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Extraordinary Transformation Takes Barn to Barndominium

We love watching renovation projects come together as customers share their photos on Instagram and Facebook. One of our favorites unfolded on the Instagram account @BoxwoodandSpruce. Kalyn and her husband Adam, purchased a home and barn in Golden, Colorado, both of which needed major renovations.

“Our plan was to convert the 1300-square-foot, four-stable barn into a livable “barndominium” where our family of five could live while we renovate the main house,” Kalyn says. “After that, we will use the completed barn for friends and family, events, and possibly as a short-term rental.”

before kitchen

The process took seven months and included adding sewage and plumbing, new electrical, and filling the stables with concrete to create walls where old barn doors used to hang. The photo above shows the space that would soon become the kitchen.

“I wanted to keep as many of the barn-like qualities as I could while making sure it feels inviting and cozy,” Kalyn explains. “Keeping the handmade trusses was so important as they make the space feel large and pays homage to the life this stable once had.” Kalyn used a neutral color palette and added in wood tones for a rustic touch.

Barn Light Electric School House Kitchen 1 FIX

When considering lighting for the space, Kalyn contemplated fixtures that weren’t too modern nor too rustic. She landed on Barn Light Electric’s Schoolhouse Collection and discovered one of our latest additions — the Drum Schoolhouse Semi-Flush Mount Light. Kalyn knew these handcrafted fixtures would be perfect for the kitchen and master bedroom. She customized each one with opaque glass, a Raw Brass fitter and canopy, and four painted bands of Black.

Barn Light Electric School House Kitchen 2

“The schoolhouse style of this flush mount pendant is perfect!” Kalyn notes. “The stripes keep it fresh and different while playing well with the countertops and the front entry doors. They are just the right touch to allow the kitchen space to stand out on its own as a joined, yet separate, space.”

Barn Light Electric School House Bedroom 5

In the master bedroom, Kalyn likes how the fixture pairs perfectly with the soft, neutral tones of the woods, whites, and green/grey built-ins on the adjacent wall.

Barn Light Electric School House Bedroom 6

“I’ve had my eye on this fixture for quite some time,” she adds. “I have raw brass accents throughout the house, and being able to customize it with the brass fitter and canopy ensured that this space felt consistent with the rest of the house.” Although she toyed with the idea of adding more stripes, Kalyn felt the four-stripe option added a little something extra without being too busy.

“I love everything about these lights!” Kalyn says. “The striped Schoolhouse lights make me smile every time I see them. They are classic, modern, and nostalgic all wrapped into one!”

Photos courtesy of @BoxwoodandSpruce

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