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. This is wood from mainly old disassembled barns. In addition, 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.
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 are salvaged from a local Tappan stove company that was built in 1901. That means the wood is originally 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 plane it down and remove the residue. In order to do that, there were oodles of hand-forged square nails needing 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 are worn with age, which equals perfection in my eye. In addition, the cracks, nicks, and nail holes all tell a story.
Here they are all cut, sanded, planed, and shipping out to Sara.
IN THE KITCHEN
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.
Next, for Sara’s entertainment center, we used a different species of wood to create a plank top. This consists of beech wood that came from an old barn here in farm country, Ohio. Don’t you love my glamour? However, when the snow is flying, you take what you can get.
This is a perfect custom fit for her dry sink with a simple, rustic design. JC and I love how it came out.
Sara wanted to stain the top herself. She did a fantastic vision for the end result of that antique dry sink. Don’t you want one of your own? I do!
Also, Sara uses a combination of antiquing wax and a honey stain to get the look. The wood is gorgeous.
Needless to say, I am heading back for repeat visits for some reclaimed wood treasure of my own. My head is reeling with ways to put it to use in our own home. The possibilities are endless.