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Salvaged expands and is set to reopen

Repurposed furniture store relaunches Saturday, Feb. 15
By Molly MacMillan | Feb 17, 2014
Photo by: Molly MacMillan Salvaged furniture store owners Michelle Hepting, left, and Brynn Byerly have created another pallet-wall with repurposed shingles and letters they acquired from local sources.

Salvaged Recycled and Repurposed Furniture has expanded and after two months of renovations has now reopened.

Closed since December, Salvaged co-owner Brynn Byerly said the new store will have 2,000 square feet of additional retail space and will offer new vendors, an interior designer and more than twice as much workshop space to re-hab truckloads of antique and vintage furniture.

"It's good to re-purpose and re-use what you have because everything is so throw-away these days," she said. "We are trying to inspire people not to throw out their old furniture."

Already working with her husband, Richard Byerly, an electrician by trade, Byerly has also taken on business partner Michelle Hepting, who also paints and restores furniture.

The co-owners only met last summer, when Byerly opened Salvaged and Hepting had a booth nearby. The crafters said they shared similar style sensibilities and have since become business partners in the expanded space.

They plan to sell customized, painted furniture and offer their own revitalization services in addition to furniture painting workshops, which they plan to schedule soon after the re-launch.

The owners said while the store was closed, they attended a workshop in North Carolina to learn more technique, and the store will now stock specialized decorative chalk paints to inspire people to repurpose the furniture they already have.

After the launch, they said, Salvage will sponsored furniture-painting classes because the eco-friendly paint they use makes this craft so accessible.

"You don't have to sand, prime or remove old paint," Byerly said.

"The paint adheres to everything," Hepting continued, "fabric, metal, wood, concrete or plastic."

The store is now divided into areas of retail space and showroom dedicated to their new vendors, designer and style influences but the owners, vendors and artisans are doing double-time to have the store fully stocked and the showroom ready for the launch, which will feature door prizes, refreshments and possibly some discounts.

The store is at 17370 Coastal Highway, just south of the Nassau Bridge on southbound Route 1. For more information, call Salvaged 410-913-1568.


With the re-opening, owners said Salvaged will become the only Delaware retailer of the decorative chalk paint they credit with so many of their furniture re-creations. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Two new vendors, Jeff Alteri, left, and John Richards help stock the expanded store after renovations. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Tearing down old walls and raising new, the Byerlys were able to begin creating different sections and motifs in the furniture store. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Salvaged owners and craftspeople Richard and Brynn Byerly have nearly tripled the size of the store, workroom and inventory since they opened last summer. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Virginia designer Lauri Chastain has a retail space devoted to her creations and services as an interior designer at Salvaged. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
Chalk, and chalkboard paints have helped the owners of Salvaged convert former furnishings to trendy treasures. (Photo by: Molly MacMillan)
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