By Janet Myers | February 13, 2020

Using Recycled Materials in Your Kitchen Remodel

Updating the kitchen is one of the best ways to totally transform the feel of your home. But what if you prefer a room that feels like it has been a part of your family for generations? You can remodel for convenience while still maintaining that lived-in feel you love. How? By using recycled and repurposed materials in your kitchen remodel. It’s an eco-friendly solution that also saves you money.

Reclaimed Wood for Island Top

kitchen island

Photo by: Dillon Kyle Architects (DKA)

Using reclaimed wood for countertops and tables is a big trend in kitchen design. The wood’s inherent beauty and element of history makes it a popular option. A reclaimed hardwood kitchen island top adds a distinctive look to your kitchen and/or bar. Properly sealed, the wood is protected against air and moisture and requires minimal maintenance. You can use the surface just as you would any other manmade material.

Incorporate Vintage Fixtures

vintage fixtures

Photo by: Veronica Rodriguez Interior Photography

For a timeless look, consider including some vintage fixtures in your new kitchen design. Whether you want the retro look of a 1940s pastel or an old-world Mediterranean style kitchen, it isn’t difficult to have design elements that reference the past while accommodating modern needs:

  • Use old tin panels or tiles to add interest to the ceiling.
  • Antique corbels make beautiful supports for an island’s bar.
  • A trio of rewired chrome and glass pendants add a true industrial look over the island.

Antique plumbing and electrical fixtures make great display pieces, but modern fittings and fixtures done in a vintage style are usually a better choice.

Install a Real Farmhouse Sink

farmhouse sink

Photo by: Kohler

Instead of using a modern apron front model, choose a vintage farmhouse kitchen sink with drainboard. These iconic cast iron fixtures date back to the 1940s and 50s and can be a terrific focal point in your new space. They’re great at retaining heat and are extremely durable. Installation is a challenge due to their weight, but it’s made easier during a remodel because you’re probably replacing the countertops at the same time.

Repurposed Wood Throughout the Kitchen

wood kitchen

Photo by: Harvey Jones Kitchens

From floating shelves to wood drawer pools, there are dozens of ways you can incorporate repurposed and reclaimed wood into your kitchen remodel. The splendid grains and texture add a warmth to the room that modern materials don’t always capture. And wood provides a striking contrast to sleek appliances and painted surfaces.

  • A wood kitchen vent over a vintage subway tile backsplash is a great rustic touch.
  • Old timber beams can be used to suspend vintage metal light fixtures.
  • A white-on-white kitchen is taken up a notch when you use old wood planks to back the island/bar. Leave them as is or paint them a bright color to change the entire look of the room.

Out with the Old, In with the Old (and New)

An eco-friendly kitchen remodel that incorporates vintage, reclaimed, and repurposed materials can give you a one-of-a-kind space that not only reduces your water and energy consumption, but also helps cut costs. Ready to get started on your “recycled kitchen?” Talk to the designers at Design Studio by David Gray Plumbing in Jacksonville, FL. You can schedule an appointment with us today by contacting us online or calling at (904) 724-7211.

Back to Blog




Monday - Friday
8:30AM - 4:30PM