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Shelbyville, IN, 46176
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America's heritage has stood in the fields and beside farm houses for over a century in the form of barns. Historic barns are becoming more difficult to find, and due to the increase in comercially zoned land are being destroyed. Reclaimed Barns & Beams reclaims the wood from these hand hewed, pinned barns that have stood the tests of time. It is our hope that we can transform this wood into vintage farm tables, chairs, ceiling beams, mantles and more. This will give us a chance to keep the history of these barns alive and with us for years to come.

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It can be a crowbar, a hammer, or a chainsaw in my hand. I love the work. There is something exciting to me about being in these old barns. You never know what you will find or what someone else will create from what I find. The work is hard, tiring, and so very dirty, but I just love doing it. 

Reclaimed Barns & Beams provides lumber to those who create using historic wood that has a story.
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I am flawed and damaged... much like this old work bench.

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I am flawed and damaged... much like the pieces I collect.

Reclaiming pieces from auctions and barns allows me to surround myself with the past. I love taking something flawed and damaged and reclaiming it. Making into something I love. Just like I do with these pieces, I have spent a lifetime reclaiming my own dreams. Repairing myself. We start out all fresh and new, and then life happens, and we become less fresh and new.  I believe that we could become ruined and flawed and simply settle for that in our lives.


Don't you love going to auctions? I just cannot get enough of them. I find treasures like this old work bench. A $10.00 bid made it mine. And after unbolting it from the wall and loading it into the truck, I began to imagine what I could turn this into. 

 I love taking something flawed and damaged and reclaiming it.

 I love taking something flawed and damaged and reclaiming it.

At fist, I was just going to replace the bottom shelf with reclaimed lumber and call it a day. But I could not stop there! I had to get rid of that rust on the steel. I love the look of steel and wood on the same piece. 

Getting rid of the damage on the bottom lumber with reclaimed lumber.

Getting rid of the damage on the bottom lumber with reclaimed lumber.

Look no rust! How nice that cleaned up. 

Look no rust! How nice that cleaned up. 

I stained the boards with Minwax stain. I use a surgical glove (bought at a different auction) with an old sock to apply the stain. Keeps my hands clean and is cheap. 

Reclaim a new future for this piece.

Reclaim a new future for this piece.

The top had an extension chord and a rubber mat for working after all it was a work bench. It took some doing but I finally got all of that off of there. I later attached the electric strip to the underneath side of the table. Cannot have a table without electricity. 

Top needs some work. Some flaws must go and some are too deep so they will have to stay

Top needs some work. Some flaws must go and some are too deep so they will have to stay

Look at that shine. The angle grinder removed all of the flaws. I will use Flood Penetrol to keep that new shine from rusting. 

Reclaiming pieces from auctions and barns allows me to surround myself with the past.

Reclaiming pieces from auctions and barns allows me to surround myself with the past.

The 22 inch barn beam stools make a great seat for the high top 6 ft patio table. I love the look. It is perfect for an outside piece. 

You vision can create a new look. 

You vision can create a new look. 

I used Varathane brand Floor Finish in “satin” because I didn’t want super shinny floors, just a nice sheen. I also used water based because the smell of of the oil based Varathane was out of control — and it took way longer to dry between coats. 


I am flawed and damaged... much like the pieces I collect.

Reclaiming pieces from auctions and barns allows me to surround myself with the past. I love taking something flawed and damaged and reclaiming it. Making into something I love. Just like I do with these pieces, I have spent a lifetime reclaiming my own dreams. Repairing myself. We start out all fresh and new, and then life happens, and we become less fresh and new.  I believe that we could become ruined and flawed and simply settle for that in our lives.

Or we could create a new vision, a new belief, a new look with our job, relationship, opportunity, thoughts... Get rid of the things we see that we don't like and keep the things that we do.

It is not simple. Removing flaws.  It is not easy. Ignoring the damage.  Flaws and damage take great effort to remove and some we will just have to keep.  But we must keep trying. Leave the past behind and Reclaim a new future.  

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Just who am I?

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Just who am I? I wanted to take a moment to share some answers to some of the questions I get.

What is it like having seven children is the one I am asked the most? I know it really is unusual, right? What was I thinking? I always wanted a Walton like family. For me being an only child at home growing up, I craved the busy sounds that a house full of children brought with it. Boy did I get that. There is always someone looking for something that only I can find. Many of you relate I am sure. Someone always has a story to tell or a problem to solve. I often feel like a detective, nurse, chef, and counselor. One of the boys’ friends asked me if I felt like an Uber driver. He nailed it.

I love to plant things. Gardens, flowers, trees… Anything outside. Nothing inside. The tendency here is for me to exhibit my overachiever abilities. I could plant a few tomato plants, but no. Instead I put out 25 tomato plants. Overachiever abilities are hard to suppress.  So, I make salsa, chili sauce, spaghetti sauce. Canning is something a dear woman taught me when I was in my late teens. I have loved it ever since. It goes along with my Walton like lifestyle.

Do you travel: Too much. I used to love to travel. Too much of a good thing though is bad. With my corporate work, I had to be on the road extensively. Planes, trains, and automobiles often all in the same day were my norm. Give me my porch swing and a fire in the fire pit, and that is as far as I want to go.

Some of my loves are Chicago- {I’ll always travel there!} Sunrise only to compete with sunset. Veggie pizza, and the smell of rain in the spring.

I am somewhat of a tom girl. Explains the barn deconstruction a bit, doesn’t it. Football, cannot get enough of it. Roll Tide- another love of mine. And horseback riding,  I am ready anytime.

Bossy and loud… I am very loud. I just like to talk and laugh. We only get so many trips around the sun. I want to enjoy them all. It seems there are enough sad and negative people in the world. Why be another one.

Why start a business with everything else you have going?… why not!

Reclaiming Barn Siding

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Ideas Welcome

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Looking for a little help here!

We have clients that want large live-edge tabletops joined.  We don't have a large jointer, and it's not in the immediate budget.

Has anyone had success with using a hand-held router to join large slabs? 

What was your setup?

We have clients that want large live-edge tabletops joined. We don't have a large jointer, and it's not in the...

Posted by Reclaimed Barns & Beams on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Overwhelmed...

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Sometimes when I walk into these old barns, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed.  The expansive height and the weighty beams are really beyond imagination in those first few steps through the barn doors.

Despite the urge to jump right in with assessing and measuring, I take the time to just stand or sit in the loft and absorb it all.  I take a moment to imagine the amount of work that went into raising that barn.  I can feel countless hours of the crew of workers calculating, moving, sawing, and working together in rhythm to stand these enormous beams upright.  The hum of hammers and saws in unison putting the siding on and sealing it tight enough to weather decades of storms, rain, wind and snow.

I take the time to imagine the conversations that occurred here, over coffee or a milk pail, maybe a single lantern or light bulb breaking the darkness before dawn or helping a farm hand during a long night caring for a newborn.

Within minutes, the overwhelmed feeling is gone and I realize that this barn is begging to be used again.  Its stories told again in your space.  We are working as fast as we can to save these stories before they are gone.

Up comes the loft flooring!

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Amazing wide boards were used as the loft flooring in this barn. It has been kept in terrific condition. The saw marks are beautiful. I cannot wait to see what this turns into.Contact me to order. 

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Day 3 of deconstruction- Progress being made, one board at a time.

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The stall walls are coming down. The interior of the barn is being taken down one board at a time. We leave the beams and then move to the loft area. Taking up a lot of the flooring and any walls in that area. Next we will move to the siding.  Hot day for hard work. 

Reclaimed Barn: What it is like in the beginning

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Follow us as we share the why, the how, and the what that we do.

I will walk you through the barn on our first day visiting it. This is what this barn looks like before we start deconstruction. This particular barn has a lot of damage to the roof. It would be extremely expensive to repair or replace it. The homeowners have decided to have it taken down while the lumber is still good and before it becomes too dangerous. 

Join me on a walk through, won't you! 

Live Edge Shelf- Reclaimed Lumber

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The live edge wood is very popular and looks so great. A shelf, a table, an accent piece in a room are just a few ways people have used live edge reclaimed lumber. 

This reclaimed piece was hand sanded to get to the beautiful grain that you see. 

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Both sides are beautiful and will display as a shelf or table in your home. It is a unique piece and sells for $95.00. Email me at reclaimed@reclaimedbarnsandbeams.com with questions. 

Angie

How to Reclaim Your Living Space

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Do you want your living space to reflect your style? 

Living in an apartment or with newly painted walls often creates restrictions when you are trying to transform a room into a space that reflects your style. You may want to add reclaimed lumber to your home, but are not able to hang anything on the walls. 

 If you cannot hang shelves or frames on the walls, how can you incorporate reclaimed lumber into your decorating style? 

Reclaimed Barns and Beams wants to help you with a few creative decorating ideas. 

Above is a reclaimed board from an 1880 barn in Southern Indiana. It is not ideal for hanging on a wall as it is warped in the center. Often reclaimed lumber has character flaws that keeps it from being used in certain projects. We did  not want this piece to go to waste. Placing it on top of the kitchen stove allows us to use the antique wood and creates a new space for spices to use at ease when cooking. Another great idea is to place a large board on top of your front loading washer and dryer. It just gives that space an antique look. 

Do you have a space in a corner of a room and you are just not sure what to put there? 

This wooden box was left in an old chicken coop in Southern Indiana. After washing, and washing, and washing we found a great antique piece under all the mud and dirt. A little sanding and some sealer brought out a beautiful color in the wood. We turned it on its side and placed it in the corner of the kitchen. Now we have a great bench. 

Try adding a shelf above a window. It is great addition to the room. Create a space for a collection of old bottles, or perhaps a  place  for family photos or plants. 

Often people want a way to display photos, but do not have the walls space. An easel with an antique picture frame will make a great place to add photos. Or with a light frame with no glass you can create a unique look and still not damage your walls. 

We would love to help you with your decorating needs. If you have an idea and want us to help you create it, we would love to help you do that. Or if you have created something special for your home and would like to share it with us, we would love to see it. 

Angie

Live Edge Wood: Chinkapin Oak, a species of white oak

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Live Edge Wood: Chinkapin Oak, a species of white oak


Origins: This was part of a tree that was selected for removal by foresters at Morgan-Monroe Forest in Indiana.
Reversible: Both sides of of this slab have their charms so we have prepared both sides for display. One side shows more live edge, the other side gives more surface area.
Defects: There is a metal cleat that was put in to the slab to stop a crack from growing and it has been left.
Some tool marks from the cant hook that was used by the loggers have been left in the wood. (These appear as tears in a couple of places in the live edge part of the slab.) We all have our scars but the challenge is to make something beautiful out of them.
Treatment: Both sides have been stained with golden oak stain and both sides have also been sealed, including the live edge. Several cracks radiating from the spots where branches emerged from the tree have been filled with epoxy that was dyed with black ink. This helps to give a more flat surface as well as to preserve the wood.
 

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A Video?

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What is it you do?

So many ask, "What is it you do?"

I thought a set of videos would be helpful... 

So here is the first. I promise they will get better. I just wanted to share what type of barns we deconstruct.

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Click image to view video

Yep, we actually take the barns down one board at a time. Our hope is to cause as little damage as possible. We scale beams, rent lifts, and use any tool that will make the process easier. Our crew is small, but we are mighty. 

We take barns down in trade for their lumber. Some are thrilled to find someone that will take down a barn for them and move it off their site. Others, understandably so, would like a return on their barn. We just aren't at that stage in the game yet. If we ever get there, we will let everyone know. 

After the reclaimed lumber is down we take it back to our shop. There we de-nail it, clean it up, trim off the unusable parts and prepare it for sale. It is easy to say, but it is actually a great deal of work. 

Thank you for following us and watching us grow as we are Reclaiming our dreams.

More videos to come...

You just never know...

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When my friend and I talked about this concept of reclaiming barn wood and creating farm tables, we just never knew that it would turn into this amazing business. We are humbled by the feedback and encouragement that people have sent to us since September. We have sold handmade pieces or reclaimed lumber to customers in 22 states and have met such wonderful people in person. The stories that families share about the barns with us are so touching. We love the history and the memories that these historic barns contain.  

We hope to share more of these stories through our website www.reclaimedbarnsandbeams.com. And we will continue to share through our Facebook page, that now has 4,886 likes. If you have a story to share, a picture of a historic barn, or a piece that was created from a reclaimed barn, please share them with us so we can pass along your story. 

The idea that the lumber that we reclaim will now create new memories for families that want to create that rustic look in their home,  a new look for customers sitting by a clad wall in a restaurant, or a designer's vision when building a new home is amazing to us. 

We cannot thank you enough for your support, encouragement, and business as we Reclaim our Dream.  We hope that we are able to return the inspiration that we have received from so many so that others are encouraged to Reclaim their Dreams as well.

Angie

Reclaimed Barn Siding can create a great new look.

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Reclaimed Barns and Beams helped create a new look by providing reclaimed barn siding to  create just the right atmosphere at Simmon's Winery, Columbus, IN.

http://www.simmonswinery.com/

Barn siding creates a great look for a bar or a clad wall.

Barn siding creates a great look for a bar or a clad wall.

 

Simmons Winery

8111 E. 450 N. 
Columbus, Iniana 47203 

General Information
Phone: (812) 546-0091 
Email: info@simmonswinery.com

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If you are interested in creating this same look in your business or home, give us a call. 

Angie

Happy Valentine's Day Give-Away!!!

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Happy Valentine's Day Give-Away!!! See instructions below.

Fill out the form below to be entered to win this Happy  Valentine's Day Drawing.

What do you win? 3 Finished Reclaimed Shelves: 2"x6"x30" with hand made brackets as seen in the photo. Shipping will be free. 

How do you win? Complete the form below and then share this link on your Facebook page. 

When will the Give-Away take place? February 15th at 9:00 am eastern time. 

To win you must complete the entry form below and share this link on your Facebook page. The lucky winner will be sent an email on February 15th to be notified that they have won and to discuss shipping arrangements. No restrictions around entry limits. 

Thank you for following Reclaimed Barns and Beams and sharing us with your friends.

 Angie

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The Barn on Boundary started with a little idea that turned into a big dream..

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Barn on Boundary

Barn on Boundary

The Barn on Boundary started with a little idea that turned into a big dream. All of my family and in-laws are grain farmers. When you have a barn on your property that can’t store equipment; it’s time to take it down. I went out in the barn for the first time and fell in love with the original woodwork and ceiling timbers with bark still intake. Our barn was full of old lawnmowers, cars, tractors, tools, old hay, and countless amount of horse manure. When I first told my friends and family I personally wanted to get married in the barn, they all looked in the barn and said I was crazy. Maybe I was. It was a huge project to clean up and to get it to where I considered it a perfect wedding venue for me. We all made an agreement we would clean it out first and see what we had underneath all the debris. With a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we cleaned, power washed, scraped, and busted out concrete to make my dream come true.

 We now have 5,400 square feet of authentic barn including old antiques, love letters from 1912, and livestock scales all found within to display to our guests and brides. We have a wedding loft which had to be completely renovated upstairs for couples to share their vows and create memories for their families. On our lower level is the main reception area where we left two original horse stalls with the names still engraved into the stall doors and horse feeders.

 What I love the most is to look back on what we have accomplished as a family, all from my crazy idea of preserving our barn. This was not a business plan what so ever when we started. It was all about hosting our own wedding with family. Our guests at our wedding were the ones who pushed me and what drove me to pursue the proper channels to get the business to where it is today.

 All generations can appreciate the history and architecture of what our barn can offer. Guests always comment that our barn has so much character;  an open floor plan and great ceiling height throughout. The opportunity to let others enjoy our barn and to have a special place in their hearts is what our business is all about. I take great pride in providing families with an experience and the atmosphere to make their event memorable. For more information on our barn please visit www.thebarnonboundary.com, Facebook, or Instagram.  

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