Second Chance to Shine

Filed in Design and Decor by on August 9, 2015


By Patricia Carlson


Reclaim. Repurpose. Recycle.


Whatever you choose to call lumber that’s been given a second chance to shine, there is a reason refurbished wood pieces are hugely popular.


“It’s simply because each piece has so much character,” explains Blain Mikkonen, one of the local geniuses behind Grain Designs in Fargo, a company that creates hand-made furniture and home goods made primarily from reclaimed materials. “You can’t replicate it. Each piece has its own story to tell.”


Reclaimed wood is sustainably sourced lumber that had a previous life — aside from the fact that, yes, its first life was as a tree. We’re talking about wood that comes from barns, warehouses, old homes, shelving, cabinetry. Heck, it can even be the guts of furniture or the accessory itself. Who hasn’t wanted to strip down grandma’s antique dining room table and give it a new life?


Repurposed pieces are often used as single accents to provide a focal point in a room, says Ashley Trousil, Senior Designer at Ravnik & Co. in Alexandria. “You want people’s eyes to be drawn to this interesting material, this interesting piece,” she says. “In lake homes, reclaimed lumber has a variety of uses in mantles, wood paneling, furniture or flooring because it’s the perfect customizable component in any design,” Trousil notes. “It’s fairly easy to add in as an accent wall or a furniture accessory,” she says. “It’s great for cabin owners who want a rustic, old, vintage-y feel but they don’t want to be overwhelmed by that. Reclaimed wood offers the perfect in between.”


Let’s take a look at some of our favorite recycled wood pieces.



This gorgeous midnight blue dresser and bureau combo from Eco Chic Boutique in Fargo would look smashing in a nautical themed bedroom. “What I love about repurposed furniture is that it’s usually from a time when furniture was manufactured well,” says Maria Bosak, owner of Eco Chic Boutique. “We can give it a new color or a new tone or a new life so it’s an original piece, but customers are able to pick up a piece that was built with different standards.”



Everyone will love gathering around this custom Frederick farmhouse style dining table built from reclaimed heart pine floor joists and 6×6 timbers from Grain Designs. Notice the special details like metal accents and suspended footrest beam.




Reclaimed furniture has no rules. This beauty from Eco Chic Boutique with rustic, round pull knobs would look equally well-placed as a dining room buffet, hallway storage center, or home office organizer.




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