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Spring Salvage

May 24, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Using reclaimed wood is a hot trend in home décor. Unfortunately, not everyone has old wood lying around.

You can search for old, discarded wood or reclaim it yourself from local structures, such as dilapidated barns (with permission from owners, of course), or purchase reclaimed wood from wholesale suppliers.

I made several projects from reclaimed wood using our old dock wood pulled from the lake a few years ago. Alternatively, wooden pallets are an easily accessible option for those just starting out with the medium. Pallet wood can be stained to produce an aged look.

Reclaimed wood adds wonderful texture. Textures are important to provide depth and interest to any space, especially when the room is dominated by one particular color.

For my ongoing room makeover series, I wanted to do something that would emphasize the window as the focal point of the space.

I wanted the interior accent to resemble a design element typically seen on the outside. So, instead of shutters, I developed reclaimed wood wall vases to frame the interior side of the window.

The reclaimed wood would serve as the backdrop for wall-mounted glass vases. They would take advantage of the texture from the weathered wood, while the glass vases would layer another design element over the wood itself—adding even more depth and interest to the entire wall.

With wall vases, you are also able to change up the mood for seasonal decorations, holidays, or simply for a different look.

The beauty of this is you don’t have to spend a lot to make a statement! Look for wood you already have around your house.


  • Reclaimed wood boards (I used six pieces of wood, three per wall vase on each side of the window)
  • Scrap pieces of wood (for the back side, to hold the wooden boards together)
  • Nail gun (or hammer and nails)
  • Two screws per wall vase and screwdriver
  • Hanging wire
  • Paint (any color, I used white)
  • Paint brush
  • A wall-mounted vase (a light fixture or sconce could be used instead) to be mounted on the reclaimed wood


  1. Cut each board the same length.
  2. I painted each board individually with a brush. I wanted the character of the reclaimed wood to come through, so I used very little white paint and lightly went over each piece (none of the boards were painted exactly the same).
  3. Let dry overnight.
  4. Arrange boards painted/or pretty side down into the desired pattern. I staggered the middle piece.
  5. Nail the boards together using the scrap pieces as connectors.
  6. Drive two screws into the back of each set of connected boards and attach the wire so each rustic wall vase balances evenly when suspended.
  7. I then attached my wall-mounted vases to the front of each set of boards and decorated the vases accordingly.
  8. Make sure the wall and materials you have chosen can hold the weight of the completed project.

I used spring flowers in each vase, but you can swap them out for any occasion or season.

Sandy’s yearlong DIY remodeling series began with an introduction to the room in the January/February 2017 issue. The first of five projects, a coffee filter lamp, debuted in the March/April issue. Stay tuned for the next installment. Visit readonlinenow.com to review back issues.

This article appears in the May/June 2017 edition of Omaha Home.

In Bloom

November 25, 2012 by

In Bloom is a local, family-owned flower shop and home décor/gift store that serves businesses and individuals year-round with floral arrangements and seasonal decorating, as well as Christmas tree decorating seminars.

Since opening in 2008, the Fremont business has been able to grow through word-of-mouth and advertising in the local area and surrounding cities. “Due to our increasing customer base and expanded inventories, we were required to move to a larger building,” says owner Jenefer Backhaus. “Two years ago, we moved our business to its current location. Moving has allowed us to keep a larger fresh flower inventory, and it has enabled us to expand our gift lines.”

In Bloom’s mainly female clientele come from Fremont and surrounding areas to the shop because the shop offers unique gifts that aren’t available elsewhere. “Our customers like to stop in often to see what new items we have because our inventory is always changing. [But] some people just stop in to see [our dog] Lily, In Bloom’s four-legged mascot,” says Backhaus, who has designed arrangements for Ted Turner and Willy Theisen.

Backhaus, who friends describe as creative, funny, and a little crazy, wanted to be a florist since she was about 10 years old. She went to Metro Tech for floral design right after high school and has been doing it ever since. Throughout her 27 years of being a designer, she has had the opportunity to work with many talented designers, picking up little bits of knowledge from each of them along the way. “This has allowed me to create a style all my own,” she adds.

What Backhaus has learned while running In Bloom is that there are always challenges. “Some days have big challenges, but most days have only a few small challenges. A business owner just needs to learn how to manage stress.” But the challenges and stress of business are definitely outweighed by the personal satisfaction of Backhaus’ job. “Being in the floral business makes you find yourself being a small part of a person or family’s very important day, whether it’s a new baby, a wedding, or even a funeral. I always feel very honored to take part.”

In Bloom
520 North Main St.
Fremont, Neb.