Give a Room New Life With Architectural Salvage
Gil Shapiro shares ways to bring architectural salvage into our homes. Whether it's small or large items of history, these treasures can be worn or cracked and still give a room a new life.
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- Look for architectural salvage items in local stores or check newspapers to find out what buildings are being demolished in your area.
- Many salvaged items show their age through cracks and worn patinas, which is part of their charm for collectors.
- An easy way to bring salvaged items into your home is with smaller and lighter pieces that are easy to install yourself or can be enjoyed simply lying around.
- Use your imagination and get creative. There are so many great treasures just waiting to be discovered. Another bonus is that along with their unique looks, salvaged items are long lasting. Something that has been around for one hundred years is sure to last one hundred more.
- Finally, if you fall in love with an old door, window or even a grate but you don't like the chipping paint around it, don't be afraid to strip or paint it. Experts say you don't alter the value of a piece by changing it to fit in your home.
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