Repurposing: Beam from Old Country Barn Becomes Family Room Mantle

An important mission at Sikora Creations, Inc. is to re-use and recycle materials as much as possible.  When one of our clients was looking for a mantle with some history, our craftsman Andy Sikora, who is REGREEN certified and a member of the Green Building Council, found a beam from an old country barn in Pennsylvania (pictured above). This beam, he repurposed to become a hand-shaped mantle in their Colorado home.


The abandoned barn in Pennsylvania was taken apart and a beam was chosen from the rubble pile.  In our workshop, the wood was hand-scraped, planed, and then stain and glaze were applied to the top surface. 

Once the mantle was sealed, we bore holes in the back and mounted it into the stone wall above the fire place.  We are proud of the finished piece because it beautifully compliments their hearth, and in doing so we found a piece of history a new home!