Tiny House Detail: Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring Tabletop.
The table at the front end of our tiny house is a multi-purpose spot. Made for dining, writing, working, and those all-important moments of staring off into the distance with cups of tea. Placed right under the largest window in our house and framed by windows on either side, the view is wide and long; a gold-green valley and snow-capped Colorado peaks.
It was Christopher’s brilliant idea to use leftover reclaimed hardwood flooring to make the tabletop. We decided not to sand the hardwood down or refinish it, as we did with the floor, because we wanted to show the original stain and wear of the wood.
We used wood glue to attach the individual pieces of flooring to a piece of plywood, and then sanded the edges before screwing the tabletop to its frame and brushing the surface with polyurethane for longterm protection. We built the table directly into the corner, screwing the legs (oak 2×2 trim) into the wall and securing them to the floor with metal brackets.
As a writer, I quite like the idea of setting my notepad down on a tabletop filled with scratches and knicks from another time and place. I imagine all of the people who have walked across these pieces of flooring, and am reminded of how much history is contained in the reclaimed materials we’ve used in our house. A history that we can guess at, though we’ll never really know what kind of lives our hardwood flooring and barnwood walls have seen.
~ written by Merete Mueller, 5.23.12
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