Recently we worked with a client from Roslyn, Long Island, NY who wanted to recycle salvaged materials to design her kitchen with recycled materials. Needless to say, this was a very fun project (see photos below), and we were able to incorporate her vintage finds in new kitchen design.

If you are thinking about working with salvaged pieces, there are ways to creatively design with them, and there are also opportunities to charitably donate items you are ripping out during a renovation. We work with a fantastic company called Green Demolitions (also known as Renovation Angel) that specializes in finding and selling recycled luxury materials. We have donated old showroom displays and items from clients’ kitchens we rip out. We have also sent Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly clients to their store to purchase salvaged materials. Steve Feldman, President and Founder, started the company to pursue fund-raising for the addiction recovery outreach projects he believes saved his life. The company has grown to 30 employees with a 43,000 square foot super-store in Fairfield, NJ. It has become America’s leading recycler of luxury kitchens. His newly introduced Renovation Angel allows the donor to give back a portion of the proceeds to a charity of their choice on qualified kitchens and estate items. Edie Falco of the Sopranos and Amani Toomer of the NY Giants became their first “Celebrity Angels.” Learn more at

Here are a few examples of the recycled elements we used on this project (Kitchen Designer: Ken Kelly CKD, CBD, CR):

kitchen with recycled materials

We were able to reuse balusters from an old staircase as decorative pilasters on the sides of the sink base cabinet.


kitchen with recycled materials

The client had this copper pot in her garage, so we recycled this little treasure by turning it into a fabulous sink.


kitchen with recycled materials

Here we used an old reflective fireplace back as a backsplash behind the restored antique range.


kitchen designs by ken kelly recycling salvaged materials in a kitchen design

This was the best kitchen find–Breakstone’s vintage cheese boxes. We used it as a sideboard by the eating area and added a wooden top.


kitchen designs by ken kelly recycling salvaged materials in a kitchen design

For the eating counter support, we used a newel post from the old staircase.
Want to see the rest of this kitchen? See the video from our YouTube channel:

Posted by Grace Kelly in Kitchen Design, Green Design, Planning | Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. |

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