Showing posts with label Salvage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salvage. Show all posts

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Second Use...A Salvage Yard....

One of our favorite places to visit when we get time away from the kids for a date is

Second Use Building Materials

in Seattle.

I know what you're thinking:

"ooh - sounds romantic"

Ok, maybe not.

But for us, it is!

Second Use is filled to the brim with some of the coolest stuff that you can't find anywhere else! And we love to browse and dream of what is possible with all of their vintage inventory.

Case in point:

Remember this post from a while back?

The perfect vintage-industrial kitchen found on,
in the perfect color?

Well, guess what Second Use has in stock right now....

Can you believe it?

I'll admit - my jaw hit the desk when I saw it!

They have multiple lockers in smaller widths too - perfect for placing side-by-side, just like the inspiration photo...

And as if the basket lockers weren't enough...

see the tall, blue locker on the right hand side of this photo?

Look what Second Use has...

it's not a perfect match, but it's pretty darn close and would certainly do!


So here is my request - if any of you locals find your way to Second Use, and any of these pieces find their way back to your home, I would love to see photos of what you end up doing with them. I am not too proud to live vicariously through you!

Thanks in advance! :)


Back to why we love our salvage yard...

I signed up to get their weekly emails last year and I am so glad that I did. It was in an email that I saw the blue, metal basket lockers. When I clicked the link in the email, it took me to all of the items that they have reclaimed from old, local schools.

I tried not to drool. But they have some pretty cool stuff...

Pull down classroom maps from the 1940's

Double-sided lockers...

An old locker room bench...

This cabinet...

is awesome!

Don't you think?

Love this one as well...

An old single-pane door with transom...

...and much, much more.

This is only a small taste of what they have to offer.

And I'm telling you, it's all good!

They're good people too.

Read about how they began and what they've accomplished since opening their doors in 1994.

And take a look at their Customer Project Gallery to see how people put their salvaged items to use. You know you love looking inside people's's worth taking a look!

I urge all of you that are local to go and visit - you know it's got to be good if Will and I are willing to spend our rare alone time there...

You won't be disappointed!

P.S. I am in no way affiliated with Second Use. Well...except that, I love them, so I guess my heart kind of belongs to them. However, I have not been contacted by them, nor am I being paid or compensated for this post in any way. I am simply passing on information about one of the coolest places for salvaged items around.
Happy hunting!

all photos courtesy of

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I Got It!

The Junk Headboard on the side of the road that I was
talking about yesterday...

I got it!

I can't believe it was still there!

A full 24 hours had passed and the only things from the "Free Stuff" pile that were left were the headboard and a lonely computer monitor.

I'd say it was meant to be!

When my husband came home last night I said

"Did you see it? Out in the garage?"

and he said

"Ya. It's a piece of junk!"


Ye of little faith!

Keep in mind that's exactly what he said about the black dresser sitting in our entryway that he now loves!

Don't get me wrong, this thing is not pretty right now.

But if you look past what it is and see what it could be...

I have no doubt that it can, it will be something great!

It has some definite worn spots, but like always, I see that as character!

I'm not looking for perfection!

Now the decision lies in whether to keep it as a headboard


re-purpose it as something entirely new!

I'm leaning towards the latter!

It's always more fun to turn things into something unexpected!

Stay tuned...

I have no idea how long it will take, but you can be sure I will be posting the "after" pictures!

Wish me luck with the transformation!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Urban Hardwoods...

Welcome to Urban Hardwoods!

If you haven't heard about this Seattle based company, then let me introduce you...

When I first heard about Urban Hardwoods, I was immediately drawn to their mission and commitment to it!

For more than ten years Seattle's Urban Hardwoods has been rescuing trees lost to disease and transforming them into beautiful furniture.

Urban Hardwoods has led the way in urban tree salvage.

Each piece of furniture is made in Seattle from massive slabs of pacific madrone, sycamore, walnut, elm, and other trees that spent their lifetimes in Seattle.
Each piece unique, each with a story to tell.

See that tree being taken down in front of this gorgeous Seattle home?

"During the summer of 2006 one of the oldest Elm trees in West Seattle died. Urban Hardwoods was there to save her for a second life. The dining room is waiting for a table from the tree that grew less than 20 feet away.

Had Urban Hardwoods not been involved, this Elm would have met the same fate too many historic trees in Seattle endure - the landfill. Instead, thoughtfully milled and carefully stacked in our 'green room,' the 130-year-old Elm dried slowly and naturally for two more years."

I would love to be able to see this process in action!

Do you see that man waaaaaay up there?

The trees that they save are massive!

I wonder how many pieces of furniture they are able to get out of one tree?

"Made in Seattle from trees that would have been discarded, each piece is unique. The color and figure of the wood, the touch of the craftsman's hand, the shape and size can never be duplicated. We know where the tree grew. We take responsibility for its second life and are proud of our work."

And they should be!

The following pieces of furniture were labeled with where the tree came from:

Maple Valley

(Where we live!)

Capitol Hill


I absolutely LOVE their furniture!
I am sure that a little of it has to do with the fact that they are rescuing trees from the place that we call home! Oh, how I would love to have a piece to call my own...
Adding to the Wish List!
(My husband will get a good chuckle out of that!)

I wonder if they would let us tour their Factory?
How cool would that be?

Check out their website at

You can see their full line of in-stock furniture.
And just in case you are wondering, they do ship to anywhere in the US and Canada!
You can also see a slide show filled with pictures of the process from start to finish.
Check it out - it's pretty darn cool, if you ask me!