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Reclaimed Pine Flooring

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 10 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
Reclaimed Pine Flooring

Reclaimed pine is possibly the easiest kind of second-hand wooden flooring to find. From skips and household recycling centres through to builders’ yards and salvage centres, you’ll see it piled up, having been ripped out of homes, warehouses and industrial buildings.

These days, however, as reclamation becomes trendier and recycling more important, pine boards are not discarded as they once were.

People have come to realise that with a little care and attention they can often be given a new lease of life and, in many cases, be transformed into a beautiful floor that will really enhance a home.

Where to Look for Reclaimed Pine

There are all sorts of ways of tracking down reclaimed pine. It is always worth trying salvage centres, reclamation yards and flooring specialists. If possible, try to get down there yourself to make sure the boards are the width and quality you are looking for. Also make sure the dealer has enough boards for your space. The last thing you want is to have to create a hotchpotch look by adding in pieces that don’t really fit.

You could also try looking on the Internet. Auction websites will often open bidding on job lots of reclaimed pine boards. Or you might find someone selling them privately on line.

Another possibility is to build good relationships with local builders. Remember these are the people who will be ripping old wooden floors out of houses they are doing up. You never know, it might be easier for a builder or householder to simply give you their old floor rather than having to go to all the trouble of getting rid of it or selling it.

Consider What You Want

Before you order or pick up your reclaimed boards, give some thought to exactly what you are looking for. First of all think about how long you need your boards to be. Do you have a large, open plan room that would look really striking with long boards? Or are you thinking of flooring a hall, landing or corridor that could also benefit from long pieces?

Perhaps you have a small space or an awkward room, and shorter lengths would really be better. Similarly, don’t forget to consider width. Do you want a chunky, rustic look? Or would a slimmer, more elegant style work better?

A New Look with Reclaimed Pine

Remember, reclaimed pine can transform the look of your home. Once laid, you will probably need to sand it down and then think about the Finish you want your floor to have. A clear varnish will really bring out the warm, golden shades of the natural wood. Or you could choose a varnish with a tint - one to create an antique wood look or to bring in a darker colour to match your scheme.Wax can also work well on reclaimed pine. Rubbing it in is hard work but you will probably find the results are well worth it.

Don’t forget you can Paint or Colour Wash reclaimed pine too. While many people feel it is a shame to hide the beautiful hues of the natural wood, there are others who like the white, grainy “New England” style you can bring to a space by taking a paint brush to the boards to give your reclaimed floor a truly new look.

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