Using Salvaged Materials in Your Next Home Project

Lately, we’ve been seeing more and more people using salvaged materials in their home DIY and remodeling projects. Using salvaged materials can save you a lot of money while adding charm and character to your home, not to mention keeping these items out of our landfills! Though these discarded materials will cost you 50%-75% less than new, be prepared to spend more time and effort shopping, cleaning, repairing, and installing these products.

When looking for materials to use, it’s important to stay flexible, frequent your favorite shops (tell them what you’re looking for), scour ads online (craigslist is a great source) and be sure to view the item in person first. You’ll want to inspect the materials to make sure they are functional and in good condition (or relatively easy to restore). And don’t forget: Measure twice, buy once! Making these materials readily available are several stores in Seattle including Ballard ReUse, Earthwise, Habitat for Humanity and Second Use.

A handy findwell client shared her recent home improvement project using salvaged materials in her basement laundry and powder room:


Green fir flooring from Second Use was repurposed as counter tops. Subway tile backsplash from Habitat for Humanity.


We love the idea of hanging these old doors as sliding “barn doors”. This way there’s no need deal with the hassle of finding the exact size door to fit your space.


Inspired by an old library door, for the powder room she used a salvaged door with a window (Second Use), added film for privacy and lettering for humor.


The built-in cabinet and shelves were made using materials she already had on hand – an old bookshelf and a cupboard saved from her kitchen renovation.

What a great space. Thanks for sharing, Ann!

Follow findwell’s Salvage It! board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

(Photos and project courtesy of Ann Wolf Design)