Old barns, fence posts reappear as stunning furniture, cabinets
When Robin Heyner remodeled her historic Round Hill, Va., home, she wanted a "wow factor" in her country kitchen that would evoke the 1851 property's historic character. In addition to local fieldstone for the faux chimney, Heyner turned to reclaimed oak fence boards for the cabinets, and for the counters, a slab of 100-year old walnut that Shenandoah Furniture Gallery in Purcellville had been saving "for just the right project."
"We loved the idea of using local reclaimed wood, both from both a historical and an environmental perspective," Heyner said.
The Shenandoah Valley's longunused farm buildings ordinarily are destined for the landfill or burning, said gallery owner Vickie Kelley. There is even more wood available from old board fencing because horse farms avoid barbed wire to help protect the animals, she said.
Designer Nancy West of Noble- West Design in Middleburg said using old wood is a "plus for environmental sustainability as long as the wood is properly refinished and sealed and natural finishes, such as milk paint, are used for the new finish."...read more
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