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!
The Rattlesnake Zephyr by Jonathan Postal, Memphis, Tennessee
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.
A Dining Table with Family Ties by Sarah Shank, Washington, DC
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.”
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.