A Trip to The Salvage Yard and a Shabby Birdbath

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A few years back I stumbled upon a wonderful salvage yard full of the neatest junk. When I first convinced my husband to turn into the place he looked around and then looked at me like I was nuts. All he could see was a bunch of JUNK. For those who do not relish the idea of getting dirty while rummaging through piles of old windows, table legs, doors and such don’t see what we junkers do. We see what something COULD be. We delight in  the possibility of turning an old piece of fence into a great headboard, an old door into a table, shutters into shelves, etc.  Doug’s Salvage is located along Highway 17 in the small town of Hollyridge NC. About a 45 minute drive for me. I have been dying to make a trip back there for sometime and last weekend I finally made it.
After trudging through the place for about an hour I ended up purchasing a few lovely old, chippy pieces of molding, casings, two table legs and an old section of fencing for my garden.
Total Spent…A Whopping $10!

An Upcycled Bird Bath!

I turned one of the old legs into a bird bath. The “bath” part is an old Enamel bowl and the base is a thrift store plate turned upside down. I put some river rocks in the bottom of the basin and filled it with water. (You can also see the fencing I bought  in the background.)

I adhered all three pieces using my favorite adhesive. It is called Amazing Goop and it is truly amazing. It is my “Go To” glue for many projects. I know a lot of people are on team E-6000 but I prefer this hands down. In my opinion this holds up much better.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.


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27 Responses

  1. stefanie

    its perfect!!! I am in love with that place, I think I would be addicted, lucky for my wallet I live in CA.

  2. Jami

    This is such a great idea- I'd love you to share this at the Tuesday Garden Party next Tuesday at my blog, An Oregon Cottage. This is a really inspiring way to use salvage and maybe you could continue to inspire us with your finds for the garden!

  3. Diane

    Great idea. I love having birdbaths everywhere and watching the birds play in the water.

    I will have to try this for sure.

    I found you via Friday Show and Tell. Come visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie. Diane

  4. Grannys Attic

    I love what you did, such a cute birdbath. Want to try this for sure.
    Blessings, Vicky

  5. Tallulah's Antique Closet

    That was a job well done. Look's nice in your pretty garden…

  6. gail@myrepurposedlife.net

    cool stuff! I would love, love, love to have a place like that to shop. We have a couple locally, but they are so expensive! you got a great deal!
    super birdbath! I made one recently out of a giant candlestick and a lid to a pot!

  7. Gracefully Vintage

    Lisa, my heart is beating so fast- im so so jealous of that, i have to find one of those here- I could be there for hours-i see so much i want just from this one angle- WOw your so lucky-
    Ill take the junk anyday-
    Looking forward to following you

  8. Jen T

    I LOVE your birdbath – that is SO clever!! The bistro set & bookcase turned out so cute too. Thank you for coming by SheEndeavors. Jen

  9. Sheri@childmade.com

    Well done! Recycling is the best! Thanks for sharing … I've posted a link.


    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for visiting me!! Your ideas are awesome!! I love your living room makeover!!! I'll be back and it's fun to make new blogging buddies.
    Deb 🙂

  11. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}

    That salvage yard looks like a DREAM! I'm drooling over all of those windows in the first photo. Thank you so much for taking the time to come by my blog and leave a comment on my bicycle makeover. I hope you're able to find one of your own soon. It looks like you are looking in all the right places!!

  12. Stephanie Lynn

    I so want to go there and spend a few hours! Gorgeous bird bath. So creative and unique. Looks fabulous! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  13. Stephanie Lynn

    Hi Lisa! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring your birdbath today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again next week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  14. Candi

    I LOVE that salvage place. Wish there was something similar here. Your birdbath is precious!

  15. Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk

    WOW — Lisa, You are so creative. Thank you for sharing. I've bookmarked this project for the future.

  16. Jenny

    Fantastic! I am NOT good at seeing the potential in other people's junk. I'm trying….

  17. Creative Ambitions

    Oh how I wish I had a salvage yard like this near me!! Love the bird bath!!

  18. Jude

    Hi, Lisa! You and I are both featured at Stephanie Lynn's Under the Table and Dreaming, and I thought I'd come over and say hello. My little mirrored garden streamers are two below you, and I bet they'd go great with your wonderful birdbath (you wouldn't consider coming to Cape Cod and making one for me, would you?) Love your "Creative Home," and will be sure to drop by again soon!
    Jude at http://www.dolcecapecod.blogspot.com

  19. Heather

    Great idea! Have the birds found it yet? I love the wood chips in your flower bed too.

    visiting from Jami's garden tour

  20. gnee

    What a fun post full of treasures and your bird bath is fabulous! Thanks for sharing…

  21. Jami

    Thanks, Lisa for linking up this great garden project at the Tuesday Garden Party!

  22. Rory from Tools Are For Women Too!

    Wow! What a great source that place is for projects! The birds in your yard must be very happy! Thanks for sharing on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

  23. Anonymous

    I love Dougs salvage too! There are so many goodies there! I found it on the way to visit my sister! I didnt rummage long because of time. I remember thinking his prices were a little high for "junk" though. Do you know if you can talk him down on prices? Wonder if he'd take whatever I had in my pocket… 🙂

  24. David Jensen

    The bird bath made with the table leg. I was wondering is it sturdy and is it top heavy when filled. I. Am very interested in building one .and where can i uasually find the salvage yards ?

    • Lisa Hogan

      Hi David,
      As long as the base dinner plate is a good size you should not have any problem with the bird bath becoming top heavy. I didn’t. You could look for local salvage yards online or try scouring thrift shops and Habitat for Humanity Resale shops. You may get lucky there. 🙂

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