Reclaimed lumber, often salvaged barn board but not always, adds texture and a rustic, natural ora to a space. Thanks to generations of farming in Ontario, centuries old barns abound and are harvested for their floor boards, braces and beams. Floor boards are often well-worn from numerous years of diligent farm work, and it’s these boards that typically make for the most interesting table tops — they’re rich in colour, grain pattern, and character.
Reclaimed wood also includes salvaged painted boards. With farm house and cottage interiors continuing to inform furniture and interior design, newly distressed paintwork is becoming increasingly mainstream. Reclaimed painted boards, however, feature a genuine patina of multiple colours — the loving result of real history, and multiple coats of paint.
In the greater Toronto area, there are a number of well-stocked reclaimed lumber sources. Their stock varies depending on what comes in and goes out. Typically I go with my clients to view reclaimed lumber and we pick out the exact boards that will be used in the project.