Somehow, Jami has agreed to come back for a second episode, where we go through our favorite things we’ve made with cast-offs and reclaimed materials. Brian tells the story behind one of our favorite salvage projects – the French style bench we made from old dining chairs. In the food segment, Jami describes why she loves Chef’s Salads so much when it’s hot out.
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Castoffs & Salvaged DIY Bench
Above is the castoff cabinet that Brian brought home and we used as a freestanding cabinet in our first two homes. When we created this laundry room, we built it in adding molding and brackets, so it stayed with the new owners. But isn’t it perfect there? See the laundry room makeover here.
I had to search to find a photo of our salvaged oak hall floor, which is from the small-photo days of blogging, but it’s enough to give you the idea. It was obviously very salvaged from a number of different places. Nothing that a bit of sanding, stain, and sealer can’t fix! You can see the finished floor in AOC’s home tour.
The two other things we made with the pile of salvaged oak flooring:
- The top pictured above that turned our bar cart into a sideboard for the dining room (not on the blog yet).
- A desk top for metal Ikea trestle legs (includes DIY tutorial)
Studio closet storage doors: $25 pair of french doors; $12 screen door; $20 double screen doors all lined with fabric tacked to the inside. This room was part of the garage conversion.
The DIY salvaged bench from 2 broken chairs:
Our favs for warm weather:
- Chef’s Salads with customizable toppings – one dish meal.
- Shaved Cabbage Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
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