I have a heart for old things because they bring so much life and interest to a home. They have a story and a history. I like to think about how many hands have touched an old object or where it was used in its past lifetime. I especially love to use salvage to decorate! A little chippy piece from an old home or a worn piece of galvanized metal or a white dish with lines of crazing is totally charming and adds instant warmth to a room. And salvage is white hot right now! Today let’s talk about how to use salvage in your decor! Make sure you enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!
Today on our podcast DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS we are talking about SALVAGE too! Anita, Kelly and I all love and use Salvage items in our home and garden.
You can listen in as we talk about SALVAGE IN DECOR below…
Or listen to all the episodes HERE
Let’s talk about salvage!
WHAT IS SALVAGE?
When I think of salvage I think of things of a time-gone-by era that come from old homes and barns that might have ended up in a landfill. But now they are valued for their patina and worn paint and chippy layers and tarnished aging. These things are rescued and repurposed in creative ways to give our homes a one of a kind look. Every home needs a little upcycled salvage in their decor!
Salvage can actually make a room quite elegant!
USE IT… BUT USE IT WITH AN EDITED HAND
Salvage pieces are so so popular right now. Think molding from an old home, corbels, old galvanized farm items, and more! Almost any room can handle a little bit of the salvage beauty! Just a piece or two. We want it to be a little surprise element in a room and not make a room look like a vintage store!
See how to resize shutters to a smaller size HERE.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Most of us love the look of salvage but think, “How can I use it in my home?”. That’s a great question to ask. Corbels become book ends, thick moldings become shelves, spindles become risers, chicken feeders become planters, columns are cut and become table legs and small pieces of door moldings are made into unique art!
If you find a piece and love it, get it and live with it in your home! And here’s a fabulous thing about salvage… it is inexpensive!!!!
Look at the chippy beauty below. This is worth its weight in gold!!!!!
See this beautiful architectural shelf in my guest bedroom HERE.
How cute is this? On a day hiking trip on the Appalachian trail my son Christopher popped the question on an antique window that was turned into a sign! He and this salvaged window stole chippy-loving, vintage Abby’s heart! This salvage window hangs in their dining room.
DUST IT OFF… BUT NOT TOO MUCH
If you listen to today’s podcast on salvage you will hear a story about Bobby and one of his first encounters with salvage in our home. He started to get a little over zealous trying to clean it up! Salvage should be lightly cleaned but I think the dust in its cracks and crevices are part of the beauty! A light cleaning is really what most salvage things need.
Just remember “One person’s crud is another is another person’s patina”. A wise tip from Kelly at My Soulful Home! I love that!
SEAL IT IF NEEDED
If the idea of a little dust of ages or fly dirt grosses you out you can always seal a piece of salvage. Just spray several coats of matt sealer, or polyurethane on your piece and that should work. Obviously, you do not want anyone to eat any chips that come off old painted pieces!
UNDERSTAND IMPERFECT IS THE BEAUTY OF SALVAGE
If you are a clean freak or a perfectionist you might need to warm up to using salvage in your home! But it’s so worth at least trying one piece!
The beauty is a look that is one-of-a-kind! All the dirt, grunge, dust, fly dirt, smudges and schmootzy we scrub out of our home now is treasured on a piece of salvage!
CREATE YOUR OWN ART
One of my favorite ways to use salvage is to create art with them! Hang shutters on a wall or make frames from old pieces of wood. Or try your hand at mounting a piece of architectural molding to a canvas! Art… and it’s an original!
See how to make this wall art HERE
MAKE IT YOURSELF
If you like the look, warmth, and charm of using salvage in your home but are not sure you like the “grunge” try reproducing some salvage yourself. Paint something that has a very time-worn look! It’s so much easier than you think. I recommend any of Amy Howard At Home You Tube videos. Amy is a master at creating very authentic looking pieces that look like they might have been found in one of the best museums in the world or in salvage heap!
You can find Amy’s videos HERE
I made the three Venitian Mirrors for my foyer using plastic ceiling medallions from a local hardware store. Of course I used Amy’s chalk-type paint and her instructions! Who knew that I didn’t spend $$$ on them?
See the PAINTED MEDALLION MIRROR DIY HERE!
Also, think about creating a gorgeous salvage patina on a piece you already have. The ultimate upcycling! You can see how I upcycled my mantel clock HERE.
BEST PLACES TO FIND SALVAGE?
Salvage is probably not too far away from where you live. Because it’s so popular right now many vintage and antique shops are carrying lots of things like old doors, shutters, windows and more!
And make sure to find trendy salvage warehouse that are also popping up all over!
I hope you are enjoying the salvage craze that’s so big right now and bringing it home!!!!
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