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Using Second Hand Building Materials

Musgroves is a treasure trove of high quality used and reclaimed building materials and timber - ideal for all your home renovation and DIY projects. Customers are using Musgroves materials for some really creative upcycling projects, re-purposing furniture and fixtures for their homes, gardens and businesses. When you source your second hand building materials from Musgroves, you not only save money and help reduce waste, but you get a piece of Christchurch history too. 

Get some inspiration from these recent projects created by our customers using second hand building materials sourced from our Christchurch yard.

Your Recycling and Renovation Projects

Recycled Rimu Coffee Table & Wall Art

Recycled Rimu Coffee Table & Wall Art

This lovely coffee table was made by Pete Francis using recycled rimu from Musgroves, and the clever Kiwi design on the top was made by his wife Sue using old nails from our reclamation yard. Sue also made the silver fern wall hanging using recycled Musgroves building materials. More >>

Reclaimed Timber Dining Table

Reclaimed Timber Dining Table

This beautiful dining table was hand-built by Simeon Whyle using recycled rimu and reclaimed oregon timbers sourced from Musgroves. The rimu was used for the top and the legs were made using the oregon. There are no screws or nails - it was all made using glue and dowels. The materials for the table cost Simeon less than $120. More >>

Recycled Trellis Cat Run

Reclaimed Trellis Cat Run Enclosure

Cat lovers Tanya and Mortimer have three very energetic indoor cats, so when they moved to their new home they decided to build them an outdoor cat run where they could have plenty of room to play safely. Mortimer built one end using offcuts of timber, and the other with a sheet of reclaimed trellis from Musgroves. More >>

Upcycled Door Coffee Table

Upcycled Door Coffee Table

Carolyn Murphy bought an old door at Musgroves and upcycled it into a perfect sized coffee table. She’s keeping her eye out for another piece of reclaimed furniture to hold up one end of the table - in the mean time a couple of boxes are doing the trick. More >>

Living Room Update With Reclaimed Timber From Musgroves

Living Room Update

While his wife and son were away on a trip for 6 weeks, Sam Worsop completely renovated their kitchen and living room as a surprise. With the help of some good mates, Sam removed three walls, lifted and re-levelled the entire floor, put new rimu tongue & groove down... More >>

Restored Bi-Fold Doors

Restored Bi-Fold Doors

Julie Wareham found a bi-fold door at Musgroves to build a new cupboard in her dining room. She added some timber to make the door fit, sanded and painted the door, put hinges on the outside and added new handles. More >>

Bathroom Rebuild With Reclaimed Rimu Flooring

Bathroom Rebuild With Reclaimed Rimu Flooring

In this bathroom rebuild, Chris Morohan used Musgroves recycled rimu framing timber, and restored the original rimu floors using reclaimed rimu from our large selection of flooring. More >>

Reclaimed French Doors

Reclaimed French Doors

Dave Clarke bought these beautiful reclaimed french doors from Musgroves and used them to create a new wider opening from his house to the garden. They look as though they have always been there - great job Dave! More >>

Recycled Leadlight Door

Recycled Leadlight Door

Jill and Pete purchased a recycled leadlight door at Musgroves, gave it a lick of white paint and installed it in their home. With a new coat of navy added to their shutters, their new entry looks great. More >>

Recycled Bifold School Doors

The Laboratory, Lincoln

Martin and Lisa Bennett built their beautiful craft beer brewery and pub from scratch, but it looks like an old building thanks to their ingenious use of recycled building materials, many of which were sourced from Musgroves. More >>

Reclaimed Timber Vodafone Logo

Reclaimed Timber Vodafone Logo Artwork

The wood for this artwork was sourced via Musgroves, reclaimed from buildings severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. Some of it came from Godley House in Diamond Harbour... More >>

Burbery Custom Furniture

This coffee table was constructed solely of recycled materials sourced from Musgroves. The top is an old sash window, constructed using old school construction with mortise and tenon joints and wooden pegs in the corners. More >>

Shabby Shack

Abby’s Shabby Shack

Peter Jameson from Marlborough built this shabby shack for daughter Abby using totally recycled and reclaimed materials. The French doors and two lead light Windows were sourced from Musgroves for this amazing project. More >>

Reclaimed Rimu Bed Frame

Reclaimed Rimu Bedframe

Orlando Barcena hand-crafted this beautiful bedframe from reclaimed rimu floorboards and studs sourced from Musgroves. Using traditional tools to build this lovely piece of furniture, this must have been a labour of love for Orlando. More >>

Reclaimed Door & Window

Recycled Door & Window

This customer added some historical style to their modern home by installing a leadlight door and window reclaimed by Musgroves. More >>

Cafe bench

The Running Duck Cafe

Alastair Bolland from Geraldine used a batch of NZ Oregon timber from Musgroves to fit out his cafe... More >>

Recycled handles coat rack

Upcycled Doorknob Coat Rack

Paul Chisnall made this awesome shabby-chic coat rack from old door handles sourced from Musgroves. More >>

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