Recycling Vintage Wood

Wood taken from old buildings can be restored for use in new homes or remodels.
kde513_2b_beams

kde513_2b_beams

Nail holes, knots, stains and grain give vintage wood its distinctive characteristics.

Nail holes, knots, stains and grain give vintage wood its distinctive characteristics.

Learn about the uses of antique wood in the kitchen from expert Alex Grabenstein of Vintage Lumber, who recovers wood from old buildings that would otherwise be burned or put into landfills and then restores it for installation in new homes or remodels.

  • Antique flooring is old lumber that is at least 40 years old. It has variations in color and distressing not found in new lumber, which makes it highly desirable.
  • Antique lumber is a costlier option for flooring because it is labor intensive. Nails must be removed from it before it is first air-dried, then kiln-dried.
  • White pine, heart pine, oak and chestnut are the most common types of antique lumber. White pine is usually recovered from beams and framing lumber and often has a lot of nail holes. It has a tighter grain, pronounced knots and lots of color. It costs around $8 per square foot.
  • Heart pine has an extremely tight grain and is very sturdy. It makes wonderful flooring. It has a deep, red color that gets redder when exposed to light. It costs around $10 per square foot.
  • Oak has varying characteristics of nail holes, knots, stains and grain. Antique oak makes a durable floor and costs around $10 per square foot.
  • Chestnut has a wide variety of color and grains. It has highly desirable worm holes and costs around $12 per square foot.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Recycled Felted Sweater Purse

Transform an old wool sweater into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind purse.

Recycling Your Christmas Tree

Gardening expert Felder Rushing gives tips on reusing Christmas trees.

Recycling Room From HGTV Dream Home 2010

Within easy reach of the kitchen, this stylish space offers smart storage solutions that minimize clutter.

Old Kitchen Cabinets

Get all the info you'll need on old kitchen cabinets, from tips on how to restore them to ways you can recycle your old cabinets.

Reclaimed-Wood Wall Shelves

Make rustic wood wall shelves in minutes from discarded pallets to keep cookbooks, dishes, bottles and other kitchen accessories within reach.

Tap Into New Kitchen Textile Options

The kitchen goes global as exotic patterns and organic, eco-friendly materials now pervade everything from potholders to place mats.

Butcher Block and Wood Countertops

Wood counters give a kitchen warmth and natural beauty.

The Totally Timeless Kitchen

Make a cook space look good forever: Paint it white and add farmhouse touches. HGTV Magazine shows you how.

5 Paint Colors, 1 Surefire Kitchen

Why do just one hue? This space from HGTV Magazine proves using a whole bunch of shades amps up the charm.

Engineered Wood Trim

Consider attractive engineered wood for its versatility and recycled content.

On TV

Fixer Upper

7am | 6c

Fixer Upper

8am | 7c

Fixer Upper

9am | 8c

Fixer Upper

10am | 9c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Beachfront Bargain Hunt

8pm | 7c

Caribbean Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Island Life

10pm | 9c

Island Life

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Caribbean Life

12am | 11c

Caribbean Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Island Life

1am | 12c

Island Life

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.