using vintage/salvage architectural elements in your home
my butler's pantry. used 3 pairs of old column caps/brackets for shelf support. beadboard and linen curtains from ikea (turned lengthwise and re-sewn) plus brass curtain rods from restoration hardware finished off the look.
brackets the day i bought them. i kept them pretty much the same except that i cleaned them and lightly brushed them with white paint to freshen them up a bit.
old "servant's stairs" off of our kitchen (although in THIS century....i am the "servant" :) received added charm with the re-purposing of an old horizontal porch railing. my builder looked at me like i was crazy when i asked him to do this but he surprised me (and himself) a few hours later by de-constructing THEN re-constructing the railing and making it work for our current purposes. i purposely kept the paint color the same exact way that i found it.
an old wooden crate that we turned into the PERFECT storage container for our many hockey sticks! we opened the box, popped out one end, closed and locked the box and voila!