All across America, wooden barns and timber houses are coming down. One of the hottest home improvement trends of the past few years has been to give the planks and beams from these old structures new life inside the home. Over generations of steady use, wooden pieces tend to get dented and bruised. To showcase their natural beauty and add to your home’s unique charm, you can stain reclaimed wooden items before installation using a clear finish. In addition, by choosing to use salvaged wood, you keep a part of America’s architectural heritage from ending up in a landfill.
New Items From Old Materials.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Make cabinets or shelves using reclaimed lumber. Shape a headboard from bits of seasoned driftwood, screwing them onto a metal or lumber frame for sturdiness. Or create a coffee table using discarded wooden pallets.
Place movable items made with reclaimed wood next to modern design elements like glass or steel to create a compelling contrast of styles. Another popular use for reclaimed wood is in the construction of window boxes and frames. When used in this way, the character of the salvaged lumber proves to be both functional and attractive.
Liven Up Ordinary Spaces.
Apply thin planks of recycled wood to a portion of wall that needs a bit of flair. For a farmhouse-inspired look, use reclaimed wood to panel the sides of your kitchen island. Fit smaller pieces together to craft texture-rich decorative panels.
In addition, you can attach a plank to the wall of your foyer or mudroom, then drill hooks into it to make a rough-hewn coat and bag hanger. Assemble a room divider using long, slender pieces of recycled wood attached upright to a movable frame.
Christmas Tree Recycling Tips.
Turn your old Christmas tree into a wildlife feeding station by moving it outside and hanging bird feeders from it. Or, turn it into a habitat for fish by attaching weights to it and sinking it to the bottom of a lake or pond. Tie a bunch of trees together to make a bigger habitat for swimming things to hide in.
If you feel comfortable using a bandsaw, cut an old Christmas tree trunk into 1-inch thick slices. Varnish these slices and glue felt pads to their undersides to make interesting and unique coasters.
If you’re still not sure of what to do with your old tree, consider turning it into mulch using a wood-chipper or using it as logs in your fireplace. Few things are as satisfying as watching a dried-up evergreen ignite with a sudden whoosh. Before starting a fire, always be careful and ensure that there are no fire hazards laying around.
Using salvaged wood is a surefire way to accent your home’s enduring beauty. If you want more information on using recycled or reclaimed lumber in your next home improvement project, the remodeling and construction specialists at AROCON Design-Build are ready to help you get started!