I have also always had little money to spend on antiques, home decor, etc., and have long been a bargain hunter with champagne taste on a beer budget. I actually enjoy it, because I get a lot of satisfaction from waiting and planning for something I've wanted and getting a fantastic piece for a bargain as a result of my own efforts at antique hunting and my knowledge from long years of studying history and early pieces. I have also loved my many years of salvaging and building or making other things for a little money or for free and then having them become a cherished addition to my home.
Yesterday Adam and I made a wall shelf for above the fireplace in our keeping room using 250 year old boards salvaged for free from the old cape on Nichols road that was torn down recently.
The boards we used had original feathered or beveled edges, and we planned and constructed the wall shelf to show these at the front of the piece. The color and patina are completely original; we added NO stain, sealer, etc.
Total cost: 0
We had a fun morning making this together, and it is now mounted on the chimney breast, and holds a few of our 17thc. treasures. I am sharing some of the pictures here but you can see all of them right now on the TOUR PAGE of our website.
Using old brass curtain rods and a few cup hooks I had in the attic, I made up my own somewhat clever (I thought), way to re-hang the heavy tapestry bed curtains in a subtle way that enhances the original dark wood tester of our bed.
*(The lovely khaki-green linsey woolsey canopy is now for sale on our website.)
You can see all the photos of our home, projects, antiques for sale, etc. on our WEBSITE~