The Art of Upcycling at DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015

There's more than meets the eye at Blog Cabin 2015! Discover intriguing details — from furnishings fashioned from reclaimed materials to handmade art pieces — that make this home truly one of a kind.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Photo By: Eric Perry

Vintage Hand Painted Signs

Found in the original home, an old for sale sign was cut up, set in burned wood frames and mounted in the family room for an artistic nod to the home when it was first purchased.

Wine Bottle Candle Shades

Upcycled glass bottles creatively fashioned into decorative tea light holders rest on the original fireplace mantle.

Hanging Vine

Hanging spheres made from chicken wire hold dangling house plants that add a pop of color to the family room and help to bring the outdoors in.

Sliding Door Divides Rooms

A sliding barn door offers privacy for those relaxing in the family room. “We were trying to make an effort to keep this house open yet give people places and niches for them to get away,” says build and design manager Dylan Eastman. “They can leave the door open when everyone is hanging out or they can shut the door when people are in there watching football, playing ping pong or reading a book.”

Decorative Frames Hang From Pulleys

Hanging frames attached to a pulley system tie the upstairs and downstairs living spaces together.

Natural Decorative Elements

“I’ve never met a tiny terrarium I didn’t like,” jokes design coordinator Laurie March. A suitcase terrarium atop a dresser in the lower level is both creative and unconventional and helps bring the outdoors in.

Bottle Cap Artwork

A decorative lake sign playfully incorporates old bottle caps and directs guests outdoors.

Peaceful Fountain Helps Define Space

The same slabs of Idaho diamond found throughout the home were used for the waterfall feature, while the bed is filled with rocks collected over time from several Idaho rivers.

Vintage Suitcase

A tray table showcases a vintage suitcase, a reoccurring theme found throughout the house. “I think they are so iconic,” says design coordinator Laurie March. “They tell you that you are going somewhere; that you’ve landed.”

Vintage Suitcase Coffee Table

An old suitcase fashioned into a coffee table not only serves as an element of intrigue but provides storage for books, blankets and other great room accessories. “I think suitcases are so iconic,” says design coordinator Laurie March. “They tell you that you are going somewhere; that you’ve landed.”

Wood Art Over Fireplace

Geometric patterned reclaimed wood art adds to the earthy mood of the great room and provides a warm contrast against cool gray slate.

Dining Room Table

A shadowbox dining table features marquee letters that pay tribute to the home’s location and directly translates as ‘heart’. “I rewired Christmas lights to give the marquee effect without having to run AC wires into the floor,” says build and design manager Dylan Eastman.

Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack

Weathered wood boards were upcycled to create a visually interesting hanging rack for added storage in the laundry room.

Vintage Items Below Screen

“The wall around the projector screen is a combination of vintage suitcases and speakers, but instead of it being an art piece it’s also functional,” explains build and design manager Dylan Eastman. “The speakers were all found at thrift stores but the speaker wires all run into the central piece, so the amplifier for the movie utilizes the speakers.”

Creative Film Cans

Old tin film reels arranged artistically on the wall were found in Hollywood and continue the vintage, antiquated aura of the entertainment room.

Old School Game Equipment

Old croquet and badminton racquets continue a vintage celebration throughout the home and are a playful and fitting addition to the game room décor.

Fiery Pit Design

"Around the area there is a lot of mining and concrete," explains Dylan. "These crusher cones are used to grind gravel." The design team salvaged a retired cone and repurposed it into the fire pit.

Upcycled Benches

Steel beams salvaged from the original home were reimagined into industrial benches, perfect for a cozy gathering with friends and family.

Local Stone

Idaho diamond, a locally-sourced stone used in this patio design, is incorporated into the interior and exterior design.

Historic Hardscaping

The landscaping brought in burnt logs from a 1910 forest fire in the area, which adds a dramatic conversation piece.

Local Treasures

Local treasures, such as antique juggling clubs, adorn floating shelves and tie in special stories of Idaho.

Stump Stools

A Douglas fir tree on the property was salvaged and transformed into three stools for the breakfast bar. “Idaho is known for logging and minerals, so we cut slots in the stools and filled them with a copper epoxy mixture so it brings in the gem state,” says build and design manager Dylan Eastman.

Reclaimed Cabinetry

An antique Hoosier cabinet was disassembled and transformed into a baker’s pantry that provides additional storage while lending vintage character to the kitchen.

Handy Hardware

Antique metal knobs and spigots serve as unexpected drawer handles fashioned onto the baker’s pantry and complete the vintage story in the kitchen.

A Nod to Idaho

Part of the fireplace was salvaged and a steel plate was added with a thoughtful cutout of Idaho. In the entryway it’s counterpart is on display.

From Old to New

Steel beams and steel columns that were salvaged from the front of the original house were salvaged and incorporated into the dining table legs.

Custom Knobs

A bedside dresser is customized with knobs fashioned from Idaho stones. Built-in storage racks conveniently house drinks, books and other knick-knacks for kids or overnight guests.

Explorer-Themed Wall Decorations

A tool belt is creatively fashioned into a storage holster to accommodate the top bunk while continuing the crafty, kid-friendly vibe throughout the space. “We put the contractor’s tool belt on the wall because I was really hunting for a horizontal storage piece that wouldn’t stick out and is soft, so if you’re making the bed or climbing around up there you’re not going to hurt yourself,” says design coordinator Laurie March.

Luxurious Throw Pillows

Continuing a gem stone theme, framed wrapping paper serves as a budget-friendly work of art that effectively ties in the colors of the master bedroom.

Antique Dresser

A refurbished vintage dresser lends romance to the master bedroom, providing storage for clothes and doubling as an entertainment center.

Repurposed Design

Sleek and contemporary, this vanity is a repurposed dresser that holds his-and-hers enameled sinks.

A Touch of History

“We found these prints in a local antiques store, and they’re reprints of a fire that burned down the local town of Wallace in the 1900s,” says Dylan.

Stylish Storage

A vintage lunch box hints to the history of the working man in the area, and is a clever storage option for small items, like pens and stationery.