Thinking of remodeling your home? Using reclaimed materials is a great way to make your renovations distinct, environmentally friendly, and even save you a little bit of money. Here are some tips for how to use those reclaimed finds.
Where to look
From craigslist to thrift stores, finding reclaimed material for your home is easier than ever. No matter what style you are designing your home in, due to the number of goods that end up in donation centers and salvage yards, you will be able to find great items with persistence and a little bit of luck. If you are aiming for a farmhouse-style home, go to more rural areas as older farms and wooden homes are often renovated, bringing fireplaces, wooden beams, and other material to antique stores.
A wall of salvaged lumber, artfully pieced together, can really stand out in any room. Used boards and beams are great for adding instant character. They can be used as flooring or mantels on fireplaces or even wainscoting or false beams. You can even put together a whole wall of reclaimed wood or just surround a mounted TV.
Tile & Brick
Reclaimed tile and brick are a great option because they cost a fraction of the price versus purchasing brand new. The worn quality and style of reclaimed brick are great for patios or walkways or to add an earthiness to a fireplace.
Wire & Fixtures
Sometimes it’s that small touch that pulls everything together. Reclaimed fixtures can be used to accent a table or office desk. Wire (such as barbed wire or even just old copper wire) can be cleaned and make a great winding accent on coffee table legs. Just be sure to dull the sharp edges and be very careful while reclaiming and attaching these. Gears and pipes are another great find to add a unique, industrial feel to your furniture.
While working with reclaimed material may be more work, in the end, you will have put a one-of-a-kind stamp on your home that will be sure to last. Your new space will have a piece of history, without adding to our already overflowing landfills.
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