Architectural Wall Art with Porch Brackets and a Gold Medallion

Architectural Wall Art with Porch Brackets and a Gold Medallion

For someone who loves architectural salvage so much, I don’t work with it often enough. Sure, I’ve created a few projects in the past, but far fewer than those using, say…thrift store finds. So, I’m here to add another architectural salvage project to my collection. And this time, I’m using some porch brackets that I spied at Maliasmark’s booth during a local vintage market.

Porch brackets or gingerbread trim at antiques show with Maliasmark

I acquired four of the porch brackets from her, each one in slightly different well-loved condition.

Architectural antiques or porch brackets for upcycling ideas

I knew right away that I wanted to arrange them in a circle to become architectural wall art.

Upcycling ideas for architectural salvage as reclaimed wood wall art

And for the center? A gold medallion I found at the thrift store!

Once I had collected all the elements of my vision, it was time for a makeover on each!

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Upcycling the Porch Brackets into Architectural Wall Art

Because the pieces of architectural salvage were a little rough here and there (like they had been glued to something and then ripped off), I had to take a few steps back before I could move forward with my idea.

What do I mean by that?

Well, I needed to sand them a bit and repaint them the same shade of white. So, that’s what I did- first, using my orbital sander to remove the rough patches and slivers-waiting-to-happen.

Sanding the reclaimed wood before painting and repurposing into wall art

Next, I applied a little white spray paint to give them a brighter and more uniform appearance.

Spray painting the porch brackets or architectural salvage to be upcycled into architectural wall art

While the porch brackets dried, I moved onto that gold medallion. It was vintage by Syroco and fit perfectly in the center.

I just wasn’t crazy about the gold. Instead, I wanted it to have a patina finish like an oxidized penny.

To recreate that look, I first painted the medallion in a Statue of Liberty-esque green, the same color I used in my DIY cork board project.

Painting a gold medallion with a green patina for reclaimed wood wall art

Once the green paint had dried, I used this shade of Rub n’ Buff to add touches of copper over the green.

Rub n Buff in autumn gold for a patina finish or copper patina

Just a scant amount of metallic wax on my fingertip was all it took. When I was done, I had a faux finish of green patina, which is EXACTLY what I was going for.

Faux finish of a green patina on copper to be added to architectural wall art

Reclaimed Wood Wall Art from Porch Brackets or Architectural Salvage

Now it was time to put all my architectural salvage pieces together and attach my medallion to the center!

There were various ways to do this: glue, mending plates, or screwing in thin pieces of wood behind the architectural salvage.

Ultimately, I used a combination of super glue and wood connectors behind the porch brackets to hold them together.

Connecting the porch brackets with super glue to become the reclaimed wood wall art

And a little super glue under the medallion, placed right in the middle. There- doesn’t that look wonderful?

Reclaimed wood wall art with porch brackets and a gold medallion that has a patina finish

I love how it turned out! From creating a circle with the porch brackets to the green patina on the gold medallion. Architectural salvage like this is MEANT to become architectural wall art, don’t you think?

Architectural salvage as wall art with porch brackets and a medallion with a green patina


Guess what? Today is also Thrift Store Decor Team day, which means the best repurposing bloggers around all have new upcycled projects today. Click on the links beneath the collage to see how each project turned out!

Thrift Store Decor Team before photos upcycling and repurposing projects

1. Thrift Store Basket Refresh

2. Copper and Burgandy Mercury Glass

3. DIY Wall Art from Repurposed Architectural Salvage (that’s me, you’re already here!)

4. Repurposed Vintage Snack Set

5. Small Footstool Makeover for Camper

6. Embroidery Hoop Wreath

7. Rooster Lamp Makeover

8. DIY Magnolia Wreath


And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for architectural salvage, then you’ll love these bookends I created with wooden finials, as well!

Wood bookends as vintage farmhouse decor with architectural antiques

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  1. Rita Corblies says

    Reminds me of a ship’s wheel…you have an incredible imagination…love it

  2. Mmmm! My first idea was to darken that gold medallion with Judea bitumen, but I like it this way too!

  3. Wow!!! I just never would have seen that in that pile of stuff poking out of the Pepsi crate. LOVE your vision!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the color of the medallion in the middle and the bronze accents wow! Awesome job Sarah ❤️

  5. Hello!

    What are “wood connectors”?

    Front looks great, but please show us the back.

    Love your blog… A LOT! Always something fun here.

    Thank you,

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Susan- I’m currently in Hurricane Florence prep mode so I can’t really take more photos right now. Imagine a paint stirrer stick cut into small pieces, like 2″ long? That’s what’s behind the straight edges of my piece. Either glued or screwed in. Hope this helps!

  6. Kristin salazar says

    This turned out so beautiful, you always have the best projects!

  7. Neat upcycle!!

  8. OHHH! I LOVE IT!!!!! Now I want one!!!!

  9. Sarah, What an amazing, and one of a kind wall decoration, it’s really pretty! I love Rub-n-Buff too, it really transforms things with ease.

  10. This is so cool! I’ve seen ginger bread trim before but never thought of using it that way. Very clever! Love it! I see you had a pretty little helper to show off your project.

  11. Great find! I love the rubnbuff! Pinned it!

  12. You’re so clever and creative Sarah! I would never have thought to put the architectural pieces into a circle. Love the medallion for the center. Who doesn’t LOVE rub-n-buff?

    sooo pretty!

  13. Maryann Caballero says

    What a fun transformation! I love the finish you did on that medallion.

  14. Love it!!

  15. This is so cool! Would be a perfect at our beach cottage!

  16. Debbie- Dabble says

    Love this idea!! Great job!!


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