Natural Home Show House 2009 | Reclaimed Wood Finds New Life
By Karen Adams 

Reclaimed wood is like a good friend that you’ve had for years—it brings a warm quality that new wood cannot touch. We chose to incorporate some reclaimed wood into our home to add warmth and richness to our new structure.

In the kitchen, we chose reclaimed cypress wood that was living at the bottom of a regional swamp and refurbished it instead of cutting down some new trees. Cypress is inherently beautiful, with subtle color variations and ages beautifully over time. Chaparral Cabinetry in Boerne, Texas, crafted the cabinets and simply sealed them with a water-based product that lets the beautiful reclaimed wood grain shine through—the reclaimed wood cabinets bring a warm glow to our new kitchen!

Reclaimed Beadboard
An accent wall made from reclaimed beadboard from Texas farmhouses showcases how reclaimed wood can be repurposed into something unique. The contrast is beautiful between the reclaimed wood and the ceiling trusses, shown here, from the Natural Home Show House 2009 in Boerne, Texas. 

We also used reclaimed wood from Discovery Antiques in Gonzales, Texas, in the living room, kitchen pantry and the second story. We used some beautiful old beadboard from Texas farmhouses on a living room wall; an old door for the kitchen pantry; and some long leaf pine for the stair treads and upstairs flooring for two bedrooms and sitting area.

We also used reclaimed wood for the fireplace mantle, the dining room table and a small hall shelving unit. Local craftsman Bruce Calder made us a beautiful mantle out of the one oak that had to be cut down on our property to make room for the house. A big, heavy piece of reclaimed wood was lovingly shaped and sealed and is a simple statement on how to use the most of your resources.  Bruce also crafted a beautiful, beefy reclaimed wood dining table made from an old pecan tree from a friend’s property that was being cleared for commercial purposes. He designed and created a cherished piece from what would have otherwise gone wayside. Lastly, a friend gave us a fallen cherry tree for our project; we had it milled into a few simple, raw edge shelves for a hallway.

Reusing materials and using reclaimed wood is not only a sustainable practice, but brings with it personality from another time and place and an inviting quality that is hard to find with new products.

Read more about the Natural Home Show House in Karen Adams' blog archive.

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