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  1. maggie b
    October 8, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    So did you get fancy thing #2? I’m unsure from your post if you took any of them home or not.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 9, 2014 @ 10:32 am

      No, after fidgeting with measurements and trying to figure out how to make a backside to my imaginary island… I decided it was not THE THING.


  2. Lindsey R
    October 8, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    Victoria, I too am “a little frustrated that THE KITCHEN THING has not shown up yet”. Since I base all my household purchases on what you tell me is fabulous and Victoria-approved. Hence the replicated mirror and great new (old) metal tufted bench.


  3. Maureen
    October 8, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

    Is it weird that now when I find fancy things on craigslist I immediately think VICTORIA!!! Like this:
    I feel like we should be friends over our CL addiction- although my humble cottage doesn’t do fancy, though we do a lot of second hand furniture/doors/sinks/cabinets/everything.


  4. Emily
    October 10, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    Right up until this week I didn’t worry so much about old nails, but Monday one went right through my sneaker and I’ve spent the week with a hole in my foot and one in my arm from the subsequent shots. Which is not nearly as productive as building the knife drawer insert and planting spring bulbs. Let that be some sort of lesson about it not being good enough to remove only half the rusty nails from old 2 x 4’s when you are rebuilding the kitchen, and then moving on to something more exciting.


  5. Deb
    October 11, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

    You are 6 feet tall!? So that explains the big fancy things! 🙂 In pictures you come across as petite, or maybe everyone else around you is even taller?!?! I do really like where your mind is going with this. When you find the right thing, the quality thing with some kingdom-ness to it, it will be fabulous! I am on a similar search for a Chinese or other cabinet to replace an ugly oak 1980s desk in a corner of our kitchen. You know it when you see it!


  6. Deb
    October 11, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

    And oh yeah I work in safety and even though it’s a PITA I always remove the nails or render them harmless. Sometimes I bang them sideways with a hammer so they curve back into the wood. Even if the boards are going to the garbage, I worry about the garbagemen and recycling center folks.

    The only time I ever did not remove nails, I left the boards piled up face up across the walkway to our front door. It was getting dark and I figured I’ll remove the nails the next morning. I did not plan on anyone coming over. But after dark, the doorbell rings. I open the door and am horrified to find a lady with soft fabric moccasins on!!! WTH? On that day? The only day in 10 years that I’d laid boards with huge nails face up in front of our door! She was trying to find someone’s house and got lost. She had no idea she narrowly avoided disaster. I warned her to walk back to the car a different way and I will never ever leave boards with nails in them again. Someone was trying to send me a message??


  7. Amy
    October 13, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    I found my THING and it was absolutely worth the wait! My 1979 era ranch house is the proud owner of a vintage 1910 hardware store cabinet. It was so worth the search and months it took to be found – at 11′ long and 21″ high it fit perfectly into the space left from the pony wall we demolished. Don’t give up my fellow lovers of repurpose/recyling.


  8. Sarah
    November 5, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    Ah, the nails! We purchased an old bungalow to use as a rental house and I was doing all the remodeling. I am HORRIBLE about wearing practical shoes, and usually wear flipflops while I work. About a month ago I stepped down from a ladder onto a piece of trim with a three inch nail…went right through my heel. As I turned to put my weight onto my other foot to pull the nail out, I stepped on another nail with the other foot. Right through the ball of my foot. I bled like a stuck pig and could barely walk the next day!


  9. Elisabeth Lundin
    February 11, 2015 @ 12:33 pm


    I must leave a comment as I recognize myself in the story about the huge mirror. (Besides I think that a room without a mirror is lacking something.) You did really well when you actually get your husband to agree driving to this place, because in my family that has always the tricky part. Excellent catch! Very well done! Nice husband! I think the story about the mirror is very charming.


  10. Kristin
    September 17, 2015 @ 8:33 am

    Every time I randomly Google using a salvaged piece, this time it was “salvaged ideas for pantry” your blog pops up with another great piece! Being in Florida, we don’t have nearly the great selection you all have but a Florida girl can live vicariously through you! Feel free to send any great pieces you pass on down this way. We have beautiful beaches and amazing sunsets (we won’t mention the gators, hurricanes, or humidity though). Can’t wait to see the next project.


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