now renovating an awesome 1800's log cabin in Langston, Alabama. This cabin is lakefront on a 2.3 acre lot and will sleep oodles of family when we are finished. Keep checking back for photos of our progress. Here is a preview of our project:
Our second project at hand is relocating a log cabin to the mountain near our Eagles Nest at High Falls. We have taken special care to make sure that we keep the privacy and feeling of "the middle of nowhere" for the current cabin at High Falls and also give this new cabin the same feeling of privacy and isolation. The new cabin will sit on another bluff lot with equally as amazing views as Eagles Nest. The neatest thing about this cabin is that it was originally on the same piece of property that Eagles Nest was moved from and was built by the cousin of the man who built Eagles Nest. How cool is that??? Both cabins will once again sit on the same property, but each will have its own unique views and charms. Keep checking back for photos and videos of the move and our renovation progress. And if you want to see a piece of history in motion....stay tuned, we'll post info on our moving date and route soon:)
Hi, I’m Karen Tillery, I am a Christ following wife and mom of four, a log cabin loving-- designer and decorator, and the crazy queen of up-cycling everything possible. I am a Birmingham born southern girl and an Auburn University graduate in Graphic Design. My career has spanned the gamut from an illustrator and designer with Oxmoor House Publishing, to a full time stay-at home mom and part time art teacher to owner of Restoration Log Cabin Rentals in North Alabama. My business combines my passion for history and construction with my design skills by renovating and restoring 1800’s log cabins. My formal training in regards to color, balance and space partnered with 24 years of renovation and construction experience and 12 plus years of reinventing 1800’s log cabins, have given me a special insight into designing living spaces that are not only functional but comfortable and inviting. My fine art and illustration skills have given me the ability to draw the concepts of my designs so that other people can see my vision before it is even a reality. When you love your job as much as I do it hardly even seems like work!