Friday, June 5, 2015

Architectural Salvage Projects


Last week I visited The Owl Box, my favorite vintage store in town, to check out their new location and to buy a quart of paint.  It's never easy to control my shopping urge in there, but I behaved myself and only walked away with the paint and these perfectly chippy old architectural beauties.

Chippy architectural salvage
After a good bath, I lined 'em up outside to dry, then sprayed all of them with a few coats of
 clear matte sealer  They're so charming just the way they are, but I wanted to do a little something extra with a few of them.


Repurposed architectural salvage
One of the plain pieces became a necklace display and the other one became a picture holder.
The picture holder will do double duty as a jewelry display if I need an extra one during
a show.

repurposed architectural salvage necklace display upcycle
I love the contrast between the chippy old wood and the beautiful vintage lace.

chippy salvaged necklace display repurposed DIY
A vintage milk glass drawer knob adds a little charm.

antique architectural salvage necklace display repurposed chippy paint
What's up with all those little nails?  I don't display more than two necklaces on one stand, but with all the nails, any necklace will fit without hanging too high or low. The dowels are a snug fit inside the holes I drilled at a slight angle.

upcycled repurposed salvage picture display DIY
Isn't she a cutie?  I wish I could claim her as a relative. The tiny hinge helps hold her picture
in place.

repurposed salvaged wood picture holder lace upcycle
I used Tacky glue to attach the bottom edge of the lace to the wood, then slipped the picture inside the pocket.

Repurposed vintage doorknob architectural salvage upcycle
I attached a vintage glass doorknob to the chippiest of the bunch, then added a small hook to the back for hanging.  Another necklace display maybe?

repurposed salvage antique building materials
The other three decorative beauties are on their way to my living room mantel. Nothing fancy. I'll just prop them up and enjoy them.


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36 comments:

  1. wonderful pieces Betsy and I love the way you added your special touch!
    Tamara <3

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  2. These are so cute! I love them all!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog

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  3. Very pretty and chippy and gorgeous and......your are amazing!

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  4. Oh my goodness Betsy! I love your vintage pieces. So adorable. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  5. Those are so cool! I love the teeny tiny little itty bitty hook on the picture display! Glad you showed the back of your necklace hanger - I made one with all those crazy nails, too - so perhaps I'm not nuts.

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  6. I really love these!! They make a great subject for a post!

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  7. Another one of your cute ideas.
    Enjoy the weekend!

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  8. Great wood pieces and I do love them the way that they are! How fun to change a few of them.
    warmly,
    deb

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  9. just wonderful. thanks for sharing how to.

    be blessed
    Barb

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  10. I always thing, what fabulous creation is she going to make out of these...I wasn't disappointed, what great jewelry displays. The dowels are genius...How in the world did you think of that, thank you for always sharing

    Carol

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  11. I've said it before - I love your creative mind.
    Amalia
    xo

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  12. Such creative insight for your pieces! I would have seen those and loved them and kept going, not knowing what to do with them! You have made them very special.

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  13. Betsy, these are so perfect for your necklaces! You do it again my friend.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  14. I absolutely love the chippy wood with the vintage lace. Sooo incredibly pretty.

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  15. These are so pretty!! Love them all! Happy Saturday! xo Holly

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  16. These are all awfully pretty, Betsy! Love your chippy wood. Like the idea of only tacking the lace at the bottom so it holds in the picture!

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  17. Very sweet....no grass grows under your feet! Ha!

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  18. such lovely pieces! stay creative.

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  19. Betsy...I just love everything you create!!
    ~Cindy

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  20. Another beautiful project, Betsy. I'm curious about a place that sells pant AND salvage. It sounds like an interesting place.

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  21. You are so talented, sharing, giving, supportive and kind...one totally amazing individual!!! These pieces were very cool on their on, but you've added the "WOWZA"...love that little hook holding the pic. I'm with Kathy, I'm also curious about the Owl Box (intriguing name). Have a lovely week ~ Mickie.

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  22. These are so pretty, Betsy...and I love the contrast, too!

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  23. I love these Betsy. The Owl Box sounds like a great place. Have a great start to the new week.
    Kris

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  24. Oh my gosh Betsy, what a score! I love all of them and the two you played with are so fun. I love the lace and the little hinge holding the cute photo!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  25. How clever and practical. The little hinge hook and the nails on the back are genius!

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  26. Gorgeous, what clever display ideas! The little photo frame is my favorite!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  27. GOLD !!! You found gold !
    These are fantastic Betsy - love the one with the door knob
    xxx

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  28. You turned these lovely finds into verz beautiful displays, Betsy. Great job again!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  29. Betsy,

    I love all of these architectural salvage projects! That little hook thingy to hold the picture is so clever!
    Great display pieces!
    catching you

    gail

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  30. Clever and just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. These are really cool! Love the chippy vintage goodness!

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  32. This post has been on my desktop all week and I've looked at it every day. I enjoy the way you, as an artist, help us all to see things in a new way. You could teach a class called "The Creative Eye." Fabulous as usual. Your blog is my favorite blog.
    ~Ginene

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