Add Style With Salvage Finds

January 23, 2014

One of the many things that gives a Chicago new home personality is when it’s decorated with unique finds from flea markets or salvage yards. New is nice, but things that have history add interest and a layer of patina that you can’t get with an ordinary big box store purchase.

Flea markets, thrift and antique stores, salvage yards and even your grandmother’s hand me down are all sources for these coveted finds that posses the charm of age. To follow are some ideas that just might inspire a weekend treasure hunt.

An architectural pediment makes a statement in an entry and serves a practical purpose when fitted with coat hooks. Partner with a weathered bench below for a welcoming place to sit to remove shoes.

pediment hook salvaged bench


Weathered and worn is a finish only time can create. Here an old hen coop is dusted off and reinvented as a magazine storage rack indoors.

chicken coop turned magazine rack


Technology has made the printer’s tray practically obsolete but the tiny divided spaces are perfect for modern storage solutions including craft or sewing supplies, toys, or as a jewelry display.

vintage printers tray

Trays and baskets corral a group of small items but how much more charming is a metal trough reinvented to serve the same purpose, one that adds a rustic meets industrial vibe to a contemporary kitchen.

metal bin spice rack


Milk crates aren’t just for dairy products, instead suspend them from walls in a mudroom or garage as a eye catching yet functional way to store the family’s sports equipment or outerwear.

hanging milk crates


Old MacDonald’s chickens found a larger coop, but their former home is easily transformed into a unique coffee table with casters and a glass top.

chicken coop coffee table

An industrial wine bottle drying rack is just as useful for storing glassware out in the open and presents a convenient solution for easy to grab mugs for morning juice or afternoon tea.

wine bottle dryer turned glassware holder


Metal jugs are frequent find in antique stores or flea markets, grab an interesting vessel and transform it into a one-of-a-kind lamp with a lighting kit and these DIY steps.

storage container turned lamp

Vintage luggage performs double duty as extra storage and as a nightstand when propped up on a modern base to add conversation worthy character.

suitcase turned nightstand

What’s your favorite vintage or salvage find that adds a unique touch to your home?


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