Temple, New Hampshire Farmhouse, Part 1

demolish  de·mol·ish  (dəˈmäliSH) verb 1. to destroy (as a building) completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces.  The town has scheduled will demolish that old building with an implosion.

deconstruct  de·con·struct  (dēkənˈstrəkt)  verb  1. to identify and examine the basic elements or parts of  especially for discovering interrelationships.  2. To take apart or examine  in order to reveal the basis or composition.  3. To adapt or separate the elements of  for use in an ironic or radically new way.  The family decided to deconstruct the old home and re-purpose the land it is on.

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photo by Deconstruction Works, VT

She grew up in the farmhouse across the road.  It was built in 1770 by her farming ancestors when they came to Temple, NH, a town that was founded only a few years prior.  Someone in her family lived there for most of the last 230 years, but for the last several it has stood empty.  Sadly, there were no family members interested in the old beauty and no buyers either.  Instead of letting it be occupied by someone who wouldn’t care for it or letting it sit empty, she decided to have it deconstructed so that others could enjoy at least the parts they needed.

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siding partly removed – photo by Deconstruction Works

Deconstruction Works, a contractor in West Dummerston, Vermont, took on the job.  At ReHouse we are able to remove kitchen cabinets, built-ins, flooring, trim, doors, and windows from homes locally.  At Deconstruction Works they are able to take apart an entire house, remove everything, and find customers who need each piece.

house front deconstruction
it looks good in brown – photo by Deconstruction Works

Having worked with us before they kindly let us know about the project and gave us the opportunity to claim a few pieces to bring back to Rochester.  We wanted to share with you some photos, and a bit of the house’s history to go with them.

Sally at NH
here’s Sally picking out some sashes – photo by Deconstruction Works

Temple, NH is, according to Wikipedia, “a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,366 at the 2010 census.  In 1758, Maj. Ephraim Heald and his (family), were among the first settlers. Peter Heald is generally considered to be the founder of Temple.  In 1768, it was incorporated by colonial Governor John Wentworth, who named it after his lieutenant governor, John Temple.  Temple Glassworks was founded here in 1780 by Robert Hewes of Boston.  By 1859, the town’s population was 579, when Temple had two sawmills, one gristmill, and a tannery.  As of the census of 2000, there were 1,297 people, 440 households, and 347 families residing in the town. ”

Although I do not know who the original owner of the home was, we do know that he was one of the first settlers in Temple.  As you can see from these illustrations of 3 early Temple homes, the style was very typical of the period.  These are from The History of Temple, NH by Henry Ames Blood.

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front step stone with boot scrapper – photo by Deconstruction Works

Please scrape your boots before coming inside for a tour.

Welcome to the parlor.  This room is a perfect example of the home’s interior decor.  The floors are wide spruce boards which were almost certainly cut on the property.  The woodwork is all natural in this room which is so beautiful.  Too bad wallpaper is too hard to save.  The fireplace itself is brick painted white; more on that in a bit.

deconstruction of the parlor – photos by Deconstruction Works

parlor at ReHouse

Here is our almost authentic 1770s parlor vignette.  We have the paneling, mantle, built-in, and doors at ReHouse.  They are all available for sale as of 7.16.18.  Here are the details from left to right.

  • built-in cupboard, pine, two 2-paneled doors, with wood knobs and brass toggle latches, 6 shelves total inside, 50″ wide x 86″ high x 20″ deep, item number #100953, $1425.
  • mantel and fireplace surround with upper panel, natural pine, simple detail, 71.5″wide x 85″ high, mantel is 50.75″ from floor, opening is 54″x45,” item number #101678, $535.
  • paneling to the right of fireplace, 4 panel, pine, floor to ceiling, 45″ wide x 85″ high, #101679, $125.
  • interior doors, we have several, most are natural on one side and painted on the other, 4 panel pine, about 1″ thick, all include traditional wrought iron latches, 29-30″wide x 76-78″ high, various item numbers, $75-80 each.


I hope you will come back for Part 2 next week.  We’ll leave the latch string out for you.


Salvage Job in Elmira

It is a sad day for anyone who sees a family home demolished for any reason.  At ReHouse we hope that we are able to help during this time by saving some treasured pieces of that beloved home.  Last week we went to “Grandma’s” house in Elmira NY and did just that.  I don’t know why the house is being taken down, but I do know there were memories made there.  According to Zillow, the house, on Main St, “is a single family home that contains 2,152 sq ft and was built in 1900. It contains 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.”

The home still featured the original Victorian double entry doors.  Blue on the exterior and cream on the interior the doors are constructed with 2 panels and one upper lite each (#98448).

The interior panels are flat, but the exterior panels are raised with detailed trim.  These giants measure 53.5″ wide by 101.25″ high when placed together.  The door plates, mortises, hinges, and original round doorbell are included for $875.

There was also one pocket door in the home’s interior to a bathroom closet.  This is a beautiful four panel door with gorgeous Eastlake hardware that had been painted over (#98385).


We removed the pocket door handles and mortise, stripped the paint, and put them right back where it came from giving the whole door new life.  This single door measures 29.5″ wide by 89.5″ high is available with the rollers on top for $325.  (Measurement is for door only and does not include rollers height)

Speaking of hardware, all the door knobs in the house were brown swirl porcelain… PAINTED!  Yikes!  We patiently let the Crockpot work its magic and were delighted to discover 12 sets of these after about an hour.  Each set is $20 (#98300).

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Another great hardware find was several closets worth of coat hooks.  More specifically cast iron acorn double hooks.  This is a classic antique design, and these are a nice large size at just under 4″ deep.  We did the work of stripping the paint off these for you as well.  Fill your own closet for only $9 each (#98304).


Cast iron is a hot topic at this house, and the coat hooks are just the beginning.  We were able to pull out several heating grates including a large floor cold air return, a few modern grill style wall grates, and the these decorative ones.

Top left: brown, top only, 9.75×11.5, #98325, $25

Center left: natural, top: 10×13.75, insert: 8×12, #98323, $75

Bottom left: some brown paint, top: 12×16, insert: 10×14, #98321, $85

Top right: natural, top: 12×18, insert: 10×16, #98269, #95

Bottom right: white, top: 9.5×11.75, insert: 8×9.75, #98324, $75

Here are a few close-ups for details.

Back outside the cast iron continued in the railings from the front and side porches and stairs.  These are black wrought iron with delightful cast rose accents.  The balusters alternate between straight and twisted and the ends have generous swirl handles.

We have 6 pieces altogether.  The 3 stair pieces measure 48, 60, and 72 inches long and are priced $80, $100, and $120 respectively (#98282, 98238, 98281).  Two identical straight pieces (#98280) measure 30 high and 50 long for $80 each. The largest piece (#98426), shown in the right photo below, is a straight piece with a tall end that would have gone from the porch floor to ceiling similar to a column.  It is 132″ long and the tall end is 112″ high.  This is $320.

Since we are talking about railings let’s take a look at the interior natural wood railing inside the main entrance.  We were able to remove the entire railing, newel post, and balusters.  This is a gem with an elegant design and hairpin turn, not to mention the UNPAINTED wood finish. The railing measures in at 365″ long and includes 59 balusters.  The newel post is 43″ high.  The complete set is priced at $625 (#98277).


Next, join me in the kitchen where we were able to remove a small set of vintage metal cabinets, a cast iron sink, and a built in wood pantry.  The cabinets are a classic vintage style and color with original chrome handles.  The sink base has 4 doors and 2 drawers for versatile storage.  The other 3 cabinets (the one not shown is the same as the bottom one) are all uppers, the smallest of wise could fit over an appliance.


The sink is included in the price.  It is cast iron with a porcelain finish that is in pretty good shape.  The faucets, handles, and sprayer are all included and had been used recently.  The double drainboard means you can have lots of dishes drying at the same time or you can use that counter space for something else.  The whole set (#98428) is priced together for only $425.  What a deal!  Main piece including sink: 54w x 39.5h x 25d.  Smaller cabinet: 18x18x13.5. Larger cabinets: 18x30x13.5.


The built in pantry cabinet is original to the home and has traditional bead-board doors and Eastlake hardware.  It comes apart in 2 sections which makes it easier to move and reinstall.  The upper section has only 2 very tall doors concealing 6 storage shelves.  Are you picturing rows and rows of jams and pickles?  This section measures 41w x 78h x 15d.  The lower section has 2 drawers and 2 doors.  The base is 34h, a great counter height.  The “counter” measures 41.75×20.75 which gives it a slight overhang.

The finish one the pantry was in bad shape, as you can see in the close-up, so we decided to give the piece a face lift.  We used Valspar Furniture Paint in Tea Light for the whole exterior except the “counter” which we sanded down and stained.  I know you want to see it done, but it is still drying.  Check our Instagram feed next week for the reveal.   think you’re going to love it!  Until then enjoy the slide show we’ve posted there of some other smalls we picked up at the salvage job that are available in the store now.



The Burma Collection

ReHouse recently headed to Vermont on a mission to reclaim some unusual architectural items; materials not usually found in Rochester or Vermont: antique teak crafted in Burma over a century ago.  The Vermont homeowners traveled to Burma years ago, fell in love with the wood work there, and purchased a houseful of incredible pieces.  They have chosen to move on from their teak, and now ReHouse holds the collection for another homeowner to fall in love with.


At a single glance, you must admit that these pieces are special. Now look even closer…

The panes in the divided light windows are arranged in patterns that move away from ordinary and toward intriguing. They are symmetrical but not in the way most of our stock is uniformly arranged in plain squares or occasionally diamonds.  These arrangements really get the left brain thinking.

Take a look at the glass itself.  The juxtaposition of clear, patterned, stained, and even patterned stained is an unexpected delight to viewers.  The stained glass forms a vivid palette of easy to work with hues and intricate textures.

The patterned glass adds texture as well as history to each piece it adorns.  Three different patterns are present in this collection. The first two feature tiled floral motifs, very traditional Burmese patterns.

The third offers the viewer a lesson in local Burmese history.  From 1824-1948 Burma was under British rule.  This is illustrated in the beautifully detailed glass which appears in several colors throughout the collection.  In this example you can see the Tudor Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, and the Shamrock of Ireland intricately woven together.

These three botanicals have been used together as the symbol of the United Kingdom since 1800.  In the  mid-1800s the symbols were carved together on the gate pillar of Buckingham Palace and can be found on other buildings, flags, heraldic images, and currency.  Through this glass we can believe that this tradition obviously influenced artists in the far reaching territories as well as the homeland.


The workmanship is present in the detailed woodcraft as well.  These are not mass produced pieces that never deviate from the master plan.  Each is made with love and care and expertise.  The joints are crafted with precision using wood pegs and mortise joints.  The wood between the panes of glass are also not universal.  Some are rounded, some come to a point, and some have a more complicated profile.  Even the repairs are done in a way that shows the woodworker’s dedication to the preservation and love of the original work.

Pairs of tall doors are prevalent in this collection.  With or without glass, these intricately constructed double doors would have been used for interior passageways.  Can you imagine having such beautiful doors leading to your bedroom or master bath?  These make other French doors look so…normal.

Make sure you take a drive over to ReHouse soon to check out this amazing collection before it disappears. Give yourself time to look closely at each piece. You are sure to see and feel the stories they hold.

Local 2017 Reuse Contest Results

Every year ReHouse partners with The Reuse People to bring you The National Reuse Contest.  There are 2 categories, Furniture/Art and Remodeling/Construction, and the goal of each project should be to showcase reused materials.  ReHouse staff has voted and we are awarding 1st and 2nd place in the Furniture/Art category and 1st place in the Remodeling/Construction category (we did not receive enough entries to vote for 2nd). The 2017 local portion of the contest has concluded, and we are delighted to share with you our 3 winners who live in 3 different states!


First Place

The Rattlesnake Zephyr by Jonathan Postal, Memphis, Tennessee

art Jonathan Postal

This is a Postal Delta Zephyr, a handmade guitar that began its life as a Maple board in Tennessee.  Jonathan incorporated reused materials throughout.  The control plate is made from a brass vintage Skyscraper door plate (from ReHouse).  The Jack Input is fabricated from the back plate of a drawer pull as is the Truss Rod Cover, which has been covered in Rattlesnake skin.  The Switch Plate is a vintage US coin reproduction.  The Pick Guard and Neck Plate are hand made from brass door kick plates that were salvaged from the old Memphis Central Train Station.  The sides of the instrument are covered in the skin of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.

Second Place

A Dining Table with Family Ties by Sarah Shank, Washington, DC

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Sarah Shank is one of many ReHouse customers who have given new life to bowling alley reclaimed from The Polish Heritage Society in Rochester, NY.  She said, “When I saw this bowling alley from the Polish American Club available, I couldn’t resist. As a child, my grandma was an active member of the PAC and we spent many nights there at spaghetti dinners. My grandparents were both bowlers and so it’s been a huge part of my family.

“We bought an 8 ft piece of lane, hauled it back to DC (where I now live) and began deciding how to turn it into my dining room table. The piece was so heavy that we had to have folks help us lift it into the house.  We worked with a friend who does some metal work to help with the welding. I found the legs at a yard sale – we believe they are from a machine shop in WV.”



First Place

Kitchen and Bath Remodel by the Zuech Family, Rochester, New York

The Zuech household in Franklinville, NY underwent a kitchen and bath remodel this year.  Repurposed materials for the project included an antique dresser, a section vintage bowling alley, a 1952 Chambers stove, light fixtures from an old car garage, an antique claw foot tub, and dozens of vintage hankies.


A huge thank you and congratulations go out to all entrants and winners.  We are immensely impressed with all the customer projects we receive.  Get ready to send in your 2018 entries starting in just a few months.

A Philly Story: The Cathedral

In keeping with the theme of church related items from Philly, I want to feature some from the another area congregation.  Like private homes and commercial buildings, houses of worship occasionally take on updates and restoration.  The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception had in the basement a collection of no longer used items from the church, social rooms, rectories and class rooms.

image source: http://ukrcathedral.com/about.html

The Cathedral is located in the Northern Liberties district in Philadelphia and was erected in 1966. This building replaced the old Cathedral Church at that time.  Inside and out the Cathedral is gorgeous but as the website says, “the completion of the interior embellishments is an ongoing process which will continue over the years.”

Some changes are choices and some are not.  It is common practice for Catholic Churches to have displays of small candles for the faithful to use as part of a devotional prayer.  More and more, these real candles are no longer used in churches for insurance purposes and are being replaced with electric or battery powered prayer candles. The Cathedral is one of those places that has decided to switch, and now these beautiful displays are available in our store.

The large gold displays have 102 small holders in the center and 20 large holders on the sides and across the top.  In the center of the top is an electrified light socket under the cap and cross.  They measure 65″ wide and 21 1/2″ deep and have small casters.  We have 2 of these.  They do not include glass votive inserts or candles.

The one smaller iron display has 40 small holders and 5 large ones across the back.  The base is twisted and scrolled wrought iron.  There is a slot for donations on the front.  The total dimensions for this smaller one are 28.25″wide by 44″high and 15.5″deep.

I hear you, you aren’t a Church, so what the heck would you do with a piece like this.  No worries.  We have some ideas…wine rack. cups with craft supplies. bird feeder.  Or how about this one?  Take the top section off.  Put the candle holder in your unused or faux fireplace and partially fill it with candles.  Now it looks like you have a blazing fire.  You can use the base as an aquarium stand, plant stand, or garden art.  Can you imaging dozens of tiny herbs growing in them?

Let’s see what else we have acquired from the cathedral.  A few short pews that are 54″ long, shown below. The back is 32″ high, the seat is 17″ off the floor in the front. Several have kneelers attached but they can be removed. Stained and varnished oak.  They are a nice size for a front entry or mud room where people are taking shoes on and off.


Holy water “urn” with a stainless steel upper canister marked HOLY WATER on the top handle and an aluminum legged base. It stands 45″ high and could have many reuse options (with no disrespect intended to its original use).  Exceptionally clean and unmarred.  Lemonade?

Next up: front row pew.  Paneled section in varnished oak with capped ends, kneeler, Bible holder on back side.  Front side is also beautiful paneled wood, no seats.  8′ 1″ long by 38″ tall at end cap.

The Cathedral housed a school for many years so we now have several chairs that have an arm with a tablet table, all right handed. Some seats have numbers stenciled on the back, and the traditional school desk carvings.  Wood is varnished and frames are sturdy metal.

This is interesting…a 49″ tall octagon cupola or dome. Brilliant and metallic colors, beautifully painted, tiered with an onion top that may have been the base for a cross(?).  It is quite a stunning piece.


Assorted tall metal candle holders originally used in the main sanctuary.  Very sturdy.  Could be spray painted a new more inspiring color.  Would make great bird bath stands.


This is a special find.  A bell/gong from the church.  This was used during special services and events.  Made of bronze it has a sacred sounding tone when rapped with the wooden mallet.


We would like to take the opportunity to that the community at the Cathedral for their dedication to reuse by offering these materials to Restore of Philadelphia.  Let’s give them new life!

Best of Bowling Alley Salvage

“Do you bowl?”

Shortly after moving into my new home the lady across the street, who was then 84, walked over to welcome us.  After “hello,” the very next thing out of her mouth was, “do you bowl? We need another woman in our league.” I think my jaw hit the floor.  The truth is…I CAN bowl, but I don’t make a habit of it.  What I would like to do is build something out of reclaimed bowling alley wood.  I didn’t tell her that though.

I have put together a compilation of the Best Bowling Alley Re-Builds by customers here at ReHouse.  We don’t want to brag, but they are also some of the best anywhere.  In my search for primo projects on Pinterest I discovered that most reclaimed bowling alleys become one type of finished product: the top of something.  They become the tops for desks, coffee tables, dining tables, counters, bars, and islands.  Here are some amazing creations by our very own customers (in no particular order).

Extended Kitchen Island

The Johnson-Kercsmar family chose an 8 foot section of bowling alley with inlaid arrows.  They refinished the wood with a warm stain, painted a reclaimed kitchen cabinet, and added some wood legs and framing.  Those industrial stools appear to be made to match!  And how amazing does it look with that stone fireplace and those vintage style lights (which are also available at ReHouse)?  Can I come over?rehouse

Custom Kitchen Island

Here is another kitchen island.  The Zuech family also chose a piece with inlaid arrows to add some direction to their cooking.  They refinished the top but kept the light finish, trimed the edge with metal, and went with a white base to compliment their amazing Chambers stove (ReHouse has one of those right now too).  I’d love to poke around the rest of the house!bowling alley_Zuech_2017

Dining Table for…a crowd?

This dining table is the longest project I am featuring today.   Our customer, who resides in a loft apartment in Rochester, apparently enjoys hosting large dinner parties because he has this table set for 18 guests!  He chose a 12 foot section (the longest we have).  On the near end you can see the lane’s original pin decking and a few bowling pins for some interest.  I don’t know what the base is for this table, but I can assure you it must be heavy duty to hold up this grand table.  (Sadly, I am not certain which customer created this beauty.  If it is you, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.)  How do I secure an invite to the next party?bowling-alley-table-2bowling-alley-table

Bathroom Vanity

The Church family used 2 lengths of the approach for their double-decker bathroom vanity.  The approach is the section of lane before the point where you release the ball.  This material is thinner because it does not usually need to withstand the abuse of heavy bowling balls.  The approach was also salvaged in narrower pieces, so there was no need to cut down the width of these pieces before installation.  Both levels are edged in strips of beautiful matching wood trim.  Some steel pipes for supports gives this a sophisticated industrial feel.  Do you mind if I use the facilities?bowling alley vanity

Kitchen Table & Benches

The Femecs, a local husband and wife team, designed and constructed a built-in breakfast nook including a table and benches on 2 sides.  The alley section they used for the bench seat features small circle markings on the far right.  The metal table base was custom made by Rochester company General Welding and Fabricating.  All other work on this inviting corner of the kitchen was done by the couple.  The edge of the table was left without trim to show off the many narrow strips of wood that make up the alley.  I like my eggs over hard please.BowlingLaneTableAndBenches

Have you purchased bowling alley from Rehouse?  Have you done anything with it yet? We want to see it!  Email your project pics to rehouseinfo@rehouse.com.  We LOVE to see what our customers are doing.  Don’t you have a project to start?

Photos have been provided by the customers and have been used with their permission.

Top 10 Architectural Salvage Items to Repurpose for Your Home

It’s a hot word in today’s online world of DIY blogging and made over décor: Repurpose.  But what does it really mean to “repurpose” something? Google has informed me that to repurpose means to “adapt for use in a different purpose.”  This is one of my favorite words, and working at ReHouse I have daily inspiration.  It got me to wondering, what are the most popular architectural salvage items to repurpose?  I’ve done my fair share of upcycling, as it is also called, but I turned to the DIY pros via Pinterest for some guidance on the topic.

I conducted a search on Pinterest for “repurpose architectural salvage” and gathered my data on the frequency with which each item or category appeared in the results.  I then compared those results with our own POS database and the quantity of each item or category we sold in 2016 and 2017 so far (these numbers will be listed in parenthesis for each category or subcategory).  I have concluded that the top 10 architectural salvage items to repurpose (in no particular order) must be

Doors (1081)

Interior (709), exterior(209), paneled wood, metal, wood with leaded glass, rustic/barn (53), sliding, folding, painted or natural, hundreds of DIYers are adapting doors to fit their décor needs and styles.  These photos all come from ReHouse customers who have reinstalled or repurposed the doors they purchased here.

Top left: Tim repurposed a pair of oversized doors from a garage or barn into outdoor privacy walls on his deck. Top right: Exterior door with side lites and arched transom from Victorian home in Hornell, NY reinstalled at MCM Natural Stone in Rochester, NY. Center right: wood interior door with beautiful grain turned on its side is now a customer’s headboard. Bottom right: an assortment of paneled interior wood doors pieced together to make the sales counter at Grossman’s Nursery also in Rochester, NY.  Bottom left: side folding wood and glass garage doors became a space divider in a clothing store in NYC.

Windows (955)

Technically these are window sashes or one part of the whole window unit.  Most DIYers using windows seem to choose older wood framed sashes with divided lites (256), leaded glass (100) or the occasional stained glass (31).  Pinterest has window project round ups that include “25+ DIY Repurposed Window Ideas” and “40 Simple Yet Sensational Repurposing Projects for Old Windows.”  Wall decor seems to be a very popular result, and here are a few I would be happy to hang in my home.

Left to right.  1. Frame a fun favorite poster within the divided lites and add a whimsical accent to the front like Cassie from Little Red Window.  2. Feature a collection of small stained glass windows on an empty wall like this arrangement from Pinterest said to be in the home of John McGivern.  3. At Right Up My Alley Design on Etsy I found inspiration for painting on glass just as I would on a canvas.  4. I could not find any one to which I can attribute this creative enclosed frame except that it is obviously from the family of Sgt. Gregory W Ball.  Cases and cabinets seem to be a natural progression in window repurposing.

Left: By Your Hands featured this cabinet with windows as doors but did not know where it originally came from.  You could use a pre-built cabinet or build one to suit a found window.  Similar to one at my house, this cold frame from Grow Garden Tomatoes will protect your sprouting plants in the cool spring.

Metal Accents

Metalwork that was a part of something else in a former life often peeks through or sometimes even dominates architectural vignettes.  In ReHouse these items fit into all categories.  Among the top choices for salvaged metalwork are fence sections or pieces (73), gates with some sort of latch (7), heating grates (180), tin ceiling (361), lamp/lighting parts (320), and other metal do-dads, tools, and thingies from who knows what (I don’t have a number for that).

Top row, left to right: Narrow console table using reclaimed wood and wrought iron fence pieces, this post led me back to Cass at Remodelaholic. An aged run-of-the-mill chain link fence gate becomes a decorating focal point when hung above the fireplace and adorned with a natural arrangement at Back Porch Musings.  Those little dod-dads come in handy when making unique wind chimes as Rebecca discovered from life. by hand.  Tear that ugly fabric off an old lamp shade, invert, and let it hold up your tulips (no attribution).  Bottom row, left to right: Antique heating grates set into the ground and filled with colored stones become and enchanted walking path aparently from Hometalk. Make your own toilet paper holder out of pipe pieces or purchase at Reclaimed Art.  This lovely bouquet accent lamp is made of lamp parts with a touch of hardware for the blossoms by Jack at Jack Riley Lighting.

Hardware (9725)

That leads us into another broad category that spans all types of door knobs (816), door plates (688), drawer pulls and knobs (2451), latches (205), hinges (1348), hooks (217), escutcheons (162), and brackets (64).  I was surprised to discover that many hardware repurposing projects are resulting in beautiful and unique jewelry.  There are also many customers at ReHouse who want to give their kitchen or furniture a makeover with new knobs or pulls.

Top row, right to left: ReHouse customer, Alissa Laine, restored this beautiful dresser by replacing the knobs with original glass.  1/2 of a hinge + 2 typewriter keys = a classy hook for necklaces made by Paul at Etsy shop StrangeTanks.  An antique eschutcheon (that key hole thing) and a few beads create a simple and elegant statement from a web page that is no longer active.  Some shabby chic door knobs are retrofitted for candles and rented out as wedding decor at Something Borrowed.  Bottom left:  One of my favorite uses for antique hardware has to be the addition of a door plate from ReHouse to a real and functioning guitar by Jonathan at Postal Commerce.  A statement piece worthy of a red carpet event this necklace features an antique drawer pull and (I think) precious stones made at Retreaux Girl.  Another ReHouse customer (whose name has been sadly misplaced) used 12 point glass door knobs and a wood door header to create an elegantly rustic coat rack.

Wood Trim and Accents

This is admittedly a large and varied category.  People are using corbels (76), plinth blocks (76), door headers (over 150 linear feet), column capitals, and pieces of wood appliqué.  It also includes all types of turned wood findings such as balusters (149), newel posts (8), columns (57), and furniture parts like chair spindles (145 chairs) and table legs.

Top left: An antique extra large corbel mounted on the wall becomes a plant stand at the Bachman’s Spring 2011 Ideas House and captured by Itsy Bits and Pieces.  Top center: Using some salvaged wood trim our customer Ms. Farnung created a lovely space to display her jewelry.  Top right: Decorative plinth blocks used to adorn the bottom corners of doorways where 2 types of trim meet.  Add a hook of your choosing and mount them to hang hats, necklaces, or dish towels like My Desert Cottage.  Bottom row: Matching corbels are used to support a shelf in the dining room at the Red Chandelier.   An unidentified but beautiful piece of salvaged wood repurposed as a table lamp by Meyer Interiors.

Mantels (33)

Pinterest viewers are not inundated with mantels as they may be doors or windows, but the end results are so beautiful and inspiring I feel they have earned a spot in the top ten.  These mantels are might be striped, sanded, painted, and/or stained.  Many live their new lives simply as restored mantels for real or imagined fireplaces, but often they are transformed into headboards, book shelves, or even a mirror frame.

Top left: upholstered mantel headboard by Rhonda at My Blue Creek Home.  Top right: shabby chic arched mantel headboard from a compilation at Country Design Home.  Middle right: mantel turned bookshelf found on Pinterest from an old Ebay link.  Bottom right: small mantel repurposed as a bathroom mirror frame at Neighbor’s Hill Bakery and Cafe in Arkansas (photo by Aunt Ruthie at Sugar Pie Farmhouse).  Bottom left: imagined fireplace vignette at Chateau Chic.

Shutters (224)

Both interior and exterior, shutters are used in a variety of household vignettes and projects.  Interior shutters are usually shorter and narrower.  These were more for privacy that for protection as large outdoor shutters were.  In case you’re interested, the most popular exterior shutter color is green if our inventory is any indication

Top row, left to right:  Gail Wilson at My Repurposed Life made this handy magazine rack with one wide interior shutter.  A tool caddy using 2 small interior shutters made by customer Gail Miller at a ReHouse workshop last year.  Four small interior shutters painted white and attached to form a box hangs from a chain and lights up the space (unknown source).  Bottom left: A lovely autumn vignette featuring a pair of shutters in another customer’s home.   Bottom right: I’ve seen many display shelves made with a shutter as the back but this one includes a light at the top and doubles as a hall tree with coat hooks (unknown source).

Furniture (1633)

At ReHouse our furniture sales are topped by cabinets of all types (1027).  Far below that come chairs (145) and tables (131) and then just drawers all by themselves.  Many DIYers are following the painted furniture trend which is sometimes covered by the repurposed umbrella.  Here I would like to show some amazing examples of furniture repurposed as some totally unexpected things.

Top right:  wooden head and foot boards become a sunny bench for one customer.  Center left:  a refrigerator on its back and covered in barn wood will now hold all the cold drinks for the party at another customer’s house.  Top right: dresser – drawers + wallpaper = dollhouse (unknown source).  Bottom left: another foot board with some shabby chic paint and a dozen small hooks can hold all your tea cups and saucers on the wall (link went to Hometalk). Bottom right: From Gypsy Barn this upright piano has been gutted and fitted with shelves and a drawer to be used as a dining room feature.

Lighting Globes & Shades (528)

Although we do sell the occasional fabric shade for lamps or sconces (24), most of the Globes & Shades (427) category consists of antique or vintage glass ones.  These come in every shape and size and fit all different lamps ceiling mount, chandeliers, pendants, table, wall, even under the cupboard and over the vanity.  They are available for indoors or outdoors, attic, basement, or garage.  I never knew there were so many! On top of that, individual chandelier crystals (101) make up a significant portion of all lighting related glass sales.

Top left: Use round glass globes as a mold for these trendy concrete spheres by following the tutorial by Steve & Kathy at The Garden Glove.  Top right: Search out ridged white globes, add a “stem” and create an autumn display that won’t rot before Halloween, Homeward Found Decor.  Bottom left:  Another great tutorial, this one from Addicted 2 Decorating, shows how to turn the classic school house globes into a succulent centerpiece.  Bottom center:  Two very different glass shades come together with some glass glue to become your new favorite cake plate worthy of the finest celebrations like these from DIY Homer.  Bottom right: Solar lights with a twist, this DIY project uses normal outdoor solar lights and glass shades from a common ceiling fan to light up Gail’s porch at My Repurposed Life.


Ok, I hear you…”what kind of category is commercial?”  This may not be on the top ten for Pinterest posts.  It may not even be defined as architectural salvage at all, but this year ReHouse has sold over 700 square feet of bowling alley.  That’s right, bowling alley.  I’m taking a guess that the customers who purchased these 700 square feet are not installing a home bowling alley.  The other option?  They must be repurposing it.

Now 700 square feet is very heavy.  It requires commitment to salvage, commitment to purchase, and commitment to repurpose.  With all that commitment I shall add my own.  I commit to giving Bowling Alley its very own post within the next few weeks featuring only projects completed by ReHouse Customers.  If you haven’t sent photos of your bowling alley project yet, now would be a good time.

Until then, what will you repurpose today?


Fun Find: Umbrella Stands

Occasionally ReHouse will acquire several of one type of item.  Maybe this is because someone gave up a collection or cleaned out the house of a hoarder.  Whatever the reason, last week we received about a dozen umbrella stands.  Not the ornate ones from the entryway of a Victorian mansion.  The kind that lives on the patio and is heavy as you-know-what.  The kind that hides under the outdoor dining table and holds the shade umbrella steady during summer meals.


Maybe you are like me.  I have one of these under my small patio table.  It has been there since we moved in 5 years ago.  It once held a  green and white striped canvas umbrella.  Sadly, the umbrella broke 4 years ago, but the stand is holding firm.  The arrival of these in the store made me think.  Does everyone’s umbrella break?  What are we going to do with all these stands?  If the umbrellas break, doesn’t everyone already have extra stands and instead need new umbrellas?

Can these heavy and decorative stands be used for something else?  Hmmm… Pinterest, here I come!  Here is what my search turned up for you.

  1. DIY Umbrella Stand into an Easy Patio Table from Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzeled  This is a well detailed DIY post with easy to follow instructions and great pictures.  Nice work, Victoria!DIY-Umbrella-Stand-Patio-Side-Table-collage-7
  2. Vintage Bike Planter.  I do not believe this is a real bike but it could certainly be the inspiration for something similar.  Found on Pinterest. Photo from flickr user Carmen Moreno. 55ff9426f2841b992f3056b68aa12040
  3. Repurposed Bird Feeder made from various pans and metal dishes with umbrella stand as the base.  (There was no link to an original post with this one.) www.pinterest.com
  4. Garden Fountain.  This is a store bought example from Loluxe on Shopify.  With a little help from This Old House and some spare parts you can certainly make your own.  89529a999d6a1ee3ed322a23209dac17.jpg
  5. Umbrella Stand.  Obvious perhaps, but maybe you have a less-than-pleasing umbrella without a stand.  Don’t throw it out just yet.  Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home shows you how to refashion your old, ugly umbrella to make it fit in your shabby chic outdoor living space.  PicMonkey Collage

Have you been inspired?  I know I have.  I am partial to the shabby chic umbrella.  I am also considering the small patio table but with a chess board.  Let me know what you plan to do.  You can always post your reuse projects on Instagram with #reusewithrehouse and we will feature your project on our feed too!  Here are some more pics of the stands we have available.  Get’em before they’re gone.


QR codes at ReHouse

Even if you don’t use QR codes, you have certainly noticed these strange pixel filled squares popping up all around. They look like miniature geometric works of art, but did you know you can actually learn from them?

At the local grocery store you can scan QR codes on everything from fresh produce to frozen dinners to infant diapers, and you might find recipes, instructions, or coupons.


When you are driving around town on a house hunt you can scan QR codes to look up detailed listings for the homes you want to know more about instead of collecting listing sheets from the box in the front yard.


A significant percentage of middle and high school students have access to a device with a QR reader which has become an actual learning tool for many.  Put that in your Funk and Wagnalls.


“What are these codes doing in ReHouse?” you’re asking.  Oh, so many things. For instance…

We are already using QR codes on our gift cards for ease of use.


Now you can scan a QR code to register for our upcoming workshops.


When you scan the QR code on this unusual industrial piece (left) you may discover that it was once part of a Popcorn & Peanut wagon (right).

In the future you will be able to scan the QR code on this garden cart, custom built by Paul, for his instructions on how to design and build your own.

garden cart by paul

The Quick Response Code possibilities are endless, and we are just getting started.  We hope to expand our use of these codes to help you learn more about our products, their uses, their origins, and the amazing futures they may hold.  Scan to your heart’s content.

A Philly Story: Narberth Church

In March of this year, Restore of Philadelphia salvaged this vacant church which had been the oldest house of worship in that borough until the new owner decided to replace it with apartments.  ReHouse has now acquired some of the unique architectural details that formerly called this church home.  Here is the story.
image source: Google Street View
The Baptist Church of the Evangel, was the oldest house of worship in the Philadelphia borough of Narberth.  Building for the church began in 1891 and was completed the next year.  This is the original structure.
Image source: S. F. Hotchkin, Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, George W. Jacobs & Co., 1897), p. 55; collection of the Lower Merion Historical Society
The church building was enlarged in 1924 to its final size.  An article from the Our Town paper of Narberth, PA on January 28, 1928 offers the following view of the beautiful grey stone building.  You can read the entire 34th anniversary article HERE.
In an effort to save as much history as possible, Restore of Philadelphia was able to salvage what they could before the building came down.  Their original blog post is still available HERE.
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image source: Restore of Philadelphia
They removed the “enormous pair of doors that entered the congregation room.  Each door is 33″ wide and with the pair together in the frame, the overall width is 6′ and the height is 93″.  Each door is 3 full inches thick with massive hinges.  The jamb frame was buried in the floor about 5 or 6 inches to stabilize the pair.  Gorgeous, massive, impressive, functional, endless possibilities.  Trim for the door stopped at wainscoting on the other side and was inside the tile on this face side.  All parts that can make it work again are here and ready to reinstall.”  $3880.


Other doors from the church include some interesting sizes and hardware.  These 6 panel saloon style doors are from bathroom stalls.  They measure 33″ wide and only 66.5″ high.  They include decorative handles, side stoppers, and swinging hinges.  We received 3 of the 4 that were removed.

33w x 66.5h. #91844. $245each.

Next we have some 5 panel doors in the same dark finish solid pine.  The church originally had 26 of these doors throughout and in varying conditions.  We have at least 4 with the natural wood finish as shown and several that have been painted on one or both sides.  One has 2 hearts cut out near the top.  I wonder what room that went to. These do not include hardware.  Lastly, there are a few with ventilation panels on the bottom half.

29.75w or 36w x 84h. #various. $95-120