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What to Know Before Adding a Reclaimed-Wood Wall

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Reclaimed wood wall panels can add a touch of class to nearly any room in your home. Using reclaimed wood to create an accent in your home is a great way to step away from basic paint colors and stand out. The good news is that reclaimed wood comes in a huge range of colors and patterns, so no two reclaimed wood wall panels will ever be the same.

How Much Material Do You Need?

Reclaimed wood walls are a gorgeous accent in kitchens, dining rooms and even bedrooms. However, you will typically only want to use this material on a single wall, or a portion of a long wall to break things up. Unless you have a very large open space with high ceilings and lots of windows, you probably don't want to use reclaimed wood on every wall in a room. The accent wall should be just enough to draw the eye and add a focal point to your interior design.

How to Find Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood can be found locally or from a range of sources through the internet. The problem is that not all reclaimed wood is suitable for use in your home, and you will likely have to transport all of the wood yourself.

If you find a local source for reclaimed wood, you need to inspect the wood for bugs, nails and other defects. The wood you use for your wall will need to be straight and free of major cracks or holes. If the wood does still have nails in it, you need to plan on removing all of them on your own. If the available wood is too full of nails or damage, it may not be a good fit for your project.

Specialists like RECwood offer a variety of reclaimed wood products which have already been cleaned up and can be cut to order. They come in a range of colors from Kentucky Bourbon to Big Sky Grey, so you can get professional quality planks from a reliable source every time.

The Process

If you bought your wood from RECwood, all your wood will be ready for installation. RECwood planks are easily installable for someone with little to no experience in carpentry, and there is no need to seal or polish these planks afterwards. Learn more about how to install you wood panels here.

If you sourced your wood locally, start by sorting the good pieces from the bad. The flatter they are, the better. Then work on removing any nails or other hazards in the wood. Don't worry about small bruises or marks on the wood, as these are part of the wood's unique flavor and texture. Then you will need to sand all of the pieces down to remove any splinters or unevenness in the way the boards lay together. After the wood is thoroughly sanded, it is time to stain it. You can choose the color that will best fit the colors and decor of your room. Don't forget to seal your reclaimed wood wall panels after you are done.

Reclaimed wood wall panels allow you to bring a touch of history into any modern room. With the right tools and some patience, you can create a beautiful accent wall for your home out of scraps of wood from other renovations. Just make sure you inspect each piece of wood thoroughly before you begin working to ensure you have enough quality material to complete the job.

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