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Many customers look to Rustic Wood Accents for assistance and guidance designing a fireplace mantel. Utilizing years of experience, we love to help explore the options for the right size, finish, and type of wood to use for your home, apartment, condominium, or backyard.

The first thing we suggest is to find some inspirational pictures of what you like. That gives us a starting point to help you decide on the type of wood that would be best. We can see if you are looking for barn wood, either hand-hewn or rough sawn or industrial reclaimed wood that we make either smooth and contemporary or distressed and rustic. Pictures also gives us an idea on the color scheme you are leaning towards. Another option are old logs that are round on 3 sides and hand-hewn on one, perfect for a cabin or rustic living space. 

Additionally, information such as, does your surround go floor to ceiling or half way up your wall is very helpful in determining the length of your mantel. Traditionally, if your surround goes floor to ceiling, your mantel comes in 2-4 inches from the ends, if your surround goes halfway up, your mantel hangs over the ends by 2-4 inches. The height of your ceiling determines how thick your mantel should be. The depth of your mantel is determined by what you want to be able to put on it and the size of your room or living space. Everything ultimately comes down to your personal preferences. Some people prefer more shelf like mantels while others like a big chunky mantel. Are you looking for a coastal look or is your home more traditional? Do you want a wraparound or straight mantel?  Many people are inspired by HGTV shows that blend traditional with rustic. We think that works beautifully because you are bringing natural elements into your home to create balance with modern or contemporary furnishings.

Our goal is to recreate the vision you have for your project with a reclaimed wood art piece that is distinctively unique and one-of-a-kind.

Where do we get our wood?

The first question we always get from everyone is, "Where do you get your wood?"Where we get our wood depends on the type of wood.  Regardless of the type of wood, we specialize in using reclaimed or salvaged wood for creating custom home furnishings. We use industrial reclaimed wood from near here for the custom mantels [...]

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Giving Back

It is important for us at Rustic Wood Accents that we give back. For every mantel/shelf we sell, we donate to the National Forest Foundation to plant a tree.  The National Forest Foundation is a non-profit partner with the U.S. Forest Service.  They promote enjoyment and the health of the U.S. National Forest System.   [...]

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Hand Hewn barn wood

We are excited about some unique Hand-Hewn barn wood we just got in  It comes from a a farm in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  The wood is about 7" x 4", a great size for a mantel.  Normally barn wood comes square between 6" x 6" to 10" x 10" and has mortises and tenons to join [...]

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Top 10 Reasons to use Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood has history. Some is industrial, coming from an old house, and some is hand-hewn barn wood, coming from a barn built over 100 years ago using only hand tools.It’s unique! Each piece of wood has its own characteristics. You won’t find the same design in your neighbor’s house.It’s good for the environment. It slows down deforestation. [...]

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Customized Rustic Level

Our favorite part of our craft is working with each customer to create the mantel of your vision. We customize the size, color and rustic level. We use a number system from 1-10 for rustic level. 1 being very smooth for a more contemporary look, 10 being very distressed for a more rustic look. We [...]

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Samples

We are happy to make samples and send them to our customers who can’t make it into our showroom- all at no charge. We make them in our standard finishes, and can also create samples to test a new finish to match your vision. Recently, we worked with our neighbor to create a black [...]

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Rustic Wood Accents Live Edge Coffee Table

We love the coffee table we handcrafted from reclaimed California Red Oak with live edge.  Fungus bleached some of the wood to get the beautiful variation in color.  We brushed then sanded it from 800 grit all the way to 2000 grit for a glassy finish.  We then applied 4 coats of secret sauce oil [...]

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L Shaped or Wrap Around Mantels add a Custom Finished look

Many times the walls surrounding your fireplace may extend out into the room to accommodate for the chimney or venting of your fireplace. The portion of your fireplace that extends out into the room is referred to as a "chase", "buildout" or "wrap around". This can make selecting the proper size of mantel more challenging. [...]

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