I love the idea of rescuing neglected furniture and bringing it back to life for another family to enjoy. Refinishing and restoring furniture also keeps it out of the landfills and is eco-friendly.
That why I was so impressed when I saw this fireplace in a new Marvin Haworth Home. (This is not a sponsored post, I just think this is really clever and wanted to share!) This amazing mantel is made by joining the ends of an old dining table. The top was destroyed, but the intricate trim on the edges was is good shape. So is was stripped, secured together, and used as a mantle. How cool is that??
The dark corbels on this fireplace are off of a broken headboard. The detail is impressive, but hard to see with the stain. So, the fireplace surround was painted white, then antiqued with black glaze to bring out the detail. I think this is awesome, because you get a one-of-a-kind look instead of some cookie-cutter prefab around the fireplace.
Once painted and glazed, the detail is amazing; the corbels are massive and really make a statement in this living room.
They have also used vintage or antique cabinets and armoirs as built-in storage units, which really adds to the appeal of the homes. Instead of boring 5 panel cabinetry everywhere, you get these amazing bits of history integrated into the design of the house.
And last but not least, this dining room table was used to build a hallway console. The other half will be used in another home, I'm sure.
I love the creative use of pieces that really were not salvageable for their original purpose. Thanks to some "out of the box" thinking, the craftsmanship in these furniture pieces will be appreciated in a whole new way.
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