Some people might see an old barn and consider it an eyesore.

Some people might see an old barn and consider it an eyesore.

Alex and Lindsay Remley would see that same barn and envision anything from a mirror frame or dining-room table to a cutting board or even a coaster.

Old Ohio barns are the source of much of the wood the Upper Arlington couple use for their business, Re:Work Furnishings.

"We use reclaimed wood and upcycled materials to create home decor, gifts and custom furniture," Lindsay Remley said. "It's fun to be able to create items in a modern style using old materials."

She operates the business end of Re:Work while her husband and a team of four employees design and build the company's products with the tools in the shop at 757 Adena Drive, just off Grandview Avenue near Dublin Road.

"I've always enjoyed building things," Alex Remley said. "It kind of comes naturally to me."

"Alex is so talented -- he's totally self-taught," Lindsay Remley said.

Their business began when Alex Remley made a dining-room table out of an old barn door given to them by a friend, she said.

"The table was so gorgeous," she said, and friends began asking her if her husband could make items for their homes.

"People would tell us, 'your stuff is so good, you guys ought to start and business and start selling these,' " she said.

The couple opened their combination workshop and showroom about a year ago.

"We started out specializing in large custom furniture, but we've evolved to making and selling items of all sizes," Lindsay Remley said.

Re:Work receives custom orders from both residential and business customers, Alex Remley said.

The barn wood is obtained from dealers tasked with tearing down the old structures that can be found throughout rural areas of Ohio, he said.

"Barns are coming down pretty rapidly. They aren't suitable for modern farm operations," Alex Remley said.

Ash and hickory wood from old barns has a character that can't be found elsewhere, he said.

"It's amazing to think that the barns themselves were built in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and then consider how old the trees were when they were used to build the barns at that time," he said. "It's not an infinite market. Someday we'll run out of the old barns -- but that's still a long time away."

Recently, Re:Work custom-made and installed a Murphy bed for a family in downtown Columbus.

"It was such a cool project," Alex Remley said.

"Delivering a unique item like that for someone's home is really satisfying," Lindsay Remley added.

Re:Work will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Adena Drive shop March 20-26 with a special sale.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends.

The Remleys are planning an expansion of their space to open a showroom separate from the work area.

For more information about Re:Work Furnishings, visit reworkfurnishings.com.

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