Reclaimed wood is wood that has been salvaged from a barn, home, or other building to be reused and repurposed. Using reclaimed wood helps reduce the amount of waste generated by new building materials. It is considered to be an efficient use of resources and a sustainable practice. It's quite common for reclaimed wood to be used to make floors and doors. However, there are also some more unique ways you could use reclaimed wood in a home.
Exposed beams on the ceiling have been popular for a while. If the ceiling is closed and you want to replicate this look, one option would be to use reclaimed wood and place beams cross-ways across the ceiling. They call a lot of attention to themselves and give the space a rustic vibe. Of course, you could always make a whole ceiling out of reclaimed wood, too. This results in a darker look, but it is a good way to give a modern space a more woodsy appeal.
You probably would not want to make all of your kitchen counters out of wood. But it could be fun to make an accent counter or two out of wood. For instance, if you have a kitchen island that you mainly use as dining space, having a countertop made from wood for the island would give it a unique appeal. You could also have epoxy poured over the wood to create a smooth surface that's more suited to cleaning and actual kitchen use.
Another option is to make a mantel for over the fireplace. All you really need for this one is a nice beam. Of course, you can go into more detail and add a shelf or some accent pieces on the side if you want, but that's all optional. A reclaimed wood mantel with a few sprigs of pine branches and pine cones looks quite cozy in the winter. If you do not have a fireplace, you could use the same approach and instead make some accent shelves for a wall of two. They could be nice places to display pictures and souvenirs.
Reclaimed wood can certainly give your home a unique look. If you have a few barn beams or other pieces of used wood to decorate with, the ideas above can serve as inspiration. Feel free to run with them and make them your own.Share