Wood Planks, Toilets and Mantles, Oh My.

I mentioned in my Modern Americana post a couple of weeks ago that I had started shopping for supplies to create the artwork inspired by this mood board. My first stop was Building REsources kind of out between Bayview and Dogpatch. Their giant lot is filled with recycled, and reusable building materials - it appears most of the stuff has come from typical SF gut remodels. What you'll find here is always a gamble since it's completely reliant upon donations from builders and people renovating their homes. You'll find everything from bathroom sinks...

to avocado toilets...

ancient chests of drawers...

and old mantles.

Most importantly, this is perfect place to find some reclaimed wood floorboards.

I found exactly what I was looking for - a nice wide plank with a thin depth, in decent condition but still a bit weathered. There was just enough for what I needed and best of all it was a gorgeous California redwood. I'll strip away most of the white and green paint and get my boards into a decent condition before building my "canvases" for the project. I was definitely worried about finding the right wood for the project, so I was thrilled to find these boards on our first stop.

I've still got a lot of work to do, but finding the perfect raw materials for the project felt like a huge step forward!