There’s no denying that real, natural hardwood has a warmth, depth, and attractiveness that’s hard to duplicate in other materials. Wood can be used on nearly any surface inside and outside of the home, and can be molded and shaped in almost countless ways.
But, new, freshly harvested wood comes at a big environmental price. And new wood often lacks the same dimension, character, and interest that older, aged wood has. For this reason, materials such as barn wood - wood that has been reclaimed from old barns and given new use in other areas - are becoming increasingly popular.
Barn wood is taken from buildings that predate the 1930s, so it’s already been in use for more than 100 years. Cleaned, refinished, and put into new uses, this wood can last another 100 years as well.
Barn wood has a rich patina and aged finish that can’t be duplicated with new wood. It also has many of the original wear marks on its surface that tell its story and history to the viewer. Installing it anywhere in your home can add instant personality, character, and charm to the area. Take look at the many uses of barn wood to see how it may be possible to use it in your home.
Barn Wood Variation
One of the things that needs to be kept in mind when using barn wood in your home is the level of variation it may include. Barnwood can be taken from many different sites and be made of many species of wood, as well as having different ages and levels of use.
So, the barn wood you install in or on your home will include some degree of variation. This may mean color variation, with some pieces displaying more patina than others. It may also include wear variation, with some pieces showing nail holes or saw marks, and others being worn smooth.
It’s these variations that help make barn wood so beautiful and so versatile. It won’t look like the newer woods you’ll find at your local hardwood store, and that’s part of its appeal. While you may be able to select lighter or darker wood, keep in mind that any barnwood you receive will have some variation included in its color and surface texture.
Reclaimed Barn Wood Projects
The important thing to keep in mind is that barnwood is wood. It can be used nearly anywhere that other types of wood can be installed, including both inside and outside of your home. The only difference is the rich history and appearance that barn wood brings with it; it’s installed in all the same places as other woods.
1. Hardwood Flooring
The rich patina of barnwood makes it an ideal flooring material for rustic, cottage, and farmhouse style homes. The variation in color and texture on the floor brings a lot of interest to the room. It also pairs well with other woods and wood tones; there is so much variation in the color of the flooring that it allows for greater use of different colors and shades within the same room, while still maintaining a cohesive look.
2. Milled Paneling
Reclaimed wood wall and ceiling panels have been growing in popularity over the last several years. This is a great way to add some character and interest to a room, while creating an accent area at the same time. Barnwood can be turned into milled paneling that can be installed anywhere you want to add the warmth and interest of aged wood.
3. Reclaimed Siding
Many sources of barn wood are from the exterior siding that once covered the barn. That same siding can be used again to cover the exterior of your home. Reclaimed barn wood siding may still have some of the red color of the barn, as well as the weathered patina that old wood is so well known for, bringing instant character and curb appeal to your home.
4. Hand Hewn Beams
Another part of the barn that can be reclaimed and reused in its entirety is the beams. Hand hewn beams that have been used inside the barn have many years of use left in them. They’re perfect for adding support to soffits and rafters, or for adding as accent or support to your interior ceilings.These hand hewn beams have the original chisel and saw marks, giving them a lot of interest and personality.
5. Rough Sawn Wood Shelves
Smaller pieces of reclaimed barnwood can also get a lot of use. These rough sawn wood shelves offer a small accent, as well as a lot of useful storage. Install them inside niches like these, or directly out in the open in the room itself. Either way, the shelves are designed to be both beautiful and functional.
Where to Buy Barn Wood
Quality is the key to successfully using reclaimed barn wood in your home. That’s why ordering from Elmwood Reclaimed Lumber can get you the best quality barnwood available. They hand select, clean, finish, and piece all orders to ensure that you get the best quality reclaimed wood available. Visit Elmwood Reclaimed Lumber today to find out more about the types of wood they have to order, and to purchase some for your home.