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Ideas for Using Reclaimed Items in Your Kitchen

Learning Experience

This remodeled Seattle kitchen features countertops that are chalkboards salvaged from an old elementary school. The remodeling team found the materials at RE Store, a local non-profit salvage outlet, and had them cut to fit. The blackboard’s smooth, honed surface is ideal for a countertop, but slate must be sealed periodically to prevent staining. Yes, you can still write on them with chalk! Credit: Fivedot design build

Cool Hardware, Pull-ease!

Those of you with a literary bent might notice these are no ordinary kitchen door and drawer pulls — they’re from library card catalogs. The designer found them on eBay for $9 each. Bonus: There were enough to do the whole kitchen. Even if you’re not remodeling your kitchen, adding new hardware is a simple, cost-effective way to spruce up cabinets. Credit: Puertas Design

All in the Family

When these home owners heard that their niece was about to redo her kitchen, they hatched a plan for using her old upper cabinets as storage under an existing breakfast bar. Because uppers are only 12 inches deep, they fit neatly under the overhang of the bar. Three custom-built cubbies made up for the difference in height, and new paint and a bit of trim finished it all off. Credit: May Days

Take it to the Banquette

Built-in banquette seating has been around for centuries, and trend-hunters say it’s making a big comeback in today’s kitchens. This banquette was built with reclaimed wood to satisfy the home owner’s preference for using reclaimed materials. Handsome old wooden airplane propellers range from $200 to $8,000. Credit: Jeannie Balsam, LLC

Bowling Alley Countertops

Give your kitchen a playful spin with hard maple countertops made from reconditioned bowling alleys. They’re made with edge-laminated boards so they’re especially tough; you can find them at reclaimed lumber specialists. A section 42 inches wide, 60 inches long, and 2.5 inches thick is about $250 (be sure to ask for sections with arrows and other bowling marks). Measure counter height carefully to account for the thickness. Credit: Simply Sofie

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