Upcycling, or turning old materials into something new, is all the rage these days. With the cost of lumber rising, it’s never been a better time to jump on the bandwagon.
Multiple sources for reclaimed lumber exist, especially if you know where to look for them. Decorating with reclaimed wood is all the rage with sliding barn doors, pallet headboards, pallet wood walls and farmhouse kitchen tables being super trendy and popular right now.
Over the past ten years, reclaimed wood furniture has become insanely popular in the US, and for good reason. It brings a one-of-a-kind look to your home that just isn’t possible to replicate with new wood.
Besides beauty, the environmental savings of buying pieces made with reclaimed wood is an eco-friendly reason to choose this style of furniture.
Many people want reclaimed wood because they see it as an eco-friendly alternative, but don’t necessarily want something obviously rustic looking.
I love reclaimed wood furniture, of any type. Each piece carries a little bit of history and if you listen carefully you’ll probably hear its story. Okay, you won’t actually hear a story but reclaimed wood has a story and I love that.
When buying reclaimed wood furniture, it’s important to respect the unique origins, character and characteristics of natural woods.
From the raw beauty of European white oak to driftwood pieces collected from the shores of Indonesia to stunning Brazilian peroba wood, each piece is one-of-a-kind and rich with history from around the world. Reclaimed wood furniture is a style to be treasured. To find the right reclaimed piece of furniture there are a few things you should know.
It’s important to keep in mind that no two pieces of reclaimed wood are alike, which is what makes it so special.
The Best Reclaimed Wood Console Tables
Entry Table, Hallway Table, Nook Table, Reclaimed Wood Table
This is a unique offering from Amazon because each piece is handmade from reclaimed, old growth douglas fir.
The wood was salvaged from an old blacksmith shop built in 1860, pre-civil war that was being torn down, making this wood over 160 years old.
A reclaimed wood console table from this douglas fir will fit perfectly into any house, apartment or dorm.
Each table is made to order with great attention to detail and for a unique item of furniture that’ll last a lifetime the price is excellent.
Yosemite Home Decor YFUR-SBA5162 Reclaimed Storage Console
This four-door rolling reclaimed wood console table rests on four cast iron wheels, which makes it easy to move around and used for different things.
The solid mango cabinet features a soft textured finish with light hand-painted accents and a solid wood inner shelf along with the four drawers provides ample storage space. This gorgeous table is made in India and is a definite accent piece.
Signature Design by Ashley Mestler Rustic Brown Console Table
Bring a splash of subtle color and relaxed sensibility into your space with the Mestler Rustic reclaimed wood console table.
Although not 100% reclaimed, it certainly has the look and feel of a piece of furniture with its own story.
The xylophone-style slatted shelving and doors dotted with a multitude of sunburnt colors add an eclectic feel to an otherwise ‘normal’ piece of furniture.
The distressed look suits any type of décor, especially transitional. We rate this piece 9/10.
Sierra Rectangular Console Table
There’s not much to say about this reclaimed wood console table, except that it is absolutely gorgeous, unique and worth every cent.
The Sierra Rectangular console table adds a touch of masculinity without being overpowering. The style would work well with antique ornaments and distressed wood items or a gorgeous modern vase filled with bright flowers.
We give this reclaimed wood console table 9/10, and won't listen to anyone who doesn't agree.
Before buying a reclaimed wood console table, it’s best to have an appreciation for the differences and characteristics and understand that that’s what makes it so special.
Things like wood grains, knots, small patches, paint remnants, pitting, small nail holes and mineral deposits are characteristics that really set the pieces apart.
Any variance that adds interest to the piece can be considered a plus. If you consider these to be flaws then reclaimed furniture isn’t for you.
Like anything of value reclaimed wood furniture has an age and character that cannot be mimicked. When the furniture is placed in a shared space in your home, it becomes a conversation topic and a fun ‘did you know’ history lesson.
You can also use reclaimed furniture in your bedroom, where you can appreciate the beauty of the pieces without the hustle and bustle of family and friends.
Age brings out the rich colors in reclaimed wood, so if you notice hints of dark red, rustic brown, deep yellow, moody black or smooth cream, you’ll know the wood has a strong history.
Do some research to determine the background of the piece; ask the seller about it, where it originated, how it was found.
The wonderful thing about a reclaimed wood console table is that it will suit your modern home perfectly. In fact, it shows off your design flair if you can make reclaimed wood look at home in a contemporary setting.
Play with the contrast between sleek dining tables, simple and sophisticated beds and clean-lined case goods interspersed with a rustic reclaimed console table that brings texture and warmth to a living area.
A lot of people think reclaimed wood means it’s eco-friendly and green, which isn’t entirely true. Reclaimed wood also doesn’t mean sustainable or old.
Turning a house into a home is all in the details and decorating with reclaimed wood will make a home feel warm and inviting with very little effort.
One of the benefits of using reclaimed wood is the age and maturity of the wood makes it more durable and stronger.
Old wood harvested from mature trees has already been through the process of contracting and expanding resulting in a strong, durable wood that is less prone to split or warp.