Tag Archives: antique door

The “What” of What We Salvage

A question we are often asked regarding our salvage projects is, “What all do you salvage from a house?” To answer that question… We will salvage any architectural element from a structure that can be safely removed in good enough condition that we believe can be reused or repurposed. Architectural elements can include any or all of the following: doors and accompanying hardware, door frames with trim, crown molding, wainscoting, fireplace mantels, sinks, tubs, light fixtures, wood flooring, floor joists, baseboards, wood walls, wood beams, newel posts, stairways and railings, decorative wood trim, decorative tile, ceiling medallions, porch posts and columns, windows, garden gates, iron fencing and at times brick and stone.

Quite often, before we can begin a new salvage project, the first thing we do is remove items from the house that have been left behind. Most often these are small items or furniture that have been stored away in the attic. Once these items have been removed, the real work begins. When salvaging a house, we basically “deconstruct” it. The first elements that we remove are typically the last elements that were installed in the house such as interior doors, mantels, bath and light fixtures. Once these items are removed, we then begin pulling the wood. We start at the top of multi level structures and work our way down. The last items taken are structural elements such as wood beams, columns, and posts.

Most often the property owner will schedule a demolition company to come in right behind us. If we are salvaging brick or stone from the structure, we will often coordinate those efforts with the demolition crew.

We are typically given a set amount of time to save what we can. At times we may only have a single day! Several years ago we were given the opportunity to salvage wood from a house that was scheduled for demolition. We worked hard for a full day pulling as much wood as we could. We arrived on day two to continue our efforts only to discover that the fire department had already set the structure ablaze! Once we begin a new project we work as efficiently as possible to ensure that we are able to save as many elements as possible.

We believe our work here at Southern Accents is truly preserving our history through salvage. We’ve recently added items to our New Arrivals page that were saved during phase I of our latest salvage project. In the coming days, we will be returning for phase II. Make sure you are following along with us on our social media accounts as we continue what will be our largest salvage project to date!

Here are a few of our latest finds!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


A Tale of Two Cities & One Set Of Doors

We are always fascinated by the many stories we are able to uncover about some of the architectural pieces that we salvage. One story involves our good friends at Billy Reid and a set of antique doors salvaged from a building in New York City.

Southern Accents often travels north in search of salvaged architectural antiques. One such trip saw us return with an incredible set of tall exterior doors. This particular set of doors was simply gorgeous with lots of detailed carving and loads of character. The doors were so striking that Southern Accents owner, Garlan, decided to keep the doors and place them in his home. The doors were temporarily moved to a storage area of our warehouse until they could be retrofitted for his loft.

Billy Reid - Nashville, Tennessee

Billy Reid – Nashville, Tennessee

A few months later Billy Reid visited the SA showroom looking for items for their new retail shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Billy spied the New York doors and decided that he had to have them for his Nashville location. After a bit of negotiating, Garlan reluctantly agreed to relinquish the doors to his friend. The magnificent set of doors currently grace the entrance of the Billy Reid store in Nashville, Tennessee, along with a number of other items acquired from Southern Accents.

Billy Reid - New York City

Billy Reid – New York City

Fast forward one year later… Billy Reid is preparing to open his retail store in New York City on 54 Bond Street. Billy selected a variety of material from Southern Accents for his new location that needed to be delivered. Garlan had a trip to New York already scheduled so he decided to drive up and deliver Billy’s materials himself. Upon arriving in New York, as Garlan began unloading the items, he noticed something that looked strangely familiar. The front doors of Billy Reid’s New York store looked identical to the front entrance doors of his Nashville location. Garlan snapped a few pictures and took a few measurements, confirming that the doors were indeed identical. After a bit of investigation, Garlan discovered that the doors he had fallen in love with and purchased almost two years earlier had indeed been salvaged from that very building in New York City! Garlan was thrilled with this discovery as it confirmed that the doors ended up exactly where they were supposed to be. Billy had unknowingly selected entrance doors for his Nashville store that were the original doors that hung on the front entrance of the exact building that would become the location of his New York City store.

Coincidence? Perhaps, but this story and others like it are what inspires us to continue doing what we do… rescue, restore, protect and document architectural elements of historical significance. Next time you are in Nashville or New York City, make sure you pay a visit to Billy Reid and pause for a moment before entering the shop to admire the doors!

Written by: Lisa Jones
Pictures courtesy of Billy Reid


Barn Doors Remain “Stable” In Decorating

As children, most of us have been asked at some point, “Were you raised in a barn?” This question typically comes from a mother upon discovering a door that was left wide open invariably by the child! Whether open or closed, there is a fascination with barn doors. Perhaps it is the barn door that evokes fond memories for those who grew up around or on a family farm or maybe it is just a reminder of more simple times. Whatever the appeal, barn doors are currently a popular decorating trend in homes and businesses.

The logo of each Southern Makers 2014 curator was stenciled onto this large barn door and displayed at the event.

The logo of each Southern Makers 2014 curator was stenciled onto this large barn door and displayed at the event.

Salvaged barn doors are being repurposed in a variety of ways. We used several recently as a design element for Southern Makers. The logos of the 2014 Southern Makers curators were stenciled on to a large door and displayed at the event.

Barn door used as a stage marquee at Southern Makers 2014

Barn door used as a stage marquee at Southern Makers 2014

A smaller salvaged barn door was placed to the side of the stage and used to display the days performance schedule. The door was mounted to a set of salvaged box springs outlined with Eidson bulbs to give the appearance of an event marquee. We used colored chalk for the stage display which can be cleaned off, allowing us the ability to reuse this door for future events.

Logos stenciled onto an old barn door and used for marketing purposes.

Logos stenciled onto an old barn door and used for marketing purposes.

A quick search on Pinterest will pull up a long list of creative ideas on how to repurpose old barn doors. Salvaged barn doors are being used as headboards, mantel decorations, wall decor, baby gates and table tops. But mostly, they are being hung and used as interior sliding doors. Sliding doors take up less room, making them an attractive solution for closing off or hiding areas such as pantries, closets and laundry rooms.

Just a few of the salvaged barn doors available at Southern Accents Wood Warehouse.

Just a few of the salvaged barn doors available at Southern Accents Wood Warehouse.

This past week we received around twenty old barn doors of various sizes, colors, and condition. Can’t find an old barn door in the size you need? We can custom build a door using salvaged wood to suit your specific need. The beauty of a custom built door from salvaged material is that you get the rustic, worn, vintage look in the exact dimensions needed for your project! Stop by our wood warehouse and take a look at our selection of salvaged barn doors or talk to us about a custom project. We are available Tuesday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Monday by appointment only.

This barn door was custom made from salvaged materials for a customer.

This barn door was custom made from salvaged materials for a customer.


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


Frosty, Philly, & Fortuitous Finds!

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThe second week of February was a very interesting week for Southern Accents! The prior week Garlan traveled north to Philadelphia on a buying trip… apparently a truckload of beautiful Architectural Antiques was not the only thing he brought home! North Alabama was turned in to a winter wonderland last week as we experienced two rounds of winter precipitation… a sight we very rarely see down south. While the beautiful white powder kept most of us at home for several days, we stayed busy posting all of the fantastic new finds from Philly to our New Arrivals page. If you haven’t visited our website lately, here’s a peek at just a few of our latest additions!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

View all of the items shown above and many, many more by visiting our Website or our showroom in Cullman, Alabama. Give us a call at 877 737-0554 to inquire on these and other unique architectural antiques and salvaged finds!


Meet Resident Artisan – Roger Long

Roger LongAsk Roger Long, our resident artisan, how long he has been at Southern Accents and he will tell you that it feels like an eternity… only because time flies when you are having fun! Roger, who has over 38 years experience in wood work, has been a permanent fixture in Southern Accents wood shop since 2002.

Roger’s career in wood work began in 1974 when he accepted a job with a local door and sash company. Roger developed his skills over the next 14 years building doors and windows. In 1988, a F3 tornado completely destroyed Rogers place of employment, forcing him to seek new employment. Roger sought a job that would allow him to continue to hone his craftsmanship so he accepted a position with another woodworking company where he remained until the business closed in 2002. Garlan recognized Roger’s talent and seized the opportunity to add a full time artisan to the growing Southern Accents team. Roger has been a permanent and much appreciated fixture in the wood shop ever since!

When asked what he enjoy’s most about his job, Roger will tell you that it is the joy he receives upon completing a project. “There is a lot of satisfaction gained from taking a pile of reclaimed wood and repurposing it into something beautiful. Southern Accents gets a lot of requests for custom doors. Often our clients wants something unique or wants to replicate the look of an antique door which I will have to custom build to fit their specific measurements. Seeing the finished product and knowing that I built it with my own two hands is pretty amazing. Before I started my career 38 years ago, I had never turned on a table saw or picked up a router. Now, these are the two tools that I could not live without!”

When Roger is not covered in sawdust, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife of 41 years, Doris. Together they have two children and three grandchildren. Rogers favorite place to be, outside of home, is St. Simons Island in Georgia. He and Doris pack the lawn chairs and travel to this quiet beach as often as possible. Roger says, “I love to just sit and watch the grandkids playing on the beach. There are always dolphins out in the ocean and a few folks fishing. I never get in the water… just love to kick back, relax and enjoy the sights!”

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThe quality of work turned out from our wood shop by Roger is nothing short of spectacular. The custom door shown above, one of our favorites, is just one of many that he has built. This particular door was constructed from two large salvaged slabs of wood. Roger was able to turn this customer’s vision into a beautiful work of art.

We invite you to come visit Southern Accents and browse our unique collection of antique doors, mantels, salvaged wood and more. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, let us talk with you about the possibility of a custom built project!

The door shown on the left is an antique door. The door shown on the right is a custom built replication. Roger constructed this door in our wood shop from salvaged antique wood.

The door shown on the left is an antique door. The door shown on the right is a custom built replication. Roger constructed this door in Southern Accents wood shop from salvaged antique wood.

Roger Long stands next to one of the many doors that he has custom built for Southern Accents customers.

Roger Long stands next to one of the many doors that he has custom built for Southern Accents customers.

Written by: Lisa Jones


A Day Trip To Cullman – Antique Trail

Southern Accents is located in historic downtown Cullman, Alabama. We are proud of our community and would not want to be anywhere else! We think a day trip to Cullman is well worth the effort. There is plenty to do around and see in Cullman that would occupy way more than one day. However, we are providing a list that will keep you busy antiquing and junking for a full day. Most of these stops are within a few blocks radius so pack your walking shoes, park your car, and hit the streets with us!

Southern Accents – 308 2nd Ave SE
A visit with us should be at the top of your list! Southern Accents houses the largest collection of architectural antiques and salvage items in the Southeast. Many folks have spent an entire day browsing our showroom, warehouses and outdoor lots. With antiques and salvaged goods tucked away in every nook and cranny… there’s a lot to see! Come browse through our collection of antique doors, mantels, chandeliers, clawfoot tubs, ironwork and more. Our friendly team will be waiting to show you around!

If you love antiques and vintage goods, and we know you do, there are several shops, most within walking distance, that you will want to visit.

  • 3rd Street Promenade – 216A 3rd ST SE
    Located just around the corner from Southern Accents, 3rd Street Promenade offers a wonderful selection of art and handcrafted jewelry and gift items from established as well as emerging local artists. Their shop is located in a beautifully restored building with 100 year old exposed brick walls. This unique gallery/shop is a treat to feed the artistic soul and must not be skipped!

Hungry? We’ve got you covered! There are a variety of food venues available within walking distance. A few of our favorites:

  • Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House – 304 1st Ave SE
    Voted the best coffee house in Alabama in 2012 by Alabama Magazine.
  • Moe’s Original Bar B Que – 318 1st Ave SE
    Drop in at Moe’s for their mouth watering menu of smoked pork or chicken and awesome sides!
  • Rumors Deli – 105 1st Ave NE
    Rumor’s has been featured in Southern Living and is included in Southern Living’s book “Off The Eaten Path”.
  • Flavors Bakery – 101 1st Ave NE
    Wonderful bakery featuring made-from-scratch French pastries.
  • Blue Moose Cafe & Brew Pub – 216 1st Ave SE
    Home cooking and local brew.
  • Busy Bee – 101 5th ST SE
    Serving burgers and fries since 1919!
  • Downtown Grill – 108 4th ST SW
    Best wings in town!
  • The All Steak – 323 3rd AVE SE
    Home of the famous orange rolls!
  • Carlton’s Italian Restaurant – 208 3rd AVE SE
    Great atmosphere and awesome pizza and pasta.

As you visit the businesses on our list, please be sure and let them know that Southern Accents sent you! We appreciate our customers and know that these other downtown businesses will as well.

There are a variety of other unique shops in the downtown area. If you are looking for shoes, women’s or children’s apparel, gift items and more, just let us know what’s on your shopping list and one of our team members will be happy to point you in the right direction!

Everyone's favorite corner! This corner of our warehouse is where you will find beautiful wood corbels.

Everyone’s favorite corner! This corner of our warehouse is where you will find beautiful wood corbels.

We have hundreds of antique door knobs available!

We have hundreds of antique door knobs available!

When browsing our showroom, don't forget to look UP! Our collection of gorgeous chandeliers and antique lighting hang from the ceiling throughout our showroom.

When browsing our showroom, don’t forget to look UP! Our collection of gorgeous chandeliers and antique lighting hang from the ceiling throughout our showroom.

Looking for doors... we have a huge selection of interior and exterior solid wood doors, available in a wide variety of sizes.

Looking for doors… we have a huge selection of interior and exterior, solid wood, antique and salvaged doors, available in a wide variety of sizes.

Southern Accents has the largest collection of architectural antiques in the Southeast. Plan a visit soon!

Southern Accents has the largest collection of architectural antiques in the Southeast. Plan a visit soon!

 

Written By: Lisa Jones


Arkansas Salvage Project – Picture Gallery

Salvaging historical artifacts from these two 1890 Victorian houses in Arkansas has been an exciting challenge. The architectural pieces that we are rescuing are true works of art. These photos were taken upon our arrival in Arkansas. Please enjoy.

1890 Brunner House - Arkansas - February 2013

Brunner House – February 2013

Plaque from Natural Registry of Historic Places - 1890 Brunner House in Arkansas

Plaque from Natural Registry of Historic Places

Beautiful tile set and fireplace front from 1890 Victorian house

Beautiful tile set and fireplace front

Carved, solid wood mantel from 1890 Victorian House

Carved, solid wood mantel

Tile set and fireplace front from 1890 Victorian House

Tile set and fireplace front

Solid wood mirrored mantel

Solid wood mirrored mantel

Beautiful 1890 Victorian house

Beautiful 1890 Victorian house

1890 Victorian House - Arkansas

Side view

1890 Victorian House - Arkansas

Beautiful trim work and finial

Tripp Gudger on the front porch - 1890 Victorian House - Arkansas

Tripp Gudger on the front porch – 1890 Victorian House – Arkansas

Tile set and fireplace front are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen

Tile set and fireplace front are some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen

Solid wood, mirrored mantel with side columns

Solid wood, mirrored mantel with side columns

6' pocket door from 1890 Victorian house

6′ pocket door

More pocket doors

More pocket doors

Yet another gorgeous tile set and fireplace front  fron 1890 Victorian house

Yet another gorgeous tile set and fireplace front

Impressive solid wood carved mantel

Impressive solid wood carved mantel

Solid wood staircase from 1890 Victorian house

Solid wood staircase

Beautiful newel posts from 1890 Victorian house

Beautiful newel posts


Hidden Treasures

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesOn a regular basis we have the opportunity to salvage materials from a home that is scheduled for demolition. We survey the property, determining what items can be reused or re-purposed. We then have the humbling task of tearing it all apart. Once we leave, a demolition crew comes in to finish the job. Quite often as we are tearing out walls and windows, someone will stop by and share with us their memories of the property. Sometimes it is a neighbor stopping out of curiosity. More often, it is a family member that had spent time in the property. They usually hold a sentimental attachment to the fond memories of the property and are often seeking a remnant of their past.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThis was the case with a home that we salvaged in Hanceville, Alabama recently. The home, dated around 1907, had seen better days. It was badly weathered and neglected. The tornados that passed through this area in April 2011 did further damage, leaving the home in irreparable condition. As we began our salvage work, we were approached by a lady who told us that the home once belonged to her grandmother. She shared her memories of better times when the house was full of life and asked if she could purchase the front door. The door, decorated with beautiful multi-colored stained glass panels around the window, had already been sold. Knowing the sentimental value the door held to our new friend, we contacted the buyer, asking if she would consider relinquishing the door to the granddaughter. The buyer was very gracious and agreed to pick out a different door for her own home.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques When salvaging a home we also, at times, uncover unexpected hidden treasures. Most often these treasures are found behind the mantel. Letters, photographs, coins and cards, typically small items that were once placed on the mantel and somehow found their way behind it, forever trapped. This home was no exception. As we tore out the mantel we discovered an empty space in the wall around the fireplace. It was filled with all sorts of trash. Among the trash and rats nest there was an item that stood out; a child’s shoe. We hurriedly grabbed several items and threw them in the back of the truck. The home was scheduled for demolition so we had a limited amount of time to take what we could and leave. The little girls’s shoe remained in the back of the truck, forgotten, for several days. Southern Accents Architectural Antiques We remembered the shoe and out of curiosity, took it to the local cobbler who dated the girl’s leather high top from the 1920’s to 30’s. As he explained, these handmade shoes were typically passed down from one child to the next. From the condition of this shoe we can only imagine that it had seen a lot of play on multiple little feet. We had the shoe cleaned, oiled and stuffed. We shared our treasure with the granddaughter who then brought us a picture of her grandmother’s house as well as an old family portrait. Low and behold, there on the back row is a young girl wearing a strangely familiar looking shoe!

We love hearing stories and shared memories which give us a unique glimpse into a home’s history or provenance. We also understand the value, though sometimes only sentimental, that personal artifacts and architectural salvage can hold for a family. We delight in being able to preserve a piece of history and perhaps a memory or two. It gives us another story to tell and we love to tell stories. Stop by our showroom. We will have the shoe on display for a short time. It will then be given to the granddaughter to preserve for future generations.


Road trip to Philly!

This has to be one of the best parts of this job. Road trips to the northeast. We always find beautiful pieces in New York,  Philadelphia and many places along the way. We load up the trailer empty, go to the farthest point and start loading up on the way back! It’s so fun!!

We usually order something in the destination city. We get lots of nice doors and mantels from the Northeast. Sometimes we will find a really cool piece like this closet front from Philadelphia. It’s from the 1870’s. There is one mirror, but look at the key and keyhole! Wow, that’s a really cool find! It’s very hard to find original hardware with pieces this old.

We do have regular stops on the way home. Our favorites are new flea markets or antique malls that we’ve never been to before. We find these by taking a few new exits, noticing billboards or just seeing a tag sale sign on poster board!  This last trip was no exception. We have plenty more to share! Keep checking in….


%d bloggers like this: