Salvaging the Past… Giving New Life to Faded Treasures…

This weekend saw our attention turn toward
Salvaging Treasures…


Beautiful Barn with unique cut wood and parged side walls


Our son Spencer came home a few weeks back and told us about a friend of his whose parents were buying a property with an old house and barn on it.

They are having both structures demolished soon in preparation for a new build.

There was an opportunity to go in and do some salvaging if we were interested….

I think you probably already know we were interested!

It is always exciting to see what you can repurpose and save from the bulldozers…


Antique window to salvage before house is demolished


I loved this window and luckily for us, it came out intact.


Faded antique doorknob



A few doors still had original hardware…


Trim detail in a house to be demolished



I so wanted to salvage the flooring and trim… but we didn’t have time.


Salvaged items from an old basement



 Chippy old doors in the basement.


Vintage wallpaper in a closet of home set for distruction



Faded & fabulous wallpaper in an upstairs closet…


Some of the things we brought home will be refinished, some will be repurposed and some of the beams will get a whole new lease on life as raw materials for Kents’ carving projects…


Beautiful Barn with unique cut wood and parged side walls



Old Barn  

The barn is wonderful.

Kent and Spencer were in heaven!!


Beautiful Barn we are salvaging


They were loving every minute of it!

Old licence plates used as patches in a barn we are salvaging



Fantastic old boards patched with vintage licence plates made me smile…

How practical to use what you had lying around.

Of course My boys would have been even happier if the licence plates had been used to cover a flat hole instead of bent around a corner…


Beautiful Rustic Iron Work…



This rustic ironwork latch caught Kents’ eye and made its way home with us…

Still attached to the door it had been married to for who knows how many years…

We couldn’t bear to seperate them from their wedded bliss!


Hand Hewn Cedar beam in old barn


We couldn’t get over the huge hand hewn cedar beams…


Salvaged Beams



A few of these smaller non structural beams will make amazing carvings…

Or mantels


Something else entirely!!



Salvaged water trough will make fantastic outdoor planter...



I can’t wait to turn this water trough into an outdoor planter.

We used one for a client project a few years back and I have wanted one myself ever since!


Vintage wooden ladder



I just have to find a new home for this amazing wooden ladder…

I have a few ideas…

I know Surprise, Surprise… she has ideas!!


Powerwashing old barnboards


These beautiful barn boards will get a new life as table tops…

It was wonderful working together as a family this weekend.

Kent and I have always loved antiques and Spencer grew up watching us salvaging and repurposing vintage treasures.

It is so gratifying to work side by side with him now that he is grown.

I am so pleased that he has picked up our love of history and preservation.


Salvaging Treasures from buildings set to be demolished gives new life to Faded and Fabulous Finds…


If you love Faded & Fabulous as much as I do… follow along with me as I compile inspirations on my Pinterest board Faded & Fabulous,  or perhaps Barn & Church Conversions.

Have a wonderful week. We are back to work on our client project… It is coming along beautifully!! Catch up Here if you missed the latest post!


Too Much Pleasure To Measure...




  1. Wow, what an amazing opportunity – so much history and it just gets demolished! Can’t wait to see what you do with some of those!

  2. so many treasures. nice finds!

  3. Oh, I just got chills reading this post. How amazing to have that opportunity before the ‘dozers moved in and leveled it all… and so much history! Awesome that your son was there with you and knew to tell you about it. I love this and can’t wait to see what you do with each little, fabulous find, my talented friend. Pinned! xo

  4. Too cool Cynthia!! I bet that truck was filled to the brim! Could you please send that planter over this way though??? Hugs!

  5. Love the pics so much. Spencer…you rock!!!

  6. Wow! I’m such a sentimental fool when it comes to stuff like this…that would have been a dream field trip for me!

    I loved seeing all of the amazing detail and architecture. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  7. The license plate “patching” is too fun. And I’m in love with that basement door.

  8. I am so in love with these. I am heartbroken the structures are being torn down, but so grateful you were able to bring some of it home with you.

  9. Its looks like you all had so much fun.
    I LOVE that old window frame!

  10. It looks like you all had a blast. I wish there had been a picture of you up in the barn Cynthia. It would have been fun to see you in barn clothes!

  11. That my friend sounds like THE prefect weekend!!!! Oh and the goodies, can’t wait to see what you do with your treasures! Bud and I have so many lovely treasures tucked away waiting for just the right application too.

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