Monthly Archives: October 2010

Industrial Carts…..the new coffee table!

I fell in love with these industrial carts the minute I saw them. They have so much character! I love the way the wood has so much wear and tear. These babies have been working! Look at the hardware! It’s so chunky and heavy. I love that the wheels will move. You can just use it as an industrial cart in your own home! Move that furniture….it’s been in that position for, like, 2 months already!!

You can see how strong the wheels are in this photo. I’m pretty sure I could move the couch with this thing……

I just love all the detail on this end of the cart. It’s just fun to look at……go ahead, take a peek!

I  know you want one. I NEED one! We just got rid of the “coffee table” we had….it was literally falling apart. I can’t wait to load it up in my car tomorrow. Kolby, get it ready!

Here are the details for your custom coffee table. Call the store and we can hold one for you!

Custom Coffee Tables
Southern Accents has acquired a large grouping of matching dock carts made of white oak with heavy duty perforated cast iron truck or cart wheels. The factory floor transfer carts or trucks were used in material handling throughout the factory and/or near loading docks. Manufactured by Wilkesboro Lineberry, Inc., SC. The surface areas contain a great distressed and aged patina from years of heavy use or can be sandblasted and oiled to customer specs. These carts can come stationary or free moving.

Dimensions: Each cart measures approx. 4′ in length by 27″ in width by 15″ in height
Price: Carts sandblasted and refinished – $725.00 each
Carts in rough with clear coat – $525.00 each

One more idea before I let you go……kitchen island….this could be the base, add something cool on top for the legs and then place a butcher block on top! Perfect cart for the kitchen….move it wherever you need it! Ugh!!! Now I need 2!

These molds are not molds……

I finally got to hold one of these. It is so light! I was so excited about that for some reason!

A little history…..I love the history!

The molds are not molds, they are patterns, which create molds. They came from the Wheland Factory in Chattanooga, Tn which went under in 2005. The company’s foundries specialize in the making of brake components for the automotive industry and include two gray iron foundries and two ductile iron foundries. Wheland has for years been considered one of America’s largest foundry companies, with roots going back to 1866. The company’s facilities have a combined melting capacity of 190 tons per hour, and the company boasts that nearly half of all cars assembled in the U.S. contain one or more Wheland components.

I never imagined them being so light. They are also VERY thick! We only have 3 left!!!!! I decided not to bring those three home with me. I will let one of you make the purchase. I think we might get a few more….crossing my fingers! I definitely want to get several. I have lots of brick walls in my house and think a grouping of them would look really cool hanging together. Another really cool idea is to place a picture in the center……seriously? How cool would that be? Again,  you could group them on a wall and add pictures to some of them….maybe not all. OH MY! I may have to bring those 3 home!!! I actually want like 5. That way I could do pictures in 3 and then 2 stay empty. Ok, so that means, I have to get more. I am calling the place tomorrow. I will see if I can get some pictures printed and stick them inside so you can see what I’m talking about. I also think adding different fabric or even, hold on to your hat, scrapbook paper to the center would be amazing. I love when one idea comes to mind and then several just follow, don’t you?

Ok, I told you I would find something cool to do with these besides just put it in the middle of the table with fruit or your favorite collection. Call the store to get yours ASAP!!

308 Second Ave. SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Showroom Assistance: 877-737-0554
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm CST

O’Henry’s Coffee

We are often working with different restaurants. Sometimes they are existing and need a face lift. Most of the time, they are new restaurants or opening new locations. We specialize in salvaged items. This makes for a great cozy feeling in a restaurant. Most establishments want you to feel at home and “comfortable” in their space. We have used everything from salvaged wood on the floors and ceilings to ceiling tiles and old wooden doors hanging on the walls.

O’Henry’s is a coffee shop in Birmingham, Alabama. Actually, they have 4 locations. The newest member to the family is at Brookwood. This location is amazing. They needed essential things like flooring and walls and we helped them find unique pieces like these doors hanging from chains! I love the way this wall turned out! All three doors are similar in style. The bright colors make them each unique. They are all different sizes, too!

The wainscoting on the back of the booths is from an old gym floor. You can see the red paint in some of the pieces. It’s also in the bottom of each chair of the booth. The tables are all different doors. Each one is very unique. You can see the leg of the table on the right is an old post. So much character in one place!

We did the antique mantel and the newel post in this picture. Doesn’t this look like a great place to have a cup of joe?

The old door and the trim for the bathroom was done at Southern Accents. Notice the wainscoting, again…..gym flooring!

On the back patio, you will see a pergola that was built by Ryan Walker. Ryan does timber framing. He did an incredible job on this. Notice how the top rafters are chamfered. This is a new word for me. I had to look it up in the dictionary. Here’s what I got….and I love it!

1. To cut off the edge or corner of; bevel.
2. To cut a groove in; flute.

1. A flat surface made by cutting off the edge or corner of a block of wood or other material.
2. A furrow or groove, as in a column.
He built the pieces to this structure at one of our warehouses and brought it all to Birmingham to put together. I think I will go and sit in one of those green chairs with my coffee! Who wants to meet me there?

Halloween Decorating

We are always talking BIG at Southern Accents. We have lots of builders and designers coming by for new construction or remodeling. Some of my favorite customers are the ones that come through looking for one special thing. Sometimes they have no idea what that item is. I love helping them find it! Repurposing is one of my most favorite things to do.

For instance, using a window as a window is very smart. Using an old window for decoration or a picture frame is very fun! Halloween is the perfect time to dig out an old window or come to Southern Accents to dig through our HUGE selection of windows! I honestly couldn’t even guess how many we have. It would take me all day to count them! I am going back to the warehouse this afternoon to find one. The perfect one. I want to place it over my mantel for Halloween! I can’t wait to find a few spooky things to go with it. I think I will go to Spirit and get the fake spider webs and a few bats to add to the ambiance of it. I have a Halloween banner that I made last year. That will have to go on the mantel somewhere. I may even find an old set of shutters. What if you had some old pictures you could add? Maybe they could be peeking out from behind the shutters. You know what kind of old pictures I’m talking about, right? The ones where no one is smiling? Yeah, why didn’t they smile? I hate pictures where no one is smiling.

I’ve been digging around the web, looking at some of my favorite bloggers this weekend and getting very inspired. There is so much inspiration out there. I can’t wait to share!

Just a couple of ideas to get you started. If you are in the area or need a field trip, come visit our great city. You can have lunch and stop by the store!

308 Second Ave. SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Local: 256-737-0554
Showroom Assistance: 877-737-0554
Fax: 256-737-0375
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm CST


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