So if you have a new home how do you give it a feeling of being old? Well, a few well placed antique architectural salvage elements will help to create a feeling of age and give a home ambiance. This vignette includes several antique pieces of architectural salvage.
The wall art is actually a set of 4 antique tin ceiling tiles. Together they are 4 ft by 4 ft which makes for a nice large ‘canvas’.
The shelf is an antique piece of salvaged wood, which the supports are antique corbels from a 100 year old house.
This shelf is what you see as you come up the stairs at our house. This is just one example of something old you can incorporate into your home. For more ideas of how to make a new house look old, you can many of my sources here.
I love old pieces like this. They add so much character and interest to a home.
I LOVE that whole space Anita!!
Linda Shobe says
We did that too when we built our home 15 years ago. We used a reclaimed fireplace mantel, leaded glass window, doorknobs, and other old items. Sure does give a home personality, and not look cookie cutter. You have done wonderful things with the arch salvage. Hands down, that’s my favorite kind of antique!
Totally something that I would like to do ……Thanks for sharing !
I am all about salvage and reclaimed anything, so I sure love anything old in a new spot. LOVE those corbels especially…and the one thing I have yet to find here:-)
I have been meaning to check out some salvage places in Minneapolis and I think I should before the snow flies when I won’t want too!
Love the look! I have that same cabinet, ? Think it was from pottery barn years ago. Mine is filled w/ bottles of my sand collection from various vacations and special places.
Oh how I love displays like that. Nothing like a chippy paint to make a space feel cozy!
I love this Anita and great history to have in your home.
Love this! How did you hang the corbels???
Not sure, the carpenters did that for me.
I love it, my husband would take some convincing. He would want to get out a sander. Took me a long to to make his understand that the furniture pieces I was picking up second hand for our bedroom would coordinate – not match. sigh.
Love the look! The shelf is especially exquisite & the massive size fits the space wonderfully ! I am curious Anita, do u like switch around your decor as much as I do? Heavy sigh…… I love doing it but I am always switching out my mantel , buffet in hall & buffet in dinning room for each season & holiday. It’s a lot of up & down stairs with goodies I have in marked tubs or from my “decorating room” shelves of decor I have arranged by season that I can “shop” from. Am I the only freak? Lol . Ok. No judging !!!!!
Jann Olson says
I love it Anita! I have used architectural salvage pieces in my home and they are definitely my favorite.
I adore the corbels and the shelf!!!
You are such an amazing inspirational source, dear friend!!!
Thank you for sharing!
A much needed update in the planning process for our Guest Room
is taking place here on the Prairie!!!
We are using a vintage inspired concrete piece as our inspiration!!!
Don’t know if I’m inspired or exhausted by the process!
Love what you’ve done here.
Anita, I love incorporating vintage items in my decor. Right now I’m looking for some vintage corbels for a shelf for my kitchen. Love your corbels, the vintage shelf and the whole vignette that you created.
Anita, I just purchased a rather large set of architecturally salvage vintage corbels today. I have a question for you. How did you attach the corbels to the wall? Did you route out keyholes in the back of the corbels so you could attach them to the wall. I love the shelf you have. What kind of wood is that?
The carpenters did the work, so I am not sure.
Will you please share what this wall paint color is!? I love it!
Sherwin Williams Agreeable gray
Parsimonious Décor Darling says
Perfection. I love mixing rustic architectural salvage into décor! You have done so sublimely….gorgeous!
Barbara Woods says
i just purchased two antique ceiling tiles that I am thinking of hanging over my bed. The front looks a lot like yours but the back is really rusty. We’re yours that way and did you clean any of the rust off the back? If so, what did you use to clean off the rust?
Barbara, mine were pretty clean on back. Not sure what to use to clean them.
Absolutely gorgeous! My question is ~*~ where on earth would I find these pieces? I live in such a small town ~~*~~ surrounded by small towns…
At the salvage yard. I would Google salvage yards in your area.
I love old architectural salvage. Unfortunately a lot of times its painted with lead paint. Chippy lead paint plus a toddler is a major health concern.