Editors’ Picks: Architectural Salvage Projects

Five unusual projects might inspire you to head to your local architectural salvage yard!

DIYers are savvy bargain shoppers. Whether you are completing your own home improvement projects or sticking to a budget, reusing materials always saves you money. Recycled materials not only adds character to old homes, it also helps save our planet. See our editors’ favorite architectural salvage projects below.

Paired with salvaged fence boards, a pair of antique corbels becomes a display shelf.

Kyle Dickson

Make a Shelf from Salvaged Corbels
For this project, a pair of antique corbels and salvaged fence boards were combined to create a focal point in the dining room.

Both the industrial iron bases and the wood tabletop are salvaged materials that found new life.

Dan Mayers

Reclaimed Wood Tables
Using salvaged wood with lots of character, it’s easy enough to create a tabletop of any size.

Copper window vanity.

Eduard Hueber/arch photo, courtesy Jane Kim Design

Copper Window Vanity
Repurposing a round, exterior copper window to be used as a mirror frame took some imagination.

Iron fencing. 

Dan Mayers

Lighting Whimsies from Another’s Junk
How to create a light fixture from salvaged metal.

A gothic bed crafted from garden fencing. 

Dan Mayers

DIY Gothic Bed
Sections of a Victorian Gothic fence found at a salvage yard were repurposed for a unique bed.


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