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Add Style With Salvage Finds

One of the many things that gives a home personality is when it’s decorated with unique finds from flea markets or salvage yards. New is nice, but things that have history add interest and a layer of patina that you can’t get with an ordinary big box store purchase.

Flea markets, thrift and antique stores, salvage yards and even your grandmother’s hand me down are all sources for these coveted finds that possess the charm of age. To follow are some ideas that just might inspire a weekend treasure hunt.

An architectural pediment makes a statement in an entry and serves a practical purpose when fitted with coat hooks. Partner with a weathered bench below for a welcoming place to sit to remove shoes.

pediment hook salvaged bench


Weathered and worn is a finish only time can create. Here an old hen coop is dusted off and reinvented as a magazine storage rack indoors.

chicken coop turned magazine rack


Technology has made the printer’s tray practically obsolete but the tiny divided spaces are perfect for modern storage solutions including craft or sewing supplies, toys, or as a jewelry display.

vintage printers tray

Trays and baskets corral a group of small items but how much more charming is a metal trough reinvented to serve the same purpose, one that adds a rustic meets industrial vibe to a contemporary kitchen.

metal bin spice rack


Milk crates aren’t just for dairy products, instead suspend them from walls in a mudroom or garage as a eye catching yet functional way to store the family’s sports equipment or outerwear.

hanging milk crates


Old MacDonald’s chickens found a larger coop, but their former home is easily transformed into a unique coffee table with casters and a glass top.

chicken coop coffee table

An industrial wine bottle drying rack is just as useful for storing glassware out in the open and presents a convenient solution for easy to grab mugs for morning juice or afternoon tea.

wine bottle dryer turned glassware holder


Metal jugs are frequent find in antique stores or flea markets, grab an interesting vessel and transform it into a one-of-a-kind lamp with a lighting kit and these DIY steps.

storage container turned lamp

Vintage luggage performs double duty as extra storage and as a nightstand when propped up on a modern base to add conversation worthy character.

suitcase turned nightstand

What’s your favorite vintage or salvage find that adds a unique touch to your home?


6 Responses to “ Add Style With Salvage Finds ”

  1. Is wall paint color information available for the photo with the caption “What’s your favorite vintage or salvage find that adds a unique touch to your home?”.

  2. I found 2 doors and a counter top from a bank for $15 each. I had the curved counter cut down and made into a breakfast bar and the doors I had made into counter tops in my kitchen. I even left the holes from the hinges. The finish has been going strong for 13 years now. One door has a sink dropped into it. I just make sure I keep it dry. Very easy to take care of and the carpenter who did it for me wanted me to find him some for his kitchen.

  3. Found a twin headboard at Goodwill, painted it, had an old heavy oak coffee table, padded it and upholstered it, attached the headboard to the table, instant banquet for dinning room or hall way. I get lots of compliments on the piece. Have fun!

  4. Found a twin size headboard and footboard from an old bed at the curb. Made them into a nice bench for my entryway. Here’s how I did it: cut the footboard in half height-wise and attached it to the headboard to serve as arm rests for my bench. Added a plywood box from scrap wood for the seat with a hinged lid (used) and painted it all to match using darker paint for the box itself so it sort of vanishes, then padded and upholstered the seat. Looks nice and has great storage under the seat. If you had the side rails or mattress support rails you could use those in place of the plywood for the wooden seat box.

  5. After I down-sized I was forced to use smaller and mulit-functional furniture. I reused my ‘old’ glass coffee table top in the dining room. I bought an old oak desk, painted the apron white, added 2″ High posts on each corner and placed the 40″x40″ glass top on the posts. I now have a one of a kind vintage looking dining room table with room between the glass top and the desk top that I insert things like trays or memorabilia that depicts the current season (winter, spring, summer, fall).

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