love at first salvage.

You know that feeling you get when you’re walking down the wine aisle at Hyvee? Speaking for myself, it is a combination of “OMG” and “chill out, Aly”. I get so overwhelmed that my palms begin to sweat, my mouth gets dry, and I get a bad case of tunnel vision.

The same thing happens when I walk into Jeff’s Architectural Salvage. There are farm sinks, mantels that once framed the kitchen hearths to antebellum homes, rows upon rows of doors and windows, and boxes full of faucets and door knobs. It is beautifully organized chaos.

On a recent trip to pick up supplies for the upcoming shiplap project, I spotted a “Z” barn door built by Jeff out of reclaimed wood. It was love at first sight – so naturally I ordered a second matching door.

Here are the owners, Jeff and Tracy, with one of the finished products!



The plan is to put both doors on sliding hardware in the doorways to my bathroom and guest room. Check out Artisan Hardware‘s take on shiplap paired with a sliding barn door. Beautiful.


Speaking of shiplap, I spent a majority of the weekend white-washing the reclaimed wood we nabbed up from Jeff’s. After scrubbing the boards clean and letting them bask in the sun for a day or two, I began the white-washing process. REMODELaholic has an awesome step-by-step DIY tutorial that I followed for the project. Here is a sneak peek of a few finished planks.


Take some time to kick back and relax with a good cup of coffee on this beautiful Sunday. See you all next week!


  1. What a cool idea Aly! Jeff and Tracy are a joy to work with and know everything about construction and completing your vision. Can’t wait to see what you did!

    1. Thanks, Ness! I’m glad you approve and hope all is well with you and the family. Next time you’re around Weston, stop on by!

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