Creating Wall Art from Architectural Salvage

Creating Wall Art from Architectural Salvage

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 repurposed architectural salvage project to my collection- this time, using pieces of gingerbread trim that I spied at Maliasmark’s booth during a Vintage Market Days event in Asheville, North Carolina.

Architectural salvage gingerbread trim at Maliasmark Etsy Shop to be upcycled and repurposed

I spy with my little eye…

I acquired four pieces of gingerbread trim from her, each one in slightly different condition (chippy-ness, color, etc.) and knew right away that I wanted to put them together in a circle to create unique wall art. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Gingerbread trim architectural salvage to be repurposed into DIY wall art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…I have an idea…

Gingerbread trim architectural salvage to be repurposed into DIY wall art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Something along these lines…

Because my architectural salvage pieces 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…using my orbital sander to remove glued-on-wood and slivers-waiting-to-happen.

Sanding down architectural salvage pieces to create unique home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just need a fresh surface for these guys!

And when I had smoother gingerbread trim to work with, I applied a little white spray paint to brighten them up.

Spray painting gingerbread trim architectural salvage to repurpose into decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For a brighter white

Now- remember how they looked when I placed all four pieces together in a circle? I needed something…a focal point…in the center. And this plastic flower medallion that I found at the thrift store will be perfect!

Salvaged Syroco brand gold flower medallion at thrift store to be upcycled with architectural salvage for new wall art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A-ha! This will be perfect…

I just wasn’t crazy about the gold. Instead, I wanted it to look like an oxidized penny (that dusty green and copper color combination).

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.

Creating a faux oxidized copper look with green paint and copper wax for upcycled architectural salvage wall art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A green base coat…

Once the green paint had dried, I used this shade of Rub n’ Buff to add touches of copper over the green- literally using a scant amount of the metallic wax on my fingertip to rub it on and buff to a shine.

Creating a faux oxidized copper look with green paint and copper wax for upcycled architectural salvage wall art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First time using this stuff

Creating a faux oxidized copper look with green paint and copper wax for upcycled architectural salvage wall art by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

LOVING IT!

When all was said and done, my flower medallion looked like this- and let me tell you, the photo doesn’t do it justice!

Using Rub 'n Buff to create a faux oxidized copper look at plastic medallion for repurposed architectural salvage wall art using gingerbread trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and it looks better than I ever could have imagined…

Now it was time to put all my architectural salvage pieces together and attach my medallion to the center! There are various ways to do this…glue, mending plates, or screwing in thin pieces of wood behind the gingerbread trim to hold them together.

I used a combination of super glue and wood connectors behind the trim.

Repurposing architectural salvage gingerbread trim into DIY wall art and home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhh, this is going to look so good!

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

Upcycling architectural salvage into DIY wall art and home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfection

Unique wall décor from repurposed architectural salvage! I’m definitely in love with how it turned out.

Repurposed architectural salvage gingerbread trim into wall art or wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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Guess what? Today is also Thrift Store Décor 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 - Septermber 2018 by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com1. 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

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And for even more upcycled architectural salvage projects, please check out my entire collection here before you go.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  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,
    Susan.

    • 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!
    pinned

  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!

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