What do broken doorknobs, salvaged pavement chunks, and pieces of unused sewer pipe all have in common? Some serious - and surprising - DIY decor potential!
Second hand stores, Craigslist, and yard sales are great sources for low-cost materials, but consider these less-obvious options. The aforementioned pavement chunks? Salvaged (with permission) during a neighbor's garden remodel. This slab of concrete was later transformed into an outdoor dining table - for free.
Don't be afraid to approach construction sites and/or contractors and ask for waste material. Pieces of unused sewer pipe were salvaged (again, with permission - and again, for free!) from a local construction site and turned into these sweet mod planters!
Broken doorknobs, salvaged steel discs, and a stove top burner are given new life in this quirky patio floor!
Want more ideas? Old wooden spools become clever storage for a garden hose; boards salvaged from an old corral become a striking modern fence; boat paddles, driftwood, and flotsam become a quaint garden gate! With some creativity, the possibilities are endless - and oftentimes free.
Sunset put together a fantastic roundup of over 20 "surprising salvage makeovers", which the above projects come from. Be sure to check them all out and tell us which thrifty idea is your favorite! (Personally, I love the sewer pipe planters and the modern fence the most!)