The internet is overflowing with resources to help you choose the right flooring for every room and budget.
You can research costs, durability, and maintenance requirements in order to make the right decision, and you can browse countless examples of renovations and designs to garner inspiration for your own home project.But, what about finding ideas to use leftover wood?
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When the makeover is completed,and you’re able to enjoy the beautiful new space you’ve created, chances are good that your creative juices will still be flowing and craving more action. Whether you are doing a massive renovation or just updating one room of your house, if you’ve installed hardwood flooring in Toronto you are going to have some leftover pieces. You might be tempted to throw extra planks in a dumpster or take them up to the cottage to burn, but before you kick those scraps to the curb, consider these earth-friendly and economical ways you can upcycle them.
If all else fails, your leftover flooring pieces can always be turned into something fun! Cut and sand squares, then paint the resulting tiles to create a bespoke memory game. It would be a great gift for young children or for adults who enjoy a good conversation piece. If you need help with your flooring project, give the experts at Chestnut Flooring a call, or come in to our expansive showroom.
Enhancing your home
Hardwood flooring in Toronto brings natural warmth and a sense of comfort. You can enhance that homey style by using leftover planks to create a table or cabinet. If you have the tools and the woodworking skills to build something from scratch, then it’s just a matter of coming up with the design, but even amateur DIY’ers can cut and fit extra hardwood pieces to cover an existing table. If you have a kitchen island or credenza that could use a facelift, why not cover the sides with the extra flooring? You can play around with the plank orientation to see if you like it horizontal, vertical or on a diagonal.
One project that’s relatively easy is crafting a mat for a sheltered outdoor entrance. To put this together, you’ll want to use pieces cut to the same length. Use a drill to place four ¼-inch holes evenly down the side of each plank. Attach the pieces by knotting four pieces of rope and threading them through the holes in each board, tying a half hitch before adding each plank,and after adding the final section,so they stay joined. Another simple use for leftover hardwood planks is to attach braces and transform them into shelves. You can fix pieces together into squares or other shapes to create simple wooden box shelves. Depending on the width of your pieces, the depth of the shelves will vary. Regardless, they will provide unique functional décor.
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Popular décor trend
A popular décor trend is accent walls in Toronto. Hardwood flooring leftovers can be used to create an eye-catching focal point in a room by attaching the planks to some or all of a wall. This is not your grandma’s wood panelling! Modern hardwood options come in so many shades and textures they can be used to create a chic backdrop or more rustic feel.
If you do not have enough excess wood to panel an entire wall, you can join several planks as the backdrop for a painting. Follow your style by creating a whimsical design or using stencils and bold colours for something edgier.
For those who crave beauty but aren’t looking to paint a masterpiece, consider fitting leftover planks together as a custom wooden frame for a photograph you love or an art piece you already own.