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Salvage Secrets: Designing and Building with Reclaimed Materials

Affordable, unique and full of character, reclaimed materials make smart and stylish additions to home design.



Vintage doors with large glass panes allow light to flow into this bedroom while reducing noise and creating a unique design for a private master-suite space.
Photo By Susan Teare
A claw-foot tub, an antique cabinet and a custom-built salvaged wood vanity lend a comforting feeling to this bathroom.
Photo By Susan Teare
A coat of paint in two complementary colors makes rescued cabinets and vintage wood floors shine. A single antique schoolhouse light fixture makes a dramatic accent.
Photo By Susan Teare
White stairs with simple treads and a basic railing allow an ornate antique newel post to take center stage.
Photo By Susan Teare
"Salvage Secrets" author Joanne Palmisano’s kitchen island top is made of Douglas fir railroad trusses from an 1880s building that was torn down in a neighboring town. Her soapstone sink, backsplash, refrigerator, pantry door and clock were also salvaged.
Photo By Susan Teare
Specialty lighting and metal workshops recondition antique fixtures and create new ones out of unique salvaged materials.
Photo By Susan Teare











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