December 2022

The farmhouse taking texture to a new level


A project located between the North Downs and the Surrey Hills we were privileged to be set the task of designing and fabricating five rooms throughout this magnificent Grade II listed farmhouse. The client, understandably, wanted almost nothing but natural wood finishes so the material palette was simple…. solid wood, veneers and lots of reclaimed wood.


The study was our favourite. Buckets of storage, with drawers galore and a satisfying transition from wrap round desk to built in storage this project came together just as weer all hoped. Clad almost head to toe in our trademark reclaimed barn wood with acid etched patinated detailing, lush racing green leather clad worktop and oak veneered internal carcasses and drawers. A few special features include integrated cable tidies, subtle LED light switches, bespoke steel filing cabinet and steel handles system employed throughout bring added user enjoyment. The reclaimed wood doors and drawer fronts are made from 3 layer reclaimed wood panels and the floating shelves are wrapped Barn wood with recessed LED strip lights.

The laundry room wardrobe is a burst of colour with it’s natural honey coloured reclaimed wood doors and pink walls. For the the doors and panelling in this room we knocked the texture level knocked down a peg by applying so extra sanding to help out client with every day usage. Recessed steel handles and concrete worktop look in this room gives this a classic Brandler London style. The internals we all a combination of Cedar veneers and solid wood slatted shelving.



The pool house is another classic Brandler London job. This time with heavy weathered solid wood floating shelves and a large cabinet sat on the worktop with laser cut steel venting for our clients ice machine to ensure all party guests have appropriately chilled drinks throughout.

We fitted furniture in a few other spaces around the house including the Cloakroom vanity which was made from a stunning slab of Elm wood installed as a floating worktop with stunning shell sink set a top.

The client installed some other fantastic joinery and furniture around the house with some beautiful reclaimed wood floors, kitchen by Plain English and wardrobes… though these were supplied by others. The use of colour and texture got noticed by The Times who did a feature on the designer Ana Engelhorn.

A big thank you to our very collaborative client and talented designer Ana Engelhorn who was insightful, decisive, bold and generally an absolute pleasure to work with as well as her brilliant project manager Julie Shuttle who helped pull it all together. We would also like to credit to her fantastic photographer Paul Massey  who supplied the part of the photography (everything without a Brandler London logo) on display here.

June 2022

Dreams come to reality with our Replacement cabinet Doors

Over the years we have had a a steady flow of customers enquiring about purchasing replacement kitchen, wardrobe or other cabinet doors on a supply only basis made from our unique reclaimed barn wood timber. We have delivered these across the UK predominantly for residential use to homeowners, designers and property developers but also for commercial use in tea areas, and for general office storage. The build quality has been going up and up and with our engineered 3-layer cross laminated reclaimed wood boards (reclaimed face and solid wood FSC core and back) we are now offering a highly refined product perfect for us through the house and ultimately durable.

Depending on the project scale and desired services required we have either work closely with the clients on a more bespoke door replacement service or alternatively and as often is the case the client has had their kitchen or wardrobe door sizes ready and we simply fabricate as per their requirements, which is a very cost effective way to get the reclaimed look and the satisfaction of using sustainable, up-cycled materials.

It is not just replacement doors but also doors for a new kitchen, wardrobe or cabinet. In this instance the client would usually go direct to a carcass manufacturer such as Howdens or Ikea for everything but the doors and panels then we would supply all the doors, panels and plinths for the fronts of their new cabinets as well as other items such as handles and hinges. This way the client can get the Brandler London look for their kitchen without the need to pay the higher prices that bespoke work costs. It does leave the emphasis on the client to come up with a design that will work, find the carcasses, appliances, worktops etc themselves and a good installer to fit the cabinetry. This is not straightforward but definitely possible for most determined homeowners. We are here to offer advise but there are also powerful free resources available such as thew Ikea kitchen planer and SketchUp. Using the Ikea planner you can design your kitchen the way you want, buy the carcasses from Ikea and then send us the plan and the required list of doors and panels. We then supply all the doors cut and prepared to work perfectly with your Ikea kitchen. However we would welcome to opportunity to work with any clients on bespoke service should they want to avoid the extra work and risk of designing their own project.

We are able to supply the doors with the hinge drill outs and if requested recessed handles cut out as per our clients specification. This way the doors can be fixed directly onto the cabinet (with hinges provided by us or the carcass supplier) and would not necessarily require an installer to fit. We are also able to apply a solid wood lipping for overlay doors where you want a more polished look on certain edges. This is the same for our end panels, corner infill panels, scribes and pelmets. We have a range of different finishes and textures. We protect and finish our projects with a specially designed lacquer that keeps the natural look and colour. We have a blogs and resources for barn wood aftercare to ensure you ha§ve what you need to keep your reclaimed timber products all looking fresh and vibrant for the long term.

Besides the doors we also supply worktops in either solid reclaimed barn wood or mitred engineered tops, advising where and when these might be appropriate. Other popular reclaimed barn wood products are our floating shelves supplied pre-drilled for the floating shelf brackets and wall cladding ready to be applied straight to your walls.

Please get in touch direct or look out for our new e-commerce site launching this year (2022!). Good luck with your projects and contact us anytime for assistance.

September 2020

Brandler London - Barn Wood Care Instructions

Barn wood is a strong and durable material. If cared for properly it will outlast any other surface in the house because Barn wood is used to dealing with the extreme forces of nature. It can absorb a heavy amount of wear and tear, and so unlike other materials can actually turn this to it’s own advantage. The result is a deepening of the character of this robust reclaimed timber.

Breaking off some of the deeper textured grain is possible. A pale timber colour patch left from the chip can easily be fixed by staining the light patch revealed and match the colour of the existing surface. Holes and cracks in the surface of the barn wood can also be filled with timber restoration wax.  Imperfections are what give the reclaimed wood much of its character so where possible embrace these.

Cleaning Barn Wood

Brush down the barn wood surface only as necessary with a strong natural or nylon bristle brush. Follow the grain removing surface dust and spillages. The back and edges (non weathered timber only) can be wiped down using a very lightly damp microfibre cloth. Be carful to avoid snags. Ensure the timber is left very dry. Avoid any level of moisture being applied or left on the timber. Where possible avoid using a cloth on the barn wood face itself.  Snags can be removed by gently pulling out (in opposite direction that you had been whipping) any fibres that cling to the surface. When cleaning do not apply excessive moisture to the barn wood as this can in some rare cases penetrate the material causing lasting damage.

Repeat this process using a furniture polish spray for wood. This will clean and nourish the timber giving it a deep and long lasting shine. Furniture polish adds protection, helping repel dust and moisture from the surface of the wood. Thoroughly buff all areas to ensure the polish spreads evenly across the timber. Follow the directions on your furniture polish spray for best results. This should be repeated every 3-6 months or whenever necessary.

We hope you enjoy your barn wood products and remember… when looked after properly barn wood will last a lifetime.