When you picture a large, worn and wooden table what comes to mind? For me, it is kids constantly in and out of seats, and the general chaos that is dinner time with four kids. Pizza on paper plates with friends. Long dinners with friends and families. Good conversation. It all happens at the table. (As well as the laundry. Laundry happens at the table.)
The moments at our table sure are far from picture perfect. Scratches, dents, whining and crying. It’s all there. But you know what else is at this table? Life. Life is lived at this table. It may not be perfectly styled, or always company worthy. But I am thankful for the moments that happen at this table.
And I am convinced this is why there is such a huge draw towards using reclaimed wood, old tables, and bringing vintage wooden pieces into the home. Regardless of personal style. The worn wood feels welcoming. It reminds us of Grandma’s home. It has big stories to tell.
But some are unsure of how to bring in reclaimed wood, or vintage wooden furniture. Will it fit with my style? How do I make sure it doesn’t date my house? Listed below are six surefire ways to bring in reclaimed wood and repurposed wooden pieces, without making your home feel like it is a primitive 1800s space. (Unless that is your style – in which case bring in all of these things listed below!)
Wooden beams give visual interest to a space, and aren’t just for high vaulted ceilings. You can look for old wooden beams in places like Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.
2. Wood doors
You may not want to use an old wooden door for your front entryway – but salvage shops, antique malls and more carry old doors that can be used as a focal point in your home’s interior.
Bring in an old farmhouse table – it will be ready to seat your whole family, and give you a comfortable space for gatherings for years to come. Can’t find an old table? Look for one made with old wood.
Add extra storage to your home with an old cabinet. Older pieces are often higher quality than what is available from mass production today. Think about using one for storing linens, toys, dishes and vases.
5. Faux shiplap
If you come across a stack of tongue and groove planks consider using them on your walls as opposed to the floors. These add texture and interest to an otherwise boring space.
6. Floating shelf
Slabs of old wood can be easily turned into floating shelves. Pick up black brackets at a local hardware store or order online for a quick DIY update.
Any one of these six ideas can be used in your home, and works in a variety of design styles. Many can be used in a DIY project, and you can find sellers on Etsy who offer products made with reclaimed wood.
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