One Front Door from Salvage to Spectacular

Have you visited our Instagram feed @rehousearchitecturalsalvage? We try to regularly post some of the more interesting treasures we have in the store and share posts from others that showcase great reuse projects labeled with #reusewithrehouse.  We also follow a great selection of like-minded and local feeds including the one I would like to share today, @vintagewalnut.

Lisa’s feed @vintagewalnut features her family’s restoration of a 1850s farmhouse.  One series of recent posts really intrigued me because it focused on her home’s “new” front door which she mentioned was purchased right here at ReHouse.  I am excited to share with you Lisa’s photos and process info for her front door restoration.  I hope you find her projects encouraging and inspiring too.


Here is the completely boring front door that was on the house when Lisa bought it 10 years ago.  I think you agree with her that it is not quite right for a 1850s anything.


“Very excited to be giving my old house a proper exterior door (previous owners removed the original 🤔). Finally found what I was looking for @rehousearchitecturalsalvage. Now if spring would get here already 🏡🙏 … Just basking in the good find glory before the work starts” – March 28, 2018


Once spring had sprung and turned into summer Lisa and her husband Ben were finally able to begin work on their front door.  “To strip the finish we used a combination of Citrastrip and sanding and scraping (using cabinet scraper).”


Taking 60+ years of finish off this beautiful salvaged door. Can’t wait for the finished result! Its only taken me 10 years to find this gem (it basically looks exactly like the door that was here before the previous owner removed it) 😆 Shout out to the simple cabinet scraper- perfect thing for getting those tough angles.” – July 1, 2018


“We used a tinted wood filler (water based that hardens to protect wood from water penetration) to fill in the gouges, cracks and any old nail holes in the door.  Then we applied three coats of tongue oil cut with turpentine and tinted with a dark oak stain. Then Behlen rock hard urethane varnish to the inside.  To the outside we applied several coats of the tongue oil stain mixture.  That will need to get reapplied for maintenance as needed going forward (doesn’t require stripping).”


“Almost done refinishing 🙌 I think deciding on a privacy solution for the window has been the hardest part.😆” – July 24, 2018

“We used the original brass hardware and found additional unlaquered brass hardware to match including lock set, hand pull, and hydraulic door closer. We had to have a carpenter build a new frame door and then my husband Ben custom built the exterior moldings.”


“Installed ✔️ Our new old door was salvaged from the College at Brockport, from this awesome building 👉 It only took me 10 years to find it 😄 Now it’s time to start on the moldings! .” – August 5, 2018


The Visual Studies Workshop building that Lisa’s door was salvaged from in 2013.  At ReHouse we try to retain the provenance of items to share with the next owners.  Obviously, Lisa found this info interesting as well.


I just LOVE the way Lisa and Ben transformed this commercial door with its brass kick plate and chicken wire safety glass into an inviting front door to their historic home.  Great job you 2, and keep on sharing your projects!


Create-A-Bench Auction, A Closer Look Part 4

Today we will be enjoying some nature themed benches that are available in our Create-A-Bench Auction.  If you see one you can’t live without, you can place your bid HERE before 3pm on October 20.  If you can somehow live without one of these beauties but want to share your opinion on which deserves Best in Show you can vote HERE.


by 8th Grade Art Students from Greece Olympia

What a great opportunity for these middle schoolers to learn about working together, helping others, and of course, art.  Students from Greece Olympia collaborated on this bench titled, Nature.

Using acrylic paint they worked together to depict classic symbols of our natural world.  The seat back shows a broad blue sky with a glowing sun and peaceful cumulus clouds floating by.  The seat itself is painted a bright spring green that almost seems to smell of freshly mown grass when you sit down.  Don’t sit on the carefully painted flowers, butterflies, or bugs though!

Each side, also painted green, sows a variety of flowers in more springtime colors and you may spot a ladybug or 2.  The sky blue continues over the top to the back side of the bench and is sprinkled with spots and swirls that might make you think a breeze is blowing through.  Lastly, the front edge of the seat is patterned in coordinating spots that bring all the colors together and finish the seat off nicely.


What a perfect bench for a covered porch even in the fall and winter to remind you that spring will come again.  Maybe you would like it in you child’s bedroom or family play room as extra seating.  It would be just right for storybook reading with little ones.


Time Flies

by Colleen Krawskic from Fabulous Flowers

Flowers are what Colleen does, and her bench was made to match her daily life.  Bright red and yellow dominate her bench, Time Flies.  The seat back is custom cut and extended to create 3 giant sunflowers in full autumn bloom with their stems and leaves spreading across the seat.  The black at the center of each flower is mirrored along the edges of the arms tying it together.

Instead of simply continuing one color around to the back, Colleen has created bold red and yellow vertical stripes that make her bench a statement from any side.  Being a florist, no job is complete with out live flowers.  Both ends feature glass vases with lovely bouquets from Fabulous Flowers in autumn colors also found in the painted ones.


When you bring this bench home you can swap out the bouquets when they begin to fade.  Maybe you have a garden of your own and enjoy bringing your blooms indoors throughout the year.  Then this bench is perfect for you as it will be a constant reminder to “take time to enjoy the flowers.”


She Believed

by Peterson and Clark Soccer Team Friends

You would recognize one of the soccer team friends from the bench she did on her own, Photo Inspiration which we visited on day 1.  Rhana encouraged her team to do a bench together as a donation but also as a memorial for a lost companion.

They gave the bench a wonderfully rich painted finish using at least three colors and a dry brush technique.  The combination gives the finish a textured stone look but it is still quite smooth.  The cream and greys are so universal this bench will match almost anyone’s decor.  Even yours.  They choose to fill most of the seat back with the phrase “She believed she could so she did” a powerful encouragement for all women.

The outlined butterflies that adorn the seat back as well as both ends were handpainted in black bringing a softer feel to the stone look.  The butterflies seem to be drawn to the 2 larger silk sunflowers growing on one side of the seat back or perhaps to the flowers in the vase on the other.  The glass jar vase is securely attached to one end and currently has a bouquet of silk daisies, but the new owner can swap out for real flowers and fill the vase with water.


The finishing touch to the team’s bench brings all their hands together on the back to form a larger butterfly in grey.  What a powerful reminder of what friends and women can do if they believe in themselves and each other.


Fall Leaves

by Roseanne Zinni and Jennifer Morris from 2 Designers

Keeping with the nature theme today lets move from flowers and spring to Fall Leaves by a team of 2 friends.  When Roseanne and Jennifer are not giving a much need makeover to benches for charity they are floral designers in the area.  Maybe those flowers your husband had sent to your office were arranged by one of them.  You never know.

The 2 Designers decided to keep the original pale yellow of the bench for their base coat and it complements the rest of their work wonderfully.  They collected real leaves from their own yards to use as masks for the first layer.  Arranging the leaves they used gold, burgundy, and toasty brown spray paint to imitate the brush of wind across the bench.

Once this dried they repeated the process to darken the first layer giving the bench the pattern of leaves in a variety of subtle crispy autumn shades.  They then used some hand cut leaf stencils to paint more solid leaf shadows in deep green, burgundy, and dry leaf brown.


Lastly, using a gold paint pen they added the shining details tracing some leaf edges or spines in tiny gold dots.  Don’t forget to peek at the back of Fall Leaves before moving on.  Carefully hand lettered in gold is a thoughtful saying.  “While cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.”

Create-A-Bench Auction, A Closer Look Part 3

Welcome to day 3 in a series designed to take a closer look at some of the beautiful benches we received for our Create-A-Bench Auction to benefit the Open Door Mission’s Coldwater House. Bidding on all benches takes place HERE until 3pm Saturday, October, 20, 2018.  You can also vote for Best in Show HERE.

100 Years

By Lynn Miller

Lynn Miller is a local artist and quilter living in Pittsford.  She has been inspired by Rochester’s connections to women’s rights and suffrage movement.  Knowing that 2019 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote, Lynn chose this as the theme for her bench.

100 Years is painted in stately grey and navy that will fit almost any décor.  She painted a banner across the top that says “19th Amendment” and stenciled the years 1919 and 2019 on either side.  Elegant yet simple stenciling completes the design along the bottom of the seat back.

With so much pressure to freehand lettering today, it may be surprising to find an artist interested in using stencils, but Lynn has a history with them.  When I was a child Lynn (aka my mom) stenciled borders around the tops of the walls in my sister’s and my bedrooms.  They were not simple patterns either.  Lynn cut her own stencils and used multiple colors in each room.  This was a time consuming but rewarding task.  I loved my stenciled trim.

Thanks Mom, for stenciling my room so patiently and for using your talents to benefit others.


Dream Big!

By Jackie Gasbarre

Jackie Gasbarre has three simple phrases hand lettered on her bench, Fly High, Touch the Sky, and Dream Big!  These 3 encouraging phrases could be written for every person on earth to read, but are they speaking directly to you today?

Jackie’s bench is full of movement and texture and it’s not just in the almost dozen hot air balloons soaring through the cloudy blue sky.  Each balloon is full of hot air and rising steadily toward high hopes and dreams.  It is these balloons that capture the attention right away with their detailed adornments.  Take a closer look at the rest of the bench though.

The seat and seat back are painted with detailed shading in creamy grey making it look like folded fabric from a distance.  The back of the bench is done in stripes of the same cream and darker grey adding whimsy to the back that compliments the detailing on the front seat edge.  Here Jackie has painted some wonderfully fun black and white checkers with a bit of gold pulled through mimicking a pattern we will not name similar to a style we also will not name.  Just below the checks is a row of elegant goldish fringe that is about an inch and a half wide.


So much time and though went into all the little details and shading of this bench, it is sure to be a high earner for Coldwater House.  Imagine entering someone’s house and being greeted with a seat like this to sit on and take off your shoes.  You would be sure to have a delightful visit.


Beatles Come to Rochester

by Paul Button from Salvage Monkeys

The first thing I learned about Paul Button is that he has a great sense of humor.  For one, his business is called the Salvage Monkeys, and two: the motto is, “We rescue the discarded and make cool stuff.”  This is so true.  Everything Paul makes starts with another man’s “trash,” and every one of his “treasures” takes on a double meaning or requires another way of looking.

Paul’s bench, the Beatles Come to Rochester, is no exception. All the lettering and locally recognizable but outdated sponsors’ logos were cut out of adhesive black vinyl.  The caricatures of the 4 Beatles themselves are also digital images.


Disclaimer: there is no Beatles concert at Midtown Plaza on October 11 from 2-5 this year or any other upcoming year.  Please don’t be disappointed.  Instead, bid on Paul’s bench as a souvenir for the concert that wasn’t to be.


Flower Garden

by Julie Wasson from tidbits & scraps

This is the easiest one for me to write about, because I don’t have to interview anyone.  I made it.  I will try to pretend I am not biased and it is not my favorite, but it is.  At least I can tell you more about my process.  I hope you find it interesting.

I gave my entire bench a base coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, two coats actually.  Then I covered the seat back and the inside of the arms with ephemera, old papers, book pages, sheet music, tickets, etc.  Then I did a wash of the whole thing using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco and Provence (or Duck Egg, I don’t remember).  A wash is when you water down the paint.  I wiped off excess liquid as I was working.

Next was the most time consuming part.  I cut or tore all the flower parts and leaves and stems using papers that I had previously mono-printed using mostly acrylic paints (that’s a whole other story).  I adhiered all the pieces with Mod Podge both under and over the papers.  After all my flowers and butterflies were in place and dry I went in with charcoal and Stabilo pencil to add shading around everything.  This is the point when I stepped back and discovered I was seriously thrilled with the outcome.


I decided to seal the whole thing with a clear glossy spray by Krylon that dries super fast.  I had to do many layers before it becomes truly glossy.  There you have it.  The entire week long process in a nut shell.  And yes, I do custom orders!

Create-A-Bench Auction, A Closer Look Part 2

Today is day 2 in a series designed to take a closer look at some of the beautiful benches we received for our Create-A-Bench Auction to benefit the Open Door Mission’s Coldwater House.  Today we will be learning about the brightest of the benches with base coats in red, orange, and yellow.


by Sally Kamprath from ReHouse

This vibrant red bench was created by ReHouse’s very own Sally Kamprath, owner.  The bench auction was her brain child but she didn’t stop at the planning stage.  She wanted to create a bench too (actually she did 2).  It can be assumed that the owner of ReHouse has a fondness for items from the past and this includes vintage advertising.

Sally handpicked several colorful and often witty ads from some 1940s era issues of The Saturday Evening Post.  Some are from brands that have passed on into the obsoleteness like Servel, Norge, and Wonsover. Others are from brands we still see every day like Ford, 8 O’clock Coffee, and Kodak.

She found some pretty clever slogans like the Kodak one that claims, “your camera becomes a ‘color camera’ when you load it with Kodak color film.”  Did you know that the Whitman’s chocolate sampler is, “fresh as autumn air – smooth and rich and rare”?  I love the one for the General Electric radio that says, “See?  This little wife knows radio value!”  Isn’t her husband lucky?  It seems The Saturday Evening Post was just full of good ideas for the “budget-minded belle.”


Stop in to the store this week to read the other chuckle worthy ads from the 1940s.  You will also save 20% if reading outdated ads turns to buying cool stuff.


Hippie Daze

By Tracy and Jackie Tambe

Another bright and fun bench is Hippie Daze created by team Tambe.  I have a suspicion that the base color is called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”  Whatever it’s called it sure makes me smile.  Tracy and Jackie used some of the most popular icons of the hippie era in the US including the peace sign, flowers, smiley faces, and the VW bus.

They did some custom cutting and routing on the seat back to give the 2 peace signs some real dimension and then lined the openings with tie dye fabric, another classic from the 60s and 70s.  The tie dye also appears on one end of the bench but rather than use fabric there they incorporated a current popular art trend called acrylic pouring.  The process can be very messy but as you can see the results are quite remarkable.

The other side of the bench features some bold and beautiful flowers as a reminder of free spiritedness and the importance of our natural surroundings.  The largest even has a smiley face.  The center of the seat back has my favorite part, the VW bus.  A popular mode of hippie transportation, the vintage VW bus has an unmistakable portrait.  Restored buses are coming back and I regularly see 3 in particular around the area.  This one is hand painted in turquoise and white with rainbow shaded windows and a smiley on the front.


No hippie would be complete without bell bottom jeans.  The Tambes decided to incorporate denim by adding a cushion and upholstering the seat in old jeans shorts.  This really completes the fun vibrant aura of their bench and makes it extra comfy to sit on.  Great job you two!  Peace out.


The Planets

By Sally Kamprath from ReHouse

I told you Sally did two benches, and here is her second.  She had so much fun with Nostalgia that she had to keep going.  This one shows a more creative and artistic side to the boss at ReHouse.  While in San Francisco a few years ago she saw a street artist creating space scenes with spray paint and bowls and some other everyday materials.  Since she couldn’t remember all the details she went to YouTube and found a few videos similar to what she had seen.

The base coat is another in this series of bright and fun colors: orange.  It might not be a typical outer space color but is really makes the planets pop off the star speckled black sky.  You may be wondering where the bowls come in to play with this technique.  The artist used any size bowls or other circular objects as masks when spraying the black background.  Alternately, stencils are used to spray just the colors for the planets.  The planetary textures are often made with scrunched up paper or plastic wrap pressed on the wet paint to lift it and show the color underneath.


To try this technique at home search for “spray paint planets” on YouTube.  Good luck and don’t let you self get caught in a black hole!

Bidding on all benches takes place HERE until 3pm Saturday, October, 20, 2018.  You can also vote for Best in Show HERE.  We were also featured on Spectrum News yesterday.  You can see a short video montage on the Spectrum’s Facebook page HERE.


Decorating like a Maine Airbnb

photo by Lynn Miller

Every summer we take our kids to Maine to visit my parents who spend their summers there.  They live in the quintessential Maine town with a general store, a post office, a library, and not a single traffic light.  Within 10 minutes you can see a Civil War era coastal defense fort, at least one lighthouse, and a Maine State Park beach.  My parents live on one of the small dirt driveways off the main road that are marked “Private Drive” in a house designed by my step-brother.  It is just the right size for two so we always spend our nights somewhere else.  There are cabins nearby, in the forest or on the beachfront, a great campground on a private island, and even a few well-known chain hotels in the larger town of Bath about 15 minutes north.  We have gone the way of cabins and campgrounds in prior years but this time wanted a little more home-comfort.


Emily, a co-worker at ReHouse, suggested Airbnb, a website and app that allows homeowners to rent out space to travelers.  This can range from a room with a bed to an entire home, and she has found their prices to be very reasonable.  I gave it a try and found just the right place for our family, Historic Greek Revival with a Kick, at the south end of Bath.  I knew the space would be great by the number of fantastic reviews and Alice’s Superhost status, but I was unprepared for the actual decor and atmosphere of the place.  It reminded me of all the projects that ReHouse customers dream of.  That is why I am telling you about it.  I know you will love it as much as I do.

Visitors stay in the front half of the house, and Alice’s family lives in the back half.  You enter into a long narrow room with stone floors, unique hooks to hang your hats and coats, a bench covered in animal hide, and the first signs of architectural salvage.  A small antique crystal and silver chandelier hangs from the bead-board ceiling, and I wonder if it is original, a reproduction, or whether Alice has made it from a silver candy dish and loose crystals found at a flea market.  A salvaged door header painted white tops a frameless mirror which hangs over a small table that could be made from a single kitchen cabinet with a marble counter and found furniture legs.  On this sits a simple display of glass bottles in a short wooden crate, perhaps once used for local blueberries.


An antique secretary’s desk is a perfect hiding place for outdoor essentials or to set your keys on as you walk in the door.  The interior door still has its original bell which the visitor would “Turn and Release” as instructed on the front.


The small kitchen has everything you need tucked behind a narrow island built of weathered natural barn wood.  This is reflected in the grey washed wood accent wall nearby.  This wall sports a few wood shelves held by cast iron brackets.  Below is a sturdy wood crate painted cream attached to the wall by its base.  This creates 2 more shelves to hold your coffee maker and all your coffee making essentials.  It feels beachy and transitions perfectly from the browns of the entryway to the greys of the dining room beyond.


The dining room is bright and light.  The table seats 4-5 with 2 chairs painted cream and built in benches with storage underneath.  The tops of the benches are dark stained wood which is simple but effective.  On the left wall storage is created with 4 base cabinets that match the bench bases and topped with grey washed wood.  This antique half-circle window is the feature accent with an elegant arrangement of candle holders and glass balls with the look of antique silvered mirrors sitting in a cream ceramic bowl.


How clever is this little display at the bottom of the stairs?  It is a narrow piece of weathered wood on some simple brackets.  On the shelf is an antique dresser mirror in its original harp.  I never thought of putting one of these on anything but a dresser!


At the top of the stairs there is an inviting little space with a leather loveseat and crystal table lamp.  The bead board on the walls mirrors the planks on the “barn doors” at the other end of the hall.  I started thinking about making over my own ugly sliding closet doors like this.  That shouldn’t be too hard.  Should it?  Alice also incorporated two divided lite windows, one to hide a pipe and the other as a display case for some old area newspaper clippings.  The unexpected piece that I just love here is the baby or doll cradle with a cozy blanket and small throw pillow.


Here is an example of the simple yet sophisticated lighting found throughout the house.  This ceiling is small and not overpowering.  When turned on it sparkles and sends light dancing around the room just like the one in the above photo.


One of the best parts about Alice’s house for us was that is has 3 bedrooms.  That means my kids didn’t have to share a room let alone a bed.  You can’t go anywhere and get 3 bedrooms for such a great price.  You can see photos of the whole rooms on the Airbnb site, but I want to feature some of the vignettes that we could easily make using items in the store.  One little side table has an arrangement of bottles and candles on it but check out the dresser scarf; it’s a vintage money bag from a bank.  I bet you could use one of these flour sacks for the same type of eclectic feel.


In another bedroom there is another one of Alice’s signature narrow shelves.  This one has a doll tricycle and an antique certificate from the Board of Examiners in Optometry.  Again, so simple but intriguing.  If you can’t find a certificate like this one we have one from Calvin Coolidge confirming a man to the position of Postmaster in Pittsford.


Another lovely arrangement with bead board behind it mixes the new with the old.  Tall candle holders, an accent lamp and a small cabinet create an appealing trio.  On closer inspection the cabinet it is a lot like the vintage wood medicine cabinets that we often have in the store.


How about this for wall art?  This is a piece of antique tin ceiling with its original chipping paint and rough edges.  Mounted in front is a small wrought iron display shelf holding dirty old terracotta pots.  Can you believe I just used the words chipping, rough, dirty, and old to describe such fantastic decor?


These pieces really made me think about how difficult it must be to fill space when you aren’t using personal photographs or mementos which most of us do in our own homes.  The decor we love in magazines and on vacation doesn’t usually have these things.  I wonder if it is harder to decorate with those things or without them.  What do you think?

Whatever your thoughts, you can decorate like Alice too.  Here is your shopping list for you next trip to ReHouse if you want to try her style.  These specific items are in stock as of 8.15.18, but we may have similar items at any time.  See you soon, and don’t be afraid of old and chipping for your next decorating project.


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.)
  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.


Wedding Trends Made Rent-able

Wedding season is approaching for 2017, and according to the top wedding trend sites (the knot, Bridal Guide, Glamour), couples this year are envisioning weddings styled with “vintage glamour” and situated in creative natural spaces.  Even with the popular themes of elaborate food pairings and bountiful blooms, a return to live bands, and portrait painters alongside photographers, today’s couples are also focused on going green in more ways than one.


Current popular venues are no longer limited church basements, conference centers, or banquet halls.  While these are excellent and often economical choices where you can be sure practice has made perfect, couples are branching out[doors].  Whether actually indoors or out, more weddings are featuring natural elements.  Free flowing bouquets offer the ambiance of an English Garden.  Potted dwarf trees bring the garden indoors.  Wood and stone elements complete the enchanted forest effect.

The ultimate example of bringing the outdoors in…the avenue of trees at the royal wedding in 2011.  – photo by Murray Sanders for

Going green is not only a desirable decor style.  Couples today are taking on an environmental responsibility to go green as they plan their special days.  Invitations are being printed on recycled paper with soy based inks.  Flowers are being donated after the ceremony for others to enjoy.  Vintage china, silver, glassware, and linens are all being rented to eliminate waste even for casual receptions.  Couples are being more aware of the lasting impressions left by their weddings.  William and Kate may have started this trend when they went green by planting the English Field Maples that adorned Westminster after the royal wedding.

These 3 doors have been in the racks for years…should they be trashed?

At ReHouse we make decisions daily about what we let go to waste and what we are able to save for reuse.  We strive to encourage others to do the same when planning a remodel, restoration, or deconstruction of homes and buildings.  What if we could do the same for weddings?

or should they be transformed with some paint and hinges?

We have always offered a rental option for items being used in theatrical productions or other short term events.  This option allows the renter to use the item as a prop for a predetermined period of time and then return it in like condition.  An item could be saved from the landfill when we salvage it from a house and then again when it is returned as a rental rather than purchased for a one-time use and thrown out For 50% of the retail price, if it’s in stock, you can rent it.


What do we rent out most?  Doors.  In fact doors are so popular as wedding rentals we have decided to create some easy-up wedding backdrops and props using some of our 1000+ in stock doors.  These special event creations are available for one day rentals for the price listed.  Since we are closed on Sundays, Saturday to Monday rentals are considered “one day.”  We loved making them, and we hope that you will love using them for your next event.

PW0007Pale Green, 2 Door Backdrop – features matching solid wood oversized 6 panel doors with upper lites. Painted with durable indoor/outdoor paint in pale green.  Hardware detailing is also handpainted.  Triangle stands on each door and removable top trim support this elegant piece.  Add your own matching floral accents and tulle trim. $225

16938855_10154435757656588_2048778553315398483_nFarmhouse Chic Extra Large Arbor – built from locally salvaged barn wood horse stalls. Rear panel handcrafted to match.  Pergola style top asks to be draped with flowers, fabric, or candles that coordinate with your event’s decor. Designed and built for quick and easy assembly and tear down. $225

16904859_10154435754886588_4085692690442794175_oWhite Bridal Walk-Through Arbor – created with 2 doors slightly different in design painted fresh white to match any color scheme.  Feet on bottom and slats on top provide support for this pergola style arbor.  Perfect for a photo prop, ceremony backdrop, or to frame the bride’s entrance down the aisle, this piece places you right in the garden.  $195

Barn Wood Walls with Sliding Door (part 1)

We are always doing little projects around the store to give customers inspiration as well as an interesting shopping experience.  Our newest project has gotten so many comments that I knew I had to post more details.

This odd little corner has “needed something” since before I started here 2 years ago.  The bi-fold door is broken and does not slide.  The size and shape of the space is odd and awkward.  Customers either think that the whole corner is off limits, or they try to shop in the storage room.  In fact, this corner is so uninteresting that there are NO photos of it at all in the vast archive of ReHouse photos.  We had to do something!


Enter barn wood.  (find out where the barn wood came from HERE)  The decision was made to cover part of the walls with barn wood from our stock.  Don’t worry, there is still more here for your project.  Barn wood comes in many colors and textures.  Colors range from traditional “barn red” and “white wash” to varying shades of brown, grey, greyish brown, even brownish and mossy.  The texture of barn wood can be described as rustic, distressed, holey, rough, chewed on, pitted, worn, even old.  Fortunately, these are all adjectives that add to the appeal of barn wood.


How much wood to buy.  Begin by measuring the area of the walls you plan to cover.  In our corner we had 2 walls that would be mostly covered.  As you know, Length times Height will equal area in this case.  This is your required square footage.  Bring this number with you when purchasing your barn wood.  Always buy a little extra.  If you don’t need it for you wall you can use it elsewhere to tie things together.  Although each piece of wood will be unique, try to choose boards with a similar thickness.  This will ensure that your wall isn’t bumpy when done.  Things just don’t hang well on bumpy walls!


Where to start. We started by trimming around the door with narrow boards.  After that was in place, we started at the top of the wall section.  There was a piece of trim on the wall there dividing the upper section from the pegboard mid section.  We butted the top piece of wood against the trim. Each board was attached through the studs with a nail gun.  Then continued to add wood in the same manner making sure each new board was still level.  There may be small gaps between boards in order to keep things straight.  As you can see below, it all works out.


You’re done!  You didn’t know it would be that easy, did you?  How do you like it?  We love ours but decided to go a bit farther.  Here is a preview of the now white washed barn wood walls along with the proud builder.  Thanks for your hard work, David.


This story continues in part 2 HERE.

Cast Iron Radiator Restoration

One category of salvaged items that weighs us down with questions are cast iron radiators.  Yes, we do carry them. No, we do not restore them.  Some, we are able to test and others we are not.  That being said, we salvage and re-house hundreds.  People who use them say the heat they generate is significantly better than newer methods.



Our customer, Michelle, shared these photos with us of her adventures in radiator restoration.  Michelle is not a professional but a DIYer with energy and imagination and a well-stocked Project Pantry.  Her radiators were purchased at ReHouse recently, and as you can see they were partially painted in the past.  These 2 were marked down because they were non-working having been tested by a customer.  Michelle and her family took on the challenge, and here is the process through her photos.

Before: Paint and Rust

Ammonia Bath, Pressure Wash, Wire Brush


Prime and Paint



If you are interested in taking on a similar job, please do thorough research before starting.  Speak with someone who has working knowledge of the process, and remember that this restoration is not a one day project.  Here is a sample budget for this type of project.

Michelle’s Radiator Restoration Budget

2 non-working radiators at ReHouse, $30

replacement bushings and fittings at Debbie Supply, $50

2 cans spray paint, $16

Gallon of ammonia, $3

Castalloy and flux  to fix leaks, $80

Total  Cost:    $180

Heat in the living room: priceless!


Thanks Michelle.  Great job!