13Jul 2016

Re-purpose With Reclaimed Lumber

Bar Barn Doors

Bar Barn Doors

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.

Sun Burst Mirror, TV Unit, Mantel

Sun Burst Mirror, TV Unit, 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.

Cocktail Table

Cocktail Table

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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7 Responses to Re-purpose With Reclaimed Lumber
  1. Great tips! I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for reclaimed lumber!

  2. I LOVE reclaimed lumber! I recently acquired a Pewter Cupboard made from wood taken out of the barn of the old Western State Lunatic Asylum (true historical name – Staunton, VA). The patina is gorgeous and while it can be made to look old, new lumber just never has the same story to tell.


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