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As you guys know, I love a good estate sale. One of my favorite places to search for treasures is the garage — but I’m not looking for tools. I’m on a quest to find broken bits with potential — like drawers, keys or old knobs that have been separated from their original piece of furniture or vintage harps, finials or other electrical hardware — essentially anything with character that I think I can repurpose.   

A few months ago, I discovered a 4-foot board with a carved detail along the top and beautiful raised acanthus leaves at either end. The seller found it in a barn and had no idea how old it was or whether it once framed an elaborate doorway or was part of a long piece of furniture, like a buffet.  The white paint was crazed and chipping – just how I like it. The seller seemed shocked that I even wanted a beat-up old board so he priced it low – 2 whole dollars. Originally, my plan was to strip all the paint and stain it but once I had removed the chipped paint and sanded it smooth, I decided to leave it as-is.

Topped with glittered pinecones, blue Spruce and holly boughs, my found molding makes a beautiful, rustic swag above the entry to my kitchen:

Here you can see the acanthus leaf detail on the ends — pretty, right?! Totally worth a dusty, dirty scavenger hunt in the wood pile.

To hang the board, I attached screw eyes and wire to the back. To hold the greenery, I attached a round picture hanger to the molding’s front then wired the greenery onto the ring. A few strategically placed brass tacks were necessary to keep the heavy greenery from drooping.   

And here’s the view from my dining room. More greenery on the table ties the look together.

So, tell us in the comments below: Do you get crafty when it comes to decorating for the holidays?  If the answer is yes, be sure to check out our Handmade Holidays feature and the links below to really get your creative juices flowing!

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14 Responses

  1. Olga C. says:

    Just beautiful Camille. You did a great job and your home is lovely.

  2. theresa says:

    c is the winner

  3. jeannie grant says:


  4. Joyce says:

    Christmas decor is perfect and I love the light fixture over your dining room table. WOW!

  5. Linda C. says:

    I love this. Really festive.

  6. Kaitlyn says:

    I like to find old things and repurpose them too. This is so pretty, what you did.

  7. Cynthia S. says:

    Your blogs always make my day. Antiques, repurposing, showing us your beautiful home…we thank you for sharing.

  8. Monica D. says:

    There's nothing better than a good estate sale. Antique stores too.

  9. Linda says:

    SO pretty. Everything.

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...


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