Turn a Kitchen Cabinet Door into a Vintage Sign

The after vintage inspired sign -- easy to make and friendly on your budget!

I’m going to be lazy today — I’ll admit it! But it is such a glorious Saturday here in Vermont that I can’t waste it inside on my computer. So since I just did a great GUEST BLOG POST for Mad River Barn, about how to create a Vintage Sign using a $5 kitchen cabinet door, I thought I’d link over to them and let you see how to do it on their site. Not to mention, you’ll get to see one of my interior design projects as well.

But I’ll tease you with the before and after :)

Happy Summer Weekend! My best, Joanne

The $5 before kitchen cabinet door...

The $5 before kitchen cabinet door…

The after vintage inspired sign -- easy to make and friendly on your budget!

The after vintage inspired sign — easy to make and friendly on your budget!

More Headboard Ideas

Thrilled to be once again making headboards for DIY NETWORK.  Thanks Guys!  Here are two that just went live with EASY Step by Step instruction.  Turn a rug into a headboard and faux leather makes for a rich look! Click on the picture for the link through. Enjoy! Joanne

How to Make A Faux Leather Headboard. Modern and sleek idea for a Do It Yourself Headboard that attaches directly to the wall. This headboard I designed for the Mad River Barn Rooms! You’ll find lots more of the headboards I’ve made for DIY NETWORK here as well. :) Photography by Susan Teare.

For a dramatic headboard look no further than an amazing area rug! Kilm rugs, woven, looped and wool — all make for great headboards — EASY DIY! For DIY NETWORK by Joanne Palmisano.

Before and After, Interior Design with Salvage Touches at Mad River Barn

Who doesn’t love a good before and after story? I know I do! SO… without further ado… and a room at a time… I’ll share with you the details of Heather and Andrew Lynds, Mad River Barn project.  It truly is a story!  I’ll start with the bathrooms today… My best, Joanne

Here is where it all started…the old bathrooms. Inefficient toilets, outdated and energy sucking fixtures, tired and rotting floors and tub/showers… What to do, what to do…

As we all know, in construction projects, sometimes you don’t know how bad the issues are until you pull the room apart. Heather, Andrew and the building team, Birdseye Builders, reconstructed every single bathroom down to the new studs, flooring and wall systems, new plumbing, efficiency utilities, better ventilating…etc. All the back stuff you never see — but is even more important than the final design (I’ll only say that once!).

Once we all worked on the basic layout together, with the architect, Jim, the construction crew was busy rebuilding and I was busy designing the space, the look and what to do with the stuff that was pulled out.


As you all know, I hate to see anything go to waste, so all the sinks, tubs, lighting fixtures, curtains, rods, towels bars, etc… What we didn’t put back in the project, wood, beams, piping… whatever could be donated was — blankets, curtains, lights, you name it! It was donated to both the Rebuild Center, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. That always feels good!

The wood that was pulled from the building was ready for my vanity idea!

So what do I do — I turn around after donating our sinks, I pick up different recycled sinks at the rebuild center-it took a couple of months of searching to find them all but the price was right — about $5-20 each.

Then I had Andrew and Heather (who busted their butts throughout the project — day and night, working along side the crew) drop off all the metal piping that Andrew found in the woods behind the building, to my neighbors house. I can’t believe he dragged them all out-but once I saw them, I knew we’d use every last piece…starting with the vanities, then working our way to the pub with them.

In comes my talented neighbor and friend, Brett. Honestly, I could not have done this project without him. A trade show and theater booth builder and artist, he was willing to take my crazy drawings and ideas and make the custom salvaged wood vanities happen!

So using the old wood, recycled sink and salvaged piping, he created these amazing masterpieces for each bathroom (12 in all). They have been sealed like crazy for the commercial environment they are in.

Then the shower went in — who doesn’t love the simplicity of subway tiles. Classic!

Then of course, we added the details — more reclaimed vintage barn wood and vintage hooks I picked up at Brimfield Antique Fair.

And for the final touch! A real turkey feeder — turned into a light fixture and made UL certified by Conant Metal and Light. The tile that looks like reclaimed wood came from Best Tile, and the Kohler oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and curtain rod — came from the amazing folks at Lowe’s- who I’ve come to adore! Ohhh… and the toliet paper holder is made from salvaged copper pipes that came out of the building and the trash bucket is an old maple bucket :)  Thanks Susan Teare for taking the AFTER Pictures of the Project.

Reclaimed wood Bathroom Vanity

The mirrors were custom made by Portland Glass (fabulous folks) And of course, the fun ransom style note that tells you if you want to keep your towel to hang it up on the hooks :) A little humor is important.

Just to remind you what they used to look like. :)






Mad River Barn Inn is Open to the Public!

What a fabulous design journey the MAD RIVER BARN project has been. Thank you Heather and Andrew. I still have a few tweaks and some pictures to hang but soon, I’ll just be a guest enjoying a glass of wine and dinner-not running around with my design notebook and drill in my hands.

The place is filled with repurposed, reclaimed and recycled designs from the material that came out of the old buildings themselves and other interesting recycling locations-with amazing stories behind each piece. From turkey feeder light fixtures, old barn doors as decor and sliders, barn doors on sliders made from reclaimed barn wood, old tables and chairs updated with paint, artwork made from scrap wood, old Singer factory stools as bar stools, to salvaged metal used as curtain rods, the bar’s footrest, shelving, plus counters made from salvaged schoolhouse chalkboards, stove vent made with reclaimed wood, light fixtures made from wooden ladders and bathroom vanity legs…to name a few. There is even a light fixture in the game room made from bed springs from the old mattresses in the rooms. There are dozens and dozens of salvaged and repurposed tales throughout the property…you just have to look closely- it’s like a SALVAGED GOODS EYE SPY game!

A special thank you to my friend, Brett Bundock, for making the custom farmhouse tables (made from the farmhouse’s old floor boards and roof rafters) and the bathroom vanities (made with reclaimed wood, recycled sinks and salvaged metal) and helping me with dozens of other salvaged DIY projects throughout the barn and farmhouse.

Without further ado…I give you Heather and Andrew Lynd’s Mad River Barn; Inn, Restaurant and Pub in Waitsfield, Vermont.   Hope to see you there soon… Hugs Joanne

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Mad River Barn, 16 Days till Opening!

Wow!! Things are really moving fast now at Mad River Barn since they open on December 26th.  Everyone is there — sheet rockers, painters, construction crew, plumbers, tilers, owners, myself and my friend Brett and many, many more.  It has been crazy!! But this is when you really start to see it happening! All the ideas and designs are finally showing their face. And soon their new website will be up with lots of pictures of the place.  Hope you come visit this winter and see all the changes (and things we keep the same). Until then… Enjoy.

Not quite done, but soon, the front desk, made up of old doors, copper flashing from the old roof, some reclaimed barn wood from the building, and recycled slate from an old school house, will greet the guests!

Andrew, the owner, and Gregg, a friend and builder, are putting in the locally grown Vermont wide pine wood floors in the game room. As you can see in the background, I’m deciding on paint colors :)

If any of you remember the old bathrooms, you’ll be thrilled to see the new ones-clean, efficient and welcoming! I’m just going to give you a little peek of it right now — soon, you’ll see the whole design reveal!

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