Wrought Iron Sign Salvage


I wrought Sea House emblems for the landward and sea-facing sides of the pavilion roof. They’re meant to be salvage from the old Sea House Pleasure Pier and Estate. And so they are.


Sized to fit between the raised seams on the metal roof, I cut seven copies of the emblem from 65 lb. black cardstock and glued them together. After drying under weight, I sanded the edges even, and slightly beveled the top edges. I added fastening “bolts” then lightly stippled and dry brushed some wear and weathering. Not too much. The caretaker is diligent about her conservation duties.


Then I had to make a smaller version to mount on the fireplace.


It looks splendid, don’t you agree? (Well, except for the ripply rug. There’s always something.)


I bashed out the support column in front of the kitchen, and felt much better about the space, even though it still looks like every other ELF kitchen ever made, ever. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) I’ll scrape away the brackets on the floor, patch where the post was, and it’ll be an intentional remodel artifact :) I found the LED pot lights I ordered, then lost, so next step will be the ceiling/roof, and then the exterior siding.


In the greenhouse, the hydroponics have been relocated to an anchored barge just off the rear utility deck.


Meanwhile, I got to open an early present, a vintage sign hollow aluminum lowercase n, about 12 tall by 3 inches deep. Feeling the love. Thank you, my B.

10 thoughts on “Wrought Iron Sign Salvage

  1. elizabeth s says:

    The Iron Signage looks SMASHING both outside and in. I also like the kitchenette but I would have to disagree with your assessment about the ELF units because you have made them look uniquely YOURS! BEAUTIFUL WORK Nancy!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Aw, geez, thanks, ES! I’m really enjoying exploring wrought iron and leaded glass possibilities. Frank Lloyd Wright is my primary design influence — can’t you tell?
      Really, the only *actual* ELF components are the handles, sink, tap and 2-burner stovetop, but all my other choices were in line with the usual. I guess accessory quirk will distinguish :)

  2. Keli says:

    Slendid, yes.

    I like the cornered shelving. I also like the kitchen fish. Feves? I had some five dollar gift certificates for etsy that were going to expire so I joined the feve gang. They should arrive any day.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Feves, oui. Though it does take some plowing through a lot of dreck and plain old WTF, there are some perfect gems to be had. Checking for new inventory is a relaxing pastime :) The platter above the sink is from the Quimper line, and the blue fish on the shelf is a covered casserole dish.
      Oh, and the face vase on the upper left.

  3. Sheila Lester says:

    I really love your fireplace and the Signage is beautiful.

    I like your kitchen, though I do agree that all the ELF kits start to blur together for me. Something about the hardware I think. I do really love the open shelving, makes it seem airy.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, Sheila! I agree about the hardware, and think I’ll add some eyelets, like on the front door. Makes it look mildly industrial/funky, like one degree up from minimalist :)

  4. Bennie says:

    It all looks amazing! Is the fireplace supposed to be a cinder block or a metal tile? From the short distance it has a bit of a shine to it so my first thought was a contemporary metal tile but then it looks like possible ‘stone’ cinder blocks too.

    It’s fun reading other people’s comments too. At first I didn’t notice the corner shelves in the kitchen but then went back up and saw them – great idea! It’s interesting what we all pick up on and what we don’t.

  5. Nancy Bristow says:

    I’m so enjoying your remodeling journey. The signage is brilliant and of course, we could share that vintage “n.” ha ha We have different preferences in some cases but that doesn’t mean I don’t love your stuff. It has been forever since I’ve done a kitchen so yours is the first Elf kitchen I’ve ever seen. How you fill it makes it yours and I love your choices…especially the fish things.

    I did wonder about the fèves reference on a prior post so first I had to look it up to see what it was and then I had to go to the site you posted and look at all the wonderfulness there. OMG! I was there for so long.

    Anyway, true story…I happen to have a fève of my own without realizing it because a very special friend of mine ordered an authentic King’s cake from New Orleans as one of my birthday gifts in February 2016. The fève itself is ordinary and plastic because as I’m sure you’re aware, that’s what they are these days and they are no longer baked in the cake because of law suits and blah, blah, blah.

    Even so, I kept the small green plastic baby fève that was packaged separately from the cake because it had come from my friend. “Green” you say? Yes and I did wonder about that because I know they used to be flesh colored plastic babies and actually baked in the cake. The cake was delicious by the way and the box it came in is part of my “photo gallery” on my dining room wall. For now, the small green baby fève is in a jar.

    My friend died in May of that year but this is only one of the special and treasured memories I have of our 15 year friendship. She was one of the most genuinely loved people I’ve ever known and since we knew her deal ahead of time, we chose to live in the moment and make the best of our time together by mostly laughing at all the absurdities of life even when she was dealing with chemo. I used to call her “Goddess” and is what I iced on the King Cake before we shared it. It’s a happy memory.

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