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Reintroducing Our Salvage Decor Kits – Mentor Warehouse

We are reintroducing our salvage kit program!  Offering a Premium Salvage Décor Kit available all year long and a periodic seasonal box.  Included in each kit will be unique home décor items, an assortment of salvaged, vintage and new goodies, to create vignettes and displays for the home.  Each box comes with an instruction card providing ideas for using the kit contents.

Our first Seasonal Salvage Décor Kit will be available for sale on September 16, 2016 and available for pick up in store or shipping on October 1, 2016 for $30/kit, pre-paid. The Premium Salvaged Décor Kit is available all year long for sale and pick up or shipping.

To pre-order either the Premium Home Décor Kit or the first Seasonal Home Décor Kit, our Fall kit, head over to our Shopify store at:  – click on the shop tab.

Our customers loved these kits when they first debuted in 2015 so we have brought them back.  Get in on this opportunity to join this exclusive club for yourself or for an amazing gift for someone special.

Be sure to subscribe to our social media channels @citysalvagementor on both Facebook and Instagram and get sneak peaks of the kit contents as the premiere date approaches.


One of My Dirty Little Secrets

Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about when I say “Monica’s Secret Closet”? If you don’t, check out this link for a refresher:

Who has a little tucked away place like this at home? I hope all of you say yes, even my super clean freak (in the nicest way) sister Wendy.  I’m going to share mine with you.

We have lived in our house for about 12 years now with this charming two story barn in the back.  We have never used it for anything other than a junk closet.  We tried a couple years back to make it usable studio space for painting projects, didn’t work.  We store all sorts of crap out there, space heaters, patio furniture, old beds, used paints, forgotten projects for the store, kids junk, squirrels, mice and chipmunks. We talked last year about converting it to a she shed for a hang out space for the kids but life happened and more junk got shoved out there.  This year WE ARE DOING IT! We have had it 90% cleaned out by my shop helpers and we are ready to renovate.

What I need from you are ideas.  We want to know what projects you would like to see done in this space.  Think  -project house for all of us to try some ideas and we will share projects and progress along the way.  Email us some ideas at or post some ideas to our Pinterest board “Big Red Barn” at:

We are excited to hear what you would do with this space, you guys have such great ideas on using reclaimed materials in our shop.  This weekend we are finishing demo, next week we are starting to plan the interior finishes.  Also, should it stay red or does it need a color change? Our house is pale yellow with black shutters and turquoise front door.  Thanks!


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Quick and Easy Furniture Transformations

We get asked quite frequently in our warehouses which paint we prefer and why.  We sell several different paint lines and they are all good for specific purposes.  For quick and easy furniture transformations I go every time to our Vintage Farmhouse Distressing Paint.  This is a pre-mixed liquid paint that we carry that is similar to various chalk type paint brands on the market. We carry almost 30 different colors in this line and each and every one is gorgeous.

There are a few simple steps we follow every time we update a dated piece of furniture in our shops.  Proper preparation of the piece is key no matter what paint you choose to use.  We scrub all of of our items with a mild soap solution first and dry thoroughly.  Almost every piece gets a quick sanding to rough up the surface.  This doesn’t have to be a back breaking process, just give the surface of the piece some texture.  Tack cloths are great to wipe down the dusty, sanded surface prior to paint.  Now off to the fun part, painting!

Select a comfortable, natural bristle brush of good quality to ensure a nice even coat of paint.  Vintage Farmhouse Distressing paint is best applied in a light even first coat and dries in about 15 minutes.  Use a fine grit sanding block after the first coat and tack cloth again to grab the dust.  Apply the second coat (and third coat to achieve your desired look) and let dry again.  At this point I almost always distressing the piece, sometime quite a bit, sometimes very lightly.  I find it’s easiest to distress using a medium grit sanding block and hit the places on the furniture where it would naturally wear, corners, around handles and edges.

Using a tack cloth after you finishing distressing to prepare the surface of the paint for a top coat.  This type of paint always has to be sealed after painting.  The type of finish will depend largely on the intended use of the furniture.  Clear wax is great for surfaces that are not going to see much use such as side tables, frames and tables and dresses that won’t see much use.  For high traffic surfaces we suggest something a little more durable such as our General Finishes products, High Performance Top Coat or Arm R Seal, or our Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat.

Vintage Farmhouse Distressing Paint is a great option for a quick update to your furniture that can be completed in one afternoon.  You can grab this paint and supplies in either of our warehouses or on our website and start your DIY project today.

Have you tried out paint?  do you love it? tell us what your tricks are and what you have found to work on your projects.

For additional information or instruction come in and see us at our shops in Amherst and Mentor, Ohio.

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Dining Room Table Remake

Our dining table has seen 10 years of art projects and family dinners and was looking a bit worse for wear on the top. I liked the style of the table and there was nothing structurally wrong with it so I decided to give the top a coat of paint.  Here is the top before…

I sanded off some of the dried globs of paint and went to town using the chalk paint we sell at our stores in a color called Copula, which is a whiteish grey color.

The paint goes on really smoothly and dries in about ten minutes.  This table top got two coats

Next up was the wax coat using a clear, soft wax and wax brush.  The wax gets brushed on and buffed off. This was the perfect project to try my new Ryobi buffer that I picked up at the Home Depot.  It worked much better for me than buffing this large table by hand with a rag.  We sell attachments for a hand drill with a buffing brush at our shops, but this I had at home and it worked so well.

This is the finished table top and I love the way it turned out.  Start to finish this took me about two hours.

Come and check out our painting, distressing and finishing supplies that we have in stock at both of our shops. Such an easy way to update a piece that you may have fallen out of love with.

Vintage Defined

We meet a ton of wonderful folks from all different walks of life through the warehouse sales and the different markets and shows that we do over the year. One cute young lady, in her twenties I would guess, was walking through our booth at the Cleveland Flea one weekend with her mother browsing what we had to offer. Our typical description of our wares includes terms such as “vintage, reclaimed and sometimes antiques”. This particular young lady was commenting to her mother that out items are not vintage because she remembers that her mother had them when she was growing up. She also commented that the wood we called reclaimed wood was not reclaimed at all it was just pallet wood. This prompted me to do a wee bit of research the validate what I already had known these terms to mean prior to calling our items “vintage” and educate myself further on what types of items we have in the warehouse. The next couple of blog posts from us will attempt to define what various terms mean with respect to our inventory and inventory at other shops and boutiques. Let’s take vintage for the first lesson….

Vintage is described across the board as items between 40-100 years old, so clearly all of these items are vintage. The age on these babies range from the 1920’s through the 1960’s but all vintage, not yet antique. This applies to clothes and accessories also. This is just a sampling of our vintage wares at the shop. Not everything we have is vintage, some are antiques, some is reclaimed junk and some is retro but it all has a story and all are unique pieces. I have never felt the need to be an expert on any of the items that we carry, I just know what I like to look at and what looks good together.

Circling back to our lovely mother and daughter shopping couple from earlier, I’m quite sure that her mother was just a wee bit over 40 years old so quite possibly the items they were remarking on at our booth were in fact vintage.

Next time we will delve into antiques or maybe reclaimed items, there is so much junk to choose from! Bringing items in for our customers that makes them say “wow” and “I remember these” brings them back to another time and place is just good fun and we all need a little fun in our lives. #gojunk!