EcoBuilding Bargains’ Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Marketing EcoFellow

The spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar competition put on by EcoBuilding Bargains, our building materials reuse store, has come to a close. Reuse Rockstar is a friendly, bi-annual competition that highlights customers who have upcycled, transformed or repurposed items from EcoBuilding Bargains into creative and functioning pieces. This year, we decided to let the public decide who should win! We hosted a live voting for the winner at our annual EcoBuilding Bargains Bash event and the winner is……local craftsman and owner of Piedmont Woodcraft, Matthew Johnson!

Matthew shops at EcoBuilding Bargains often for reclaimed wood and other various items. He enjoys the quality and variety of wood and other materials we have. The creation he entered in the competition was a white oak coffee table that he built for his home. The wood is old framing lumber from EcoBuilidng Bargains and the metal is repurposed from other sources. He started by resurfacing the wood to remove the jagged and discolored portions. He then cut the pieces to size, welded the table support beams together and attached the pieces of wood. He finished the wood pieces with a zero VOC whey-base poly to seal it and lock in the beautiful essence of the wood. It’s also environmentally friendly!

I don’t like to waste as much as possible and using repurposed and recycled materials is a great way to make sure certain stuff doesn’t end up in the landfill, especially when it has a lot more life in it.

Matthew plans to continue buying reclaimed wood, as it’s important to him to reuse materials as much as possible. For winning the competition, Matthew has won an EcoBuilding Bargains gift card that he can use to continue his amazing and impactful work!

Click here to see all of the other entries this spring. You can also read about what
other projects were the runner ups!

To see more of Matthews projects using reclaimed wood, check out his Instagram!

Watch as Matthew tells you about his project and how he made it! Congratulations to Matthew!


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