One of the biggest things you can do to make an impact is to use reclaimed barnwood on your walls or floors. This type of wood is actually what it’s name implies. The wood has been reclaimed and/or repurposed from old barns, wooden houses, and other wooden structures.
What is Reclaimed Barnwood?
You will not find this type of wood at your local home improvement stores. Usually, you’ll find it at specialty lumber stores. In addition, there are companies that specialize in these special woods. However, they may be a little harder to find, depending on where you live. In any case, you’ll most likely need to do your research to find outlets that sell it.
At first thought, you might dismiss this type of wood as unusable. After all, if it’s reclaimed from old structures, it’s probably in bad condition, right? Yes, some wood is probably not usable. However, companies specializing in this product will only carry wood that’s able to be reconditioned by sanding, stripping, re-staining, etc. In your research, you’ll probably discover companies that sell it as is, where you do all the work, or sell it already redone.
Reclaimed barnwood can add to the rustic decor of your home because even though it’ll be reconditioned before use, it will not be perfect. As a matter of fact, if you want perfect, this is not the product for you. Rustic decor is, by nature, rough and not perfect. This is its appeal.
Uses for Reclaimed Barnwood
You can use this product in a number of ways. The most obvious are for floors, walls and ceilings. Having a rustic floor with it’s inherent nail holes and imperfections is a great way to get the old time western look in your home.
Walls and ceiling also can be covered with it, although in my opinion, it’s not a good idea to have ALL surfaces covered with the same material. Some variety and contrast is needed.
In addition, there is a lot of furniture available today made out of this material. You just need to browse the internet to find a wide selection.
A good idea is to incorporate into your rustic decor rough wooden floors with barnwood kitchen cabinets and other furniture – keeping the walls and the ceilings another material such as stone, drywall, plaster, painted, etc. In addition, rustic wooden ceiling beams or joists make a great statement and will enhance your western theme greatly.
Try It Out
Browse the internet and view some photos of rustic decor incorporating reclaimed barnwood. You’ll find a lot of different looks – one of which should spark your imagination and creativity.