Put me in a mall, and I most likely will end up curled up in the fetal position in a corner if stuck in there too long. Put me in Home Depot or an old barn filled with goodies, and the birds start singing, the sun starts shining, and I will skip happily through the aisles with glee.
It was like that when I found the materials for these wall decorations. The upside to finding these hidden troves is that they contain many treasures that someone else previously discarded. The downside to this is that the aisles are so small, it makes it hard to react (perhaps the way you naturally are inclined to) when you come across something amazing, unless you want to take out half the store while you do your happy dance.
The wood slab/nail wall decor is composed of a beautiful slab that’s been drying for years. I love the grain that’s so visible in the piece! I recently picked up a truckload of slabs from a local guy, who told me the story of the old beech tree he had grown up with in his yard. It was sentimental when it had to be cut down, so he had it milled and has been drying the planks since. I’m so happy to preserve that memory and give the tree new life. And then the nails – the nails! (I’m really excited about these.) My new favorite shop is Green Peak Elements, a store that sells architectural salvage and vintage/antique collectibles, tucked away in Manchester, VT. These vintage railroad date nails were found there. I had never seen anything like them; the numbers on the heads indicated when the railroads were built and were a form of record keeping for railroad companies. These nails are from 1935.
Green Piece, as I have been calling this one, marries two unique elements. The vintage faucet heads (also discovered at Green Peak Elements) add character to the wood panel, reclaimed from a barn sale in Pottstown, PA, run by a Vermonter! Small world.
Wall Decor: $25-$45