The Southern Accents booth was filled with in all kinds of reclaimed wood, old metal and what nots. I must admit I was nearly drooling and my mind started spinning about what I could create. Right then an there I vowed to make the trek out to their architectural salvage store as soon as possible. But before I left the booth, the owner said I must have one of their Southern Accents t-shirts. He promised me they were “wife approved”. Well, I’ll tell you what, she’s a good woman because it has become my new favorite t-shirt!
A few weekends ago we hit the road north to Cullman, Alabama and to make good on that promise. And what a feast for the eyes.
Old windows and metal theater seats.
Of course there were keys and little trinkets. And various pieces and parts of hinges, pulls and such.
And out back was another whole building with larger salvaged pieces of homes with endless rows of doors and mantles.
I really wanted to take this antique bike home with me. Didn’t have any idea what I would do with it, but I loved it. And feast your eyes on those old barn lights!!
Any house or business part or piece you could think of was there. Many with layers of precious dirt and lovely chipped painted finishes.
But what I was after, the purpose of the road trip, was in yet another warehouse not far from the downtown storefront.
I was there for wood! Specifically, a wood countertop for the kitchen island cart we were building.
I didn’t have a preconceived notion of what I wanted, but a certain pile of rough cut walnut from Tennessee seemed to be calling me.
Once the decision was made, Tyler made some quick cuts so the wood fit in my car.
Here it is in all it’s glory back home. We decided we wanted to do the ripping and prep work ourselves. Although if you aren’t into that or have the tools, they will do it for you.
I will have the full details on the wood prep tomorrow. As well as, a rather lengthy tutorial with building plans for island in the next few days.
If you’ve been around here recently, then you’ve already seen sneak peeks at the “after”. (I may or may not be dragging my feet on writing this technical tutorial.)
Of the people who have seen the island in person, the walnut has been the star of this show! And rightly so.
So who’s ready to come with me on my next trip to Southern Accents? I’m sure you can guess I’ve got another idea brewing!
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