Re-purpose With Reclaimed Lumber
A few years ago, I designed furniture and kitchen cabinetry from reclaimed barn wood for a local company. It has become very poplar to use reclaimed lumber for home décor and furniture. This is a one-of-kind design because each piece of lumber has its own fingerprint with grain and colors.
The use of reclaimed lumber in residential or commercial spaces is aesthetically pleasing to add dimension, warmth, and texture. You can add a little bit of history to your space from a 100 year old piece of timber that is a hand hewn beam for your next fireplace mantel.
Some of the characteristics of reclaimed lumber are splitting, cracking, bowing, and expanding and contracting. Older timber from barns or old building materials from 75-100 years ago are strong because they have age without today pollutions.
When working with reclaim lumber you want to make sure that the following steps are taken.
- Fully clean the wood of debris (mold, dirt, and poop from barnwood) yes you can find 50year old poo on barnwood and make sure you clean in a well ventilated area.
- Sand it well so you won’t get slivers. A wire brush or a plainer works well.
- Make sure you seal the wood for furniture and cabinets because the wood is very porous. Use a water base polyurethane sealer. Wood oil is also a good option too.
For your next design project think about using some reclaimed lumber wood to clad a wall or design a custom pieces of furniture.
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