Archive for December, 2011

How to build a bookshelf from reclaimed cabinet doors – video

Eberhard Eichner of The RE Store’s REvision Division walks you through the process of designing and building two different styles of freestanding bookshelves. Eberhard covers fastening with easy screw and plug construction. Learn ways make your bookshelf solid and fit against walls with base trim or windows.

Learn more about the REvision Division, view the furniture line photo gallery and check out our other do-it-yourself videos on our main website.

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Ahh-mazing Day of Service with City Year!

Some of the City Year volunteer projects of the day

We cannot fully express our gratitude to the City Year gang that had a day of service with us here at the Seattle store Monday, December 19th!  An incredibly energetic and positive group of 45 corps members took on many of our ‘wish list’ projects in the store, in the offices and in our back lot and warehouse alongside the all-hands-on-deck staff.  The transformations were incredible – including:  repainting our logo on our west wall, painting our office, conference room, hallway, and our soon-to-be library/education room, organizing our supplies room and workshop, laying floor and repainting our bathroom, putting down pavers in our garden area out back, rewiring our back fence, denailing lumber from recent deconstruction jobs, and pulling down and sorting all sorts of tucked away treasures from our racks (come see what was unearthed!).  All of this with fairly continuous singing and dancing coming from the group, made for a fun time.  We may be a little sore after all of that, but we are incredibly humbled by their energy and efforts – and incredibly happy with the results.  Thanks so much, City Year for such a great present for the holidays – and for Pat’s birthday that day!  And a special shout-out to Taylor Oden of City Year and Anita Smith of The RE Store for their exhaustive work coordinating these efforts!

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Call for Recycled Art & Design – Due 3/2/2012

The RE Store is welcoming submissions for the 2012 11th Annual Recycled Arts Show, to be be held in April of 2012. Galleries in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington will host month-long exhibitions of art and functional design pieces. All pieces must be made from a minimum of 75% reclaimed materials. Submissions are limited to residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia, Canada. The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2012. The application forms can be found on The RE Store’s main website for either the Seattle or Bellingham galleries.

Watch our lovely 1 minute video – expand it to full screen to better see great art and design pieces from past years.

Posted in: Recycled art and trash fashion, You can do it yourself

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String Theory – a Salvaged Chandelier

String Theory chandelier by Elizabeth Joy Clements

As an interior designer and artist, Elizabeth Joy Clements follows the philosophy of biophilia, and is constantly thinking about ways to create with a healthy tomorrow in mind.  “I believe the space we inhabit has the power to create illusions, expose the truth and question and change reality.” Clements says.  These notions informed her work when creating this chandelier, String Theory, for the Mighty Tieton Winter Festival* in an abandoned fruit warehouse. In her words:

This chandelier design is based on the exploration of going deeper into what is. What makes up the world we inhabit? What is the structure of the universe? The scientific community provides a diverse spectrum of theories that amaze and inspire the mind. Wave, particle, frequency. The chandelier design is a manifestation of an abstracted shape derived from the string theory, a branch of theoretical physics. It is an artistic interpretation of a visual representation of what is. The structure is a hybrid of traditional chandelier form, fabric ceiling installation, and hanging sculpture. 17,000 ft. of string is used to create String Theory.

String Theory being installed at the Mighty Tieton Winter Festival

Everything besides the string and electrical was salvaged from The RE Store in Bellingham to make String Theory.  The chandelier is 6′-10″ in diameter and it took 4 people and 2 scissor lifts to install! Clements says “I’m obsessed with design and the process of making things” and she loves to feature salvage or recycled materials in her work.  Currently, she is designing a jewelry collection and starting her own business.  Contact her with inquiries (commissions are welcome) – she can be reached at elizabethjoyclements [at]

 * Mighty Tieton is an incubator for artisan businesses in Tieton, WA, with the goal of helping revitalize the economy of the town and region by combining creative and professional skills, and connecting with local resources to build successful businesses involving art, design, hospitality, and recreation.

Do you have a RE Store-inspired project to be proud of?  Please, show off & share your story!

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