State Street Salvage interior, lab desk, and coffee table

We often get excited when we encounter an old, heavy, banged-up factory pallet or something in a salvage shop and imagine we’ll turn it into a really cool table. And then . . . we have to admit we don’t have the chops. Enter State Street Salvage, where Kevin Hanley, an alum of Les Tissus Colbert, and Steven Peterson, a master woodworker, create tables, storage pieces, garden accessories, and more out of salvaged wood and other materials, both industrial and farmy. Together they turn out artful pieces such as this coffee table (above, $495), made from a factory cart, and this cleaned-up old oak lab desk (left, $795). 600 S. 1st St., Geneva, 630-232-9940,


Photography: (State Street interior) Kelly Nowak; (coffee table)