Why not combine good friends, great coffee, and some good old fashioned junk?
You might remember that last March, a few Iowa bloggers met at the West End Architectural Salvage coffee shop and I shared a LOT of pictures from the shop that day.
Well, I’m part of a small group of ladies that has a monthly “Girl’s Night Out.” And when we were brainstorming ideas for our May GNO, I suggested West End Salvage. So, instead of a GNO, it was a SAO (Sunday Afternoon Out) but West End Architectural Salvage (featured on the HGTV show of the same name) was a great place to catch up with friends and get a little upcycling inspiration.
Speaking of upcycling inspiration – check out this piano bar.
Does it remind you of anything? I wonder where the fellas at West End Salvage got their inspiration for this project. I’m pretty sure I mentioned my repurposed piano (below) to them when I was there in March 2014.
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. But let’s face it…I’m way more likely to imitate them than vice versa.
And I’m pretty sure I could imitate this coffee table pretty easily, don’t you think?
But some of the other pieces…well, those would be worth buying in the store.
Check out these three pieces – metal frames with antique crates as drawers, lined up to make one long sideboard. Yes, please.
And this ceiling tin, made into mirror frames and architectural wall art? I’ll take some of that, too.
There is just so much to see, and I love all the texture. This photo shows off a pretty neutral color scheme, but the textures and patinas add so much interest.
And of course I love the old signs. The “sweaters” one is cute…
But this one seems super appropriate, given the bird flu situation.
Before we left, we asked an employee if we could check out the “shop.” Since it was Sunday, the guys weren’t there. So we giggled like school girls while we looked around at some of their raw materials and tools.
More giggles…pretty sure this was a joke. Menards has NOTHING like West End Salvage.
And more giggles…
If you’re a West End Salvage fan (or love to go picking!) check out more pictures of the shop here.