Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our Dining Room

We have a lot of unfinished spaces in our home -- blank walls, a hodge-podge of hand-me-down furniture, and big empty spaces where "that one thing I want from Pottery Barn will someday be." But! We finally finished decorating the one room we felt we could tackle. A room that really only requires a table and chairs, but still. Our dining room is complete and we love it!

And by staying true to myself, I handpicked each element to make the room feel about 60 years older than it actually is. No surprise.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Before and After: Fireplace DIY

Why do we want a fireplace when we live in Florida? Do people in Maine want swimming pools? There are those rare occasions when swimming in Maine (I'm assuming) and sweating around the fireplace in Florida can be so perfect and memorable and beautiful, that you would never question the absurdity of it all.

Our Florida fireplace was beginning to look as neglected as it feels. Eager for a DIY project, we decided to give it a little makeover so it could really light up the room.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salvaged How-to's

Introducing our newest feature: Salvaged How-to's! We post a lot of projects, from before and afters to building a piece of furniture from old scrap wood. But pictures only take you so far. So, we decided to take a look back at some of our old projects and the future ones we have in mind, and slow down and document the building process, to share a more detailed "how-to" version of these projects. So far, we have three favorites, but we will be adding more soon! Stop by the how-to page and get some inspiration!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Junkmaster Update: Junkmarketing 101 & Senior Thesis

Lucky #7 and #9 of my Junkmaster Curriculum have been completed: gather at least 1,000 page views on one post on Salvaged Spaces and post on another website/blog. The goal of our blog was never about getting a lot of page views, but it's fun to see nonetheless. 1,000 page views seemed far from achievable when I first made this blog, but I soon realized it doesn't take long. Here's a quick look back at how our blog's page views have given us some lucky breaks, opened up doors, and introduced us to some pretty amazing people!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Scrap Wood Desk

As we all know, January is Build Your Wife A Desk Month. At least, that's what Leslie told me. She's a weekend writer. She has notebooks filled with stories and notes, her research of historical events, binders bursting with characters that only exist because of her imagination, and one of her favorite things to do on a lazy afternoon is take her laptop and binders down to the library quiet room and write the day away. Why the library? Well, we don't exactly have a writing desk--until now.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DIY: Wooden Window Frames

Growing up in a house built in 1905 spoiled me. Natural hardwood floors, tall ceilings, crown molding, wooden window frames! I love the attention to detail that you find in older homes and have been on a mission to make our 1980s home feel 60 years older. Our first step was to add wooden window frames to our bare windows. I've decided to share some photos in case others are inspired to do this to their own windows. It's a simple addition that makes a dramatic difference!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How I Found The Perfect Wall Color

One of the first things we said when we walked through our home for the first time was, "I love the wall colors. We wouldn't even have to paint!" The owners before us painted most of the walls a color called Simply Sage by Behr and there was nothing wrong with the wall color. But, we love the feeling of having something to do, so we decided we would re-paint the walls to make it our own.

Lesson learned: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Before and After: Ikea Billy Bookcases

Even though we moved in about two months ago, it has felt like we've made no progress on the home since my books have still been hiding in boxes. We've done a few things to the house, but I didn't feel excited about it because all I kept thinking about were my books. At our old apartment we had a few birch veneer Ikea Billy Bookcases, but they didn't fit the new style we were going for so we kept waiting and waiting for inspiration.

When I couldn't wait any longer, I begged Pete to make our Ikea shelves work for our new look and I am thrilled with the results!