Hey friends! Today I am so excited to join the Lifestyle Of Love blog hop hosted by Cindy at County Road 407! A Lifestyle of Love is a group of super talented ladies that get together every other month to bring you beautiful vintage and farmhouse decorating ideas using antique and repurposed goodies!
This month’s theme is architectural salvage! I love architectural salvage used as decor and frankly I wish I had a whole lot more of it in my home!
If you’re coming over from Postcards From The Ridge, isn’t Angie’s architectural salvage style gorgeous?
For my post I decided to share how I upcycled these victorian spandrels to use as decor. I bought these from an architectural salvage store so I don’t know how old these are or the history behind them. All I do know is that it was love at first sight!
So you might be asking yourself – what the heck is a spandrel? I never heard of that name before I wrote this post. I knew what these were – part of a decorative trim mounted under the beam on victorian style porches – but I had no idea what their proper name was. Before I wrote this post I called them “victorian porch running trim” and that’s what I Googled in an attempt to find out what they are actually called. Luckily that was enough info for Google to return this super helpful diagram of a victorian porch from vintagewoodworks.com. As you can see in the diagram, the piece below the spandrels are what is called the running trim. So even though I was using the wrong name for them, it was in the ballpark enough for me to find the right one.
Why was it love at first sight? Because I knew they would work perfectly above the windows in our dining room. I had searched everywhere before I came across the spandrels, but as soon as I saw them I knew the search was over!
Initally I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to use the spandrels over my dining room windows. Do I rebuld them? Or leave them as is and find a creative way to hang them? I tried the latter and could never get it to work, so I decided on rebulding them. My hubs helped me cut and put together everything until we had two spandrels roughly the same size. I wish I would have documented the process, but at the time I wasn’t planning to use this as a blog post. I should know better than that by now! 😁
I hung them up over our dining room windows, and even though I really liked them, the green on them overpowered the rest of the room. I decided to paint the green part a more neutral color. The paint and color I used is Ivory Tower by Retique It Chalk Furniture Paint by Renaissance Furniture Paint.
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I was totally in love when I hung them up after I repainted them! I know some people would have left them green, and if you’re one of those people that’s okay! I loved the green color too, but it just wasn’t working for me when veiwing them as a whole with the rest of the room.
I hope you enjoyed how I upcycled these victorian spandrels to use as decor for my dining room!
Next up on the hop is Common Ground – you will love how Debra incorporates architectural salvage in her home!
Here’s the entire Lifestyle Of Love lineup for this month!