Long before the word “upcycle” entered our lexicon, we’ve been repurposing (another fancy new word) recycled and salvaged materials to create projects that are both cool and completely practical. No toilet paper cozies for us. One of Jen’s favorite projects is the dining room table that sits in her 1860s farmhouse in downtown Northampton. Her travels to one of her favorite salvage yards, Vermont Salvage in White River Junction, netted her a beat up barn door that was so old, the curve of the door closure was permanently carved into the wood. She flipped the seats down in her Honda Civic hatchback (best car ever), tossed the door in, and brought it home. Many, many hours of sanding and coating later, she had a tabletop, but no legs. Luckily, sewing machine bases are both plentiful and cheap in local antique stores, so after paying someone who was not afraid of power tools to affix the top to the bases, she had the most beautiful table she had ever seen.