We all know that the creative reuse of materials is one of the best ways to green a home. Not only does it keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill, but it lends a certain character and, if you're lucky, a good story. Check out how these homeowners turned reclaimed wood into custom barn doors after the jump!
As they remodel their home on Bainbridge Island, WA, designers Jason and Amy Gibson have been experimenting with different ways to inexpensively improve their space, while keeping a focus on quality and aesthetics. One recently completed project that the couple tackled is a recessed storage unit at their entry, complete with DIY sliding barn doors. During a stint of being unemployed, Jason had the opportunity to help demo a house that had partially burned. Lucky for him, he also came away with some salvageable lumber that he knew could be put to good use. Included in his loot was a stack of old 4" cedar boards that had been used as interior paneling and were in great shape. Jason and Amy decided that by using the wood for the storage doors, they would be able to create a functional solution that would also serve as an inexpensive piece of art for their main living space. After laying out the boards and mounting them on two sheets of plywood, they hung the doors on galvanized tracks that they picked up at the nearby feed store. The project cost less than $100 and due to careful planning, there was hardly any waste. Furthermore, they opted to keep all the surfaces "raw", meaning no toxic paints or sealants were used. For a little added character, they even left some of the pencil scribbles from the original contractor!
(Images: Jason Gibson, used with permission)