Friday, December 11, 2015

Kitchen Design Ideas :: Recycled Timber

Are you thinking of renovating or building a new kitchen? Do you know what a typical kitchen is made from? 

I recommend using recycled or FSC certified timer for kitchen cabinets. This creates a unique natural look, extends the life of your kitchen, costs you less in the long term and reduces toxic off gassing. My reasons are explained in more detail later in this post. 

Here are some beautiful examples of how to use timber in your kitchen...
Photograph by Lisbeth Hjort
This kitchen uses recycled timber for the drawer and door fronts along with a stainless steel counter top. It's clean, simple and contrasts well with the white tiled floor and white walls.

Photographs by Nicole Franzen for Remodelista
These lovely rustic shelves are made from wood milled from a century-old Kentucky barn beam! The shelf brackets go unnoticed as your eye is drawn to the timber shelves and white subway tiles below.

Image from Molitli
These drawers may be a bit trickier to make but still retain a timber plank look for the wide format drawer face.

Images from Ml-hdesign
I love this natural look kitchen... They are using solid oak timber for their cabinets which works so well with the stone/plaster mix wall finish, concrete look solid surface bench top and timber island table.

Image from Piet jan van den Kommer 
These cabinet drawers are made from recycled plank style timber with a concrete look solid surface counter top.

What goes into your kitchen cabinets?

Most standard kitchen cabinets are made from a mixture of 2 pac (very hard paint), MDF, plywood, particle board, chip board and laminate. We all might want a cheap kitchen but it will come a cost to your wallet and health!

Joinery carcass & bench top substrate: 
  • Can be made from MDF plywood, particle board and chip board. Formaldehyde glues are used to make these boards and are off gassed over the life of the product. Formaldehyde is listed on the IARC- group 1 as a known Carcinogenic to humans and is also a known Asthmagen
  • You can get E0 rated board options which have much lower emissions of formaldehyde but these are not normally found in your retail kitchen showrooms.
Wear and Tear: 
  • Water leaks - These board products also do not fair well with water, they soak it up. If there is a water leak, which is highly likely in a kitchen area, the water will soak into these boards causing de-lamination, structural issues, mould issues and a hefty repair bill!
  • Quality - We all know how hard it is to repair an self assembled piece of furniture or cupboard! If the kitchen cupboard substrate is made from chip board or a particle board then there is poor potential for repeat fixing and you may end up buying a new kitchen piece!
If you stick with using recycled timber or FSC certified timber for the cupboards and drawers; you create a unique designed kitchen, increase your kitchen's life expectancy, reduce toxic off gassing and save money as you will not need to replace it in 5-7 years when things start to fall apart or have water ingress issues.  


  1. Great idea for kitchen design. It really looks beautiful. Thanks for the great idea, I am surely going to follow it.


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