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April 20, 2014

Couple creates rustic salvaged furniture

Kim Hannah of Danville has been salvaging and reusing materials — most notably barn wood — for close to two decades.

Hannah has sold her handmade crafts and primitive, rustic furniture made of salvaged barn wood at shows around the Midwest for 18 years.

Her fiancé, Anthony Smith, who always has enjoyed woodworking, now shares Hannah’s passion for repurposing.

“I used to repair and replace floors and walls, but now I enjoy doing this,” he said.

Together, the couple is brimming with ideas for repurposing projects. Whenever they see usable materials being discarded, they are quick to salvage it and reuse it for their next project.

“Someone had old picket fencing that I bought over two years,” Hannah said.

That old picket fence has been put to good use in a variety of ways.

Hannah’s shop, The Yankee Rose at 3008 E. Main St., showcases the results of the couple’s creativity, such as a step-back cupboard made from a bed headboard as the top part of the cupboard, pieces of an old wooden door for the bottom of the cupboard and fence pickets as the shelves.

“The only thing new is the piece of wood for the work top,” Smith said.

Smith hung a few baskets on a display stand that he crafted from some of the fence pickets, which is now used to hold candles and other small items in the shop.

On the front step of their home, a bench has been created from another wooden headboard with the bench sides being made from pieces of the footboard and bed frame rails.

Smith, who is an industrial maintenance major at Danville Area Community College, said he plans to create a barbecue table from salvaged pallet wood that he will enter in the Treasures to Trash repurposing challenge this week at DACC.

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