Adding Rustic Decor to your Home: Make it Your Space

Adding Reclaimed Rustic Barn Wood Decor

Whether your rent or own, taking ownership of your living quarters can be a rewarding feeling. A great way to achieve this is by adding some rustic decor to your living room, hanging a reclaimed mantel above your fireplace, or clad your entire living room wall.  There are thousands of different options to accent your home with our selection of reclaimed barn wood. If needed, the expertise and talent offered from our creative staff at Chicago Fabrications will help you create a unique touch of history that you will enjoy forever. So how do you get started? Well the first step if you do not already have an idea is to scan the web looking for creative ideas. Alright, you got an idea.. great! Let’s begin to map out the action steps needed to get this project started.

Get your Project on Paper

Now that you have a reclaimed wood project and are ready to begin the process of creating a piece of history, be sure to have your design on paper. You can either print your design from the web, or if you have some drawing skills you can sketch it out on paper. This drawing or print out is crucial to the success of your end results. It will help whoever you go to get the wood from know exactly what you are looking for, so there isn’t any confusion on material type and design layout. If you need professional assistance with this portion of the design process, contact us through our Plan a Project page and we will be glad to help.  After you have your project thought out and it is tangible, its time to move on to the next step.

Gather Your Dimensions

The number one most important detail needed for any home decor build is to know the dimensions of your project. If you are building a rustic piece like a table or coffee stand, that isn’t necessarily needing to be structurally sound, then your alright. But if you are getting ready to do some custom wall cladding or reclaimed flooring, then precision is important. It is difficult to receive a quote from a wood dealer without the specifications of your project, so having this information before hand will make the process that much faster. If your new to the carpentry world, it’s important to know how to use a tape measure. Here’s a helpful video to get you measuring like the pros.

Here are the key points that you will need to know for your project:

  • Length
  • Width
  • Height
  • Thickness
  • Wood Color
  • Wood Species

Yeah, we said it.. wood species. Just a fancy way to say you need to know what type of wood you want to use. If you aren’t sure, check out this blog on the different types of wood, before we move on.

Get your Materials

Perfect, It’s time to go get your materials.  You are one step closer to taking ownership of your living quarters. Soon you will be enjoying that nice piece of history on your wall, in your bedroom, hallway, kitchen,or anywhere for that matter. Now you can go to your local rustic barn wood dealer and share with them all the information you just gathered, so they can quote you on your project swiftly and accurately. If your in the Chicago Area, you can come see  us at  3032 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622. But if not, just do a local search for “Buy Reclaimed Wood Near Me“.

Once you have your wood supplier you are ready to pick out the wood for your project.

Pay attention to board integrity, which include such things as:

  • cracks
  • knots
  • rotting areas
  • mold

Build Your Project

Alright you made it! Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make your custom project. Know this, the reward you will have after this project is finished will be priceless. If this project is a larger one, make sure you have a team that understands your vision and cares about the end result as much as you. There is nothing worse than putting all that effort into planning and cutting corners on the final design. But that’s not your plans I’m sure. Go ahead and take ownership of your space by building your custom reclaimed decor and don’t forget to show everyone!

Share the History

We at Chicago Fabrications, are interested in your custom barn wood project. Feel free to share with us your masterpiece, and we will help you share it with the world through our social media channels. Simply fill out the contact form below and we will take it from there. Thanks for stopping by Chicago Fabrications.

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