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5 Notable Features (Before & After) in The REUSE! Box Truck Tiny House


The Reuse Box Truck Tiny House: Elementary School Kids Sustainability Program
Alex explaining features to a group at an elementary school.

When we give tours of The REUSE! Box Truck Tiny House, there are some specific things that Deek and I like to show and numerous "tour favorites" that people always comment on. This is why we created a map handout that shows the layout of the truck and our top 50 reuse features. We don't expect everyone to do all 50, but maybe they'll see a few them that they incorporate into their own lives.


It's always fun to see before and after photos, so I thought I would showcase some of the more notable truck features and what these items used to be. And I also wanted to address the benefits of each.


Wardrobe

Original Use: Canning Cupboard

A vintage canning cupboard repurposed into a wardrobe in a tiny house.

Benefits:

  • Storytelling: This was a food canning cupboard, dating back to at least the early 1900s. It's also the first item we found, months before we had the truck.

  • Large amount of storage for my clothing, accessories and a whole lot more.

  • I can use the door to project TV, movies or video games on

  • Kept out of the landfill, as this was heading for a dumpster at a house that was being renovated

  • Prevented a furniture piece from being manufactured with non-renewable resources

  • Cost: $0.00


 

Kitchen Sink

Original Use: Cooking Pot

A lobster pot converted into a sink and reused in a tiny house.

Benefits:

  • Storytelling: This was my grandmother's pot and it keeps memories of spending time with her in her kitchen alive.

  • Unique, durable kitchen sink

  • I can hide the dirty dishes with the lid!

  • Prevented a new sink from being manufactured with non-renewable resources

  • Cost $0.00


 

Coat Hooks

Original Use: Maple syrup spiles to tap maple trees

Vintage maple syrup spiles reused as coat hooks in a tiny house.

Benefits:

  • Storytelling: This is a fun reminder of the state where we first showed the truck before it was done.

  • Unique, durable coat hooks

  • Prevented new hooks from being manufactured with non-renewable resources

  • Cost: $2.00 for 4 of them


 

Closet Slide Outs

Original Use: Skateboard decks

A skateboard repurposed as a shelf slideout in a tiny house.

Benefits:

  • Storytelling - These were my personal skateboards and the one shown is a team board from my friend's shop in my hometown

  • Easy way to access items in a deep closet

  • Keeps broken skateboards out of the landfill

  • Cost $0.00


 

Food & Spice Storage Rack

Original Use: Ladder for a performing arts theater

A vintage ladder saved from a movie theater repurposed as a food storage in a tiny house.

Benefits:

  • Storytelling: This ladder was used for theatrical productions for over 50 years at the long-closed movie theater in the town where the truck was built.

  • Unique storage for dry goods and spices

  • Kept out of the landfill, as this was sitting unused in a building for years that will most likely be demolished

  • Prevented a new rack from being manufactured with non-renewable resources

  • Cost $0.00

 

Clearly, there are some great stories behind these items and the benefits for the planet are obvious. Plus, the total cost for these features was $2.00! Two Dollars! To see more about these and a lot more features in the truck, here's the trailer for the feature film about it and various viewing options.


P.S. For any of the literally thousands of people who have toured the truck, if you have done any similar features in your own life as a result, please leave a comment. We'd love to hear about it. Thanks!



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