What is Patina?

Timeworn wood is unparalleled in emanating its depth and nobility through the beauty of its patina.

Patina can be described as a color ‘tarnish’ on wooden structures or items produced by age, wear, and exposure to natural elements; or any such acquired change of a surface texture and color through age and exposure.

Weathered wood achieves an enchanting patina over time. Older wood structures, furnishings and accessories may develop a hue or tone that speaks of many years of use and care. The natural aging process allows this patina to develop and will add even more of a sense of history and permanency to the treasured piece.

When patina is present on wood, there is no doubt that the presence of this colorful film is considered very desirable. This is due to the fact that the patina enhances the allure of the piece, while at the same time reminding people of the enduring nature that has remained around long enough to achieve the patina.

Patina is created by the natural maturing process. As the wood dries and ages, the oxidation occurring on the surface creates the patina. Many companies today try to replicate patinas on wood, but it is very difficult to fabricate in a day what nature takes many years to create.

If the rescued wood was located inside the building and not exposed to the elements, it will generally retain its original colors although somewhat muted. When exposed to the elements, the patina will superficially present a grayish hue. The original color then, lies just beneath the surface. The history of the building where the reclaimed wood was deconstructed can also contribute to its appearance. For example, reclaimed wood flooring from a barn will retain the original scrapes and scratches even after sanding. Reclaimed hand hewn barn beams carry the marks from the hand ax or hatchet which was used to sculpt the beam.

We have 6 common Patina shades shown below: (Singular, unusual patinas sometimes become available depending on the source wood.)

Patina Options:

Old Barn
Red Barn


Rugged Brown