My good friend and employee Mark Akers not only helps me run a smooth shop as my production manager, but he also moonlights making furniture with a story. Mark takes pieces of old buildings like doors, flooring, old timbers, hardware and anything he can get his hands on and gives them a second life as new “old” furniture. Sometimes he makes things that are inspired by his own creativity and other times he makes commissioned work for people who […] Read on →
Usually I focus on how to restore the older elements of your house, but today I’ve got a little tutorial for making something new look old. My wife and I are just finishing our attic bedroom project (more on that soon) for our 2 boys and I have been working furiously to meet our (read: her) deadline for completion. One of the last pieces of the puzzle is installing wood floors. The rest of our 1929 house has […] Read on →
Nobody likes bare walls in their house. We spend time and money to find attractive paintings and decor to hang on the walls of our home. And a house doesn’t feel quite like a home until the walls are covered with decoration. But what if instead of putting pieces of art on your wall you could transform your whole wall into a piece of art? Covering your wall in salvaged, character-rich wood is so much more than painting […] Read on →
Vintage hardware is awesome. I could probably try to find more creative ways to say that, but I figured simpler is better. The bottom line is that vintage hardware, whether it is actually vintage or a well made replica, is a solidly constructed, beautiful piece of an old house. Vintage hardware has weight and significance to it. Cheap replicas, and run of the mill hardware today feel cheap and weak and they are. Many are made from plastic […] Read on →
In our tiny guest house project I mentioned that I made a shower curtain rod from electrical conduit for a great industrial feel. Not only did this give a cool style to the bathroom, but it is extremely affordable (under $25!) and can be shaped to any odd sized shower enclosure. Really, this project can be used for any kind of curtain rod. it’s not just for showers. Let your imagination run free! And the best part? Anyone […] Read on →
For the last couple weeks I have been sharing the nuts and bolts of how we turned a 1920s detached garage into a tiny house, a tiny guest house to be exact. Today, I want to share all the detail work we did to really make the house fit that vintage 1920s feel we were going for. After all, what’s the point of having a 1929 Bungalow if your tiny guest house looks like something off the shelf […] Read on →
I’ve got a fun reclaimed wood project for you today that we recently made for a local winery. They wanted a rustic, natural wood feel for their tasting room that was soon to open near downtown Orlando. You can check out the winery at www.quantumleapwinery.com So, here’s what we did . . .
A Guest Post By David Morrison – David is an avid DIY enthusiast, renovator and restorer. He has worked on a variety of self-build projects and claims to have helped out every neighbour for ten blocks! The kind of neighbor we’d all like to have. He currently works for UK Tool Centre. Reclaimed wood has become quite popular in homes today. Its patina and age brings a sense of warmth to an otherwise cold house. Learn as David […] Read on →
Shabby-chic, French country, vintage, repurposed, picking, salvage..there are tons of names for taking old materials and incorporating them into your home. It can be as easy as getting a great deal on a piece of furniture at the local antique fair, but to create the truly eye-catching conversation pieces it requires re-thinking the materials you have into something unique and special. So we’ve put together some salvaged projects to get your creative juices flowing. And if you need more ideas you can always follow our Pinterest board “Salvage Projects We Can Make For You” which is updated almost daily with new repurposed ideas for your home.
After a century of paint jobs and humidity a lot of your home’s hardware can loose its original luster. It’s a small detail in a historic house, but properly restored hardware on windows, doors, and elsewhere gives a house that extra oomph that adds to the overall vintage feel of the home (whether people consciously realize it or not!) You can restore old hardware easily and put them back into service with just a little elbow grease. Step […] Read on →
According to Build Carbon Neutral, the carbon footprint to build a new house of average size (2,700 sq. ft. as of 2009 in America) will require approximately 65 metric tons of CO2 to be offset. And the average home’s annual energy use requires approximately 10 metric tons to be offset. Clearly, building a home requires a lot of energy and material. Even if you are building using as many sustainable materials as possible there is still a sizable […] Read on →