ARTful: using or characterized by art and skill

Salvage: to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin

[ARTful] Salvage was born from a love of creating, repurposing and salvaging. I simply abhor seeing perfectly "useful" items headed for the landfill or tucked away in a cardboard box, never seeing the light of day. I believe there is always beauty to be found, even under a layer of rust or a coating of dust. I see scratches, dents or imperfections as badges of honor to be worn proudly. I have a great love for the history, story and life of a piece. We lovingly dream up ways of restoring new life to these discarded and neglected fragments of life. I am glad you are here and hope you will come again often. Please make yourself at home; friends are always welcome. I'd be thrilled to hear from you and get to know you better.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New find......Glass Cabinet Doors to repurpose into Mosaics

Sooo, there I was, talking with the Hubs while he was driving from place to place for work. Hey, he says, that sign said Glass Cabinet Doors $5. What, I say....where, who, why, tell me more! Hubs: It is by one of your thrift shops. It's a cabinet place, but the sign says $5 Cabinet Doors. So, go get me one silly says I. Hubs: No, we'll go back this weekend. Silence on my end........more silence. Hubs: Are you still there? Yes! more silence....... Hubs: I think I'll go back now and get one! Wow honey, good idea! Maybe you should get like 50?  So he goes in and gets one and brings it home. Swoon.....remember $5....with glass! Now, if only the little divider thingies stiles <--[Hubs said I should call them that] were removeable????  :::sigh::: No, they are glued down! Poo! But hey.....they are still only $5!!
4 of the 6
2 smaller
2 verticals
So, wonder woodworker man cut one of the :::rolls eyes::: stiles out of said window and is in the process of doing magic filling, puttying, sanding and other such things to make it a stile free window.  Although I can use them WITH the stiles, they have more potential without. If it works, I will be making another trip to said Cabinet store soon! I want them ALL!! <--Guess I'm channeling Veruca Salt there! LOL  Honey, can I have $250??

Stiles removed and putty applied
Guess you know what I will be doing all weekend. But it is exciting. Especially since one of my new purchases last week was this book: 300 Stained Glass Cabinet Door Designs.   I think it was fate! So, stay tuned.......

The happy window family


  1. OOOOOHH!! Another nice find!! I think those thingys are called muntons or mullions?? I don't know...Google it! I know a 'style' is the (front?) vertical rail on furniture....

  2. You are SO creative! Love your blog, love your new web page, love your hot tub (Jacuzzi?). :o)

    Just, FYI: "Window Stile" n. A vertical member of a panel or frame, as in a door or window sash. [per]

  3. Thanks Lori and Madeline! I am so blessed that I can say I LOVE my work! It helps my family and it helps keep things out of the landfill. How can you beat that? Thank you so much for the kind words, definitions and most importantly for taking time to comment! I am always grateful! :) Shelly

  4. What a great find! I could totally see my hubby saying the same "let's go back this weekend". Good finds don't last!!