Archive for June, 2012

Salvage Garden Fun at Village Green Nursery

Scenes from Village Green Perennial Nursery

In the White Center neighborhood of West Seattle, there is a little woodland garden oasis called Village Green Perennial Nursery.  This nursery also happens to be a great place to get ideas for reuse garden projects as well.  There are all sorts of great reuse and salvage projects at this garden center to inspire you – but there is one in particular which they submitted as a RE Store Rockstar project.  Two volunteers, David and Crystal (who also happens to have been our amazing intern at The RE Store in Seattle – Thanks, Crystal!), built the tables using pallets and stop sign posts that are scattered throughout the grounds of the nursery as plant displays.

Pallet and stop sign tables

David partially deconstructed the pallets, removing the 2x members.  Nail removal was a little more difficult that usual, since they had been placed originally with a nail gun, but otherwise a pretty straightforward process. Vera, the owner, received the parts used for the table legs through a neighbor barter trade.  This neighbor stopped by and offered to trade her a couple red and white posts from stop signs and a metal, glass-top table for an old telephone (a 1950s crank telephone).  Crystal chopped the legs to 24 inch lengths and they nailed them into the pallets.  David screwed the legs into scrap pieces of wood for extra bracing.

Anything could get planted at Village Green - a Radio Flyer on the left, cedar rain gutters on the right

Other re-use and salvage project you can see at Village Green include:  We really like their planters made from reclaimed antique bee boxes, and there are planted wire spools and metal chairs, reclaimed honeybee hives from a farm up the road, and “a bowling ball that floated into its current place during a rain storm – honestly – I swear!” Vera says.

The bowling ball floated in during a recent storm to take up residence

Learn more about this urban farm, including events, at Village Green’s website:  http://www.villagegreenperennialnursery.com/

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Make.Shift Art Space: unscrewing up a gallery and studio spaces

Gallery space at Make.Shift

Gallery space at Make.Shift

The 40’s-era building at Grant and Flora streets has seen better days. Originally a milk processing plant, the building has been reincarnated and remodeled many times over, most notably as a law office in the 1970s. Since Bellingham nonprofit Make.Shift took over the artist collective at 306 Flora in summer 2011, volunteers and licensed contractors have been renovating continuously. They like to call it, “un-screwing up” the building.

Studios - during and after the remodel

Art studios - during and after the remodel, with reclaimed lumber, doors, windows and salvaged tin paneling - click for enlargement

While building six new music studios in the collective’s basement, the group chose 1920’s-era 40″ doors salvaged by The RE Store from McDonald Elementary School. A half dozen quirky salvaged light fixtures throughout the art space illuminate the creative hub. The upstairs art gallery is painted with remanufactured recycled Metro latex paint from The RE Store.

Many desks, tables, shelves and other furniture items from The RE Store have found new homes at Make.Shift. “Without The RE Store, we wouldn’t have been able to complete half of the projects we’ve taken on at Make.Shift Art Space,” said Make.Shift director Cat Sieh.

Phone booth and studio space

Phone booth and studio space

The group’s most recent project was the construction of three new basement artist studios. All three studios were built from 90% recycled/repurposed materials. Make.Shift repurposed cedar fence posts and tin warehouse roofing as siding, used old single-pane windows to keep the basement nice and bright, and framed all of the studios with reclaimed lumber.

“We’re so grateful to have The RE Store as a sponsor,” Cat said. “Using their materials has saved us money, and allowed us to source materials locally and sustainably. ”

If your group has a need for materials or gift certificates for fundraising events, please contact The RE Store with your request.

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