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The Return of The Three Amigos

Each summer we typically hire a few college guys to help us catch up on some of the grunt work around Southern Accents. Our goal is to work them hard! We want them to put in a summers worth of sweat equity… get them as tired and dirty as we possibly can, and then send them back to school! We believe that everyone should have a “Dirty Job” at least once in their lifetime! Last summer Garrett, Boogie, and Kramer worked with us all summer. Apparently we didn’t work them hard enough because they have returned this year for round two!!

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Last summer we nicknamed these guys the “Three Amigos”. In real life, they are the best of friends and have been since childhood. After graduating from Cullman High School, Garrett and Kramer enrolled at the University of Alabama while Boogie opted to head a little further south to Auburn University. We must admit, we all became attached to these three clowns last year and were sad to see summer come to an end, so we are thrilled to have them all back for another round. While all three guys are a lot of fun to be around, they are also hard workers. They’ve done everything from pulling nails and pulling weeds, to sanding beams, loading, unloading, and delivering product. They’ve helped clean, organize and inventory product in our back warehouse as well as help set up for events like the upcoming Southern Makers. When asked what they liked most about working for Southern Accents, they all agreed that they love being able to travel and participate in salvage missions and event setups but the best part of their job was seeing the end result of whatever project they were working on.

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We hope to have the Three Amigos working hard for us in a few weeks at Sloss Furnaces as we set up for Southern Makers. And young ladies… just in case you are wondering, they are ALL available! They’ve dubbed themselves “Bachelors with Bachelors”!


Which Wood Would You Choose?

We were doing a little spring cleaning at the Wood Showroom this week and ran across several stacks of unique wood. Webster’s dictionary defines unique as something unusual or distinctively characteristic. At Southern Accents, unique could be anything from a piece of double beaded shiplap to an unusual color or pattern in the wood. Sorting through the stacks usually starts a conversation about the variety and history of reclaimed wood. Walking through our wood showroom, it is quite interesting to take note of the uniqueness and character of each stack.

Unlike visiting a lumber yard or local DIY store with stacks of raw lumber, looking around our large showroom, filled with salvaged wood, there is so much beauty to behold.  There is a kaleidoscope of color found in the salvaged lumber. Shades of weathered browns and greys mixed with reds, blues and greens from layers of old paint or stain can be seen throughout the showroom. There is a character in reclaimed wood that can only be added with age. Old knots, nail holes, and occasionally small carvings are like battle wounds that help tell it’s story.Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

This photo perfectly demonstrates how we used salvaged wood in a variety of colors to create these accent walls in Garden & Guns Artist Tent at Slossfest.

From barn wood, bead board, reclaimed flooring and large beams, how do you choose which wood is right for your project? While some projects may require certain size or thickness specifications, we like to encourage our customers to browse our selection of salvaged wood and see which stack “speaks” to them. The painted shiplap and colored bead-board have been very popular as wall and ceiling coverings. Salvaged flooring is readily sought after to be reused as it was originally intended. Mantel shelves and matching corbels are cut from old hand hewn beams. Our customers show up looking for the perfect wood, with all it’s wonderful imperfections, to use on an endless list of projects. It doesn’t matter the size of the project, whether you need a single board to build a picture frame or several hundred square feet for a larger project, come pay us a visit! Seeing, touching, even smelling the old wood will lead you to the perfect choice for your job!

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These beautiful heart pine skins have an oil stain that have created a richness to the wood over time. 7″ wide, 1/2″ thick and an average length of 10′, these boards are $5.75 per sq ft.

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This bead board is covered with a variety of pastel colored, chippy paint. 3/4″ wide and 3/4″ thick, this stack of double bead pine wood is available in 6′ and 10′ lengths for $5.75 per sq ft.

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Oak skins cut from reclaimed beams. 5 3/4″ wide x 1/2″ thick x 8′ long, $5.75 per sq ft. The boards can be gang ripped to 5″ for an additional $0.25 per sq ft.


Ceiling Tin Message Boards

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesMy teenage daughter recently decided that she had outgrown her lime green bedroom with hot pink and orange flowers painted on the walls. I spent days meticulously hand painting those flowers! I had even added a butterfly or two in the mix. Together we had collected a variety of ‘cute’ colorful items to add to the already bright decor. I was a bit hurt that she wanted to paint over my masterpiece. Not one ounce of sentimentality in her request. I had to remind myself that it was only a wall and she’s no longer a little girl. I think what hurt more was the realization that my little girl has grown into a stunning young woman. It was time to trade in the cute for cool! She wanted to go with a Vintage look. I work at Southern Accents. I can do vintage! Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

I’m working on several projects for her bedroom that I want to share as I complete them. The first are these awesome message boards made from reclaimed barn wood and old ceiling tins. Last week I added old ceiling tins to our weekly specials page. There are several stacks of tin in various sizes and colors in the warehouse. There’s also always a stack of salvaged wood laying around here somewhere. I have seen a variety of these  message boards floating around Pinterest that I really liked. I also saw some beautiful boards a couple of weeks ago at Bella Rustica. Having all this tin and wood around me I decided to play around with a few pieces to see what I could come up with. I’m pretty handy with tools but have been in a major time crunch lately so I called in a friend to help. Leldon is one of the guys around the store that we call on from time to time for some of our small wood working projects. I showed Leldon the tin and told him what I had in mind. Two days later he had two pieces of the tin framed and ready to hang! Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesWay to go Leldon!! My only problem now is deciding which one I want for her bedroom!

I pictured both boards and posted them on the website since we have plenty of tin and wood and I know I can call on Leldon to ‘whip up’ some more if needed! Sitting here looking at the boards for a few days I kept thinking something was missing. How can you have tin message boards without magnets to hold the messages?! I began scrounging around the store looking for small items that could be used for magnets. The first place I headed was the old antique coke machine. We keep the machine stocked with those old fashioned glass bottled coca-colas. I decided those red caps would make pretty cool magnets. I purchased a large pack of round magnets at Hobby Lobby and used a little E-6000 glue to attach a magnet to each cap. Easy peasy!

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThe next trip around the store saw me return with a hand full of really cool odd and end hardware pieces. Definitely cooler than the bottle caps and very vintage!! I would love to find some old pieces of vintage jewelry and turn those in to magnets… I can see a trip to the local flea market in my future! There are a lot of items that could be used to create magnets: old beer bottle caps, old buttons, legos or lego men. board game pieces, wood blocks from an old scrabble set. You can change the look of the board by changing the magnets.

These boards are really simple to make. The ones shown have the mitered wood frames but you don’t have to miter the wood. We have a good variety of tin and lots of salvaged wood and beadboard. Some with a natural finish and some with chippy paint. The only other thing needed is a few small nails and some wire for hanging. If you are like me and time is an issue we have constructed a few boards available for purchase. Since I can’t decide which board I like best I guess I will let my daughter choose…then again, we just got in some awesome red beadboard…maybe I’ll give Leldon a call!


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