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The Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage Yard Gets a Facelift

The lumber yard at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage has been getting a much needed facelift. Randy, Tom and Rick have been working nonstop to put down and compact TRUCKLOADS upon truckloads of gravel over the entire surface of the lumber yard. This entails moving stacks and stacks of gigantic timbers and beams. Today the job nears completion! Just in time for the rainy seasons to begin. Thanks for all your hard work! Great job guys!!!

Halloween At Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage

Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween? I say NO! Every year at Aurora Mills we have a pumpkin decorating contest – using architectural and other salvaged materials, of course. Here are some pictures from last year. I will be posting Halloween decorating ideas throughout the month.      Mary Beth designed the front entrance display and Mike Byrnes, owner of Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage designed the pumpkin int the hat. This boxer girl was designed by Louise Gomez Burgess.  She is placed on a plant stand and uses conduit for arms.  By Louise Gomez Burgess

Knowledge = Power! Books about Restoration and Using Architectural Salvage

I bought my first house when I was 25 years old.  I always felt drawn to old homes. Maybe it was because so many people had passed through their doors that the walls became like an old friend.  That said however, looking back, my husband and I really knew nothing.  Like, I shouldn’t have tried to tie the stump of an old walnut tree to the back of our Honda Civic to pull it out. Or, the sand paint technique I learned in the U of O Historic Preservation Program may have been great on Vallard Hall but not so great on the walls in my stairwell.  That would be called sandpaper.  I’m a tiny bit older now and know to go to my resources to find the right answers. …

Beautiful Salvaged Storage Ideas for the Kitchen

I live in a 1947 era home with a sad, sad kitchen. I found these great kitchen storage ideas from the Re-nest website I mention earlier this week. On top of that, we have virtually everything to create these looks at Aurora Mills! Well, not the airplane food cart bins pictured on the Re-nest blog – not yet anyway! Maybe I can finally get that Beautiful-Big-Girl-Kitchen-of-My-Dreams-(while being sustainable)-Look! We have all the materials – barn wood, bowling alley flooring and metal machine bases – at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage to build this island! We have a number of vintage and antique work benches that incorporate nice solid work space with storage. I saw this photo in Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine years ago.  It still works…

Welcome New Neighbors, Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room and Found Photos

Welcome Pheasant Run! We have a new neighbor in Aurora! Pheasant Run Winery Tasting Room moved in just across the street into the turn-of-the-century “Aurora State Bank” building. Pheasant Run wines have been in the making for over 20 years but sold mainly out of state. The tasting room is being operated by members of the St. Josef’s winery family and are made at their facilities.     Next Friday, October 8th, Pheasant Run is having their Grand Opening Celebration. Come spend the day in Aurora and cap it off with food, wine and live music! The Pheasant Run festivities are from 6 – 9 pm. Hope to see you there!         Found Photos I came across these photos of Aurora Mills the…

Malachi Milbourn of Against the Grain Primitive Furniture and Design

It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted. ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message One of the things I love about my job is having the ability to show others how we can be sustainable and still have a very beautiful home.  Still happening today, old barns are being left to rot or…

Thousands of Vintage and Antique Doors at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage

Earlier I posted ideas of ways to reuse an old door.  I decided to post more pictures of our door sections at Aurora Mills for those of you who may not have been in the store before or in our lower warehouse.  Just keep in mind that this is only a teeny-tiny drop in the salvaged door bucket but it gives a nice glympse.  Also, please let us know if you have any salvaged door reuse ideas.  We would love to see them!

What to do with an Old Door – Great reuse ideas!

Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage has been in business for 12 years and still many people do not know that we are in a 4-story building.  Way down below we have literally 1000s of doors (windows, mantels, industrial, carousel parts…but that is another story) that people use for all kinds of projects.  I found this article on the Re-Nest blog that has some very beautiful door reuse ideas.  By the way, Re-Nest has lots of great ideas for sustainable home designs. I like the door chalkboard and stand-up mirror ideas but they are all great! These are just a sample from the article. If you have not been in the lower levels of the store, please ask for a tour the next time you are in.  You will be amazed! …

Aurora Mills in the Movies

Back in April we at Aurora Mills were asked to participate in a movie that was produced by BRING. BRING Recycling is a broad-based organization offering positive, hands-on solutions to the serious environmental challenges of our time. Their movie: “Reuse It” takes a look at the used building materials industry in Oregon, and teaches us why reuse is good for the environment and our economy. “Reuse It” was funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Additional support provided by the City of Eugene and BRING. The movie was produced and directed by Jerry Joffe.   Copyright by the City of Eugene. You may go to the BRING website to order a free DVD but please do not reproduce the DVD. Here…

Looking for Something to do Saturday? Come to Aurora Colony Days

This Saturday,  August 14th,  Aurora has their annual Aurora Colony Days. Come celebrate Aurora’s history! There is a large outdoor antiques fair with antique dealers from around the Northwest from 9 am- 5 pm, a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 am, an art show and sale from 10 -5, children activities, a living history demonstration, live music and so much more! Admission is free!

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