It isn't easy to find a kitchen or dining room table that is both beautiful and well-suited for your space and needs. Thank goodness for the growing cottage industry of artisans who make hand-crafted and customized tables from salvaged or reclaimed wood.
The solid wood planks are often recycled from flooring or roof joists of old buildings. They can be rough hewn for a rustic country look or smooth sanded for a more contemporary or modern look. Some of these companies also offer waxed, stained or painted finishes. One benefit of reclaimed wood is the natural patina and blemishes that occur through age and exposure to the elements, which give the tables a unique character and charm. They are durable and built to withstand even the most high-energy chef (or toddler). Whether trestle, parsons, or farmhouse style, most of these tables would be equally at home in a modern home as a more traditional one.
• 11 Scott's Rustic Furniture.
• 12 Cottage Home. These old wood tables are usually made from old pine reclaimed from old barns and buildings throughout the United States and/or Europe. Old pine is harder than new pine and normally comes from older slow growth (60-80 year) trees, which produce tighter grains compared with today’s fast growth (30 year) pine. Cottage Home's FAQ page is very helpful.
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