// Update - Kitchen Remodel

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// Update - Kitchen Remodel

Last time you saw the kitchen, we were working on fabricating and finishing the countertops. Since then, we've completed the tops and begun the demolition and installation process.

The existing kitchen had PLAM (Plastic Laminate) countertops and a subway tile backsplash that was showing its age. We removed the tile and tops, then followed up with the installation of the new tops and the reclaimed backsplash.  The kitchen is starting to look great!

Here are some shots of the demolition/installation process:

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// Update - Kitchen Remodel

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// Update - Kitchen Remodel

Last time you saw the kitchen, we were working on the sorting process for the backsplash and the fireplace surround. Since then, we've started fabrication on the countertops.

Here is what you need to know - this countertop project is one of the most extensive to date. Not only did we have six separate tops to fabricate, we had several visible joints to tackle, an odd-shaped corner top for the kitchen sink, and a 6'-0" x 6'-6" island to build. Needless to say, we were definitely limited on space in the shop.

Here are some shots of the countertop fabrication process:

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// Update - Kitchen Remodel

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// Update - Kitchen Remodel

Last time you saw the kitchen, we were working on dis-assembly and paint. Since then, we've finished the cabinets and began the sorting process for the backsplash material.

Awesome fact about the backsplash - it's reclaimed fencing from a horse farm in rural VA. Not only is it aged and beautiful, it also has an awesome story. After being on a fence for 60 years and torn down to be burned (as most fence replacement companies do with their old fencing), we were able to give this material new life.

Here are some shots of the sorting process:

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// New Project - Kitchen Remodel

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// New Project - Kitchen Remodel

We recently started a new project with a local customer that asked us to completely remodel his kitchen. When we first arrived, we were shown the existing kitchen, which had Cherry cabinets, granite countertops, and outdated appliances. The house was a recent investment and the owner wanted to really spruce (or in this case "maple") the kitchen up. Here are some original shots of the kitchen (pardon the quality - we took these photos on a phone):

Let me point one thing out - this client was awesome. Not only did he want us to do a ton of work for him, but he also wanted us to make a significant portion of the design decisions - something we only dream about. After deciding on a species of countertop, the color of the cabinets and the backsplash/fireplace surround materials, we went to work on dis-assembly and paint. Here are some of the initial progress shots:

We'll be back with more photos as the project progresses.

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// Project - Ironwood

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// Project - Ironwood

Ironwood // This reclaimed table is the perfect blend of industrial and modern. Built from reclaimed Doulgas Fir floor joists salvaged from a demolition project in Washington, DC, this table fits perfect in a space where design-centric families need surface area.

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Tables can be merely a surface for meals, homework, board games, mail, and unintended spills or they can be the centerpiece in a home. This table was built to make a statement; and to tell a story. We salvaged Douglas Fir floor joints from a house that was being demolished in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC to use for the top. Not only did we save the material, but the house was built in 1905, so the lumber has an awesome story to tell. Machined to clean all surfaces and yet retain the unkempt, rough-sawn feel of lumber, we cut the 3" x 13" x 20' floor joists to size and tied them together with stabilizing rods. Mount it on top of a custom steel angle base and you have a killer blend of industrial and modern.

As with all Re:klaim projects, we want to inform you of recycled content. The lumber was, as mentioned above, reclaimed from a house that was demolished in Washington, DC. The steel was new stock purchased from a local steel supplier.

Meet Ironwood, a Re:create project at Re:klaim Industriale.

Full project details HERE

SOLD // Local Delivery

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// Project - Archipelago

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// Project - Archipelago

Archipelago // This large clear walnut countertop was fabricated for local homeowners to be used as the central space for their brand new kitchen. Even though the remainder of the kitchen will receive granite countertops, the walnut countertop will definitely help the space look great!

When we initially started this project, the task was daunting. A solid black walnut, 13' long by 4' wide block of wood weighing near 300 pounds. One mistake on a project of this magnitude and you have to start over. However, once we completed the install we couldn't have been more proud (and more relieved). A massive kitchen with granite countertops now feels complete with a beautiful walnut centerpiece that is not only great as a topic of conversation, but also as a permanent, central location for family gatherings. We hope it's a big family gathering, because there is plenty of room.

The countertop was fabricated from clear walnut and was sanded to 180 and then finished with Waterlox.

As with all Re:klaim projects, we want to inform you of recycled content. This project is an example of when new stock fits into our business model. These countertops were fabricated from new walnut butcher block.

Meet Archipelago, a Re:build project at Re:klaim Industriale.

Full project details HERE

SOLD // Local Delivery

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// Update - Industrial Table

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// Update - Industrial Table

Update // If you were following us in June, you probably saw our initial post on the industrial table project we were working on. We've made a significant amount of progress and we wanted to give you an update on a few unique steps we took on the project. Just to remind you, when we originally met with the customer, the concept was twofold: 1) Using reclaimed lumber, create a hefty top that has a skip-planed surface and semi-gloss finish and 2) Construct an industrial steel base that serves as both a functional and aesthetic structure. Here is what we have been working on:

  • Lumber Alignment // When you work with reclaimed lumber, one of the most difficult tasks is ensuring that adjacent boards are even or "flush". Reclaimed lumber wants to warp and shift when you begin machining the surfaces. We utilized part of our A-Frame leg design to shim and level the table surface to ensure a flush top for the project.
  • Aging // Reclaimed lumber is easy to access. Reclaimed bolts or hardware? Usually a different story. So, we typically purchase new hardware for these projects. The problem is new hardware is shiny. So, we use a process to wash/corrode the bolts until they have an aged look. They turned out great!

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