Salvage 66 Stories

The Glass-Walled Cabin That Romance Built
Lilah Horwitz and Nick Olson never imagined that a napkin sketch from one of their first dates would one day become a reality. The two artists — Horwitz...
Dumpster Decorating: Furnishing Your Home With Repurposed Pieces
I must confess that Castle is one of my favorite TV shows. Great writing, well-conceived stories, hunky star — everything a girl could want. Mikey loves it, too (at least the great writing and story part). Anyway, a recent...
Bring in da Funk: How Humble Touches Give a Home Soul
Two months after moving into my new home, I stood back to survey the decor. It wasn’t working. At first I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I’d purchased new furniture and new window treatments, and hung my art....
Houzz Tour: A Salvaged Airplane Becomes a Soaring Hillside Home
One of the many aircraft boneyards — where airplanes are taken when they're retired from service — can be found in the Mojave Desert, where natural corrosion is reduced by the dry air. It is here where Francie Rehwald and her architect, David...
12 Fun Light Fixtures Made From Found Objects
Light fixtures are one of the best ways to put a personal stamp on your home. While there are more fixtures available at retail than you could sort through in a lifetime, there's another way to have a stunning and unique light: create one from a found...
Dream Spaces: Midcentury Bowling Lanes Roll On in Minnesota
Although he designs and builds luxury nightclub-like sleek bowling lanes for homes, Ryan Claxton of Fusion Bowling also knows how to work it old-school style, too. When a building...
Houzz Tour: Salvaged Parts Form a New-Old Texas Hideaway
With its weather-beaten walls and rusted metal accents, this bucolic Texas hideaway seems to evoke generations of Western history in every crack and cranny. Yet despite its ancestral appearance, the house is new — a modern prefab...
Reinvent It: 9 Ways to Resurrect Church Pews
At Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, "The Senior Lobby" was right near the main entrance, and only seniors could use it. The space was the hub of my school's universe. It consisted of three rejected church pews from the Methodist church...
A Little House Unfolds Into an Outdoor Theater
This house has a secret. Although it looks plain, some cranks of a hand winch unfold the home's patchwork pink sides to reveal a surprising new purpose: an outdoor community theater for the town of York, Alabama. Artist Matthew...
Make Your Own Rustic-Chic Headboard From Salvaged Doors
I hate watching home remodels that result in destroyed architectural components that could have been either reused or donated. Old doors are a good example. Here's how to turn a pair of weather-beaten cast-offs into a handsome headboard. If...
10 Creative Ways to Corral Wooden Barrels
When you think of wooden barrels in home decor, you probably think of a high-top table in a room that's in a state of full-on Western overkill, where Yosemite Sam could come barreling through the shuttered saloon doors at any moment. But with the popularity...
Make a Cute and Low-Cost Rolling Table
When my indoor or outdoor space needs a quick facelift, I like to create inexpensive, easy and resourceful furnishings. An empty (and free) electrical spool is one of my favorite base pieces to start with. I've been making upholstered ottomans using the...
Reinvent It: A Shipping Container Goes a Little Bit Country
When Linda and Greg Schrage of Ojai, California, needed a hay barn for their horses, their neighbor's move worked out well for them. The neighbor had five new shipping containers she'd bought for storage and was looking to unload them. Linda...
Can We Bounce Some Great Recycled-Rubber Ideas Off You?
Tires are one of the world's largest and most problematic sources of waste. But as long as we drive cars, we'll probably need rubber. So until we find an alternative to this modern-day essential, reclaiming and recycling rubber is essential to reducing...
Reinvent It: Make a Cheery Planter From an Old Eyesore
Do you have a rusty old grill chucked somewhere out of sight — say, under the deck or behind the garage? I know I did for years, and so did Houzz user Beverly Gardner. Her grill was neglected and rusty, she'd stopped using it, and it was aging rather...
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