If you are like me, then you love the current trend of just about everything made from reclaimed or barn wood. If you are also like me, you A. Don't have reclaimed wood readily accessible and B. Are too big of a cheapskate to buy it even if you could. Don't worry, I've got a simple solution.
Pallet wood makes for a good reclaimed substitute, but then I guess you really are "reclaiming" it and it isn't faux. Anyhoo, have you ever ripped apart pallets before? Its horrible. Maybe worse than horrible. And even more sucky is that you typically end up with short lengths of wood. Now, I'm not putting down pallet wood. I myself have used it in the past, like for the wood crates in this tutorial. I'm just saying it isn't my first choice to get the "reclaimed" look.
My brilliant husband introduced me to fence boards a few years ago, and since then I have used them to create several projects. For example:
The top and shelf on my World Market coffee table knock-off.
Or my latest project, faux reclaimed wood floating shelves.
The fence boards have a nice, rough texture to them, just like pallet wood. The texture once painted, is great for outdoor applications, because all the little cracks and crevices soak up the paint and keep it from chipping off and exposing the bare wood.
Although I haven't seen fence boards in lengths longer than 6 feet, both Home Depot and Lowe's carry both 1 x 4 and 1 x 6 widths. They usually have a good supply stacked up in the fencing section.
What do you think? Better than paying an arm and leg for an old piece of termite food?
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If you dig the Mid-Century/Industrial look, check out my:
+ Mid-Century Industrial Storage
+ World Market "Aiden" Coffee Table knock off
+ Zinc Top Coffee Table