Reclaimed style more than a passing fad
We have seen how pallet furniture quickly became a global trend, and using reclaimed wood - pallets or otherwise - continues to be popular for those wanting to add a touch of rustic to modern homes.
While reclaimed furniture might not be everyone's cup of tea, there is definitely something to be said for putting items that would otherwise be thrown away to good use. Timber fencing, salvaged hardwood floors and beams, packing crates and pallets, or any reclaimed timber, can be re-purposed into practical or unique pieces for any home.
All it takes are a few basic power tools (drill / driver, jigsaw and sander) and supplies that you will find at your local Builders, as well as a bit of DIY savvy, and you can turn old wood into wonderful furniture. Sign up for a www.DIY-Divas.co.za workshop and acquire basic skills, tips an tricks to make accent pieces for your home for little or no cost.
Old wood can be beautiful no matter what the setting.
Salvaged floor planks can be used in so many ways. If you have the tools to join planks together to make wider boards, by using a Kreg Pockethole Jig or Biscuit Joiner for example, you have a wider scope of projects that can be made using planks.
Use reclaimed Oregon Pine or other hardwood floor planks to make your own unique wood furniture at a fraction of the cost to buy new. Making your own furniture using reclaimed wood also allows you to design custom pieces to fit into any space.
There are various sources for reclaimed wood; pop onto your favourite search engine, enter the search term 'reclaimed wood south africa' and you will be given pages of options to buy reclaimed wood at reasonable prices.
If you are moving into a new place and don't have the budget to buy new furniture, using reclaimed materials to make your own furniture is not difficult. You will find hundreds of ideas in our DIY and Decor sections to get you started, and plenty of tips and tricks in our DIY Tools section to help you to select the tools you will need for the projects.
Using reclaimed wood to make a dining table can save you thousands, and you have the option to leave it untreated and raw, or use a product to stain, seal or varnish.
If you haven't previously attempted a DIY project it's a good idea to start out small. A coffee or side table is an easy project and you can take your time to work out the design using whatever reclaimed wood you have.