17 ways to recycle old household items
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 architect Dan O'Connell 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 O'Connell.