reclaimed wood flooring

White Wood Flooring: How to make it work for your project

Clean, bright white spaces lend an uplifting feeling of contemporary simplicity, and this palette of white sometimes extends to the floor in the form of white-washed, bleached, lyme (limed) or lye treated, soaped, cerused or even painted wood plank flooring.  If you are thinking about using a white wood floor in your project, there are a few things to consider to help you assess how good of a fit it will be long-term.


We were thrilled when the team at McCall Design Group selected our Heritage Oak Reserve: Oxley fumed Oak flooring for a couple of Philz coffee locations in the San Francisco area. 

Reclaimed Wood - 6 top reasons for use

Reclaimed Wood - 6 top reasons for reclaimed wood (with pictures) in interiors

Whether you love a good story or are on a mission to save the planet, reclaimed wood offers many motivations for use in contemporary interiors for wood walls, floors, custom doors and table tops.

6 – Aging gracefully with Old Wood

Where good looks and low-maintenance coincide, here lays the reclaimed natural patina wood floor.  Scratches and dents from daily traffic only add to its charm and with an oil finish the light maintenance means it may never need to be sanded and re-finished.  Reclaimed Pela Teak and Sawmill Oak are candidates for this kind of look.

This Reclaimed Teak wood floor with a clear oil finish provides a rich distressed canvas that will hide scratches and dents from shoe and pet traffic.

5 – They don’t make them like this anymore: Antique qualities of Reclaimed Wood 

The days of harvesting old growth timber are largely in the past.  Old growth is generally more stable, more durable, and possesses unique aesthetic qualities when compared alongside new wood of the same species. 

The Reclaimed Oak Flooring in this New York bar consists of old growth planks harvested from big trees long ago. Heritage Oak is pictured along with Vinters Reserve Redwood Wainscoting

4 - Warm up a cool, modern space with Recycled Wood

We love it when modern spaces and the rustic influences of old wood collide.  Reclaimed wood hints at an established longevity and softens otherwise stark and cool environments.  Rich texture takes the edge off of modern angles and materials.

This reclaimed beam block wall is right at home in a sleek contemporary corporate interior. Custom by Anthology Woods.

This reclaimed beam block wall is right at home in a sleek contemporary corporate interior. Custom by Anthology Woods.

3 - Reclaimed Wood is a Sustainable alternative to new wood 

Reclaimed, repurposed, recycled, up-cycled, salvaged, reincarnated… all words to describe the sustainable re-use of materials and eco-conscious approach of minimizing new consumption.  The reclaimed White Oak top below has subtle traces of a prior life and is refined, overall.  If sustainability is your motivator, ask for FSC certified reclaimed wood

A thick Reclaimed White Oak top was true to this homeowners sustainable ethos (they also re-used a number of their existing cabinets for the kitchen remodel)

2 - The unique look of Reclaimed Wood

In a time and place where you can have almost any look you want in the printed/extruded/molded world of plastic, real, old wood is filled with substance and integrity, endless rich variety, and perfect imperfections.  Some things can’t be faked.  Charisma is one, and the soft silver-gray weathered face of reclaimed tropical hardwood is another. 

The un-mistakeable, un-fakeable soft gray of a weathered and aged tropical hardwood. Reclaimed Silvered Dinizia will hit it home in a gray wood wall.

1 - Reclaimed Wood has a special story

Every plank of reclaimed wood has lived a past life complete with a unique journey and a history.  All reclaimed wood contains hints at the past through aged patina, stains, and holes.  At times, the exact location and use of a particular collection can be traced and has documentation for the connection to the past, giving you a story to share as the wood becomes part of your story, as well.

These reclaimed wood doors are from the same stock as our current Vintner's Reserve inventory: a Mondavi winery wine-tank deconstruction with Redwood harvested in the early 1900s. The thick staves yielded substantial custom doors.

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FSC (forest stewardship council) Certified Reclaimed Wood Flooring, Wall Paneling, Siding, and Decking

FSC Certified Reclaimed Wood


Ask for our FSC Certified wood products!

Ask for our FSC Certified wood products!

Working on a LEED project?  You're in luck.  Anthology Woods has many FSC-Certified solid reclaimed wood options to fulfill LEED Materials & Resources (MR) 4.1 and 4.2 credits (recycled content) and many products to help you achieve MR 5.1 and 5.2 (regional materials), as well as the expertise to help you navigate the details!  

In fact, ALL our solid reclaimed wood products are FSC certified, and many of our engineered products are available with an FSC-certified new-wood substrate at your request!!  In addition to these core products, Anthology Woods will custom source FSC new wood in solid and engineered products by request, as well.  

Connect with Anthology Woods to get started, or view the suite of products available in FSC-Certified Reclaimed wood.


Anthology Woods - Delivering the goods.

Why do we do what we do at Anthology Woods?  

Because we love the the Wood. We love the story. And, we love people.  Every day we get to put our hands on a piece of history.  We turn that history into a new story.  We meet and work with amazing creative people who are designing, building and working on insanely cool projects. Really amazing stuff.  We love the work, and we love that we continue the story anew.

And that story....? Sometimes the story of the wood is sensual, sometimes modest. Often exciting, occasionally mundane. But not forgotten. 


The characters are revealed in the texture and hue of the grain, the subtle dents and nicks, or a dark stain.  

More often the history is subtle… revealed when the materials are worked.  The rich and earthy aroma that is released, the foreign objects embedded within. You can smell the history.  You can feel the heft and weight of it.  You can see the accumulation of dirt. A quick swipe of the hand reveals the smooth burnished surface where a thousand feet have trod or a hundred hands have touched. Where men have stomped their boots, or exhaled a breath of tobacco smoke.  Where animals were tended, the sick nursed, the criminal restrained, children taught, or where two lovers lived out there dying days, quietly beside the roaring fire.

What heavy object was dragged across this floor?  What stray bullet wandered into this barn beam?  Whose coat hung from this nail?  What happened to the lamp that leaked oil here? Did they really make beer in these tanks?  Brine pickles?  How many people crossed these bridge timbers before their usefulness expired?  A tree cut in northern Michigan. A boat-ride on Lake Superior. The wood dragged, hauled, floated, rolled, and worked.  A  warehouse built in Chicago.  The logger.  The millwright.  The carpenter.  The banker.  Slated for redevelopment the beauty recaptured, given a new life.  Timbers reborn. The legacy continues.



Reclaim your passion.

Reclaim your inspiration.

Reclaim your design.

Reclaim your story.