Barnwood Furniture

  • Two's Company

    Reclaimed Heritage Double Sink Barn Wood Vanity

    If the idea of barn wood bathroom furniture has always appealed to you, but you’re nervous about the material, usual styles or even the price, we have created something just for you! Our Reclaimed Heritage Double Sink Barn Wood Vanity combines the best of all worlds with incredible timeless style, traditional craftsmanship and so much practicality all working together to create a must-have bathroom addition, but don’t just take our word for it,

     “Our Reclaimed Heritage Double Sink Wood Vanity was absolutely more than what we expected. Not only is it a thing of beauty, my husband who also is a craftsman was blown away with the quality of workmanship.”

    It doesn’t get any better than this, in terms of verified customer reviews, but indulge us for just a moment, while we tell you all about this special piece of furniture.

    We designed our reclaimed wood vanity as an homage to the hard-working farmers, crofters and ranchers that made America what it is today. Using the materials that the earth gave them, these pioneers transformed their houses into homes that offered practicality and comfort and it’s time we got back to some of these traditional values, don’t you think? With this firmly in mind, we went to town on the small but meaningful details.

    We use genuine repurposed timber for our reclaimed barn wood vanity. Some competitors might be happy to try and fool you by using less than vintage wood, but we always select the best, strongest and more heritage-imbued timber for our pieces, with a minimum of 100 years in the fibers. We then consider all the smaller and more functional elements, to ensure perfect cohesion and usability.

    We could have been lazy with the fastenings and fixings, but that’s not us, which is why you’ll find perfectly forged metal slide door latches and strap drawer handles but take a close look at the door hinges and you’ll see something special. REAL WOOD!  No modern, cheap alloy hinges here, we have instead given our craftspeople the opportunity to flex their skills and create something more in-keeping with the material being showcased. But enough of these small intricacies, because we know that what you’re really interested in is the double-sink design!

    Double sink wood vanity units are not the norm. Let’s just get that out of the way. The reason is that they take care and skill to build, as well as a genuinely talented eye for matching up sanitary ware with incredible barn wood and, frankly, not everyone has it. Now is not the time to be humble, so we are going to admit that we DO have the eye for this and that’s why our double sink design here is so spectacular, as is our determination to accommodate any and all bathroom dimensions. Simply use our series of drop down boxes to select the perfect size, orientation, sink and even coordinating pieces. It couldn’t be simpler or more satisfying.

    Oh wait, it could be more pleasurable, if say we shipped your new vanity unit for free, within the contiguous 48 states, and gave you a free LIFETIME WARRANTY! It’s a good job we have two sinks here, as we need to splash some cool water on our faces now!

  • Cutting No Corners

    Barnwood Octagon Dining Table with Pedestal Base

    There’s an old joke that says when you try to make a square table but cut too many corners, you end up with an octagonal top and it’s pretty funny, apart from the fact that creating a beautifully shaped octagon dining table is no easy feat! Also, when we make a square table, we make a PERFECT square table!

    One shape doesn’t fit everyone or every home, so while a square or rectangular dining table might be slightly more the norm, we are always keen to think outside the box. That’s why we have created this - our stunning Barnwood Octagon Dining Table with Pedestal Base. It’s a devilishly rich, eye-catching and impressive piece of furniture that demands your attention, while also being a practical choice, thanks to the sheer sturdiness of the solid pedestal base. With just one central support, it is also more comfortable for multiple diners who don’t want to fight for leg space!

    So, why a barn wood dining table? Why not! Reclaimed barn wood is rich with heritage, history and makes for a sustainable choice, whether you are looking for a pub, bar or dining height design, all of which are on offer here. There are also no size limitations, even when working with older material. That’s because our team of expert craftsmen are experienced in sourcing, selecting and working with timber that carries at least 100 years of history in its grain. No matter what size of table you are looking for, we will be able to source the perfect piece of wood for you and complete your project to the utmost standards. YOUR standards. A reclaimed wood table purchase should never be dependent on the timber already available and if it is, then you need to come and speak to us! Custom work is never a problem and the trickier your requirements, the more we look to rise to the occasion!

    Speaking of customization, if you would prefer this table with a round top…no problem! Just ask. It’s all very well creating an expandable wood table that can cater to a myriad of size requirements, but of the top isn’t quite what you had in mind, it isn’t right. We know that pedestal dining table designs often come with a circular top, so if that’s what you’d prefer, but in the inimitable style shown here, then we are happy to oblige.

    We just have one more element to point out and that’s our lifetime warranty that comes as standard with this design, as well as free shipping within the contiguous 48 states. We stand by our artisans, their knowledge and our own designs, so see no reason for you to feel any concern at all. Take a full warranty on us and don’t snooze on our reviews either. We have a verified review for this very item, on our product page, so be sure to take a look and see what other customers think. We think it will tell you everything you need to know about our service quality and craftsmanship standards.

  • Good Taste Never Goes Out Of Style

    For a barnwood dining table with a rustic flavour, our Timber Frame Support Dining Table is impossible to ignore.  From the chunky proportions to the fully customizable dimensions, everything about this piece has been designed with you and your timeless taste in mind.

    A real talking point

    Have you ever seen a piece of furniture in person and found yourself drawn to it? Perhaps wanting to reach out and touch it, before asking more about where it came from? That’s exactly how anybody seeing your reclaimed barnwood table will feel.

    Delicately etched with 100's of years of American history, every timber has been selected for its stance and aesthetic appeal, before being brought together into a large statement table. We always choose the most structurally sound and appropriate reclaimed timber pieces for our exclusive designs. There is nothing sub-par or ‘pre-loved’ about barnwood, it is simply a beautiful material that has proven itself to be of the highest quality and ingrained with the most character.

    The top, gargantuan in both impression and gorgeousness, floats effortlessly on top of a simple wooden frame that speaks of a time gone by, when artisans knew the value of their skills and wanted to showcase them.

    Pride in our work

    We’re keen to return to an appreciation for craftsmanship, which is why each of our re-purposed wood tables are made to order, especially for you. Because nothing is ‘stock’ to us, we encourage you to consider being a little pickier and asking about a custom size, as it certainly won’t be too much trouble for us. If just a few inches could make all the difference between a handsome table and one that you cannot believe is yours, it would be silly not to take advantage of our workshop magicians.

    We make furniture for you, that’s our driving force. Whether you’re after a western style dining table, rustic coffee tables, real log vanity units or a reclaimed wood dining table, we are here to make your dreams come true and all from our USA workshops. Domestic production is something we are exceptionally proud to be championing, so we never cut corners during the design, manufacture or shipping of your once-in-a-lifetime investment.

    Your table, your choice

    As we’ve said, we make to order and customization is our specialty, so why not think a little more outside the box? You might look and the steadfast and sturdy design of this wonderful table and think there is little room for adaptation, but you can opt for an extending version, adding two 18” leaves. Add this to whatever size you want the main installation to be and you could find yourself capable of hosting banquets, never mind cozy family dinners!

    Finished by hand, to ensure a smooth, tactile piece of furniture that not only cries out to be used, but also loved and maintained, we know that you’ll fall in love with the  Timber Frame Support Dining Table during your first meal, if not when it is being unloaded at your home!

  • What is Barnwood Furniture

    Barn wood or barnwood furniture utilizes wood that has been re-purposed from an actual barn. Proponents of barn wood furniture enjoy the natural, weathered look and feel of the wood; moreover, they have an appreciation for its historical context. Shoppers beware! A lot of big box stores will market their products as “Barn Wood Furniture” at huge markdowns; don’t be fooled by this. They may have a “barn wood” style but are not selling authentic barn wood. The reality is, these pieces can be pricey due to the fact that reclaimed barnwood is a limited resource, but largely because it’s extremely expensive to harvest.

    Barnwood furniture pays homage to Americana

    If a list were to be made on the top ten items that symbolize Americana, barns would have to be near the top.  Barns were being built by the earliest of American settlers.  Barns were around when the ideas and principals for a free and independent country were being discussed; they were around through civil wars; they were around during dust bowls and depressions; they were around through the industrial revolution, and they are around and thriving in the twenty-first century.

    Old American Heritage Barn

    According to the USDA the number of farms peaked in 1930 with approximately 6.3 million farms in the United States.  Every farm had some type of barn used to protect livestock, equipment or hay.  These barns were made from easily accessible local trees.  The wood used for barns was primarily pine, spruce, oak, fir, and hemlock.  Farmers preferred pine as the wood was prevalent, quick to air dry, lighter in weight, and easy to cut.  You can find barns made from just about every species of wood, but the vast majority were made from pine.  Farmers often painted the barn in an attempt to protect the wood from the elements. After the initial painting, barns were usually left to endure the wrath of year-round, daily sun, rain, snow and wind.  Most barns eventually took on a silver-gray appearance as the paint slowly faded away.  The wood became textured and weathered.  Farmers cared little about aesthetics, and why would they?  They were utilitarian at the core and everything was about function, efficiency and survival.  Barns were a means of survival for both the family and the cattle that fed them.   Inside the barns, farmers used every square inch as there was never enough space.  Support beams were littered with nails and spikes holding tools of the trade.

    The daily use of the wood by farmers, coupled with the slow, methodical weathering by Mother Nature, gave the wood a warm and weathered texture.  As modern barns were now being constructed with sheet metal, older wooden barns were destined to slowly decay and fade away.  All across the Midwest tens-of-thousands of barns can be seen fighting to stay erect and relevant.

    Get the Best Barn Wood Furniture from Woodland Creek

    Approximately twenty years ago a client asked us to build his family two vanities for their new summer cottage.  During a brainstorming meeting on design, the customer said he wanted something rustic, but was hoping we had some ideas for something slightly more refined than the traditional log vanities we had on display.  We discussed cabinetry made from hickory, pine, cedar and other traditional woods used at the time, and it could be seen the customer wanted something different.  A promise was made to think and research other woods and to revisit the topic again the following week when they next visited. A few days later, Woodland Creek’s founder, Robert Evina, was driving to see a wood supplier on the northeast side of the state of Michigan (specifically the area between Mio and Glennie).  On certain roads in this part of the state, it is not uncommon to drive for 15-30 miles and not see another vehicle.  On one of these less driven roads, there was a barn that was half-standing.  A storm must have taken down part of the barn. Robert stopped his truck and walked into the field and up to the barn.  The wood was solid, but heavily weathered.  His immediate thoughts turned to how this wood might look if lightly sanded and sprayed with a finish.  All the wood used for furniture up to this point was newly cut and smooth.  A farmhouse nearby proved to be the owners of the barn.  Robert asked if he could take a few boards and experiment with the wood to see if it could be used for furniture.  The owners were happy to grant permission as they said they looked at the barn daily and wished there was a way to use or preserve this once important piece of the family farm.

    The wood was laid on a table in Woodland Creek’s workshop and as expected some of the woodworkers had negative thoughts on using barn wood for furniture.  The boards were cut into smaller pieces and experimentation began.  Some pieces were heavily sanded while others received varying degrees of sanding.  Some pieces were sprayed with a clear lacquer and others were given a stain to see how it would react.  Hours and hours were spent experimenting to find the best finishing techniques.  Early samples were inconsistent. Some samples would turn out aesthetically appealing while other parts of the same board using the same techniques turned out blotchy.  This did not make sense.  It was later realized that some boards were subjected to a steady drip of a leaking part of the barn and a different part of the board had never been touched by water.  After countless hours and days, a finishing technique was developed.  The barnwood boards were beautiful and aesthetically appealing.

    The finishing technique is one of the main reasons Woodland Creek’s barnwood furniture looks so much different from competitor’s.  Low grade barnwood furniture appears blotchy and mottled.  Woodland Creek’s barnwood furniture has just the right balance; it holds the weathered charm of aged wood, yet it is refined and soft to the touch.

    Barnwood vanities were made for the customer and compliments soon followed. This customer and the owner of Woodland Creek became friends and remain in touch.  The vanities are almost twenty years old and still look great.  This is also an advantage of barnwood furniture.  It literally gets better looking with time. It is easy to touch up and daily use only adds to the “weathered” character.

    Woodland Creek makes some of its own barnwood furniture, and we also work with other companies that share the same commitment to high quality furniture and unique designs.  Finishing techniques have been shared so we consider these smaller, specialty manufactures part of the Woodland Creek family as we have been working together for almost eighteen years.

    Antique Barns

    Early Mistakes

    If you look at wood under a microscope, you will see that its cells resemble and hold water much like a sponge.  A common misconception is that barn wood has been air dried for decades and is immediately ready for use in furniture. Newcomers to our industry do not have twenty years’ experience and know the right way to season barnwood and get it ready for use in furniture.  One of the first mistakes they make is gluing barnwood boards together.  Barnwood is subjected to large swings of moisture in the air. During the humid summers, those cells in the wood will absorb water and expand, and during the cold winters those same cells will give up their water and contract.  Wood adjusts to the climate and will continue to do so inside a home.  Yes, the variation of humidity is less inside a home, but none the less it will expand and contract with the change of season.  Glued up barnwood has a high chance of cracking over time.  Woodland Creek’s barnwood furniture has a proprietary, engineered top that subtly adjusts to the varying humidity levels and rarely has issues.  With over 100,000 pieces of barnwood furniture sold over the past eighteen years, we have only seen a few tops that needed to be repaired.  We are quite confident in saying that we know our competitors are manufacturing and selling barnwood furniture that has a 10% to 15% chance of developing large cracks that will make the furniture unattractive and in some cases unusable.  We know this because we used these same woodworking techniques eighteen years ago; we were forced to find a better way.

    In conclusion, Woodland Creek Furniture feels it offers the highest quality barn wood furniture available in the marketplace.  Yes, there is always less expensive options, and we know how to make less expensive barnwood furniture; we choose not to. We choose to offer the best quality at a fair price and develop trust with our clients.

    On Woodland Creek Furniture’s web site you will see a large selection of barnwood dining tables, barnwood coffee tables, barnwood sofa tables, barnwood end tables, barnwood beds and barnwood lighting.  Woodland Creek is constantly adding new designs so please check back with us as we are committed to be the premier barnwood furniture resource in the country.

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