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Levi's Lessons: Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

Welcome to Levi's Lessons! I'm Levi, the shop dog at Real Antique Wood, and I've been trying to get these guys to give me a job since I first got here almost two years ago. We get a lot of questions here at the mill and since I hang around here all day, I've spent a lot of time listening to the answers! I'm ready to give you the inside scoop on all things DIY and old wood. Today's lesson is all about doing a reclaimed wood accent wall since it's one of our most popular requests.


3 Easy Steps to Your Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

Step 1: Tack up 1/4″ plywood to the wall. This is also sometimes called lauan wood. It can be found at any lumberyard or home improvement store.

Step 2: Paint the plywood a dark brown or black matte. Allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Put up your beautiful reclaimed wood!

Here's a perfect execution from one of our happy customers:

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more of Levi's Lessons!

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Client Spotlight: The Coffee Box

We love when interior designers and business owners outfit their spaces with our antique wood. There's nothing like seeing our material, tables, and more in a carefully crafted restaurant or home. 

The Coffee Box in Plainfield, New Jersey perfectly captures the clean yet rustic aesthetic that we love so very much. Check out our custom made pine communal table, our antique oak flooring, and the red barn siding on the counter face. The space is absolutely beautiful — not to mention cozy and full of delicious treats! 

Best of luck to our friends at The Coffee Box. Check them out if you're ever in the area!

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100% Recycled 🌲 💚 ♻️

Did you know that we are really into recycling? It might seem obvious since we are a reclaimed wood company, but our love for recycling and repurposing has deeper roots than you realize!

Barn Wood - This one is a given, but we love what we do so much we can't stop talking about it. We dismantle barns built 100-150 years ago and bring the antique wood back to our mill where we turn it into beautiful flooring, furniture, and more. 

Wood Scraps - Our reclaimed wood is then recycled again when the scraps that we can't use wind up in our big wood dumpster. This is where we invite crafters and do-it-yourselfers to use the wood scraps from our custom flooring and furniture for their projects! Any wood that isn't used by our friends is collected and turned into mulch. 

Metal - Ever wonder what happens to all of the antique nails that we find in our barn wood? Once the wood comes back to the mill, our awesome crew removes each and every nail during our detailing process. The nails are then recycled at a local scrap yard, melted down, and used again! (Don't worry - we do save some of them for their cool factor.)

Dust - We produce a lot of sawdust. A lot. Our sawdust is collected and given to a western New Jersey horse farm that boards 150 horses. There it is used on the stall floors, collected once soiled, and put into a compost system where it turns into fertilizer. That fertilizer is then used to grow new grass on the horse farm property that the horses will one day eat and start the cycle over again!

We love being able to preserve our collective American history while also being conscious of our future! 

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Hardwood Flooring with Heart

Sometimes we are so focused on where we're going that we forget to highlight where we've been. Many of you might not know it, but before Real Antique Wood ever existed our owners Gary and Lisa were running a hardwood flooring business. Gary started working in the world of hardwood flooring at the age of 15 where he learned the basics and gained valuable knowledge and expertise. Then in 1992 he and Lisa established A.T.C. Hardwood Flooring

After 38 years of honing his craft and becoming what we like to refer to as "the godfather of hardwood floors" Gary found that there was a need for proper installation of reclaimed wood flooring. So in 2011 Gary and Lisa opened the Real Antique Wood that you know and love today where we turn reclaimed wood into flooring, furniture, and more.

Our reclaimed wood flooring is 100% reclaimed from old barns and other antiquated structures. We absolutely love installing reclaimed wood flooring into homes, restaurants, and businesses. There is something so unique about turning old barn wood into the floor that your family or customers will love and live on for years to come. Whether you're looking to put reclaimed flooring throughout your home or create a historic and eco-conscious atmosphere in your coffee shop, we'd be honored to install our reclaimed wood for you! 

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Free Scrap Wood!

Help us recycle even more! Attention crafters, wood turners, wood carvers, pen makers, toy makers, and tinkerers. The "toothpicks" are really stacking up over here and so we are offering free scrap wood for anyone who wants it. Come by the mill any time to fill up your truck or car with our happy old scraps. Watch out for splinters!

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Our Billion Dollar Buyer Story

Wow! We are so overwhelmed and grateful for the response we've gotten after the airing of our episode of Billion Dollar Buyer on CNBC. How did all of this come to be you ask? Well here's the story...

Over the summer, an employee of ours had reached out to an interior designer contact at Landry's Inc. for potential business. Landry's is a multi-brand dining/hospitality corporation that just happens to be owned by Tilman Fertitta — a self made billionaire who hosts the show Billion Dollar Buyer on CNBC. Our company must have really gotten everyone's attention because out of nowhere we were contacted by casting for the show! Interviews were quickly set up and before we knew it we were filming.

Tilman came in and was very impressed with our business. He owns many restaurants and hotels (Landry's Seafood, McCormick & Shmick's, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Morton's and so much more) and this partnership just made so much sense for both parties. What better company to supply these great spaces with reclaimed barn siding, tables, benches, etc. than Real Antique Wood?

After accepting and mostly meeting Tilman's building challenges for the show, Gary, Lisa, and Anthony wound up in Houston, Texas in the board room. There we struck the biggest deal in Billion Dollar Buyer history — a $600k order for restaurant benches, red barn siding, and more! So far we have created beautiful restaurant benches for the Grotto Ristorante in downtown Houston (pictured below) as well as de-nailed, kiln-dried and shipped out tons of red barn siding to their newest Saltgrass Steak House location (also pictured below).

This journey has been one we will never forget. Tilman's wisdom and guidance is something we are truly grateful for. He helped us whip our pricing and inventory into shape and taught us valuable business lessons. Thank you Tilman! And a special thanks to the BDB crew and CNBC!

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