We know that it’s a good idea to make use of our natural resources and avoid needlessly throwing away wood that can be reused. But the fact is it’s very cool and hip to be sustainable! We can save some trees, some energy, and gain social prestige in the process by using re-purposed materials. Whether you call it re-purposed, reclaimed or recycled…its all good to make use of wood that is being removed from one location to find a home for it somewhere else.
Anthropologie stores set an example and added warmth and intrigue to the shopping experience by installing reclaimed wood walls and facades. My daughter took this photo of me with her cell phone inside the store. The remnants of old paint are evidence of the wood’s history. However leaving some of the old surface may not be appropriate for every application.
We have re-purposed the lumber from a large redwood deck (rotten in a number of places) for new wood fences and site furniture. The crew sorted through the pile of wood demo for the good pieces and sanded and stained them to relate to the new wood used elsewhere on site.
The wood deck (shown above) with new lumber was built to compliment the tree-top setting and create an expanse to enjoy the sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.
We used stainless steel cables to open up the view and a hidden screws construction for the floor to give the deck an upscale sleek look without nails or screws showing on the surface.
Here are pics of the re-purposed wood bench and fence, the look is fabulous, plus we saved hauling it to the dump. Hopefully this article gets you inspired to look at old wood in a new light!