Outdoor DIY: Surprising Salvaged Transformations

Outdoor DIY: Surprising Salvaged Transformations

Kimber Watson
Aug 25, 2011

Like many of us around the Apartment Therapy community, I'm a sucker for a salvaged find. There was the iron planter left on the side of the road, an old weathered boat door at our marina and the list goes on and on. But it's not always about what you're lucky enough to score — more often than not, it's what you do with your find that's the important part. Here are some of my favorite transformed castoffs from Sunset, resourceful additions to any outdoor space.

Sunset has brought us a slew of inventive salvaged makeovers in the past, but my favorites this time around are all recycled additions for the patio or garden. Hands down, the broken door knobs and steel discs turned cobblestone-esque patio floor are clever with a capital "C". Hopefully it's as durable as it is unique. If you have the space for it, the hefty recycled pavement tabletop proves to be resourceful in more ways than one. Reusing concrete from a backyard remodel not only created a table, but more than likely saved money when it came to disposal of the ripped out material. Old wooden spools anyone? How can you not love the fresh take on this hose corral. I certainly wouldn't have thought of that myself, but it sure beats the standard ones at your hardware store. And an old sewer pipe turned hip planter? The faded color and bulbous shape lend the containers a modern feel, especially when matched with a compatible plant.

If you would like to see more transformed castoffs, visit Sunset for the full gallery. And if you have a rescued find turned fabulous DIY, share it with us in the comments below.

Images: Sunset

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