(Photos © Susan Teare/W.W. Norton & Company)In her new book Salvage Secrets Design & Decor (W.W. Norton & Company), salvage design maven Joanne Palmisano shows readers how to transform their homes using a creative roster of reclaimed materials, from bottle caps to chicken coops. Here, four ingenious ways to incorporate found wood in a way that's thoughtful, organic, and much more personal than the average big-box pieces.
Tree Trunk Tasting Table
This bar-height countertop is actually made from a reclaimed pine tree found on the owner's property. When the family had to clear some of the land for the house, they felt strongly about reusing the wood, which they had dried and had locally milled. They left the tree's natural living edge on the slab and kept its splits in tact.
At the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, each room is laid out differently, but all incorporate salvaged materials in ingenious ways. This room has a space-saving sliding bathroom door, which makes a striking visual focal point. This kind of door is easy to install in any home using reclaimed lumber and a vintage barn slider, or even a new one purchased at a feed store.
Hit the Hay
This master bedroom headboard is a tour de force of salvaged driftwood. The owner likes the fact that the old wood has been floating in salt water, which eliminates bugs and leaves it thoroughly clean and smooth.
Here, the homeowner removed her outdated upper cabinets, opting instead for simple base cabinet boxes and used vintage shutters (cut in half) as doors. Because she liked the original color, she had the boxes painted to match; she then added mirrored glass to an old window frame.