8 Steps to Salvage Style

Posted: 6th Mar 2015

Jemma Hillenbrand’s home reveal in issue one is all about rusticity and warmth, full of raw wood furniture that bear the marks of time – and that’s exactly how she likes it. ‘I want our things to have a back-story, so it doesn’t matter if there are a few crayon marks on the table,’ she explains. ‘That’s what makes a house to home.’ We tend to agree, and you can see the makeover on pages 40-47.

For now, the wonderful Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell, authors of Upcycled Chic and Modern Hacks, are here to help us get Jemma's salvage style look in eight totally DIY-able steps.



1 Buy a pretty set of doors or shutters and use them as the basis for a cupboard.



2 Use wrapping paper to brighten up an old cupboard or chest. It’s surprisingly long lasting! Alexandra has a chest covered in paper that’s been in her children’s room for 20 years.



3 Don’t throw away old tablecloths or curtains – re-use them as curtains. Either attach rings to the top edge or sew a channel for the curtain pole.



4 Recycle old wooden planks to use as shutters, work surfaces and even table tops. Search ‘wood recycling centre’ online or similar terms to find a source of surplus and discarded wooden planks near you.



5 Don’t forget that all the tricks you can use to upcycle second-hand furniture also works for modern high street items. You can individualise pieces or mix old and new to give the new more character.



6 Old school equipment, such as gym bars, blackboards or lockers can be given a new lease of life in the home. Pinterest will reap a whole host of ideas.



7 Find chairs, chests and lighting that have been thrown out from old factories by searching ‘old factory equipment’, ‘industrial vintage’ and similar terms online.



8 Forget about what something was officially made for and instead think about how you might use it. Agricultural and industrial equipment can be adapted for use in the home; for example, dairy drying shelves make great plate racks. Agricultural troughs and feeders can also make great planters in the garden.


See more of Liz and Alexandra's wonderful projects in Upcycled Chic & Modern Hacks (£19.99, CICO Books; photography, Simon Brown)