Recapturing Beauty with Reclaimed Wood

Slabs of mushroomwood side by side showing feathered wood.

Where do you find reclaimed wood for your home design project? Whether it’s a renovation or just a matter of adding an antique touch to the décor, you can find reclaimed wood near you in Houston here at Clark’s Hardwood Lumber.

Antique barnwood is always popular. A rarer find is mushroomwood, reclaimed from former coal mines and limestone mines in Appalachia which had been converted to underground mushroom farms. The boards are recovered from the mushroom farms and then air-dried, leaving a weathered look with feathered grain. The boards and timbers vary and the types of wood include cypress, cedar and hemlock.

Mushroomwood close up

Mushroomwood available now at Clark’s Hardwood Lumber

A gorgeous example of using mushroomwood to install an old look is a traditional study in a New York home with woodwork, including book shelves.


The design by Crisp Architects was highlighted in a Houzz article and the effect is astonishing, especially with the grain variation and, in some places, raised knots. The house was built to look old and the use of reclaimed wood, including flooring, beams and the mushroomwood sealed the deal.

Reclaimed wood can come in panels, boards or beams. Woodworkers, furniture builders and contractors have turned out beautiful walls, flooring, barn doors, dining tables, coffee tables, desks, shelves and headboards. Barn doors are typically used to separate bathrooms from master bedrooms or to tuck away an entertainment center. A barn door can also seal off a home office or other room.

Reclaimed timbers from additional sources include the old growth Douglas Fir mantels and beams we have available from the Pacific Northwest that were salvaged from a Portland, Oregon, dry dock. The timbers are so weathered that they appear smooth.

These dry dock timbers we have in stock are 4″ x 13″ timbers, which are ideal for shelves. We can special order larger timbers that are 10″ x 12″ thru 10″ x 16″ with length up to 40′. These would work well as ceiling beams.

Whether you have specific dimensions and woods in mind or you are seeking inspiration for remodeling designs, please visit us at 700 E. 5 1/2 St. in the Houston Heights or contact us at 713-862-6628 for more information about the variety of reclaimed wood available at Clark’s Hardwood Lumber.