I think it’s fair to say that reclaiming old materials has hit a fever-pitch. With the amount of pallet-related DIY projects on pinterest I can only assume that there will be no old pallets left anywhere in the universe by the end of the summer. Since my mom is an antique dealer, and has been my whole life,  the idea of re-using old things should come naturally to me. Not so! I think maybe being dragged to a googillion (thank you Ben Stiller for the invention of that number) thrift stores and estate sales backfired. I recycle & I attempt to garage sale and thrift shop about once a year, but I give up easily. However, I do love industrial & architectural salvage & my mom has found us a few amazing pieces over the years (that I will show you when I move into our new/old house – they are currently in storage).

If you happen to be lucky enough to live in the Northwest you should visit Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage (or google architectural salvage + your city to find something near you). They have an ever rotating selection of unique items, like this cart for instance:

or this sweet little industrial revolving cabinet {if I was an artist I would buy this to store paint and supplies}

or this industrial stool with a beautiful weathered look

One of my absolute favorite applications of reclaimed goods are wood floors. You can make  new construction instantly have real character by adding floors that have had a previous life. Here are some favorites:

{this is weathered antique heart pine by mountain lumber}

{chestnut plank by pioneer millworks}

{black & tan oak by pioneer millworks}

{my personal favorite – douglass fir by viridian reclaimed wood}

Here are a few other inspiring {or inspired} applications of reclaimed goods:

{these stairs originally found on the style files}

{this scrapwood and glass cabinet by Piet Hein Eek}

{reclaimed stria storage collection by west elm}

{this dresser made from old telephone poles by Sundance}

{these lockers by Sundance}

btw: we have some pretty neat old lockers that I’ll show in another post & we DIDN’T pay $1800 for them {in fact one was in the barn of my parents home when they bought it & the other my aunt got at a garage sale for $40 & kindly re-sold it to us}, so start looking around for an auction at an old school, on craigslist, or get some awesome treasure hunting relatives like me.

I am pretty sure that tiny texas houses takes the cake on reclaiming stuff. They build entire houses out of old stuff. REALLY, REALLY cute houses. Here’s one:

{this one is the san augustine}

{this one is the essay house}

This is a serious dedication to ‘reduce reuse recycle’…and now of course I am going to have Jack Johnson singing that in my head all day {there are worse things}.