Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Why use new wood when you can use old?

We're using reclaimed fir from an old Portland building in our new kitchen. I wish I knew its history. Here it is in one of the three areas where it will be...
one of three areas with reclaimed fir
The worm holes and knotholes have been sealed up with a clear resin, so you can still see them, but the surface is smooth. I love that it has history and that it's not just being tossed aside, but given another life.
reclaimed fir close up

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just gorgeous! I'm glad that beautiful wood found a good home. I'm curious though--what is that little cupboard at the end of the built-in cabinets?
Hugs, Mom

patti_cake said...

I love it too. Our hardwood floors are very old and I love the knotholes (I prefer the term knothole to wormhole) LOL
Your house is coming along wonderfully and also you are great for "being there" for RSG.

Recovering Straight Girl said...

Awww. Isn't Patty sweet?

LeLo it is just gorgeous. Gorgeous!

witchtrivets said...

Oh lovely. And so warm. And such a good idea -- hmmm. Need to go see if we have any wood to reclaim for our countertop/bar area...

Rozanne said...

Applause!

Beautiful. I, too, would love to know its history.

brett said...

Sometimes one doesn't have a choice. In our 1890's house when we have to do anything structural - i.e. reframe a window - I have to hit the rebuilding center and pick up a true 2 x 4 which is 2" by 4" instead of the dimensional lumber you get at Home Depot. Luckily we have that resource close by. Kitchen and bath are lookin' good girl!

purpletwinkie said...

Love it. Can't wait to sit at that bar at watch you cook something for me.

bemused said...

Is that the finish line I see? ;-)

Zoe said...

I don't know why anyone would use new wood. Reclaimed wood has such great character, it's much more beatiful and interesting.

Syd said...

Great choice, Lelo. I love reclaimed wood. Beautiful.

TonkaManOR said...

Wow, it looks great. I Love that you gals are recycling timber. Good for you. The hubby just reminded me that this spring/summer we have to return to our renovations. UGh.

Oh well, the house is looking awesome, so I shouldn't complain.

SassyFemme said...

That is beautiful. It has history, character, it "speaks".

Tricia said...

Gorgeous! And I have to say i love that beadboard...!

little sister said...

oops - thought I'd commented on this earlier!

That countertop is the bomb! (well, really, it's wood, but I think you know what I mean ;)

I've shown the pics of your renovation to Mr. Wonderful, and he's wondering if you wouldn't mind taking a trip to the Midwest.... ;)

Your place is so awesome now and is going to be exponentially awesome when you're finished! btw, I have never seen someone making the best use of available natural light as you have!!! Great place!

Maggie said...

My town has a 'construction reclamation' business. It's great for getting old materials. I'm always cruising it for old doorknobs.

LeLo in NoPo said...

Gush gush and more gush: thank you for all of the kind words. :)