Posted October 24, 2013 by Gabriel Posternak

Using Reclaimed Wood in the Kitchen

Using recycled wood isn’t just a good idea for the planet. Old wood can look fabulous and the kitchen is a great place to use it. Reclaimed wood has a wonderfully rustic ambience that goes well in most kitchens. As well as saving trees using it in your kitchen could also save you money.

Reclaimed wood has plenty of potential for any kitchen remodel. For many of these days the kitchen is the place where there’s a dining table. Old doors that have been stripped and sanded make a perfect table. Smaller doors are ideal for the top of a kitchen island. Though the initial material may not look promising, once cleaned up the beauty of old, well-seasoned wood emerges. Signs of age, distress and previous use, even including old nail holes, can add loads of character.

An obvious place for using wood in the kitchen is on cabinet doors. If you want to replace cheap, pressed wood doors with something of quality, recycled wood could be the answer. Old boards, floor planks and even old crates and wine boxes could all be recycled in this way. With a large expanse of cupboard doors, some can be painted to break it up visually, if the effect seems like too much wood, or the wood is dark in color..

The antique look is especially suitable for period houses but a bit of shabby chic can be an attractive accent even in a gleaming ultra-modern kitchen. The warmth of old wood can be just the thing to offset a kitchen full of chrome and stainless steel. Visually there’s also something timeless about stripped blond wood teamed with crisp white paint. It’s a winning style combination. If you don’t want to overdo the woodwork in your kitchen, recycled wood for occasional shelves, or features like stove hoods, is ideal. A ceiling of recycled timber can also add warmth and style without being overwhelming.

Reclaimed wood, such as old railway sleepers, is also used by many craftsmen to make various kitchen items. They include racks, bowls, platters,chopping boards, butcher’s blocks and utensils, such as wooden spoons. Old wood is often dense, hard and high quality, meaning that they will last a lot longer than the average equivalent from your average retailer. It’s always good to support local craftspeople – and you can furnish your kitchen with quality items that are individual in character and beautifully, lovingly made as well.

It’s easy to take wood for granted, or to simply assume that because it’s organic it’s renewable. The reality is that forests are being cleared around the world, to the detriment of the environment. Even sustainable forests have an environmental impact and the wood isn’t always of the quality that was standard years ago. Recycling old wood makes sense in every way, so ask your kitchen contractor about it!

Photo credit: juhansonin via Visual Hunt / CC BY
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