Salvaged Kitchen Cabinets

Many new cabinets are made from particle board, which contains formaldehyde, a toxin that can cause eye, nose and respiratory irritation, and even cancer. Solid wood cabinets may be safer but are expensive. Consider the green option: Building around salvaged kitchen items like these.

Ideas for Salvaged Kitchen Cabinets

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These kitchen cabinets are reclaimed furniture pieces (chests-of-drawers, buffets and display cases) painted back. Note the cabinets to the left of the sink.

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Salvaged wood cabinets painted a dark color, then while the paint was still wet, the doors were scorched using an acetylene torch. By designer Gloria Frame,

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Shelves and countertops are made of galvanized metal and the cabinetry is made from old fencing. Vintage truck springs, used as stools, were found at Artefact Design & Salvage. Designer and owner of the house Ken Fulk spotted the vintage industrial pendant lights at the Paris flea market.

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Reclaimed wood ceiling and cabinet.

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Salvaged cabinet, wood walls and lighting fixtures. Via:

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Old wood cabinets by Piet Hein Eek

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Salvaged wood cabinets. Almost every piece of furniture was made from wood salvaged from the renovation of the house. The backsplash is made of bricks from the basement; the sink is set into an old gardening table.

Salvaged Kitchen Supplies

If you build with salvaged materials in your kitchen, or if you just want that salvaged look, check out eBay for hardware, parts, and full cabinet sets.

Salvaged Kitchen Islands

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Old wooden beams hold up a sheet metal covered island.

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Old Barnwood Kitchen Island.

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Salvaged wood island. Note pull out metal carts.

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Salvaged kitchen cabinets, primitive teak tables, chalkboard paint as backsplash.

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Anchored by a stock island customized with oversize corbels, the room features almost entirely second-hand (or third- or fourth-hand) finds. Love the chandelier. Lots of tips here:

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Planked cabinet doors with wood bars for handles.

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Reclaimed cabinets. Started with a walnut cabinet from the Rebuilding Exchange, then added various aged lumber that they locally accumulated- douglas fir floor joists, cedar fencing, walnut doors and panels, pine shelving, both natural and painted white. To preserve the color of the wood, the cabinets were coated with wax.

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Reclaimed wood cabinets. By Gianpaolo Zandegiacomo.

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What to do with those old cabinets. Metal cabinets turned into a woodwork shop.

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Plants really brighten up old metal cabinets. Cabinets have library pulls.

Cool Recycled and Upcycled Kitchen Ideas

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Recycled kitchen. Corrugated sheet metal never looked so good…

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Old wooden crates as cabinets.

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German designer Katrin Arens, who lives in Northern Italy, blends old pallets and ancient wood with stone and white paint.

Barnwood kitchen. This kitchen uses Ikea frames, the doors and drawer fronts of planks from an old barn. (Yes, you can buy Ikea frames without the doors.) The worktop is cast in concrete.

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Pallet wood kitchen cabinets. New Moon Cottage Long Beach Island, NJ. Designed by: Richard Bubnowski Design LLC. Photo: Sam Oberter Photography

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A salvaged marine metal bouy as island base. The table rolls. By Peter Reiquam

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Reuse kitchen. Stainless restaurant sink and counter. Old lockers.

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Industrial finds, more chalkboard paint.

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Old restaurant counter as island, stainless steel cabinets.

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Russell Bloomfield shows off his kitchen made of reclaimed items sourced from building salvage yards.

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Small efficient fridge, old cupboard, white board walls, rag rug. eatlivewear.tumblr

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Old table and chair/bench. Simple Ikea-like cabinets, stainless counter, a shelf and lots of jars = nice look.

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Salvaged barn wood kitchen. Via:

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Over the top large, not a 99% kitchen, but at least they used recycled elements! Salvaged wood island, unhoned slabs of stone for countertops, inexpensive local stone back splash and salvaged wood doors.

Using Chalkboard Paint in Your Kitchen

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Chalkboard paint comes in many colors these days…

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Chalkboard paint, white shelves and old wood.

Buying Salvaged Kitchen Items

Green Demolitions of Fairfield, New Jersey and Greenwich, CT receive donations and consignments of pre-owned kitchens and showroom displays from all over the U.S. and then resell those kitchen and baths at deeply discounted prices. Donation proceeds benefit Recovery Unlimited, whose mission is recycling, creating jobs, providing affordable kitchens (and various other items), and funding 501(c )(3) charitable outreach programs. To donate or buy, see: greendemolitions

Also look at flea markets, antique stores, architectural salvage stores, and Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

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Author: Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

  1. Re-using and re-purposing items for a kitchen is timely for me — and the examples shown here are amazing. I am trying to construct an approved kitchen on a shoestring and these are inspirational.

  2. thank you thank you thank you! your site is wonderful. i’ve trawling the net for days looking for inspiration beyond the ‘pristine perfect, boring as heck’ examples of kitchen design.

    I’m itching to get started & looking at everything now with a very beady eye to dual purpose it! Thanks again!

  3. Chalkboard paint is actually paint? Or is it an actual piece of chalkboard? If it’s paint, where would you even find some since chalkboards are considered so outdated? Does it get all spotty when wet? I’m looking for a back splash idea, but rent, so bricks would be out of the question. open to suggestions.

  4. I have been looking online forever (ok, about a year) to find pictures of people using salvaged pieces in the kitchen, and I could never come up with a good example. Now I have plenty of great, inspirational examples all on this site! THANK YOU!

  5. Green Demolitions receives donations and consignments of per-owned kitchens and showroom displays from all over the U.S. We have many wonderful after pictures from customers who have retrofit these recycled kitchens. Please let me know who to send to and I e-mail to you and mention this site on our Facebook. Thanks.

  6. So inspired by all these ideas!! I began decorating with salvage style out of necessity. Even though I can now afford new Im still doing salvage because of all the character it provides. Love it!!

  7. Wonderful site and organisation….we are looking at using pallets for our kitchen renno….I wonder of there is a site like yours in Australia?

  8. Hopw Beautiful to see The Woods of the Past come alife in the modern World thank you for sharing such a awesome site

  9. Thanks for posting sch a nice and innovative blog,. I’m really very touched from it.

    According to perception if we implement the un used wooden and metal waste to decorate our house and kitchen cabinets then it would really save s a lot of money. There are many possibilities out there to do so..

    Again Thanks a lot

  10. Hi..

    My name is Zayuk from WISANKA Jepara, Indonesian Furniture company.

    I can supply various kind of furniture made from recycled or reclaimed teak wood such as cabinet, chair, table, bed, wardrobe, etc.

    For order, please feel free to send me an email to or call 62 81126 48 026.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Zayuk (Mrs)

  11. Thank you for the blog. I’m looking for alternative kitchen ideas and have truly been inspired by the ones posted in your site.

  12. Awesome ideas that will inspire truly original kitchen designs.

    Friends of Gumberry Worktops have recently contributed their own kitchen upcycling ideas to our website blog.

  13. Coastal Machinery Australia is registered by the local authority to carry out this vocation as well as being affiliated to world class firms such as the makers of coastmac trailers.

  14. It is nice look.Steel Cupboard is designed for the ambience of the classrooms, different types of institutional furniture like white board and green board.

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