It’s time for another creative & inspiring field trip!
This time we’re going to CONSTRUCTION JUNCTION:
What exactly is Construction Junction, you ask? … Pittsburgh’s first non-profit building material reuse retailer. Construction Junction promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials.
And it has generally all-around cool stuff that makes me feel all fired up with creativity each time I visit! I wanted to run right home and start working on all kinds of artsy remodeling projects after our tour!
(An alternative to demolition or renovation applying a practice of environmentally friendly building deconstruction through reuse of buildings and materials, and incorporating reduction and recycling of on-site construction materials.)
Ya got all that? Great!
Some donations arrive in “bulk” — like over 300 of these “ThisEndUp” desks, plus dorm furniture. Construction Junction has a “re-give” program for items like this and will turn around and donate to other non-profits like schools or women’s shelters who can use them.
Oooh, shiny! Gorgeous door hardware from years gone by. You just don’t see such amazing workmanship like this anymore. Construction Junction has all kinds of brass, glass, and crystal knobs for sale at the front of the warehouse.
This antique hardware is so popular, in fact, that they’ve offered an interesting doorknob wreath class during the Christmas holiday season for the 2nd year in a row! How sad it would be if these wonderful door knobs and other items ended up in the landfill — when they still have so much life!!
There sure are some amazing things to be found …
Solid wood pews from a church that was torn down. Now wouldn’t it have been a shame if these hadn’t been saved? They would look lovely in a stately home’s eat-in kitchen nook … or act as a catch-all in a large entryway … or even seating for a game room or man cave!!
I spend waaaay too much time hanging out on Pinterest and if you go there and do a search for “old windows,” you’ll see all kinds of ideas … like, for example: this board. You’ll notice that many of those projects use vinyl decals — so if you want to create your own window project and need decals, we’re here to help!!
(Keep on reading to see what I’ve done with recycled doors from Construction Junction!!)
Here’s a real beauty … I could easily see this piece decorated with ornate vinyl wall art. How about an antique-looking monogram? Part of the lyrics of your favorite song? Cute little birds perched near the top? The possibilities are endless!!
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Do Right On The Walls Employees Reuse & Recycle?
You Bet We Do!
Maybe you’re wondering what we’ve found at our local Construction Junction … so here’s a sampling of MY recent rescued treasures:
This fabulous poetry graffiti door I found now proudly acts as a backdrop wall behind a desk in the Right On The Walls office area to hide all the ugly wires that sprout every which way from computers and such!
No, I didn’t make this particular door/bench — but it was made for me using a couple of old doors from Construction Junction. I absolutely LOVE it … and what a conversation piece in my home! If this piece could talk, can you imagine the stories it could tell us?
Construction Junction has to be seen to be believed! And inventory changes quickly — it’s a different “store” each time you visit. Incredible. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, stop in!
If you’re not in the Pittsburgh area, there are recycled building material non-profit organizations all across the US. Do a Google search to find one close to you — and happy shopping!
(many thanks to the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project for coordinating this wonderful event.)