what is reclaimed furniture?

Often we all nod and smile when we talk about reclaimed wood furniture, all agreeing that yes it's ethical and sustainable.  However we've noticed that many are actually unsure what this means?  Is it some old piece of furniture painted (often referred to as shabby chic).  Is it a piece of furniture that's put to another use (often referred to as upcycled or repurposed).  


Well the truth is, you could put reclaimed wood together with old furniture, but the term 'reclaimed wood' is used sightly differently here at Modish Living.