Yay! Big find in salvage warehouse!

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Lauren674
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Yay! Big find in salvage warehouse!

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After looking and calling and visiting salvage places all over the US, I had given up on finding the right salvaged bookcase colonnades to install as a space divider in our living room, and drew up plans to have them built. A couple days ago, Hubby and son were on a business trip and stopped at a couple of salvage places, sending me these pictures as the place was about to close, and then driving on to their next destination another 4 hours. I called yesterday morning and made an offer (accepted!), and they drove all the way back to get them today. So happy, these are just like the plans I drew up and need only minor mullion repair on on left side doors:

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Nice!
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Lucky you! I saw a set in Fort Worth, Texas a couple of months ago, and remembered someone was looking for them, but I assumed it was too far away, so I didn't inquire about price or anything. Good for you! They will look lovely in your home.
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What a lucky find. They are beautiful. Can't wait to see photos of them in your house.

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My guys are just arriving at Bauer Brothers in Minneapolis to load them up. Here is a close up -

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Look at those hinges. They have original patina. This was a very lucky score for your family and your house. Thank the "guys" for all of us here.
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Re: Yay! Big find in salvage warehouse!

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Sorry this is a double post, as I initially posted on my old "Searching for Colonnades " in the General Discussions Forum. Just a follow-up to show them sitting in our living room.

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The elves delivered last night! Time to plan the next construction project. Vote: the paneled side should face the door side or the bookcase side? I think they should be reversed from as shown, but does it matter?

Doorframe still on the porch, and these are a good two feet further apart than they will be after the job is done. But, I think they match our house really well! I bought those colonnades knowing I would greatly regret passing them up. This means the next construction project: build one wall with a large opening of 9' x 7', and a 2nd wall to create two closets, and trim out everything, installing the colonnades and replacing a long baseboard heater. Then the bedroom adjacent needs a door moved and two closets ripped out, electrical work to move switches, trim work.....end result is a "study/entry" room with a coat closet, and a restored/enlarged bedroom with more private door location and new closet. All this construction is putting the house back to the way it was built in the first place! Except instead of colonnades, there was more likely a full wall with two glass french doors opening into the study (based upon the neighbors houses). The floor plan was "remuddled" and for some reason I am completely compelled to spend $$$ to make it right
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They look custom made for your house! I think the bookcase side should face the living room because that is how you would use it. The other side matches the front door. I don't know if there is a right or wrong. Try looking at photos of homes with the originals still in place.
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I'm so happy for you - and your lucky home. I vote the shelves face into the living room too, for what it's worth!
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For what it is worth, My brothers house, 1916, very similar divider has the display cases facing the foyer as it makes arranging furniture in the living room easier as you are not covering up a display case. They added lighting and display cut glass in them and it is a dramatic upon entering the house. I would think if the bookcases faced the living room it would be hard not to have furniture pushed against them. Just a thought, you could live with them both ways for a bit before you install them.

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