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The Look for Less: Architectural Salvage

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One of the best ways to and uniqueness to your home is by using architectural salvage pieces. Old cornices, old windows, and pieces of crown molding all can be repurposed to give your home a unique timeless look. And the best part is, reusing something that would otherwise go to the dump is an easy way to be eco-friendly.

Architectural pieces can be found anywhere for any price. Your best bet is to check local auctions, estate sales, Craigslist, eBay, and localized online marketplace. is another option; it’s a marketplace specifically for buyers and sellers of architectural salvage.

I know a woman who got a free claw-foot bathtub because she asked a neighbor who was renovating if she could peruse their dump site.  My mom scored 20 old farm windows for free because she read the newspaper.

A few more tips for using architectural salvage

  • Get creative with your finds. Turn an old piece of crown molding into a picture frame, like the ones at Recycling the Past for $38 each.
  • Attach old doorknobs or hooks to an old cornice or piece of molding for a unique coat hanger.
  • Use an old grate for a piece of wall art. Go to Old House Parts for some budget-friendly pieces if you can find them in your home town.
  • Old windows and shutters can easily take on new lives as mirrors or picture frames.
  • Reclaimed wood is one of the more versatile materials. Make doors, headboards, wall art, or add decorative touches to your furniture.

Watch the video below to see the Niche Lady go shopping for architectural salvage in San Diego, Caifornia.