With a growing emphasis on creating an eco-friendly world, reclaimed wood is becoming more than a design trend. It’s a greener way to manufacture furniture and other goods. And this makes perfect sense.
The use of reclaimed wood cuts down on the need for trees and keeps wood out of landfills. It’s also a great way to save money on remodeling and construction projects. It is for these reasons that many companies incorporate reclaimed wood into their manufacturing processes. But you don’t have to work with wood on a professional level to take advantage of the benefits reclaimed wood has to offer. Today we will be talking about how to incorporate reclaimed wood into your home.
Finding Reclaimed Wood
Unlike other materials you may use for a DIY project, you can’t just go out and buy reclaimed wood. However, with a bit of creativity, reclaimed wood can be fairly easy to acquire.
Construction sites are a great source of reclaimed wood. Be sure to speak to the foreman at the site to make sure it’s okay for you to scavenge their dumpsters. There are sure to be tons of gems to be found.
Other good sources of reclaimed wood include the following:
- Antique malls
- Architectural salvage stores
- Home improvement donation centers
These are all great places to find windows, doors, plumbing supplies, tiles and more.
Using Your Reclaimed Wood
Using reclaimed wood is a bit like shopping at a thrift store. You must go in with an open mind. If you are looking for a wood that is a specific size and color, you may not find it. But that’s not to say you won’t be able to find some great stuff.
Once you have found wood that you like, the possibilities are endless. You can use the pieces to create artwork or add decorative elements to your home.
At Urban Wood Goods, we made an entire company out of the use of reclaimed wood. It all started when art teacher Erin True set out on her own DIY project of creating a bench for her home. From there, she launched her own Etsy shop which eventually morphed into Urban Wood Goods, a company devoted to the manufacturing of unique reclaimed wood products that cut down on environmental impact.
We hope this article will inspire you to set out on your own reclaimed wood DIY adventure. You never know where it will take you.
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