17 Creative Ways to Recycle Old Chairs, Wood and More

Remodeling your home? Before you haul the old stuff into the dumpster, check out these crafty ideas that turn "junk" into gems (18 Photos)

Amy Zerello on Jan 1, 2013 at 11:17AM

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17 Creative Ways to Recycle Old Chairs, Wood and More

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Scrap or salvage? It’s fairly easy to evaluate whether to toss or scrap wood. Assuming it’s real, rule out rot, disintegration, insect issues and water damage -- no one wants to combat mold! If none of the above are a problem, salvage it. And if you’re assessing floors, remember you can refinish them, if your budget allows, or disguise wear and tear with an area rug.

How to reuse them: Consider creating a stylish treatment for an accent wall, like the one Cicero's Development helped create for the Omni Hotel bar in Indianapolis. The blocks were cut down and arranged on the wall, with stunning results. From afar, the layered pieces are often mistaken for chunks of tile or stone, says Dan O'Connell, a PR representative for the development company.

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