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.Read more ›

Making a Brooch Pin with Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric

Making a Brooch Pin with Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric

For two years now, I’ve had a bag of wood appliques (those wooden embellishments that furniture makers put on chairs and armoires, etc.) just sitting in my craft room. I purchased them at an architectural antiques store in Nashville, TN because they seemed PERFECT for a future project. At the time, I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but then I wondered if I could upcycle them into jewelry – specifically a brooch pin.
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Window Pane Decor & Flower Art with an Old Window Frame

Window Pane Decor & Flower Art with an Old Window Frame

I’ve always admired old window frames at antiques shops and architectural salvage stores. I didn’t pull the trigger for a while, though, because they were often too big or too expensive. When I finally found the right old window frame for me, I couldn’t wait to bring it home and make some window pane decor.
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DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

Many moons ago, I had spotted some gorgeous- and I mean STUNNING- lamps at a highfalutin antiques shop in Cashiers, North Carolina. Constructed from old porch balusters (the spindle’s more robust cousin), they were striking…and strikingly expensive. I went from defeated to determined, though, when Jon whispered to me in the shop, “We can make those.”Read more ›

Rustic Planter with a Galvanized Bucket and Antique Brass Faucet

Rustic Planter with a Galvanized Bucket and Antique Brass Faucet

I first noticed bucket and faucet planters at a high-end garden shop while on a shopping trip years ago. As charming as it was, though, the price was a little steep. I had a sneaking suspicion, however, that I could recreate the same look with a galvanized bucket and an antique brass faucet. I just needed to find the right pieces for my soon-to-be rustic planter / metal planter.Read more ›

Unique Wall Decor with Antique Hardware and Architectural Salvage

Unique Wall Decor with Antique Hardware and Architectural Salvage

Irish folklore says that the doors in Dublin homes were painted in bright colors so that drunk Irishmen could find their own home after a night of many pints- apparently there had been a slew of “stranger in my bed” incidents, which led to the pretty painted doors. Even if it’s complete rubbish, I’ve loved antique hardware from old doors ever since. And I decided to make some unique wall decor with my architectural salvage to create entryway decor.Read more ›

Shabby Chic Wall Decor with Lace Doilies

Shabby Chic Wall Decor with Lace Doilies

Long before I even started my blog, I found the most amazing panel from a wooden door. It was covered in layers of chippy paint. I used it’s beauty to inspire the painted bedroom furniture we now own. AND, it inspired the shabby chic wall decor / window pane decor that would ultimately kick off my upcycling blog. I know it sounds crazy, but it is the absolute truth.Read more ›