We see it all here. Our projects run the gamut from commercial to residential, floors to walls and everywhere in between. And a lot of what our clients ask for isn’t “standard” and doesn’t bear any resemblance to the ‘log cabin’ look people often associate with reclaimed wood. This salon in Boston exudes modern cool with our Weathered White Barn Siding on the walls and reception desk.
The Weathered White Barnsiding helps create a sleek modern look with interest and texture.
In this particular application, the owners needed not only to encapsulate the original paint to prevent flaking but also to make sure that the material met the requirements for the fire code. We were able to help them find a solution that served both purposes- a clear, uniform coating, with a Class A fire rating.
You can see in these images that not only does the coating protect the walls, but it adds a slight sheen. This touch works to complement the contemporary aesthetic.
The reclaimed material works throughout all of the different areas of the salon. Here it surrounds the retail product display.
As the planks wind their way through the reception, salon and retail spaces, the distressed wood holds your interest, while the monochrome color scheme keeps the look fresh. The finish reflects the light and contrasts the textures. Nothing about this barn wood application says barn.
I had the rare opportunity to visit a project in its very infancy last week in New York City, one that will become a retail space, wine tasting room, and several floors of condos. To most material suppliers, the demolition stage of a project isn’t much to see, but to those of us with a passion for wood and an eye to the past, it can tell us a lot about the building, and give some direction to what materials would be a good fit for the project.
Sometimes a building will tell you where it came from if you look close enough.
The photo above is rotated 180 degrees, and it caught my eye while coming upstairs from the basement level. The CW Wilson Lumber Company was located in Brooklyn and was in its prime around the turn of the century. The original structure here was built in 1852, but it seems as though at least the first floor was renovated at some point, considering the varied sizes and species of the joists and the types of sawing used. Paying homage to the original materials, we’ll be working with reclaimed Heart Pine from some amazing timbers in our yard. What’s more amazing though, is the transformation this space will undergo.
One of two basement levels, this will become a wine tasting room, making use of our reclaimed wine vats to compliment the original structure of the building.
From the beginning of a project here, to completion of a restaurant north of the city:
Racanelli’s New York Italian was recently opened after renovations to the original 40-year old space. I worked with the architects and the owners to select weathered barn siding for the walls, and chunky original floor joists for the ceilings and shelves. While the original intent of the barn siding was the inside brown face, the original weathered reds were used occasionally to pick up on the rich tones of the brick walls.
“The Bridge” helps to define the bar area separately from the dining space without using a full wall. Ingenious.
Above the bread station, a cylinder of reclaimed barn siding emphasizes the center of the restaurant, with a curved wine shelf along the front.
Racanelli’s is located in Scarsdale, NY, a short train ride on the Harlem line from Penn Station. Order the Pappardelle Bolognese. Trust me.
The old saying about New York is that it is “the city that never sleeps”. When you’re wearing the soles off your shoes every day though, you have to have some down time. The Pod Hotel on 39th St just opened their lounge on the first floor, complete with a full bar, plenty of seating, and…..ping pong tables!
What better way to relax than by playing a little table tennis with a backdrop of reclaimed wood and Mexican-inspired artwork?
Maybe you’ve spotted some of our work in other locations around New York? Chances are, if you’ve been in a new restaurant or retail store in the city, you’ve seen wood from us here at Pioneer Millworks. Keep in touch, there’s sure to be more.
Jered has spent the first half of this week pounding the pavement in New York City. In the rush of meeting with clients, visiting jobsites and dropping off samples, he’s still managing to whet our appetites with pictures like these…
This large scale wine rack created with character and patina rich reclaimed wood towers over patrons at this New York City area eatery. It’s one of many elements that we were able to assist the designers and owners with.
I’m sure we’ll get all the details on this project and more when he gets back to the office later in the week. I can’t wait to see the rest!
Recently we milled a floor for a client of ours using a batch of pine decking that we had acquired from an old factory. This decking material was painted white on the underside and when we split them in half we got a floor that was a 50/50 mix of brown and white patina.
Reclaimed Pine Decking floor after installation
Upon installation our client felt that the resulting floor, though stunning, was too funky with it’s contrasting whites and darks for their project. They had been hoping for a more unified patina.
To amend the situation my co-worker TJ and I, fresh from the previous night’s company holiday party, boarded a 6 am flight to Texas.
In addition to some shorts, we packed a random orbital sander and wire brusher.
Wire-brusher and sander
Over the course of the weekend we sanded and brushed each board. We took special care to take the white painted boards down to a more worn ghostly patina, and we polished up the brown boards to accentuate the grain of the pine.
The floor after an intimate brushing and sanding
Though I personally would have been happy to put the original floor in my own home, the new brushed and sanded floor looks exquisite! It has the authentic look of an old factory floor that has been worn for decades.
Before and After
…and we even had some time to sample the local Houston culture. This boozy chicken shared our table at a Bar-B-Q joint called the Hungry Farmer.Regardless of your politics, how could you not admire this debonair sculpture of President George H. W. Bush with his coat tossed casually over his shoulder and his tie blowing in the wind? He certainly embodied our sense of satisfaction as we headed home, feeling that we had left a job well done.