Fish Camp Beach CottageShabby-chic Style Kitchen, Miami
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Reclaimed heart pine floors. It's hard to find the wide planks of heart pine today; usually they must be found via reclaimed wood dealers. Strickland looked to his friend Willis Everett of Vintage Lumber Sales. These reclaimed antique heart pine floor boards range from 12 to 14 inches in width. Rustic floor finishes. To keep their aged look, Strickland was very specific about how the floors should be finished. "The floors were not planed to the same thickness or straight edged — they were hard to put in, but the results were worth it," he says. They were then palm sanded, treated with a lime wash and waxed. "You can still see the original saw marks in the floors; we didn't want to erase the fact that they were 150 years old," he explains. Reclaimed wood tables and countertops. Strickland crafted the table with the leftover floorboards atop an antique base. He and interior designer Ruth Edwards scoured flea markets and antiques shows to find items that make the home look as though the furnishings and accessories were collected over time. He scored the vintage café chairs for an average of $10 each.