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.

A while back, I picked up some gorgeous antique hardware at a favorite shop in Thomasville, Georgia. The colors reminded me of the Irish tale about antique doors, and I knew they’d be perfect for upcycling into unique wall decor or entryway decor for my home.

Antique hardware from antique doors or architectural salvage to upcycle into unique wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Definitely display worthy…

I then needed to find a backdrop for them- and me being me, I wanted something that would not only showcase their cheery colors, but also be salvaged. So, of course, I hit up my local ReStore and found some old cabinet doors that were going for a whopping $2 bucks! It was the right size, the right color, and had the right worn charm to compliment the antique hardware / architectural salvage that I had already purchased.

Using cabinet doors or cupboard doors from Habitat ReStore for unique wall decor with antique hardware by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now THAT’S what I call a perfect blank canvas!

The cabinet doors or cupboard doors at Habitat ReStore were wonderfully chippy – antique doors from an antique kitchen, I’m guessing.

Unique wall decor or entryway decor made from architectural salvage cabinet doors and antique hardware by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A cracked, chippy canvas is the best.

Once I had the antique hardware / architectural salvage and one of those great cabinet doors / cupboard doors, I was ready to marry them into unique wall decor or entryway decor. And it was going to be super easy to do! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making Unique Wall Decor with Antique Hardware / Architectural Salvage

Once I arranged the antique hardware on the cabinet door, I marked the screw holes with a pencil and screwed them in with my hand drill.

Attaching antique hardware from antique doors to cabinet doors or cupboard doors for unique wall decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think this’ll work!

Just like that- told you it was easy! And if your cabinet doors or cupboard doors are soft enough, you may be able to just use a screwdriver instead of a power drill.

Cabinet doors or cupboard doors used to make unique wall decor or entryway decor with antique hardware by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fixing my antique hardware in place…

But as you can see, the screws were bright, shiny silver which stuck out like nobody’s business. What was I thinking- using new hardware to attach antique hardware?? That will never work.

Entryway decor or unique wall decor with cupboard doors or cabinet doors and architectural salvage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Nope, nope, nope…

I did, however, happen to have some bronze paint on hand from a previous project. So I dabbed a little paint on the silvery screws with a dainty brush- now my new hardware blended in much better with my antique hardware from antique doors.

A lot less noticeable now…

And success- it did the trick! Maybe not a perfect match to my antique hardware, but close enough for me (and of course I love using something I already had instead of yet another run to the store). Now my unique wall decor idea was really coming together!

Architectural Salvage / Antique Hardware as Entryway Decor

I love how my entryway decor was turning out- I added a couple of D-rings and picture hanging wire to the back and hung it next to our front door. Ta-da! Unique wall decor with antique hardware and architectural salvage – perfect for our entryway / foyer, which desperately needed some character on the walls.

Making entryway decor or unique wall decor with antique hardware or architectural salvage and cabinet doors by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it!

And another pic of my antique hardware unique wall decor after taking a few steps backwards. Oh, and Cottonball, who couldn’t resist jumping into the photo!

How to make unique wall decor with antique hardware and cabinet doors for entryway decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yep- it’s pretty fabulous!

So now the question is- what is/are the next unusual thing(s) I can turn into unique wall decor? Hmm…

Oh, and before you go! I’ve got an entire collection of ideas for cabinet doors or cupboard doors gathered here, if you need some additional upcycling inspiration. Hope you’ll check it out before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. This is SO cute! Love the vintage chippy feel 🙂 Found you at Hit Me with Your Best Shot!

  2. This is so cool – love the colors – and LOVE the story behind the reason the houses were painted different colors – they’re painted that way in Newfoundland too – which was settled mostly by the Irish so now I know why LMHO
    Thanks for sharing – saw you over at Beyond the Picket Fence !

  3. Great idea and it turned out so vintage and rustic looking. Perfect wall hanging!

  4. I love this!! Very cute! Wish I had these antique hideaways that you have!
    Lindi @ http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com

  5. Thank you so much for sharing all your fab DIY crafts and tips on our #PureBlogLove Link party, I am always amazed at your posts and wanted to personally thank you. I pinned this to our board. You ROCK!!!
    XoXo
    Heidy

  6. Love this! Those key plates are so awesome. Nice attention to detail with painting the screws, too!

  7. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you’ll party with us again this Friday.
    ~Bonnie

  8. Love the legend about the painted doors. Makes complete sense to me. Thanks for linking up to On Display Thursday.

  9. I just spotted this on Pinterest. Such a fun story! I love the colors and the whole project! Super Cute!

  10. Another brilliant project. I love that wood. I wish the had any store like that here. We evidently just fill up the dump. So I’ll just drool over yours, lol,

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      If they had had several cabinet doors like it, I would have stocked up. Usually, I only find much newer/cleaner ones…but I like the chippy ones best!

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