Re­claimed Wood Adds In­stant Ap­peal To Home Projects

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN SHOW -

Repur­pos­ing sal­vaged wood is a pop­u­lar trend in the home im­prove­ment in­dus­try. Not only can us­ing sal­vaged wood give a home a one-of-a-kind look, but it’s a handy way to in­cor­po­rate the three Rs of green liv­ing into your life­style: re­duce, re­use and re­cy­cle.

Re­claimed wood is of­ten used in floor­ing, beams, wall treat­ments, and doors, but it also can be turned into fur­ni­ture or home ac­cent items. Re­claimed wood adds warmth and his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est to a home’s decor that newer ma­te­ri­als may lack. Although find­ing wood that can be sal­vaged takes time and some leg­work, such ef­forts can quickly pay off. Many busi­nesses are now de­voted to re­claimed tim­ber, which can help make the process of find­ing and us­ing sal­vaged wood even eas­ier.

Home­own­ers con­sid­er­ing re­claimed wood may be in­ter­ested to learn that such wood can serve var­i­ous func­tions aside from ben­e­fit­ting the planet.

MATCH OLD-GROWTH WOOD. New reg­u­la­tions may pre­vent cer­tain species of trees from be­ing cut down. That means it can be challenging to match old wood in a home, par­tic­u­larly if you’re look­ing to main­tain his­tor­i­cal value and au­then­tic­ity. Re­ly­ing on sal­vaged wood items can al­le­vi­ate this con­cern, en­sur­ing that you can find rare woods that are no longer avail­able brand new. SAL­VAGED WOOD HAS CHAR­AC­TER. It’s dif­fi­cult to mimic the nat­u­ral age marks and char­ac­ter that older wood may have. In­stead of be­ing raised on farms, wood har­vested decades ago prob­a­bly grew in nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments, mak­ing the wood both durable and strong. The color and grain of sal­vaged wood may also be unique.

LOOK AT OB­JECTS IN A NEW WAY. Doors are ver­sa­tile pieces of re­claimed lum­ber be­cause they’re al­ready flat and rather large. Doors can be turned into head­boards, ta­bles or benches. Stair­case or porch posts can be turned into can­dle­stick hold­ers, and wood shut­ters can dress up walls and pro­vide a place to hang art­work and other wall items.

RE­CLAIMED WOOD CAN BE FOUND EVERY­WHERE. Most peo­ple do not have to look too far to find wood they can sal­vage. Check sal­vage yards, land­fills, dump­sters in front of older homes be­ing ren­o­vated, or older, un­used barns in ru­ral set­tings. You also can col­lect drift­wood or dis­carded ship­ping crates.

While some re­claimed wood can be used as-is, some pieces may re­quire mill­work, in­clud­ing sand­ing, cut­ting, shap­ing, and fin­ish­ing. If you do not have these skills, you prob­a­bly will have to hire some­one who does.

The In­ter­net is awash with ideas for putting sal­vaged wood to use. Get in­spired and then find the pieces that will fit your project.

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