A couple of weeks ago my husband surprised me by offering to take me to a few salvage yards.
What we came home with was a car full of cedar planks that became my Rustic Storage Cabinet. While we got all of the cedar planks in the first place we checked out, we also hit up two other salvage yards before we froze to death.
The third place we checked out, Second Chance, located in Baltimore, was enormous. According to their website they boast 200,000 sq feet of retail space…but what initially caught my eye were the walls they had up for display showing what could be done with salvaged materials.
This wall, covered with shutters, doors and corrugated metal was a piece of art. This was what was done on a large scale…
On a smaller scale this wall was created by Piet Hein Eek in Amsterdam. By painting all of the doors white, it appears to just be wall texture.
Also at the salvage yard was this wall created by exposing the tongue and groove portion of hard wood flooring. The texture was amazing. This would be a great idea if the flooring you have is beyond repair.
This wall, also on display at the salvage yard, was done with clay roofing tiles. After seeing the variety of walls at the salvage yard, I decided to peruse the internet to find other cool walls that spoke to me. I’m not sure what they’re saying but they are definitely speaking.
This room by Aaron T. Stephan reimagines the possible uses of old books.
These cast off old beer bottles are beautiful as room dividers. More pictures of these fantastic walls can be found here.
From George’s Kitchens, comes this bar blacksplash made of used cork.
Old dictionary pages are modpodged onto a wall to make this cozy room, this one was found at Apartment Therapy.
If you can figure out how to make old tires into strips you could make this wall hanging. The texture is amazing. This tire tapestry was made by Carolyn Butts. Find her at www.bon-eco.com.
You’ll never believe what this wall is made of…thousands of computer keys from discarded keyboards. Created by Sarah Frost you can find a few more pictures here. I have two keyboards that I’m about to discard right now, maybe I should save up…
This one is right up my alley. A wall made of corrugated tin. I love the rustic industrial feel of this room. This one was created by Angie over at Knick of Time for a guest cottage room.
Tree rounds really adds a focal point to this room. Who would be watching TV? This wall was originally found on Houzz.
This wall is so cool, and I’m pretty sure I just put a lot of those scraps in my fireplace. That’s right, a wall made of discarded wood scraps and wood crates. This wall is part of a design studio in Gualajara, Mexico. To see a lot more of the space visit their site here.
This one claims to be discarded roofing tiles from a slaughterhouse in Madrid. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen roofing tiles like these, but they make fantastic wall coverings.
These are apparently barrel lids. This wall is from the Shustov Brandy Bar in the Ukraine. If you like the wall, you’ll be amazed at the ceiling. Visit their site here.
This focal wall is in the Hangar Eenenveertig Restaurant in Antwerp.
Tin can lids make a great repurposed wall for the outside of this chicken coop.
This is probably more of an art piece than an actual wall but could easily be replicated at least on a small scale with air hardening clay embossed with different textures. This was found here.
Bleu Nature in France created this wall called pixels of Driftwood in Relief . Could probably get the same effect with corks cut at different heights or sticks…that’s of course if you have the patience.
Not sure this one is upcycled or recycled, but this wall is so fun. Would be great to copy in your own home with iron paint and movable magnets. This wall is located at the KEX Hostel in downtown Reyjkavik, Iceland.
OK, I know this one is not recycled (unless the ladders are) but this focal wall was so fun, I just had to include it. It’s located at the Alaloum Board Cafe in Athens, Greece.
This seemed like a great place to reshow you my pallet wall that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago. I know it’s a shameless plug but you can find it here.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.