A few weeks ago, I told you about a reclaimed wood resource that I had stumbled upon while on the search for a custom request. Remember the angels sang that day?
What a story lies in this stash. There is wood from mainly old torn down barns, but also some salvaged treasure dating back to the 1800’s. I stood in awe of it all…amazing.
One of the projects that fueled our hunt for reclaimed wood, was a custom order for Sara at Sadie Olive – the designer that created my wonderful new blog design.
Sara had been planning to remodel her kitchen by creating a rustic look by removing her upper kitchen cabinets and replacing them with reclaimed wood open shelving. She wanted to do the same with shelving for her laundry. She also asked us to create a custom planked top for a dry sink she refinished and planned to use as an entertainment center.
At first, I couldn’t find a resource anywhere within a 2 hour radius that had what she was looking for – 2″ x 12″ boards. Thankfully I live in a community where Amish and Mennonite families reside and they are some of the best resources when it’s comes to requests like this. You can read more on our resource here.
Here’s what we came away with – gorgeous grain in these wonderful boards This lumber was once floor joists that were salvaged from a local Tappan stove company that was built in 1901. That means the wood was harvested from the late 1800’s – wow. Notice the tight grain, which tells you that it came from first growth.
This wood was in a really rustic state, so it didn’t look like this to start. We need to plane it down to remove the residue that existed, but in order to do that, there were oodles of hand-forged square nails to be removed.
Once those were out, we were able to use a bench top planer for the large surfaces and a hand planer for the sides.
You can still see some of the aged appeal we tried to retain in this board. They were worn with age, which equals perfection in my eye. Cracks, nicks, and nail holes all tell a story.
Here they are all cut, sanded, planed, and ready to be shipped.
Here’s a sneak peek of how they look in Sara’s gorgeous new kitchen. Head on over to her blog to see the spectacular before and after.
For Sara’s entertainment center, we used a different species of wood to create a plank top. This was made of beech wood that had come off an old barn here in farm country, Ohio. This is not a glamor shot by far, but when the snow is flying, you’re limited to taking what you can get.
With a simple rustic design, custom fit for her dry sink, we were quite pleased with how it came out.
Sara wanted to stain the top herself, and she did a fantastic vision for the end result of that antique dry sink. Don’t you want one of your own? I do!
Sara used a combination of Miss Mustard Seed antiquing wax, Annie Sloan wax, and a honey stain by Minwax to get the look she desired. The wood is gorgeous.
Needless to say I will be headed back for repeat visits to that reclaimed wood heaven for some treasure of my own. My head is reeling with ways to put it to use in our own home as well as furniture, decor, storage….the possibilities are endless.
If you have interest in a custom order of your own, just send me an email, and we can create something special for your home.
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