Reclaimed Wood Furniture

  • Great Ideas for Reclaimed Wood

    Reclaimed wood is a special material. Carrying generations of history in its grain, it resonates the kind of charm! This charm is simply impossible to replicate through manmade patina, but how can you use it?

    If you’ve thought about introducing reclaimed wood into your interior design scheme. You need to make sure that you tread carefully. Use too much of it and your home will begin to look gimmicky. However, only introduce one item and it might look out of place. Here are a few easy ideas for adding reclaimed wood to your home, today.

    1. Leave Reclaimed Wood to the expertsa reclaimed wood bar

    Firstly, let’s take a minute to acknowledge that not everybody is a carpenter! As such, it can be better to buy a gorgeous reclaimed wood furniture item from a reputable workshop. You should be able to ask questions about the age of the wood and arrange for any bespoke requirements too. Our selection of genuine reclaimed barn wood furniture caters for all tastes and needs. 

    2. Make sympathetic house repairs with Reclaimed wood 

    If you’re renovating a house, using reclaimed wood can be a fabulous way to respect the property and add in some tangible history too. Replace rotten beams with old but good condition substitutions and you’ll get character, as well as a sense of satisfaction from saving historical materials from the scrap pile and being more eco-friendly.

    3. Add shelving to your space

    Thanks to the strength of reclaimed wood, it makes excellent shelves and can be easy to transform. Either ask a local sawmill to cut your timber into manageable planks, ready to hang on your walls! Or, think about metal braces that will allow you to affix chunkier slabs to your walls for a striking rustic aesthetic. 

    4. Create a custom house sign

    A nice easy little DIY project would be to use reclaimed wood to mount a house number or name. Thus creating something totally bespoke to your home. Simple metal numbers fixed to a reclaimed plank would look amazing, especially if you brought in a contemporary twist, by making the orientation portrait. 

    5. Show your garden some love with Reclaimed wood Reclaimed wood furnitrue

    Those charming wooden box planters are a cinch to make and if you have some reclaimed timber to put to good use, the end result will be spectacular. You won’t even need to worry about creating a smooth finish, as they will be outside and the elements will take care of that for you! Just be sure to leave holes for drainage and plant something amazing.

    6. Let your creativity flow

    Some reclaimed wood is so beautiful that it looks like art in its own right. Why not actually make it art then? Using a chop saw, you can easily cut up your timber into interesting mosaic shapes, to mount directly to your wall like a wooden jigsaw. The variations in tone, patina and even saw marks will all add to the finished effect. This is one of the easiest and most free-flowing DIY ideas around!

    7. Try interior cladding

    Not for the fainthearted, interior wall cladding is a stunning rustic design feature that instantly ups the glamor and opulence of a space. Using reclaimed timber to clad an entire feature wall would make for a really unusual but gorgeous idea and we think it would be incredible in a master bedroom. 

    So, how are you going to introduce reclaimed timber into your home?

  • Rustic Barnwood Bed for Your Bedroom

    Link to the barnwood horse panel bed Barnwood Bed with Metal Horse Art

    Bold barnwood bed design for your Bedroom

    This one goes out to all the equestrian fanatics. We see you and appreciate you! Also, we know that a lot of you would love to be able to treat yourselves to a solid wood horse bed and now, you can.

    We know that a rustic horse bed might sound a little odd to some of you out there! However, bear with us and you’ll soon be wondering if you have space for one too! The problem with themed beds is that if you go too over the top, the underlying message and beauty will be lost! On the other hand, go too subtle and it won’t please the true devotees. We languished over our barnwood bed with metal horse art and we think we have struck the ideal balance.

    link to the barnwood bed Barnwood Bed with Metal Horse Art

    The frame has been constructed from genuine reclaimed barnwood. Adding an extra level of significance to the design, this antique timber most likely came from outbuildings used to keep horses. It also brings a little of that frontier charm into play as well, don’t you think? We couldn’t build a wild horse bed and make it out of new, smooth timber, could we? What an odd match that would have been. The side rails have been constructed from newer material! Although, it is expertly aged and stained to blend in with the rest of your wood seamlessly. We needed to be sure that we were giving you the maximum bed strength possible — for many years of happy use — and think this was a compromise worth making.

    Beautiful Design for a Western Style

    We knew that stallion bedroom furniture needed a touch of the wild west about it! Which is why we also included hitching rings on the outer corners of the frame. Everything ties in, but nothing takes the theme too far.  But can we take a minute over the phenomenal headboard?

    A beautifully romantic depiction of a stallion and mare proudly standing side by side. The image is crafted from hand-hammered copper. Skill of this level is not easy to find! However, we have been blessed with a number of talented artisans that call Woodland Creek Furniture their home. When we started thinking about creating custom horse furniture, we knew we hand everybody we needed to bring our vision to life and they did not disappoint!

    The design has a flow and movement about it, with the rich color of the copper blending with the reclaimed barn wood beautifully. It’s not easy to overshadow aged timber from heritage American buildings, but the headboard manages it.

    Available in full, queen or eastern king size, there are plenty of options here! However, we are always happy to discuss custom projects too. Get in touch if you have different dimensions to work with or a specific request for the horse design, as we always relish the chance to build on one of our existing designs, to create something unique and utterly personal for our clients. We’ll still ship for free*, even if we are making something out of the ordinary! Also, you’ll get a year’s warranty too.

  • Contemporary Bar & Pub Tables

    link to asian walnut pub table Refined Rustic Pub Table - Asian Walnut Top - No Stainless Steel Trim
    Link to Contemporary Pub Table Refined Rustic Pub Table - Asian Walnut Top - Stainless Steel Trim

    Make ours a double!

    These are the words you’ll inevitably be shouting, once you’ve taken delivery of your first Refined Rustic pub table from us here at Woodland Creek Furniture! A stunning combination of clean lines, contemporary design accents and rich, luxurious solid wood,

    If you’ve been considering creating a stylish home bar area, we think these might just be the contemporary bar & pub tables that make your mind up for you. as it ticks every box imaginable! For a space that’s more chic wine bar in ambience than rough-and-ready sports bar, you have to focus on getting your furniture right and we don’t think there are many modern pub table designs out there, that also have a rustic element running through them, quite like ours.

     Sit up and take notice

    Sitting at 42” high and 36” square, you’ll get all the glamor of a high table, but without the need for teetering stools. These dimensions are ideal for easy conversations, as well as genial card games, should the mood strike. Moreover, let’s not forget the all-important aspect of minimizing the potential for smashed glassware, should an accident occur. This is how much consideration goes into every single design that we offer you. Furthermore, that’s before we even get to the gorgeous aesthetics!

    A chic pub table might sound like a simple idea. However, remember that we wanted this piece to be something that stops your guests in their tracks. We wanted to bring together a slew of stunning materials, design features and optional extras. These options would result in the perfect modern rustic bar table for any stylish home. Traditionally, custom modern bar furniture has always come with a suitably large price tag, but we wanted to bring together great value for you, with our unerring commitment to quality, while not skimping on your choices and we have managed it.

    Plenty of choice

    Link to a refined rustic bar table Refined Rustic Pub Table - Reclaimed Wood Top - No Stainless Steel Trim

    What should contemporary bar & pub tables include? A modern shape, unfussy details and maybe some eye-catching trim? You can have as much or as little of these as you like, thanks to our easy customization process.

    Your base will be a deliciously dark mahogany, trimmed with stainless steel. This is the ideal support for your choice of top, with Asian Walnut or reclaimed timber on offer. Before you wonder – yes, our reclaimed wood is genuine! We select only the best timber with a demonstrable history, as there simply isn’t any other way to get the beautiful weathering that age brings. If you like a sleeker aesthetic, the Asian Walnut will be ideal for you.

    Finally, will you opt for the stainless steel flash, running around the outside of the table top and adding just a little bling and contrast? The choice is entirely yours and we charge a nominal amount to add it for you.

    Whether you’re looking for a modern rustic or sleek contemporary finish. This pub table is able to adapt to your needs, without losing any of the original charm and elegance or our exacting design brief. One thing is certain though – one drink will never be enough on this fabulous piece of furniture!

  • Rustic Wood Coffee Tables All Ways

    link to the rustic wood coffee table Birchmere Coffee Table w/ Free Form Black Walnut Top

    But first… rustic wood coffee tables heaven!

    It’s a sad thought, but so many people just assume that rustic wood coffee tables are a practical addition to a sitting room and nothing more. That’s why they can be small, hidden out of sight or simply tucked away in a corner. However, we do not agree!

    We firmly believe that every single piece of furniture that you invest in should not only be built specifically for you, they should all fulfil a purpose AND look incredible too. What’s more, we make this belief a reality, particularly with our extensive range of coffee tables. Few designs exemplify our multifaceted approach to furniture design quite like our Birchmere coffee table, so come with us now as we explain exactly why this stunning piece of solid wood furniture is exactly what your home needs.

    Forget what you know!

    You might have an inkling about reclaimed wood furniture. You might even have some thoughts about what live edge coffee tables generally look like, but we are here today to blow all of your expectations out of the water.

    Part of a wider collection inspired by the famous Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria. These rustic wood coffee tables offers a piquant blend of heritage, natural and modern tropes, all coming together in perfect harmony and what’s more, you can compose the table of your dreams.

    Unlike so many real wood furniture makers, we encourage you to jump in and enjoy some of the design process. After all, the finished product will be living in your home, not our showroom, so it needs to be to your taste and specifications. With the Birchmere coffee table, we give you a few options to choose from, to ensure your new addition will seamlessly integrate into your existing décor scheme.

    link to rustic wood coffee tables Birchmere Coffee Table w/ Waterfall Black Walnut Top
    line to the rustic wood coffee tables Birchmere Coffee Table w/ Waterfall Barn Wood Top

    We start with chunky, sturdy and stoic square log bases, each expertly wrapped with poplar bark, for a tactile yet organic and rustic vibe. From here, you can select from a number of different tops. A black walnut coffee table never goes unnoticed, but will you choose the free form live edge option, or the more linear waterfall style? If black walnut isn’t quite right for you, we also offer a waterfall barn wood style, effortlessly marrying two different rustic styles together, to form one incredible piece of furniture that will never be pushed out of sight.

    The fine details

    Stretching out to 56” wide, you’ll have plenty of real estate for keeping all those easy-to-lose living room essential in check, such as remote controls and coasters. Plus, standing at 20” high, you won’t feel as though you are having to peer over a dining table, as you relax on the couch. We’ve taken the time to hone the ideal dimensions for a useful but unobtrusive coffee table, but as you should already know, nothing is too much trouble for our customers.

    If you love the Birchmere but you’re desperate for a different size, simply get in touch and we can talk about a custom piece.  You can rest easy that even if a bespoke item is a better fit for you, you’ll still be able to enjoy free shipping, plus a full year’s warranty.

  • Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture

    link to the vintage barn wood dresser Vintage Americana Barn Wood Six Drawer Dresser

    Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture To Dream About

    Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture is enough to set the tone for any home. We’ve made no secret of the fact that we love reclaimed timber. However, did you know that we love to see how we can push the limit of what we can create with it? Sure, decorative elements are easy enough, but when it comes to putting historic wood into structural storage items, that takes a special level of expertise. We like to think we are the experts in this field, and we are going to prove it today, by introducing our Vintage Colors Barnwood Dresser and matching mirror.

    We know what you’re thinking and no, this is not just any vintage wood dresser! This is a reclaimed wood dresser that has been lovingly crafted from an incomparable mix of heritage timber and hand forged metal. We have brought together the essence of the Midwest with amazing artistry, while never losing sight of what’s really important – your storage needs. It’s fair to say that we are very proud of this piece.

    The Following Elements make up these Beautiful Pieces

    That gorgeous wood – In every nuance and mark on the reclaimed timber that we use, you can see over a century of American history. That’s not artisan speak for ‘tatty’ by the way, we mean that every nail and saw mark tells a story and adds to the ambience that your dresser exudes.

    Our choice of colors – We could have gone crazy here, but we wanted to keep within the spectrum of the woods that we put to such good use. Deep, rich and organic hues were the key, adding just enough contrast and coordination to turn an already beautiful dresser into something that everybody covets.

    Extra artisan touches – With repurposed wood furniture, it seems as though some other designers get a little lazy and rely just on the wood itself to make their pieces stand out. We don’t do that here at Woodland Creek, as we are always trying to amplify the natural good looks of our materials and here, we’ve chosen to add in hand forged metal drawer handles. Playing on the old world feel of the overall design, we think this extra touch adds not only something aesthetic but also eminent practicality. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the design mimics horseshoes, for a further nod to the Midwest.

    Restore Your Bedroom in Style

    With six large drawers in place, you won’t need to worry about running out of space for all your belongings. You might fancy adding a matching nightstand to complete the old wood bedroom furniture look. Can we also recommend a mirror? It is the perfect accompaniment that requires no extra floor space to be sacrificed. The mirror will pull a whole theme together with ease and we can ship your two pieces together, taking full advantage of our free shipping within the USA.

    If you think it can’t get any better than a stunning storage dresser and matching mirror, crafted from reclaimed timber and with American heritage coursing through it, how about we add a lifetime warranty as well? That’s the Woodland Creek difference!

    link to Reclaimed Barnwood Bedroom Furniture Vintage Americana Barn Wood End Table
  • Two's Company

    Link to the Reclaimed barn wood vanity 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 surely 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. However, indulge us for just a moment, while we tell you all about this special piece of furniture.

    A Reclaimed Barn Wood Vanity Homage

    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. However, 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. However, that’s not us, which is why you’ll find perfectly forged metal slide door latches and strap drawer handles. Although, if  you 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!

    Not the Norm

    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. Frankly, not everyone has that. Now is not the time to be humble, so we are going to admit that we DO have the eye for this! 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!

  • Great Design Comes Full Circle

    link to the round coffee table Round Rustic Chic Coffee Table
    link to the rustic round coffee table Round Rustic Chic Coffee Table

    And now for something completely different! If we were to ask you to picture a reclaimed wood coffee table, what image would spring into your mind? Something gorgeous, of course, but is it rectangular or square? Yes it is, because that’s the norm! How about we break out of the mold for just a minute and introduce you to our ultimate modern rustic coffee table? A design so stunning, bold and surprisingly practical that you’ll wonder how you’ve lived this long without it? Well here it is folks…the Round Rustic Chic Coffee Table!

    A beautiful Round Rustic Coffee Table!

    Just from a purely aesthetic standpoint, this organic round coffee table is sublime. Made from perfectly aligned segments that create a kaleidoscopic top design. This drum style coffee table ticks every box imaginable and what’s more, is made from genuine reclaimed timber, meaning that while the shape is infinitely modern, there is a swathe of USA heritage built in.

     The motivation for this design was a desire to flex our creativity and to extend our reach into the contemporary rustic living room furniture market. We didn’t want to stray into novelty design territory though, so we have kept the finish understated and elegant. We have even kept the extra storage so sleek that you wouldn’t know it’s there, unless you were told! So, let us reveal it to you now. While the surface area on the top of the table here is generous enough to handle all of your requirements, whichever of our four standard sizes you opt for. We have also included a large pull-out drawer. The full height of the table itself, this drawer is indistinguishable from the solid walls of the piece but opens up to offer a gargantuan amount of bonus storage, without any fussy handles or shelves. Just when you think that the gorgeous reclaimed wood and sectional top were the most fabulous parts of the design. The drawer comes from nowhere and makes this a must-have item for your living room!

    Made to Order!

    If you’re all but sold on this incredible item, but none of our sizes are quite right for your living room, get in touch. Our craftsmen build every item to order and we relish the chance to take one of our existing styles and perfect it, just for you. We have a long history of personalizing our creations, which is why our reviews are so spectacularly positive. ‘Good enough’ isn’t a standard we work to, so give us the chance to turn an ‘almost’ into a ‘spot on’.

    We ship this item free of charge, within the contiguous 48 states! It comes with a full year’s warranty, for your peace of mind. Whether you’re choosing a regular size or something more bespoke, we believe that your shopping experience should be as easy and transparent as possible. Which is why we make it as simple as a few clicks and then we take care of the rest.

    Designer furniture, built by talented artisans, that you’ll love for a lifetime really can be bought online, for a great price. Just you wait and see!

  • Designed To Help You Unwind

    Plenty of furniture claims to help you relax and unwind! However, we think we might have one of the few pieces guaranteed to make good on that promise! This piece of furniture is in the form of our Denver Copper Bar.

    Home bars can be notoriously difficult to get right. You want to strike the right balance between attractive liquor storage, authentic bar feel and something that can look handsome and not out of place in your home too. It’s a tough list of requirements to fulfill, but our reclaimed wood copper bar ticks every box.

    link to the copper bar

    A Copper Bar Look You’ll Love

    Just look at this old world copper bar! Seriously, this is definitely going to be a place where everybody knows your name! Because, you’ll never want to leave it and if it’s in your house, you don’t need to.

    We really took our time with this design. Not only did we want to account for all the necessities listed above. We also wanted to create something that would remain timeless forever, hold distinctive charm and exude undeniable character out into whichever room it is placed in. The result is a Spanish style copper bar that sees beautiful materials working harmoniously, not competing with each other, to garner your attention.

    Link to the denver copper bar

    Carefully Considered Details

    We were careful not to design a boxy piece of furniture with no special touches here! However it’s hard to pick a favorite design element! A strong contender has to be the ornate front hooks and footrest installation. Which adds in a touch of traditional bar aesthetics but also some practicality. It also naturally draws the eyes up and towards that gleaming countertop, but the real flair is found on the server’s side.

    Large storage cabinets, thoughtful small drawers for fiddly items such as cocktail stirrers and corkscrews and a large preparation surface. All complete with riveted details and glimmering metal accents make playing the host nothing short of a pleasure behind this recycled copper bar. We take our time finishing this piece, asking for up to 14 weeks from point of ordering. So that when it arrives, free of charge in the contiguous states, you simply have to place it and get the party started. You won’t need to finish or worry about the details here, as we’ll take care of everything. All you need to do is ensure that you have a few bottles of your favorite tipple ready to stock the cabinets with.

    A Beautiful fit for a Game Room

    Our solid wood copper bar has been designed to withstand regular use, so place in a man cave or even a game room, complete with a stylish pool table perhaps, and make the most of it. Built from strong American timber, it is ready to be the centerpiece in countless memories to come. If you need any more persuading, just imagine the first family Christmas spent making snowballs and bucks fizz. Talk about a jolly holiday!

    You can spread the cost of a stunning home bar with our partner, Bread. Making financing easy, transparent and penalty-free is in their DNA, just as making the furniture of your dreams is in ours.

  • Barn Wood Furniture Pieces to Transform Your Home

    In today’s design world, there is a strong shifting trend from the manufactured, mass produced, factory furniture. This shift is towards a custom, handmade, rustic look. Woodland Creek stands out from the rest with their handmade, custom barn wood furniture. All of their furniture is made from wood that is reclaimed from barns! These barns are between 100 and 150 years old. This gives each piece a unique look. Because, each piece of wood is hand selected to ensure that the patinas of the weathered wood are a similar color. If you are looking to transform your home into a country cabin, modern farmhouse, or just add some warmth to your space with wood accents. Woodland Creek has something for you. These five pieces are sure to transform your home into the rustic home of your dreams.

    #1 BEAUTIFUL BARN WOOD STORAGE

    Barnwood Blanket Chest

    Our first piece to transform your home today focuses on storage. Everyone is always looking for a way to maximize their storage and what better way than with the Rustic Barnwood Blanket Chest? This piece fits perfectly at the end of your bed to fit your extra blankets and the afghans grandma crocheted. It comes in three different sizes (48 in, 60 in, and 72in) to customize and fit your bedroom needs. Also, this can be placed in a living room to store your extra throw pillows, lap blankets, or extra board games. Its light barnwood color fits in any space and can brighten up a room.

    #2 CONVERSATION STARTING BARN WOOD COFFEE TABLES

    Showing a Barn Wood Coffee Table Copper Canyon Coffee Table

    Our second piece to transform your home today is sure to brighten up your living room. This piece is the Copper Canyon Coffee Table. This beautifully handmade coffee table has many different shades of vibrant barnwood that gives it its unique character and style. In addition, there is a strip of bright copper that brightens up the center of the table top. This strip would add a unique accent to your room, or perfectly pick up your existing copper accents. If copper is not already a part of your style, there is an option to get this table without the copper inlay! So, you can still enjoy the beautiful handcrafted natural beauty of the table to fit any style of room.

    #3 ACCENTUATE YOUR STYLE WITH A BARN WOOD SOFA TABLE

    Link to a barn wood sofa table Barnwood Beam Sofa Table

    Staying in the living room this time, our next piece to transform your home today is the Barnwood Beam Sofa Table. This beautiful table is one of our designs that comes custom made to order! Therefore, it can fit any of your living room styles from country, to mountain, to ranch style homes. This beautiful table has a unique look that will add to your homes warmth and inviting nature. The table top is made from old barnwood with rough sawn markings. These markings add character to any home and would catch the eye of any guest.

    #4 CREATE A PLACE TO ENTERTAIN WITH A BARN WOOD BAR

    Link to Copper Canyon Bar Copper Canyon Bar

    Our fourth piece is a beautiful compliment piece to our Copper Canyon Coffee Table. This piece is the Copper Canyon Bar. This piece would go perfect in your den, dining room, kitchen, or edge of your living room. Just like the Copper Canyon Coffee Table, there is a beautiful strip of copper inlaid in the top! As well as, copper accents on the front of the drawers and a copper bar to rest your feet on. While you are standing and talking with your company.

    This bar has storage for up to 15 wine bottles, as well as shelves for glasses or other liquor. In addition, there are three drawers to store all of your serving tools. Tools like your bottle opener, aerator, extra napkins, margarita salt, and anything else you need. This piece is just as functional as it is beautiful and fits in any rustic decor. Allowing you to easily serve guests at all your parties.

    #5 TRANSFORM YOUR DINING ROOM WITH A BARN WOOD TABLE

    Link to Barn wood Dining Table Copper Canyon Dining Table

    Our final piece is finishing off in our copper theme today with the Copper Canyon Dining Table. This beautiful table will tie in perfectly with your Copper Canyon Coffee Table and Copper Canyon Bar. Just like the other two it has a stunning inlay of copper running straight down the middle of the table! This perfectly complements the many colors and character of the hand selected barn wood. This table is a rectangular table that comes in either a 7 foot long option or an 8 foot long option. The colors and character present in this table are perfect to transform your dining room into a space you are proud to gather your family and friends around.

    All of these pieces are hand built as soon as your order is placed! Also, they have the ability to be customized to fit any of your needs. If these pieces didn’t catch your eye, there is sure to be something else that fits into your rustic home over on our website at www.woodlandcreekfurniture.com. Head on over to our website, and start creating your perfect rustic decor with our lineup of hand made, custom, rustic furniture today!

  • 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. Because, barnwood is 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.  Firstly, barns were around when the ideas and principals for a free and independent country were being discussed; secondly, they were around through civil wars; thirdly, 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.

    image of an American barn 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.

    A Classic Farmer Barnwood

    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 Barnwood 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. However, they were 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! 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.

    Woodland Creek's Best

    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.

    A Timeless Finish

    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.

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    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 Mistakes!

    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. 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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