Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar Competition Winners

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

The Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar Competition has come to a close. Thank you to all who submitted entries and voted on the winner! This competition highlights some of the ingenious projects our customers make with materials from EcoBuilding Bargains. There were many creative entries, totaling 17 unique projects, all of which you can see here. The community voted for the project they liked best at our EcoBuilding Bargains Bash last Saturday. Thank you to everyone who participated! All the projects were amazing and we can’t wait to see what you come up with for our fall competition! Here are the top projects for Spring 2018:

Honorable Mentions

Colleen Adams – Bathroom Remodel

Colleen and her husband wanted to turn an unfinished space in their cottage into a second bathroom. They used materials from various reuse stores, including EcoBuilding Bargains! The two painted two raised panel doors, used for storage cubbies, and the biscuit-colored sink, nickel stand, and matching toilet helped complete the look!


Lisa Marie – Wine Bottle Holder

Lisa Marie made this lovely wine bottle and glass holder out of wood and bolts from EcoBuilding Bargains! This project is great for any space and is a chic way to hold your wine and glasses.


Third Place

Jakob Palches – Tiny Home

Jakob Palches and his partner built a tiny home with some materials from EcoBuilding Bargains! They started building in 2015 and just recently got the occupancy permit in January 2018. They used 11 windows, a front door, a sliding door, a stove vent hood, cabinets, and even hardware from us to help tie it all together! Materials from EcoBuilding Bargains can be used in a number of different ways and we love seeing them come together to make a home. See more pictures of their tiny home and the process of building it on Instagram!



Second Place- $50 Gift Card Winner

Tim Mutti – Double Vanity

Tim Mutti made an entire, one-of-a-kind, double bathroom vanity from materials at EcoBuilding Bargains! The vanity is made from pine board sheathing and the legs are oak 4x4s. The top is made from pine and oak in various widths. Tim chose to leave the nail holes from its previous life to add some character! The cabinets on the bottom are also from EcoBuilding Bargains. The counter top is a lovely butcher block top made of wood glued together. Why buy it when you can build it for a fraction of the cost and make it look exactly how you want?

First Place- $100 Gift Card Winner

Matthew Johnson – Coffee Table

Matthew Johnson bought white oak framing lumber from us to create this modern coffee table! He used a zero VOC whey-base finish and he welded the steel base. Not only are the materials reused, but Matthew also took into consideration having sustainable finishing touches. Creating reuse projects from inexpensive materials from EcoBuilding Bargains is an easy and affordable way to change your homes aesthetic to your liking. It’s great seeing how our customers turn lumber into amazing pieces for their home!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Reuse Rockstar Competition! We know that there are thousands more of you who choose to shop at EcoBuilding Bargains and help us in our mission to reduce waste. If you missed out on entering the Spring 2018 Reuse Rockstar Competition, stay tuned for our competition this fall! Make sure you like us on Facebook to find out more details, and check out all of the entries in our Facebook album. Thank you for shopping with us and keep crafting, upcycling, and repurposing!


  • What a cool competition! Are you planning to do it again? If so, would you also consider people who take re-use projects to a community level?
    Will check out your Facebook page as well.

    May 27, 2018
    • Shelby Kuenzli

      Hello Rose! Yes we have this competition again in the fall. Like and follow our Facebook page for more details about when the next one will be! The guidelines we have now for the competition is that you have bought materials from EcoBuilding Bargains and incorporated them into your project. If you have done that with community-level projects, that would be amazing to see and qualify you to enter! The gift certificate amount will remain the same regardless of the project size. Thank you for your interest and we hope you will enter in the next round!

      May 29, 2018

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