Have you noticed my crush on all things salvaged?
In the past few months, I’ve added this salvaged wood piece to my foyer . . .
. . . found this quirky “Q” at the same salvage place as the foyer piece . . .
. . . and salvaged a few old things out of my own basement, like this old frame (it’s since been touched up with stain markers, and its new spot will be revealed soon) . . .
. . . and this cute little stool you may remember from my first post about Annie Sloan chalk paint:
And I haven’t even shown you the salvaged items I already had, like a pair of tiles I found in Kansas City, hanging in my dining room:
or these vintage trim pieces:
The one above has a distressed gold finish, and hangs near my kitchen desk with a favorite pottery sculpture, and the one below sits on a living room shelf for a little pop of green and texture.
Apparently, I’m on a salvaging roll.
So why stop now, right?
I hit another local salvage place a couple of weeks ago with a friend. It was freezing, but we managed to scour the place, and came up with some fabulous finds.
My favorite being this:
What exactly is it, you ask?
I have no idea.
I just like it.
When I found it at the salvage yard, I had a couple of possible places in mind for it. It ended up here:
I painted it (Annie Sloan chalk paint strikes again), and hung it above the doorway between our kitchen and living room.
Where I absolutely love it. (Pay no attention to the crooked chandelier shades in my kitchen. Or the lamp shade in the sunroom. Ahem.)
I can see it from my kitchen, reflected in the mirror above the mantel. It makes me happy.
Painting it was a breeze, and I used the Annie Sloan dark wax to finish it, which really highlights the carved details.
I sanded it off here and there so that some of the wood shows through a bit — and that was it.
What’s great about salvaged pieces is their uniqueness, their character, and their sheer potential. This latest find didn’t look like much when it was sitting on the dusty floor of a warehouse, but I knew it would be a beauty with a little bit of polish.
Salvaged things — especially architectural salvage like my latest additions — help to add history, texture and interest to newer houses (like mine), and keep things out of landfills — definitely a win-win in my book. The look may not be for everyone, I know, but I do love a good treasure hunt!
I’ll be away for a while for our spring break — I’m hitting the road with all of my boys except this one:
We’re headed to Atlanta for the big basketball games. Our beloved Hoosiers may not have made it to the Final Four, but we’re all excited anyway.
Plus, I hear there are some great salvage places there . . .