Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jane Eyre

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The first book I read as a literature major was Jane Eyre. As most college students will tell you, it's a liberating experience when you change your major. It's a moment in your life when you accept whatever you were doing before wasn't working out and you forget whatever anyone has ever told you to do in the past and you go for the one thing you love. In my case, that was literature.


Jane Eyre is a constant reminder to me of that liberating experience so I really can't help but love that book. Ever since, I have been on a never-ending search for Jane Eyre.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Alfred's Long Lost Sister Adelaide

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I'm pretty sure giving human characteristics to inanimate objects is a common trait among hoarders. Which scares me, because I'm always doing it. And I don't want to be a hoarder. Ever! But for some reason I feel the need to name almost everything we bring into the house. Our giant bear piggy bank is Elijay. My sewing machine is Sally. All of our old photograph family have names. My car is Sylvia. The bobbing-head cat inside is CJ.

I think you get the idea. Perhaps the most important named inanimate object to Salvaged Spaces is Alfred the junk bird. Remember that little guy?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Before & After: The Nothing-But-the-Clothes-On-Our-Back Chair

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We were having a lazy Sunday yesterday and didn't want to leave the house for anything. At the same time, we wanted to fix up an old chair we had so Pete could finally have something to sit in at his circle drawer desk. I know, that was almost six months ago when we got that desk! Poor Pete.

I'm lucky enough to have a brother who understands my love for dumpster furniture. It's free and always a good project. He brought me home an antique chair that was absolutely hideous. Covered in dirt, tacky fabric... but perfect for our circle drawer desk!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Is there junk in my blood?

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My love for old homes, antiques, and renovation has always been a no-brainer to me. I grew up in a house that was more than 100 years old, I spent my weekends in the antique shops up the street, and I had a mom who insisted on re-painting every piece of furniture we owned at least once a month. The smell of paint and polyurethane instantly reminds me of my childhood.

But some things, of course, are my own personal interests. At least that's what I thought until I visited my 93-year-old grandma.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Need Advice on the Dumpster Chair!

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When Pete and I lived in the big city, we had an apartment that overlooked the dumpster. Best view ever! Apparently there are a lot of rich, wasteful people in that apartment complex because we saw every type of furniture appear next to that dumpster. One that I fell in love with right away was this abnormally tall wooden chair. Sure, it's a mess. But I think it has good bones! The problem is, I can't figure out what I want to do with it. It's been almost two years since I dragged it from the dumpster to my apartment garage so I really have to figure this out soon!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Junkmaster Update: The clock is ticking!

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Remember that broken New Haven clock I found on eBay? It's been almost six months and I finally took it apart to see what's wrong with it! It's all a part of my journey to become a junkmaster and it looks like I'm one step closer! Because I fixed it!

I know, I'm as shocked as you are. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this, but when I first opened it up, I thought "Oh, no wonder it's not working! There's no electrical cord to plug it in!" Yes, sadly, that's how little I knew about clock repair.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Blog's Better Half: Pete

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Today I'm not going to post about DIY projects or our Florida adventures, but something that is much more important to me: Pete! I'm feeling all kinds of love bugs today since we're celebrating our second wedding anniversary, so it seems like a good time to talk about Pete. I've also noticed that a lot of the bloggers I'm following have been posting about the personalities behind the blog so maybe some of you would be interested to learn more about Pete.

Pete is more than good looks and a beard.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Cotton Anniversary

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As you know, I was feeling a lot of pressure for this year's anniversary gift. Last year's gift was a huge success on Pete's part, but no one can even remember what I did. I was determined not to let that happen again, which is half the reason I'm blogging about the gift. No one can forget when it gets posted on the Internet!

I should warn you that you may not fully understand my gift for another few years. But Pete understood it right away and guess what? He loved it!