“Do you bowl?”
Shortly after moving into my new home the lady across the street, who was then 84, walked over to welcome us. After “hello,” the very next thing out of her mouth was, “do you bowl? We need another woman in our league.” I think my jaw hit the floor. The truth is…I CAN bowl, but I don’t make a habit of it. What I would like to do is build something out of reclaimed bowling alley wood. I didn’t tell her that though.
I have put together a compilation of the Best Bowling Alley Re-Builds by customers here at ReHouse. We don’t want to brag, but they are also some of the best anywhere. In my search for primo projects on Pinterest I discovered that most reclaimed bowling alleys become one type of finished product: the top of something. They become the tops for desks, coffee tables, dining tables, counters, bars, and islands. Here are some amazing creations by our very own customers (in no particular order).
Extended Kitchen Island
The Johnson-Kercsmar family chose an 8 foot section of bowling alley with inlaid arrows. They refinished the wood with a warm stain, painted a reclaimed kitchen cabinet, and added some wood legs and framing. Those industrial stools appear to be made to match! And how amazing does it look with that stone fireplace and those vintage style lights (which are also available at ReHouse)? Can I come over?
Custom Kitchen Island
Here is another kitchen island. The Zuech family also chose a piece with inlaid arrows to add some direction to their cooking. They refinished the top but kept the light finish, trimed the edge with metal, and went with a white base to compliment their amazing Chambers stove (ReHouse has one of those right now too). I’d love to poke around the rest of the house!
Dining Table for…a crowd?
This dining table is the longest project I am featuring today. Our customer, who resides in a loft apartment in Rochester, apparently enjoys hosting large dinner parties because he has this table set for 18 guests! He chose a 12 foot section (the longest we have). On the near end you can see the lane’s original pin decking and a few bowling pins for some interest. I don’t know what the base is for this table, but I can assure you it must be heavy duty to hold up this grand table. (Sadly, I am not certain which customer created this beauty. If it is you, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.) How do I secure an invite to the next party?
The Church family used 2 lengths of the approach for their double-decker bathroom vanity. The approach is the section of lane before the point where you release the ball. This material is thinner because it does not usually need to withstand the abuse of heavy bowling balls. The approach was also salvaged in narrower pieces, so there was no need to cut down the width of these pieces before installation. Both levels are edged in strips of beautiful matching wood trim. Some steel pipes for supports gives this a sophisticated industrial feel. Do you mind if I use the facilities?
Kitchen Table & Benches
The Femecs, a local husband and wife team, designed and constructed a built-in breakfast nook including a table and benches on 2 sides. The alley section they used for the bench seat features small circle markings on the far right. The metal table base was custom made by Rochester company General Welding and Fabricating. All other work on this inviting corner of the kitchen was done by the couple. The edge of the table was left without trim to show off the many narrow strips of wood that make up the alley. I like my eggs over hard please.
Have you purchased bowling alley from Rehouse? Have you done anything with it yet? We want to see it! Email your project pics to email@example.com. We LOVE to see what our customers are doing. Don’t you have a project to start?
Photos have been provided by the customers and have been used with their permission.