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salvaged kitchen cabinets
These kitchen cabinets are reclaimed furniture pieces (chests-of-drawers, buffets and display cases) painted back. Note the cabinets to the left of the sink.

salvaged kitchen cabinets
Salvaged wood cabinets painted a dark color, then while the paint was still wet, the doors were scorched using an acetylene torch. By designer Gloria Frame,

salvaged kitchen cabinets
Shelves and countertops are made of galvanized metal and the cabinetry is made from old fencing. Vintage truck springs, used as stools, were found at Artefact Design & Salvage. Designer and owner of the house Ken Fulk spotted the vintage industrial pendant lights at the Paris flea market.

reuse kitchen ideas
Old wooden beams hold up a sheet metal covered island.

old wood kitchen island
Old Barnwood Kitchen Island.

salvaged kitchen
Recycled kitchen. Corrugated sheet metal never looked so good -- who would have thought...

salvaged kitchen
Old wooden crates as cabinets.

reuse kitchen
German designer Katrin Arens, who lives in Northern Italy, blends old pallets and ancient wood with stone and white paint.

salvaged kitchen island
Salvaged wood island. Note pull out metal carts. Via

ikea kitchen reuse
Barnwood kitchen. This kitchen uses Ikea frames, the doors and drawer fronts of planks from an old barn. (Yes, you can buy Ikea frames without the doors.) The worktop is cast in concrete.

pallet wood cabinet
Pallet wood kitchen cabinets.
New Moon Cottage Long Beach Island, NJ
Designed by: Richard Bubnowski Design LLC
Photo: Sam Oberter Photography

reclaimed kitchen
A salvaged marine metal bouy as island base. The table rolls.
By Peter Reiquam via:

reclaimed wood ceiling

Reclaimed wood ceiling and cabinet.

salvaged kitchen
Salvaged cabinet, wood walls and lighting fixtures. Via:

salvaged kitchen
Reuse kitchen. Stainless restaurant sink and counter. Old lockers. Via

salvaged kitchen
Industrial finds, more chalkboard paint. Via:

reclaimed kitchen
Old restaurant counter as island, stainless steel cabinets.

salvaged kitchen
Russell Bloomfield shows off his kitchen made of reclaimed items sourced from building salvage yards.

recycled kitchen
Old wood cabinets by Piet Hein Eek

salvaged kitchen
Salvaged wood cabinets. Almost every piece of furniture was made from wood salvaged from the renovation of the house. The backsplash is made of bricks from the basement; the sink is set into an old gardening


salvaged kitchen
Salvaged kitchen cabinets, primitive teak tables, chalkboard paint as backsplash.

kitchen redo ideas
Chalkboard paint comes in many colors these days...

chalkboard kitchen
Chalkboard paint, white shelves and old wood.

reuse kitchen

Small efficient fridge, old cupboard, white board walls, rag rug.

reuse kitchen ideas

Old table and chair/bench. Simple Ikea-like cabinets, stainless counter, a shelf and lots of jars = nice look. Via:

recycled kitchen

Anchored by a stock island customized with oversize corbels, the room features almost entirely second-hand (or third- or fourth-hand) finds. Love the chandelier. Lots of tips here:

salvaged kitchen cabinets

Planked cabinet doors with wood bars for handles.

salvaged kitchen cabinets
Reclaimed cabinets. Started with a walnut cabinet from the Rebuilding Exchange, then added various aged lumber that they locally accumulated- douglas fir floor joists, cedar fencing, walnut doors and panels, pine shelving, both natural and painted white. To preserve the color of the wood, the cabinets were coated with wax.

reclaimed wood kitchen cabinets
Dilettante Studios

reclaimed wood kitchen

Reclaimed wood cabinets.
By Gianpaolo Zandegiacomo.

wood work shop kitchen cabinets
What to do with those old cabinets. Metal cabinets turned into a woodwork shop.

salvaged kitchen

A couple found this kitchen island for almost nothing and freshened it with a pine top. The refrigerator, originally a dull brown, looks brand new thanks to an automotive painter. Read more:

metal cabinets
Plants really brighten up old metal cabinets. Cabinets have library pulls.

salvaged kitchen
Salvaged barn wood kitchen. Via:

reuse kitchen ideas

Over the top large, not a 99% kitchen, but at least they used recycled elements! Salvaged wood island, unhoned slabs of stone for countertops, inexpensive local stone back splash and salvaged wood doors.

Green Demolitions of Fairfield, New Jersey and Greenwich, CT receive donations and consignments of pre-owned kitchens and showroom displays from all over the U.S. and then resell those kitchen and baths at deeply discounted prices. Donation proceeds benefit Recovery Unlimited, whose mission is recycling, creating jobs, providing affordable kitchens (and various other items), and funding 501(c )(3) charitable outreach programs. To donate or buy, see:





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Posts: 20
Re: Reuse Kitchens
Reply #20 on : Sun October 12, 2014, 20:50:04
Thank you for the blog. I'm looking for alternative kitchen ideas and have truly been inspired by the ones posted in your site.
Zayuk Yuliana
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Reclaimed Wood Furniture by WISANKA
Reply #19 on : Fri October 10, 2014, 22:26:28
My name is Zayuk from WISANKA Jepara, Indonesian Furniture company.
I can supply various kind of furniture made from recycled or reclaimed teak wood such as cabinet, chair, table, bed, wardrobe, etc.
For order, please feel free to send me an email to [email protected] or call 62 81126 48 026.

Thanks and Regards,
Zayuk (Mrs)
Rta Cabinet
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Need of Resability
Reply #18 on : Mon June 09, 2014, 03:12:29
Thanks for posting sch a nice and innovative blog,. I'm really very touched from it.
According to perception if we implement the un used wooden and metal waste to decorate our house and kitchen cabinets then it would really save s a lot of money. There are many possibilities out there to do so..
Again Thanks a lot
Annette Nazeri
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Reclaimed Life
Reply #17 on : Sun April 13, 2014, 11:19:05
Hopw Beautiful to see The Woods of the Past come alife in the modern World thank you for sharing such a awesome site
steven yablok
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building my house and barn
Reply #16 on : Thu April 03, 2014, 13:06:35
I come across great materials, and want to add them to my design. Thank you,
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Reply #15 on : Wed October 02, 2013, 05:37:46
Wonderful site and organisation....we are looking at using pallets for our kitchen renno....I wonder of there is a site like yours in Australia?
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Re: Reuse Kitchens
Reply #14 on : Sat March 30, 2013, 16:21:54
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Re: Reuse Kitchens
Reply #13 on : Sun February 10, 2013, 06:50:22
Now we are talking simply refreshing all these ideas
I for Color
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Reply #12 on : Fri January 11, 2013, 11:50:42
Wonderful curating job of inspirational resources. Mthank you
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Reply #11 on : Sun December 23, 2012, 08:23:59
So inspired by all these ideas!! I began decorating with salvage style out of necessity. Even though I can now afford new Im still doing salvage because of all the character it provides. Love it!!
ethel walden
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old metal kitchen cabinets
Reply #10 on : Thu December 06, 2012, 18:46:39
I would like to get old metal kitchen cabinets and get rid of the cheap standard wood cabinets. I want a 40s or 50s look.
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Reply #9 on : Sun November 25, 2012, 17:00:10
These are really cool+ inspiring!!!!
Steve Feldman
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Re: Reuse Kitchens
Reply #8 on : Sun October 14, 2012, 00:21:01
Green Demolitions receives donations and consignments of per-owned kitchens and showroom displays from all over the U.S. We have many wonderful after pictures from customers who have retrofit these recycled kitchens. Please let me know who to send to and I e-mail to you and mention this site on our Facebook. Thanks.
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Reply #7 on : Mon January 23, 2012, 01:27:00
I have been looking online forever (ok, about a year) to find pictures of people using salvaged pieces in the kitchen, and I could never come up with a good example. Now I have plenty of great, inspirational examples all on this site! THANK YOU!
amy manning
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homemade chalkboard paint
Reply #6 on : Wed November 02, 2011, 22:22:19
Hey thanks for these! I'm going to remodel my kitchen soon and there are some very cool ideas.

I wrote a post recently on making your own chalkboard paint:
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answer to Elizabeth
Reply #5 on : Tue November 01, 2011, 08:25:32
Hi Elizabeth, Yes, chalkboard paint really exists and people seem to really like it. See here: - Lots of reviews to read on Amazon. I would google chalkboard back splash under images as well. The brand Hudson makes many different colors so you are not restricted to black. Hope the project comes out beautifully. Best, Keiren
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Reply #4 on : Mon October 31, 2011, 21:54:27
Chalkboard paint is actually paint? Or is it an actual piece of chalkboard? If it's paint, where would you even find some since chalkboards are considered so outdated? Does it get all spotty when wet? I'm looking for a back splash idea, but rent, so bricks would be out of the question. open to suggestions.
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Alternative Kitchens
Reply #3 on : Sun July 31, 2011, 08:23:11
thank you thank you thank you! your site is wonderful. i've trawling the net for days looking for inspiration beyond the 'pristine perfect, boring as heck' examples of kitchen design.
I'm itching to get started & looking at everything now with a very beady eye to dual purpose it! Thanks again!
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Re-purposed kitchen materials
Reply #2 on : Tue July 26, 2011, 17:49:02
Re-using and re-purposing items for a kitchen is timely for me — and the examples shown here are amazing. I am trying to construct an approved kitchen on a shoestring and these are inspirational.
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Re: Reuse Kitchens
Reply #1 on : Mon July 25, 2011, 22:02:57
These are just phenomenal. I am blown away.
Just makes me want to build a kitchen !!
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