From Trash to Treasure
- Devise Custom Collaborations: Seek out objects that can be combined to create something new for your home. "If I'm looking for a table, I don't look for a table," Erin explains. "I deconstruct it. I figure out what I want for the top -- is it a shutter? A floor plank? A door? Then I move on to the legs. Are they porch posts? Spindles? If you love something, find a way to use it."
- Make Simple Swaps: Replace new doors with salvaged doors to provide a pop of texture and color. Erin also likes to trade traditional lighting fixtures for something completely unexpected, such as a reclaimed turbine roof vent or a wire basket. You can combine such finds with simple hanging fixtures, or work with a pro to have them wired.
- Elevate the Ordinary: Shabby shutters, vintage doors and weathered windows make for especially unique wall art because they are versatile and can function as a backdrop on which to layer wreaths, signage or other decorative objects. They are also fabulous as stand-alone statement pieces, especially when painted.
- Recast Scraps: Discarded wood scraps and molding are ideal for creating functional racks that blend in with a decorating scheme. Simply paint, add a few pretty hooks, and presto—instant coat hanger! Other bits and pieces of varying shapes, sizes and colors can be incorporated into striking elements such as wainscoting or a backsplash.
- Let It Be: Not everything rescued from a flea market or trash receptacle will be required to undergo a massive transformation. Vintage suitcases, antique signs, old crates or a random piece of scrap metal are often perfect just as they are. Simply dust off and display for that finishing touch.
Photographed and Styled by Gridley + Graves