Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Nursery Artwork: House for a Mouse

Posted by Leslie Mojeiko

A few warnings before reading this post: a) I tore apart a book, b) I can't measure, and c) this is DIY artwork that doesn't involve the DIYer making any art. So now you probably don't want to continue reading, but despite all the atrocities I've committed, I think this project came out pretty cute!

Like many of you know, Pete and I are expecting a baby girl in less than seven weeks so we're quickly trying to prepare her nursery.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

DIY: Budget Photo Studio

Photography became a hobby of mine sometime last year after I started using a DSLR to film wedding videos. I'm responsible for most of the photos on the blog, and I thought I'd share some things that I've learned along the way and show you the DIY photo studio that I set up in our house.

Photography is an important and often overlooked aspect of online media. From blogs to Etsy to eBay, photographs are a compelling part of your users' experience, and if your photos suck, then people aren't going to want to read, buy, or bid.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Before and After: The Shangri-Lucy Dresser

Last weekend, we found an old dresser at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. We've been on the hunt for a long dresser to put in Lucy's room that could double as her changing table. We spotted one that was covered in cobwebs. The wooden details were falling off. It was covered in scratches and was totally the wrong color for her room.

But the strip of masking tape on the top read $40 and it's made of solid wood. And it just so happened to be the perfect height for this 5' momma.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

DIY Flashback: Birdhouse In Your Soul

Let me take you back, way back, to the end of 2007. Leslie and I met during the summertime in Florida, but I had to go live in Montana for work, and she had to stay in Florida for school, so we became pen-pals. We talked all the time, mostly through email and instant messaging.

We learned a lot about each other, during our getting-to-know-you stage. I found out that she loves reading and cats, and she discovered that I love They Might Be Giants and those orange and black nameless candies that appear around Halloween time.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

South Brooksville Historic District: Part II

A couple of days ago I posted about the historic street in Brooksville, Florida that I grew up on. I focused on the big homes because those are the ones that usually impress most people. Did I have you fooled into thinking that I spent hours on my veranda with a glass of the finest wine, smoking a cigarette with a cigarette holder while going on and on and on about how young Johnny really is the cat's meow?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

DIY: Clean Air Plant for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Did you do anything special today to save the planet? I recycled everything in the house, saved a dolphin, and held my breath while I surfed the Internet to help balance out my CO2 emissions. You should see the color of my face as I'm typing this!

Okay, those are all lies. I woke up this morning and I didn't even know it was Earth Day! Luckily I found out before the sun came up and quickly came up with an idea to honor our precious Mother Earth.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

South Brooksville Historic District: Part I

The Internet is a scary place, and smart people know not to share all of their personal details on it. I'm not that smart, so I'm going to tell you all about the historic street I grew up on. I mean, if you really wanted to, I'm sure you could find out about it on Google Maps. Or trace it down somehow by looking at my "Hometown" listed on Facebook. Besides, I don't live on that street anymore and, even if I did, what are you going to do about it? Send me fan mail about how awesome I am?

Friday, April 20, 2012

DIY: HTML, or: How-to: Get in Over Your Head


Two whole days have passed without a word from us on our blog and that gives me some serious heavy boots. Leslie and I have been spending the past couple of nights planning out a new design for our blog because we wanted a simpler look. If you've glanced at our page over the past 48 hours, you may have noticed that it changes every time you refresh it. I would make changes all day, then Leslie would go home at night and re-do some of them. Then I'd have to go back in and re-re-do them, and anyway, here we are, back from the abyss.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

If Walls Could Talk: An Exhibit of Old Photographs

If you're following us on Facebook, you probably know that last week I came home with a stack of salvaged picture frames and no idea what to do with them.

Leslie and I kicked some ideas around, considered some suggestions we got on Facebook, and then decided to do something weird. I went to an antique shop in town for supplies: a stack of old photographs, most from the 1920s to 40s, some from the war, portraits, candids, and landscapes, all salvaged from an old woman's estate after she passed away several years ago. The rest of the supplies are things we had laying around: paint, string, and thumbtacks.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Succulent Sifters

This morning I got a text from my good friend Joan letting me know that she was in town. I was so happy to see her but, like every Sunday in this small town, I was at a loss for what to do. The choices are usually: go to the grocery store to buy shampoo, get an appetizer at the local Applebee's, or sit in front of the boob tube. None of those were appealing to me today, so I asked her to eat ice cream and plant succulents with me. Is there possibly anything better than that?!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Help! I Just Bought Something BECAUSE It's Broken

Do you think buying broken items is the first step to becoming a hoarder? Eek. I'm not talking about buying something and then finding out it's broken. I'm talking about searching Google, Etsy, Craigslist, Ebay, and every vintage shop in town for a broken clock. A broken clock! I don't know the first thing about clock repair! I have no clock-repairing tools... heck, I don't even know if clock-repairing tools are a real thing. Maybe you just need a screwdriver? I seem to remember seeing clocks with really tiny gears and delicate hands. Where would I find those if I needed them? Does Lowe's have an aisle for tiny gears? Can I ask the sales associate for delicate hands?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lucy Needs a New Pair of Shoes

Lucy June Mojeiko is expected to arrive on June 15, 2012, yet her room is starting to look like it's from 1912. I realize she'll probably ask for a cell phone when she's three years old, a Barbie hybrid Jeep when she's five, and an iPad case when she's six so she can carry her "textbooks" to school. And I want to be the kind of mom who embraces technology and understands that her life won't be identical to the way mine was.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Junkmaster Update: Networking Complete!

In case I had any of you fooled into thinking I'm a cool, calm, and collected blogger - this post will change all of that. Remember my post about wanting to become a junkmaster like the authors of Junk Beautiful? I still don't know what qualifies people into calling themselves junkmasters, but I think the curriculum I came up with is a good start.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Salvage Yard Visit: Victoria's Antique Warehouse

Our Saturday mornings are becoming somewhat ritualistic. We wake up, walk the dog, I drink a coffee and Leslie has some O.J. We map out our route to whatever salvage yard, thrift store, or flea market we need to rummage around at, then we hit the road.

Last Saturday, we went to Leesburg, mainly so Leslie could make me drive around in circles for two hours to find her favorite house, but also to visit Leesburg's salvage and restoration superstore, Victoria's Antique Warehouse.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy one month anniversary, Salvaged Spaces!

Yep, we’re one of those couples. We celebrate one month anniversaries and we’re not afraid to admit it. Can you believe that Salvaged Spaces is only one month old? I feel like we’ve accomplished so many small and monumental victories in the past 31 days that normally wouldn’t have occurred if we didn’t have this little blog. It only feels right to dedicate our post today to what we’ve learned, loved, and lost during the days of March 9th-April 9th.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Finding my Dream Home

Yesterday was one of the greatest days of my life and one of the worst. And it all happened in less than a minute.

Since I first saw the movie Away We Go in 2009, it has been my personal mission to find the old Florida home that Verona grew up in. If you haven't seen Away We Go, then let me break it down for you real quickly: Burt and Verona (a young couple) don't have everything figured out, but they love each other and they're expecting a baby girl. They travel the United States (and parts of Canada) looking for the perfect place to start their family, and in the end (spoiler alert), they realize it is back at home in Florida.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fresh Flowers and Rusty Birdcages

Spring is here! And that means it's time to bring out our old, rusty birdcages (or some of them, at least). I feel like this is the only time of year when we can display our weird obsession with fake birds and birdcages and not get judged. Am I right?

Friday, April 6, 2012

DIY: Film Splicer Shelf


Every once in a while, you see something you want, but you don't know why. I picked up this broken, old film splicer for 10 bucks at a pawn shop a few months ago. I'm into cameras and antiques, so it kinda made sense, but it also really didn't. But recently, I've started to put my office together, and I wanted to bring this thing into the mix somehow. I decided to make a shelf out of it, because it's the same width as my desk and, well, what else am I supposed to do with it?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Salvaged Spaces won the Liebster Blog award! Yes, ladies and gents - we are officially award-winning! But why did we win this and, more importantly, how?!

The Liebster Blog award is awarded to up-and-coming blogs that have simply impressed at least one person. Hah! Sort of. It's an award for newbs and it only takes one awesome reader to recognize you. That awesome reader for us was insideways. Her real name is Jen and she referred to us as DIY porn. *blushes* We do love DIY!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

One day, I decided to start a blog. I called Pete on the phone and asked him, "What do you think of the name salvagedspaces? The url is available and I think I'm going to buy it."

"Please just spend 24 hours thinking about it before you do," he told me. "I know how you get with your fun, new ideas."

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Circle Drawer Desk

Last weekend, Leslie and I picked up this desk from the Dade City Spring Antique Faire. Of course, it didn't look like this when we got it.

We picked her up in rough shape: scratched up, dull, and kind of boring. The one thing that stood out to us was the drawer: one lone drawer with nontraditional hardware, aligned to the left. Long, narrow, and slightly strange. To tell you the truth, if the desk didn't have this weird little drawer, we probably would have passed over it entirely. But it's the unusual that draws us in.

Monday, April 2, 2012

DIY: Chandelier Lamp

Remember the lamp from Leslie's desk? Well, this is how it started out. We picked this old chandelier for $5 at the Dade City Antique Fair the other day. It was ugly, rusty, and the wiring was literally crumbling. But Leslie and I believe that even the most hopeless junk deserves a home somewhere, so we adopted this guy and took it home. I'll go through the steps it took to turn this busted chandelier into a sweet lamp.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Before and After: Vanity Desk

Remember this beautiful piece of junk we picked up at Schiller's Salvage last weekend?

It may have a few scratches and dents here or there. And sure, its hardware isn't all intact (but whose hardware is at that age?).

It's got class and style, though. I fell in love with the small details in the drawers and its solid, dainty legs.

Five Minute DIYs

Leslie and I are constantly brainstorming ways to reuse our old stuff. The best things in life are free, and they're even better if you can do them in under five minutes. Without further adieu, I present: Salvaged Spaces' First Ever Five Minute DIYs.