Monthly Archives: April 2014

DIY Industrial Clothing Racks

With Southern Makersa little over a week away, we’ve been working non-stop to prepare for this exciting one day festival which will take place May 3rd in Montgomery, Alabama. Like last year, Southern Accents is once again instrumental in the design and construction of the entrance, the stage, work shop area, and covering the “dumpster” wall. We are also busy designing and constructing our own booth, as well as the booth for fashion designer Billy Reid.

The clothing racks are a great solution for studio apartments or areas where storage space is limited.

The clothing racks are a great solution for studio apartments or areas where storage space is limited.

The Billy Reid booth needed a way to display clothing and accessory items in their booth. Recently, we ran across pictures of industrial looking garment racks made from salvaged wood and galvanized pipe. These pictures got our creative juices flowing! We have around 50 salvaged industrial tables in our inventory. We immediately knew that these tables, which are 33″ wide, 5′ long, and 13″ tall, would provide the perfect base for our clothing racks. We decided to build three racks, each one a little different from the other. The industrial tables have a dark, wood stain, so after the design we lightly sanded each table just to clean it up a bit. The wood base provides a great way to lift shoes and other accessories up off the floor. We decided to add shelving to provide additional storage space. We selected vintage lumber that was 1 1/2″ thick from our wood warehouse for the shelving. We purchased 3/4″ galvanized pipe to use on one of the racks and 1/2″ black gas pipe to use on the other two. Our tables have short legs on each corner making our storage racks stationery. These legs could easily be adapted with metal casters which would make the racks more diverse and easier to move around.

Three side shelves were incorporated into this design. The galvanized pipe runs through each shelf, providing added stability for the shelves as well as the clothing rack.

Three side shelves were incorporated into this design. The galvanized pipe runs through each shelf, providing added stability for the shelves as well as the clothing rack.

Although these tables will be used by Billy Reid to display items from his clothing line at Southern Makers, they provide a great solution for studio apartments or rooms where there are no closets or very limited storage space available. We love designing the very cool, industrial look of these units. The tables specific design is limited only by your own imagination. We have a great selection of the industrial tables as well as a warehouse full of salvaged wood available for your project! If you are heading to Southern Makers on May 3rd make sure you stop by Billy Reid’s booth and take a look at our creations!!

We added full length shelves to this industrial table, further increasing the storage space.

We added full length shelves to this industrial table, further increasing the storage space.

The side hooks are a great added feature for hanging bags and long coats.

The side hooks are a great added feature for hanging bags and long coats.

For those attending Southern MakersSouthern Accents booth will be close to the stage. Please stop by our booth and meet some of our team members. We will have salvaged items and t-shirts available for sale. We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends!

Written by: Lisa Jones


A Vintage Wedding

It’s wedding season! If you or someone you know is in the midst of planning a wedding, you’ve surely spent countless hours searching websites, like Pinterest, gathering ideas to make it a perfect day. The tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” has been taken to a new level with the current trend of incorporating antiques, vintage goods, and architectural pieces into the wedding decor. This past weekend Southern Accents was honored to play a part in a local wedding by providing quite a few large antique architectural pieces that were used to transform a beautiful new venue into an extraordinary wedding scene.

Antique and vintage glass pieces in a combination of clear, white, and pink glass were used on every table to add a touch of elegance to the vintage themed wedding.

Antique and vintage glass pieces in a combination of clear, white, and pink glass were used on every table to add a touch of elegance to the vintage themed wedding.

Local wedding planner Sharon Tucker, who is a collector of antiques and architectural pieces and a regular Southern Accents customer, knew exactly what she was looking for when she brought her bride to our showroom. Her vision for this particular wedding included the use of quite a few salvaged doors and large wrought iron pieces. While strolling through our warehouse and iron lot, the two were almost giddy with excitement as they poured through our collections and selected the perfect elements for this vintage spring wedding.

Matching salvaged doors and a beautiful piece of wrought iron fencing with a heart design was used to create this vintage inspired alter for the bride and groom.

Matching salvaged doors and a beautiful piece of wrought iron fencing with a heart design was used to create this vintage inspired alter for the bride and groom.

The bride and groom said their “I do’s” in front of two matching antique doors and antique wrought iron fence. The antique iron piece, which was hung on the brick wall, featured a heart design perfect for this special occasion. Two salvaged doors positioned at the entrance of the venue were used to display the beautifully created handmade wreaths. A mix of salvaged white doors were chosen and strategically placed along the walls to add an element of light to an otherwise dark room. Antique mirrors and vintage glassware were used throughout to add a touch of elegance.

The white doors added an element of light against the dark brick walls.

The white doors added an element of light against the dark brick walls.

While several antique wrought iron pieces were used throughout the venue, our favorite use was a piece of iron fencing placed at the guest registration table. Twine was strung on a beautiful piece of iron fencing and used to display childhood photos of the bride and groom.

Twine was strung to this antique wrought iron gate and used to display childhood photos of the bride and groom.

Twine was strung to this antique wrought iron gate and used to display childhood photos of the bride and groom.

Incorporating architectural pieces into the decor was a simple way to create the perfect atmosphere for the vintage themed wedding. By renting the pieces, it also became a very affordable way to add high impact. If you are interested in adding architectural elements to the decor of your upcoming wedding or special event, ask us about rental fees. Many of our large architectural pieces are available for rent. You can contact us at 1 877 737-0554 or by e-mail at info@sa1969.com. If you need a few ideas, visit the wedding board on our Pinterest page!

Two salvaged white doors were used at the entrance of the venue to display hand crafted wedding wreaths.

Two salvaged white doors were used at the entrance of the venue to display hand crafted wedding wreaths.

Many thanks to Smith Squared Photography for sharing pictures of this beautiful event!

The entrance of the venue set the tone for this vintage themed wedding with the use of salvaged doors, ironwork, and hand crafted wreaths.

The entrance of the venue set the tone for this vintage themed wedding with the use of salvaged doors, ironwork, and hand crafted wreaths.

Mason jars were displayed in an old wood box and used to hold the bridesmaids bouquets both before and after the ceremony.

Mason jars were displayed in an old wood box and used to hold the bridesmaids bouquets both before and after the ceremony.

Written by: Lisa Jones
Photography by: Smith Squared Photography


Greenville Salvage Mission

Southern Accents latest salvage mission took us to Greenville, Alabama to this fantastic 1890’s house. The house, which has been vacant for a few years, featured some of the very best craftsmanship that we have seen to date. Amongst the dust, chippy paint, and attic full of bats, were splendid columns topped with spectacular plaster ionic capitals, tiled fireplaces with white oak and mahogany mantels, cast iron surrounds, large solid wood doors and diamond paned windows just waiting to be rescued! And the wood… from the sky blue bead board on the porch ceiling to the magnificent heart pine flooring, the wood that lay in this house was simply amazing!

The 1890's house in Greenville, Alabama contained some of the finest workmanship that we've ever seen.

The 1890’s house in Greenville, Alabama contained some of the finest workmanship that we’ve ever seen.

Every salvage mission that we embark on is different from the one before. Old houses especially seem to speak to us, each one in it’s own unique voice, as if it has a story to tell. Upon entering this house, each of our team members felt a sense of peace. This particular house gave off a “happy” vibe. While salvaging the property, we had the opportunity to visit with two sisters who grew up in the house. As they walked with us through each room, they fondly shared with us some of their memories. They remembered moving in to the house as young children. Their parents had reached an agreement with the owner, an elderly widower who needed someone to assist in taking care of him. The couple and their four young daughters lived in the three bedroom one bath house and, in return, they cared for the owner until his death. Not having any family to leave the house to, the owner sold the property to the family for $10 before his passing.

This beautiful house is one that we would have loved to see restored.

This beautiful house is one that we would have loved to see restored.

Southern Accents mission is to rescue, restore, and repurpose architectural elements of historical significance. It is never our goal to destroy a property. We only come on the scene once a building has been scheduled for demolition by the property owner. This house is one that we would love to have seen restored. We are, however, thankful to have been given the opportunity to salvage all the beautiful architectural elements from this house before it was taken down. In our continued preservation efforts, we are documenting this salvage mission. We pictured this property before beginning any salvage efforts. We also had our in-house architect take measurements, draw blueprints and are currently researching for more history and information on the property. We will be taking all of this information and publishing it on our website and blog as well as keeping a printed copy in our showroom. This is our way of ensuring that information on this magnificent house is available for future generations to enjoy, just as the items salvaged from this house will be enjoyed for many years by their new owners.

The heart pine wood flooring throughout this house was gorgeous.

The heart pine wood flooring throughout this house was gorgeous.

Please visit our New Arrivals page to view many of the remaining items salvaged from this house.

These spectacular interior columns are topped with plaster ionic capitals

These spectacular interior columns are topped with plaster ionic capitals

The wrap around porch showcased more columns topped with plaster ionic capitals and a gorgeous sky blue painted porch ceiling.

The wrap around porch showcased more columns topped with plaster ionic capitals and a gorgeous sky blue painted porch ceiling.

This spectacular white oak mantel was one of five that we salvaged from the Greenville house.

This spectacular white oak mantel was one of five that we salvaged from the Greenville house.

Tin spire salvaged from the top of the Greenville house.

Tin spire salvaged from the top of the Greenville house.

Written by: Lisa Jones


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