I’ve been collecting “junk” as long as I can remember. Growing up, I lived in a small neighborhood in a very small town in Western Michigan. On occasion, my friend and I would ride our bikes to the neighborhood dump and search for treasures among the trash. I tell my kids that’s what I did for fun in the “olden days.” I recall bringing home bits and pieces of old dishes, and other small cast off items. One day, we were lucky enough to find an old Singer sewing machine and somehow hauled that thing home.
Rescuing and repurposing items from the past is still something I love to do today. I regularly visit thrift shops, but I also frequent a local salvage store here in Seattle called Ballard Reuse. This store is a treasure trove of architectural salvage of just about every type you can imagine.
This is the aisle with old cabinet doors, shutters and windows. They have stacks of architectural bits and pieces just waiting to be turned into something new.
I could seriously spend all day looking through this stuff. Not even kidding. I may have bought one of those stair spindles for something fun. . .
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On a recent visit, I found an old chippy white piece of door crown molding. I gave it a quick sanding to remove the loose bits of paint, cleaned it up, added two D-Ring Picture Hangers to the back, and hung it over the couch in my den. I used drywall anchors to make sure it was secured to the wall.
After adding the D rings, the ledge tipped slightly forward. To compensate for that, and to make the ledge level, I added a couple of Furniture Round Felt Pads (like the kind you stick to the bottom of furniture legs to prevent scratching the floor) to the back corners of the ledge. This worked perfectly to create a level surface.
On a side note, these old painted pieces can contain lead. If you are concerned, I suggest testing with a lead paint test kit like this one.
The round mirror was a HomeGoods find. I hung it a couple of months ago, and it looked a little lonely all by itself. The repurposed crown molding creates a narrow ledge that is the perfect size for displaying a few small items and flowers.
I like the authentic, naturally chippy and worn patina.
When my mom downsized into a smaller apartment, she sent me her collection of old milk bottles, among other things (gee, I wonder where I get my love of junk collecting?). I was so happy to get them. They are the perfect size to display a few flower stems. Ranuculus are a springtime favorite of mine. The stems naturally bend and lean to create a casual, loose arrangement.
I also collect old mason jars. This clear one with the metal cap is my most recent find. They make perfect vases, don’t they?
Happy Spring and happy treasure hunting to you all!