Monthly Archives: March 2014

Books open the way to the soul

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I was recently asked by a regular customer what my favorite salvage project I have done would be. Without hesitation I responded, “My door bookcase”. A what?! he said. And I repeated it again.

My door bookcase was made about a year ago by my dad and I after my sister shared this epic idea on Pintrest.  The book case, is made from a 5 panel door with its panels cut out.  The shelves then come off the back of the door where the panels were.

My mind was blown at the simple yet ingenious idea of this.  I decided I needed to have one to hold my interior design books (and maybe a shelf for romance novels as well). The easy part was picking out a door. I went to the back of my store, picked an olive green 5 panel door, and called Dan to bring it home.  It came into the apartment and was wiped down and leaned against the wall…and sat there. I had NO CLUE how I was going to make this bookcase nor did I really have the tools to cut out the panels. So I called my Dad and bribed him with a fun weekend in Seattle if he helped me with a simple project, he agreed to help.

The door on my porch

The door on my porch about to begin

He came with tools. We used a scroll saw, regular saw, my drill, ruler, pencil, screws and brackets, and my kitchen bar stools as saw horses. We cut out the door panels on my porch. We used the salvaged plywood from the free pile at my work.

Check it out! Power Tools

Check it out! Power Tools

Ready for shelves

Ready for shelves

In less than an afternoon we had created a bookcase that could sum up my personality, interests, future blog, and basically my whole life.

The most recent pic of my bookcase

The most recent pic of my bookcase

That sums it up

That sums it up

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My what pretty knobs you have…

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I LOVE salvaged building materials. I loved the look and feel of vintage accessories long before I started working at a salvage shop. My apartment is my own personal showcase to my love and passion for the vintage.  It has been described as an Anthropologie show room. Everything has a worn, well loved look with colors that aren’t always mainstream.  I always love that my house is compared to that store because it is one my most favorite places to get ideas. But no matter how much cool used furniture I have, the thing I love the most at my job is the accessories! Wood windows, door knobs, funky cabinet hardware, floor grates (my secret love, I have 4 and am always keeping my eyes open for more), molding, and lighting. I’m positive my landlord would kill me if I changed out the lighting to vintage chandeliers, or put “new” doors in my apartment so I have had to get creative with my use of the things I love.  One way I have done that is with door knob coat hooks! I love that this simple idea of using fancy door knobs as hooks can change a room drastically. I thought I would share my magical secret with you.

Supplies:

1 Piece of salvaged wood (I’m a sucker for the door headers)

3 Door knobs or other unique knobs

3 Escutcheons (the round plates behind the doorknobs) OR face plates

3 Dry Wall Screws

Two-part epoxy

My pile of goodies needed

My pile of goodies needed

Directions:

1) Tightly tape the set screw hole, making sure to firmly push the tape into the hole.

Before the tape

Before the tape

After the tape

After the tape

2) Mix the two part epoxy as per manufactures instructions. I personally LOVE Loctite Instant Mix. It mixes correctly, instantly, and is mess free.  It also has a precise tip so  I can do the next step better.

I should own stock in this!

I should own stock in this!

3) Place screw (head side down) and fill the remaining space with the epoxy (see why I love the precise tip! Makes filling the hole MUCH easier). Be sure to hold the screw straight and steady for 5 minutes to let the epoxy set.

4) Wait 24 hours for the epoxy to completely dry. This is important! Contain your excitement for at least 24 hours because you need to let the epoxy set and dry COMPLETELY.  If you don’t, when you screw it into the board you will break the screw out of the epoxy, which sucks and you have to start over!

This is what it will look like 24 hours later

This is what it will look like 24 hours later

5) Screw knob into your wall, piece of wood, or drawer.

6) Enjoy!

The hooks I made for my sister.

The hooks I made for my sister.