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Why You Want Reclaimed Wood & Where to Find It

Reclaimed wood, a material that’s growing in popularity among designers thanks to its great looks and environmental appeal, is wood that is repurposed after being used for something else.</br></br>Why all the fuss over reclaimed wood? What makes something old and used so attractive in a consumer landscape that craves the new?</br></br><strong>Eco-Friendly Reclaimed Wood</strong></br></br>We’re now living in a world that puts a premium on the sourcing of sustainable materials. Timber costs are increasing, particularly when it comes to slow-growth species, and no amount of sustainable harvesting can replace shrinking real estate for timber cultivation.</br></br>Reclaimed wood, on the other hand, is always ripe for the picking.</br></br><strong>Beautiful Reclaimed Wood</strong></br></br>Reclaimed wood comes in many forms, and often it’s found after years of wear and weathering that produces a very rich, luxurious look.</br></br>That look can be further enhanced by the environment wherein the wood has spent its time. And, that leads us to where you might be able to find reclaimed wood for your next project.</br></br><strong>Location #1: Boat Salvage Yards</strong></br></br>Wood from old boats is in high demand in many places, but you should still cruise the nearest salvage yard to see what you can find. This wood often has a great look to it due to meticulous preservation combined with lots of environmental exposure.</br></br><strong>Location #2: The Dump</strong></br></br>Gaining access may be difficult, and being there can take a toll on your senses, but you never know what you might find.</br></br><strong>Location #3: Old Barns</strong></br></br>A drive through the countryside can prove very rewarding when you know how to spot an opportunity for reclaimed wood. While you’re on the lookout, you’ll probably notice many of these structures dotting the rural landscape.</br></br>If you have cash in hand, many owners will be willing to part with a few scraps, and weathered barn siding or beams can be fashioned into all kinds of attractive décor.</br></br><strong>Location #4: Yard Sales &amp; Flea Markets</strong></br></br>Sometimes you’re not the first person to “reclaim” reclaimed wood. Old picture frames, furniture and other flotsam found for sale can be a great source of old wood that's already been used for something else.</br></br>With these tips, you’re sure to come across some great wood pieces you can use to give your décor more depth and character.
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