Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects

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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?

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal PieceCustom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.Once those were out, we were able to use a bench top planer for the large surfaces and a hand planer for the sides.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center. 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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

Here they are all cut, sanded, planed, and ready to be shipped.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

Photograph courtesy of Sadie Olive

 

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

With a simple rustic design, custom fit for her dry sink, we were quite pleased with how it came out.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

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!

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

Photograph courtesy of Sadie Olive

 

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

Photograph Courtesy of Sadie Olive

 

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.

Custom Reclaimed Wood Projects by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Open kitchen shelving and plank top for entertainment center.

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.

Don’t forget there’s still time to enter the giveaway for your choice of Darren Gygi’s artwork!  Enter the giveaway here.

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14 Comments

  • Whimzy Thyme

    Wow – Love old wood — My brother is making some items from antique cypress which he harvested himself. Can’t wait to add some of his handmade items to my Shop.

    March 9, 2015 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Me too! I can’t wait to see what you do. I love old wood. 🙂

      March 9, 2015 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Jill @ The Rozy Home

    Awesome! I love the shelves!

    March 9, 2015 at 9:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee…thank you! Sara did an awesome job with staining and installation. I want some! 😉

      March 9, 2015 at 9:05 am Reply
  • kim

    Such beautiful wood – just lovely.

    March 9, 2015 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kim. It’s fun to create and see it put to use.

      March 9, 2015 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Laura

    I love old wood and those pieces turned out beautifully! I love how thick the wood is for the open shelves- can’t buy that today!

    March 9, 2015 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Yes, you can’t find that wood today in the store, but at a reclaimed resource only. Like finding a needle in a hay stack!

      March 9, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Brenda

    I Love wood projects!

    March 11, 2015 at 1:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      A kindred spirit! Definitely love wood – I don’t know if there is a more versatile medium. 🙂

      March 11, 2015 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Laurie

    Great work, Larissa. Love the way that dry sink turned out. I came over from the Bloggertunities share list, and I’ll be featuring this on my Fri. Faves. Thank you for the inspiration and for allowing me to share it.

    March 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Laurie! Yes, it came out well and wish I had one. 😉 Thanks for the shout-out, as well. Happy Friday!

      March 13, 2015 at 2:40 am Reply
  • cheryl B.

    the numbers on the dressers where did they come from?

    July 16, 2016 at 5:30 am Reply
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