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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  1. Bella RoseJune 5, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Your amazing Betzzz!

  2. Bella RoseJune 5, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Your amazing Betzzz!

  3. MelissaJune 5, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Love it!

  4. TamaraJune 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM

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

  5. Linda WalkerJune 5, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    These are so cute! I love them all!

  6. DD's CottageJune 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM

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

  7. Creations By CindyJune 5, 2015 at 12:11 PM

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

  8. Michelle L.June 5, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    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.

  9. Jeannie MarieJune 5, 2015 at 1:23 PM

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

  10. Glenda/MidSouthJune 5, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Another one of your cute ideas.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  11. GARAGE SALE GALJune 5, 2015 at 5:32 PM

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

  12. Barbara JeanJune 5, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    just wonderful. thanks for sharing how to.

    be blessed

  13. The Polka Dot ClosetJune 5, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    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


  14. handmade by amaliaJune 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

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

  15. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaJune 6, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    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.

  16. Jillian's Bella Rosa AntiquesJune 6, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    Chsrming and creative!

  17. Linda @ A La CarteJune 6, 2015 at 7:01 AM

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

  18. Tuula McPheeJune 6, 2015 at 7:12 AM

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

  19. ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~June 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

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

  20. JeanieJune 6, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    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!

  21. Karen L. BatesJune 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Very grass grows under your feet! Ha!

  22. Rose LJune 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    such lovely pieces! stay creative.

  23. cynthia lee designsJune 6, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Betsy...I just love everything you create!!

  24. KathyJune 7, 2015 at 7:22 AM

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

  25. The Speckled Hen CottageJune 7, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    You are so talented, sharing, giving, supportive and totally amazing individual!!! These pieces were very cool on their on, but you've added the "WOWZA" 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.

  26. Linda @ Itsy Bits And PiecesJune 7, 2015 at 7:16 PM

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

  27. JunkchiccottageJune 8, 2015 at 7:44 AM

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

  28. Have a DailyJune 8, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    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!

  29. Sherry@Back2VintageJune 9, 2015 at 9:42 AM

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

  30. Ivy and ElephantsJune 9, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Gorgeous, what clever display ideas! The little photo frame is my favorite!

  31. Suzan SweatmanJune 9, 2015 at 5:06 PM

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

  32. Julia - Vintage with LacesJune 9, 2015 at 10:26 PM

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

  33. Gail WilsonJune 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM


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


  34. SarahJune 10, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Clever and just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.June 11, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    These are really cool! Love the chippy vintage goodness!

  36. Fox and Finch AntiquesJune 20, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    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.


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