7 Ways To Use Reclaimed Wood In The Kitchen

January 31, 2019

The kitchen is one of the most regularly used areas in the home. It’s also one of the areas of the home that people renovate the most frequently and report taking the most satisfaction in after it’s been done.

With all of the attention that people put into their kitchen design, it’s no wonder that the materials that people choose to use in this space are just as important. Reclaimed wood is one material that’s been getting a lot more use in residential spaces such as kitchens. This versatile and eco-friendly material has a lot of character and interest that isn’t always present in newer surfaces.

Reclaimed wood is natural wood that has been reclaimed from old buildings, cleaned, milled, and given new use. It’s just as versatile and durable as new cut wood, but with a patina and character all its own. Reclaimed wood can be contemporary or rustic in appearance, and may show the signs of its original use such as saw or nail marks.


Best of all, you can use reclaimed wood anywhere in the kitchen. Check out these 7 designs using reclaimed wood to see some of the many possibilities that this material can bring.


reclaimed wood shelves

Shelving is a popular option for many kitchens today. Shelves can make a space feel more open, while letting you display your favorite dishes. Reclaimed wood shelves add a slightly rustic touch that blends in well with some of the kitchen designs that use shelving the most, such as Farmhouse design.


reclaimed wood cabinetry

The cabinetry is the heart and soul of the kitchen. Made of reclaimed wood, cabinetry can take on a new dimension filled with personality and character. Reclaimed wood can be used to form a variety of cabinet styles, including the popular Shaker and slab styles. The varying tones and patinas that the wood contains makes the cabinetry more interesting to look at, and can be used to create formal, rustic, or transitional designs.


reclaimed wood countertop

Countertops are one of the most noticeable features in the kitchen. When made of reclaimed wood, they also bring a lot of warmth to the room. Wood is used in numerous kitchen designs, including Craftsman styles that are popular today. Wood counters often take on a living finish with use, showing the areas they are touched and used the most. This type of finish can enhance the look of your kitchen now and for years to come.


reclaimed wood island countertop

The island kitchen is one of the most popular layouts of today. It’s common to use a different material on the island than on the perimeter cabinets to help bring some contrast and interest to the space. This reclaimed wood island top is the ideal counter surface, showing many of the marks of its original use and thereby blending right into future purpose.


ceiling paneling

Kitchens with high ceilings need a little extra attention in order to feel warm and cozy. Ceilings are often considered the fifth wall in a room, and when they’re high, leaving them untouched can often leave the entire room feeling unfinished as well. Using reclaimed wood paneling and timber on the ceiling help bring additional character to the room, while finishing the space.



Wood flooring is popular throughout the home, and particularly in open floor plan kitchens where the same flooring is used in the entire space. Reclaimed wood flooring brings all the warmth and charm of an ordinary wood floor, but with a patina that makes it an instant conversation starter at the same time. With saw marks, nail holes, and a varying patina, a reclaimed floor can look instantly rustic or distressed as well as polished and modern. Either way, it will definitely help enhance your kitchen design.


wall paneling

Reclaimed wood paneling can be used in a variety of ways in and around the kitchen. It can be used to create cabinet facing as well as to make accent walls and surround columns. The pieced panels add a lot of movement and variation to the design, spicing up even the most plain kitchen. Paired here with a bold red peninsula, the warm tones of the wood add contrast which makes for a more interesting design.


Reclaimed wood can take on many different uses, styles, and designs. It can be bold and contemporary or subtle and rustic. It may show the original marks and wear or it can appear brand new. No matter how you use it, however, you’ll be gaining all its history along with its durability and the years of use it still has within it.

Take a look at the many options of reclaimed wood at Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to get inspired about what you can do within a kitchen of your own.

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