Add Some Architecture

Hello friends, it’s my favorite time of year again.

No, not spring, althought that sounds nice, we had FROST on the ground just yesterday.

I’m talking about FLEA MARKET SEASON. 

It may be flea market season all year round where you live, and if it is I’m insanely jealous, but here in Ohio we have limited access to other people’s JUNK. 

One of my favorite things to shop for at flea markets is ARCHITECTURAL elements for my home.  I live in a fairly new house, built in 2000, and other than a little crown moulding, there’s not much interesting architecture.  I know that some of you live in gorgeous homes built in eras when corbels and fancy mantels were common place, but the rest of us like to add just a few of those elements to our sometimes plain tract house decor. 

THAT’S where flea markets come to save the day.  Architectural elements are fairly easy to find, and though some may consider them TRASH, they become instant TREASURES in your home.

Check these out from Better Homes and Gardens

Old mantels are some of my favorite pieces.  Fake yourself a fireplace, or use one as a headboard.
Oh my, what a fabulous way to add texture to a plain bathroom.  That paneling on the tub is just divine.  Love the chippy vanity too, by the way.
Love ceiling medallions?  Old sheet music and a beautifully detailed frame make for a gorgeous ceiling.
Shutters are another fave.  Prop them on your mantel, hang them on the wall and use them to organize small papers.  See?  Architectural salvage can even be practical.
Not a flea marketeer?  Check out your local Habitat Restore, or an architectural salvage store for fabulous finds.
Have a great day everyone, and link up those projects!  Thanks so much to everyone that parties with us every Tuesday.  I visit as many of you as I can, and your creativity astounds me!

Trash to Treasure Tuesday Participants

1. Clean Mama – Covered Containers
2. NO-SEW Bow TUTORIAL
3. Coral Monogram Display
4. Wine Glass Shutter Project
5. Antler Bottle Stoppers
6. Rush Seat Makeover Tutorial
7. Dog Sihouettes
8. Vanity Makeover
9. Teacher’s gift
10. A Spindle Lamp Revamp…Jane @ FF
11. Reinvented Vintage Dress
12. Bargains
13. Clay Pot Make over
14. Ecclectic Entry @ Perfectly Imperfect GIVEAWAY ENDS AT 10
15. Accidental Art A G-way
16. Ornate Frame to Bulletin board
17. Handmade Pincushions Giveaway
18. use those ‘dust-collecting’ pictures
19. Super Easy Child’s Apron
20. Captain Awesome Sign
21. Loving Yellow @ junkblossoms
22. CHAIRS! Before & After
23. PB inspired memo board
24. Please Knock…
25. Sunny’ Life in Rehab
26. Sunny’ Life in Rehab
27. Yard Sale Season! @ la maison LaFortune
28. DIY fab ribbon wreath!
29. Kara (DIY Desk Refinishing)
30. DIY Antique a Mirror!
31. Old Window Greenhouse @ Sparta Savings
32. DIY Grain Sack Bench
33. Spice Rack @ Airstream Memories
34. Entry Table makeover
35. THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE Cedar Monogram
36. iPod Cosy — VERY CUTE!!
37. Personal Accessories with Recycled Materials
38. Straw Wreath Repurpose
39. Guess The Car Giveaway!!
40. Labor Of Love @ One Life Many Journeys
41. DIY Plans:Bistro Table & Stools
42. Gift of Relaxation @ SWEET CHARLI
43. numbered crate FREE box find!!!
44. Chunky Candle Makeover
45. Mother’s Day Gift
46. dresser makeover
47. Patti
48. The FRAME GAME
49. Summer Wreath
50. Organize and Decorate (shutters)
51. Art Holder
52. Dresser Before and After
53. Book Purse
54. Stamped Little Birdie Shirt
55. 34 Cent Chic DIY Necklace
56. Melissa@The Southern Door
57. Bench Make Over @ Remodelaholic
58. 2nd Hand Planter @ Rob’s World
59. DIY Produce Bags @ Rob’s World
60. Decals on Canvas
61. Kim’s Spring Living Room
62. $5 Table Make-over @ My Dear Trash
63. The Answer Is Chocolate
64. Quickie Coastal Project
65. Hairbow Tutorial
66. Fireplace pt 2
67. Polly
68. Amazing Chair Face Lift
69. Goodwill night stand rehab
70. Picture Perfect Barn Stars
71. DIY Flowered Party Lights
72. DIY Cheese Dome
73. Ribbon Organizer
74. custom cork board
75. ampersand pillow $ giveaway!!
76. Pencil & note holer
77. shelf makeover!
78. Denim Fabric Flowers
79. Zipper Ruffle Pillow @ Love Stitched
80. ~Posts for Hanging Your Mason Jars~
81. ENHANCED WASTEBASKET -a little bit of everything
82. Key Fob Tut
83. Persnickety Peacock Garden Markers
84. Sassy ‘Dress Shirt’ @ Potholes and Pantyhose
85. Onita
86. Fabric Covered Push Pins
87. Thrift store tray make over
88. Insulated lunch bag
89. $1 Seashell Display Box-Tutorial
90. Melissa
91. Melissa (Birdie Makeover)
92. Fun Canvas Re-do
93. My $5.00 garage sale find
94. A Day of Doing Projects
95. Kitchen Redo: $200 Budget Pt. 4 Painting Trim
96. Our Guest Room Re-Do @ House of Grace
97. Metal Plant Markers @ childmade
98. Cierra
99. Cake Tray Redo
100. easy FIRE stand from dollar store
101. Little Lamp Love @ Meet Virginia!!
102. Barbie clothes
103. Salt & Pepper Grinder Reinvented
104. Cheap crackle finish with Elmer’s glue
105. Tonya @lovinthemoments
106. Settee @ la maison LaFortune
107. corrugated cardboard wall decor
108. dropcloth drapes
109. Faux Finish China Cabinet
110. tatertots & jello {SAUCEPAN BIRDHOUSES}
111. Trash 2 Treasure- End Table Before & After
112. Mossy Balls @ the Rouse House
113. Prettydarncute
114. big diy S and A from cardboard
115. kids gathered shirt tutorial
116. glass cake stand tutorial
117. ruffled shirt tutorial
118. Tomato Cage Mirror
119. Laurie Downey

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44 thoughts on “Add Some Architecture

  1. I’m seeing more and more people using picture frames in ways they weren’t originally intended to be. I can safely say that I’ve never seen one used as a ceiling medallion before! Very quirky and fun!

  2. I love the shutters especially the colour. I also adore the fireplace in the first picture – we have an antique fire surround and I’ve been dying to paint it for some time – I’m going to run this picture by my husband to see what he thinks!

  3. Beautiful pics of thrifty finds! I was wondering, usually when I go to a flea market, it’s because I ran into it purely out of luck! Do you know if these things are posted or advertised in certain areas?
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  4. I live in one of those places that have year-round garage/yard sales, it almost makes up for the loooonnnnggg summers down here! Thanks for the linky party.

  5. I am totally hooked on resale shops, goodwill and garage sales. I never thought in a million years what treasures are out there or what you can do to up cycle.
    Love your blog

  6. Any suggestions on how to attach the fake fireplace mantel to the wall as in the picture above? I’m not sure how to get it flush with the wall because of the baseboard. I don’t want to cut out the baseboard. Any ideas are appreciated!

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