One of the reclaimed design elements of Grove House we have in the works, is the use of salvaged scaffolding planks. They'll be used for shelving in the kitchen pantry, library and a few other rooms and projects. The Man went with me to help select the boards. He's got the muscles to load them, and the patience to check each board for straightness.
We're having the boards wire brushed to remove most of the debris, then a coat of clear, matte sealer will be applied. In the photo below you can see the difference it makes.
The natural wood tone comes through which I think is so beautiful. I do like the gray coloring of the board before the treatment, but don't particularly like all the debris on them. We won't be sanding them down to a smooth finish, as the wire brushing leaves some of the rougher aspects of the wood...which makes the boards appear older than they are.
I was so inspired by Brooke's use of the boards in her gorgeous new home, Patina Farm that I couldn't stop thinking about them, and knew I was going to incorporate them into our build. Here are images showing how Brooke used them at Patina Farm...
Aren't they just beautiful in their simplicity? Every element of her home is superb!
On another note, the lots next to us sold and the developer took out an enormous Walnut tree...which The Man then salvaged in order to make a few tables, breadboards, spoons and such. He's such a handy guy and hates to see any waste...in other words, he's a keeper.