You can’t scroll through your Pinterest or Etsy feeds anymore without coming across pieces of furniture or decor made from reclaimed wood. It’s a trend that was brought on by the DIY era we’re all in now, (thanks Pinterest). But this DIY isn’t for the faint of heart. Here are a few things to consider before you go dumpster/barn diving for that well sought after “reclaimed” goodness.
1. The bugs.
If you’re getting your reclaimed wood from a barn or someone’s garage it’s hard to say there’s no chance that critters have made it their home already. If you can, only accept reclaimed wood that you know has been stored in a clean & dry environment.
2. Lead-based paint.
We’ve all heard about the dangers of lead based paint, (if you haven’t click here). If you are rescuing wood panels that have been painted before, invest in a lead based paint test kit. You can find one here.
3. Nails and other objects.
You will find old nails. They will be rusty. And sharp. To protect yourself from cuts, scrapes, and tetanus; use work gloves. Another note: Before you saw into the panels, go over them with a stud finder.
4. My solution.
Feed your DIY craving with something like this, and leave the reclaimed wood projects to the professionals. There are hundreds of exquisite handmade pieces on Etsy.com that have been made with care by educated carpenters. Here are some of my favorite pieces.
My husband would die for this. It’s on my Christmas list for certain! This Rustic Cap Catcher by GreatLakesReclaimed is a steal at $26!
Chalkboards are becoming the most stylish way to add functionality the your space. I love this Distressed Reclaimed Chalkboard by thesummeryumbrella.
Mirrors are an essential decorating piece and this Rustic Modern Mirror by HurdandHoney adds so much character to it’s space.