Salvaged Finishes 101

salvaged finishes 101

Get salvagey with us at this completely FREE workshop! Discover how to bring your salvage project to life with finishings including trim, surfaces, hardware and beyond! Taught by our very own, Doug Elfline.

Saturday, October 21 | 11am-12:30pm

Second Use Building Materials | 3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

RSVP to adj@seconduse.com to reserve your spot.

 

Tips for a Beautiful Backsplash

The Seattle Times recently published an article highlighting the ways that simpler, subtler backsplashes are becoming more and more popular. Here are some of their best tips, alongside a Mighty House spin.

From The Seattle Times:

  • It’s worth hunting for high quality ceramic or porcelain.
  • Choose a neutral color or coordinate it with your countertops – you won’t get tired of it and neither will buyers down the road.
  • Get creative with shape or arrangement instead of color, like choosing hexagonal tiles or laying them vertically instead of horizontally.
  • If you cook a lot, be sure to stay away from big grout lines and marble so you won’t have to waste time scrubbing them down.

Additional thoughts:

  • A backsplash is not always required in a kitchen – depending on how you cook and clean. It’s also a feature that’s easy to add on later!
  • Glass tile is another great option and it’s even better if you can find it as recycled material or salvaged!
  • Natural stone, such as marble, is a mined non-renewable resource, so we discourage using it whenever possible.
  • Stainless steel behind the stove is easy to clean and has a simple, minimalist look.

Check out more backsplash inspiration on our Mighty House Flickr page and read the full Seattle Times article here.

Second Use Fall Fest: 9/16

Join Second Use in celebrating their 23rd anniversary with their largest event of the year! Fall Fest is a free, family-friendly festival that features free food, all ages games, local beer, DIY screen printing, an Art & Design Competition, the Handmade & Reclaimed Market, and a storewide sale.

The Handmade & Reclaimed Market at Second Use will include 35+ local vendors that work with reclaimed materials who want to sell their upcyled work. Plus, almost everything in the store will be 20% off during the festival!

Saturday September 16. 2017
12:00 – 5:00 PM
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 

Find Salvage Inspiration with Second Use

At Mighty House, using salvaged materials is one of our favorite ways to minimize the impact of our projects on the planet. By incorporating reclaimed pieces in your home you can save money while also keeping those items from going in the landfill. Plus, they can add unique style and character to your space.

Did you know that Second Use Building Materials offers an easy way to shop for reclaimed items and materials? Head over to their online Inspiration Gallery to see what inspires you!

 

Workshop: Doors + Windows 101

Join us on May 6 for a FREE workshop at Second Use! Our very own Doug Elfline will guide you in assessing window and door projects to see if using salvaged materials is an option. He will also demonstrate how to choose appropriate salvaged windows and doors and share tips for proper installation and maintenance. These free workshops fill up so be sure to RSVP!

Saturday May 6, 2017
11:00 – 12:30 PM
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 

New Year, New [Healthy] Kitchen

You wouldn’t know it just by looks, but this kitchen is about to receive a Mighty House treatment! Beyond better integration of the dining and pantry area… Beyond value-engineering that please the eye and the pocket book… we’ll be using several products that are manufactured healthfully with the intent to do less harm to environment and humans, for the products full life cycle.

One of those such products is a countertop made of compressed paper and resin. Luckily, the top three composite paper counters are locally manufactured with locally-sourced paper. Paper countertops like Trea are super dense and strong, making them as durable and luxurious as stone, but warmer and simpler to manufacture. They simply need wiping and oiling to be maintained and can be evenly sanded to look completely new. They are a beautiful capstone to any kitchen and a multitude of other solutions.

Call us to learn more or stop by one of our supplier partners, Greenhome Solutions, to take a look at all the solutions in one place! Plus, stay tuned for photos of the finished project!

Tile 101 Workshop: Saturday 2/11

Tile 101

Join us on Saturday, February 11th for a free Tile 101 Workshop from 11:-12:30pm at Second Use in SODO. Our very own Doug Elfline will walk you through the best practices for working with tile, from choosing the best tile for your space, to handling tricky spots. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to cut, set, grout, and seal tile as well as 10% off their day-of Second Use tile purchase.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but limited to 30 attendees. Please RSVP to adj@seconduse.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Buy from Artists this Holiday Season

Buying directly from an artist at a craft show is about as local as it gets! Here are some great options to check out, listed by date:

  • Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show Get a jump start on your shopping with this event! November 14-16, times vary. Fauntleroy Church UCC, 9140 Fauntleroy Avenue SW, Seattle.
  • Burien Vision 20/20 Arts Show Peruse super-affordable art while enjoying wine and snacks….then enjoy the frenzy as everyone clamors to get their favorites for just $40 when the bell rings! November 22, 6:30. Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue South in Burien.
  • Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Even non-Scandinavians can enjoy this festival of food, entertainment and holiday shopping. November 22 & 23, 10am-5pm. 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle.
  • Art Under $100 This South Seattle event in its 10th year features amazing local artists in a party-style atmosphere. December 6, 2-9pm. Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Avenue South, Seattle.
  • Phinney Ridge Winter Festival and Craft Fair This holiday favorite is a fundraiser for the Phinney Neighborhood Center. December 6 & 7, 10am-5pm. 6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle.
  • Urban Craft Uprising Seattle’s Largest Indie Craft Show. December 6 & 7, 10am-5pm. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center Grounds, Seattle.
  • Blithe Bazaar Enjoy sips and shopping at this West Seattle favorite. December 7, 3-7pm. Community School of West Seattle, 9450 22nd Avenue SW, Seattle.
  • Holiday craft sale at C&P Coffee, one of our favorite local hangouts. December 14, 10am-2:30pm. 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle.