Submitted by Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
A few weeks back, I posted a blog about new directions in wood products. Well, this blog dovetails with that subject beautifully. I’ve always been fascinated by reclaimed wood products, where they came from, their history, and their future. Companies that take the time to search out, harvest, and rejuvenate reclaimed woods should be commended. What an excellent example of reusing resources and promoting sustainability. Authentic Pine Floors in Locust Grove, Georgia is definitely one of those companies.
Started in 1984, Authentic Pine Floors can cater to the customer looking for a custom-finished solid wood floor that fits an “Olde World” profile, or the customer searching out unique pre-finished wood stains. They describe their product as “recycled, antique in origin, hand-rubbed with oil; and custom stained”. Now that certainly stirs the imagination. Sources for their solid hardwoods are concentrated throughout the Southeast part of our country. Beautiful heart pine, aged wide-plank oak, and wide-plank walnut each tell a story of their own. From old bridges to small town churches, their woods have a rich history. The Southeast, it turns out, is a treasure trove of aged woods waiting to be assigned a second life. The antique heart pine collection was reclaimed from massive beams of distilleries and warehouses built in the19th century.
Prefinished, site finished, and engineered wood floors are all part of the offerings from Authentic Pine Floors. That’s where Old Dirty Goat comes in. Yes, it is one of the custom finishes used on the reclaimed heart pine. The claim to fame of Old Dirty Goat lies in the light to dark tonality it gives the hardwood floor. Its got character and sass, and so much intensity, the principals of this company said that “no other name would do…” Love it—both the name and the look. Weathered gray wash on solid pine is another finish I want to draw to your attention. Warm gray tones are hot, hot, hot, and here’s a floor that will underscore that trend beautifully. Heart pine is harder than the pine we are familiar with, so no worries about these floors living up to the use of an active family.
I spoke with the local distributor for Authentic Pine Floors here in Southern California, and I was amazed at the affordability per square foot of these floors. That’s pretty astounding given the uniqueness of the product. I encourage you to go online yourself at www.authenticpinefloors.com to investigate further and find a distributor in your part of the country. Plus, I know you want to get a look at Old Dirty Goat—admit it. And I do want to mention that you can install any of these floors unfinished too. I cannot tell you how huge the trend of using wood floors in their natural state will upsurge over the next few years. It will become HUGE as we turn towards that which is real and as close to natural as possible. Design is now all about authenticity (you’ve heard that a time or two from me) and back to basics.
FloorTalk has an important job to do, and one that I take very seriously. That job is to steer you towards unique design products. But also to provide you with a working knowledge of design trends that are here to stay. Those two elements in combination will help you create a timeless design, impervious to fads that come and go. Hopefully I’ve accomplished both of those goals in this blog, and you have my promise I will continue to do just that. Stay tuned…
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