Save 25 % off – coupon code tinmir25
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1/22/19 – 1/29/19
Save 25 % off – coupon code tinmir25
discount is not on shipping cost
1/22/19 – 1/29/19
Looking for that special something with a handmade vintage feel? Take a look at our antique tin panels made from salvage tin ceiling tiles from 100-year-old buildings. The tin is then salvaged, cut, banded around wood, stripped, painted and then surface distressed. The typical sizes are 11 in. x 11 in. & 23 in. x 23 in. There are also unique odd sizes made as well. Each location and show booth is always stocked with a variety of colors and styles that you can pick out in person. Can’t see them in person, then simply just shop online in Tin Panel category. Always being updated monthly. The wall arrangements for these panels are endless. Use the coupon code below to save on shipping.
At Olde Good Things, we strive to preserve pieces of architectural history as a whole or use those pieces to create something one of a kind and handmade in our Scranton, Pennsylvania shop. Some of our more unique products are our tin ceiling panels and mirrors.
What makes these tin mirrors and panels so unique is that they are made from 100-year-old tin ceilings that we have salvaged from historic buildings across the United States. Tin ceiling was a result of American ingenuity and innovation in the mid-1800’s, as well as a direct response to decorative plaster ceilings that were in style in wealthier European homes. Tin ceilings were a better design choice than a plaster ceiling, as it retained the beautiful architectural design of a plaster ceiling while being much easier to install. In the late 1800’s, the production of tin ceiling peaked as Americans sought out beautiful interior design ideas, with roughly 45 companies in the US producing tin ceiling pieces.
To salvage these architectural artifacts, Olde Good Things purchases the tin ceilings while they are still in their original old buildings. We then reclaim these pieces ourselves by prying out the nails that hold the tin to the wood strips on the ceiling. The next stop is our Scranton workshop where the pieces are cut to size, attached to a wood frame, finished with a pop of color and sealant, and finally a piece of mirror is installed to complete the process.
We give these mirrors and panels new life, helping to preserve their history while creating a functional and unique antique furnishing for your home. Our reclaimed tin ceiling panels and mirrors make great gifts for those loved ones on your holiday shopping list. As a special for the holiday season, we’re offering three different promotions for our tin mirrors and panels.
Be sure to order soon so you can get them for the holidays. We’re sure they’ll make an exceptional addition to any home.
For more information or to see our wide variety of reclaimed architectural antiques, visit our webstore at ogtstore.com.
While New York City is a place of constant growth and change, it is also a city filled with numerous architectural wonders from the past. Sadly, as many New Yorkers are saying goodbye to some of the city’s fantastic buildings and older architecture, not much is done to save the more interesting aspects from a landfill. That’s why whenever older buildings are being renovated or demolished, the team of architecturologists from Olde Good Things work tirelessly to uncover and preserve these architectural artifacts.
Olde Good Things recently spent time salvaging pieces from several late 19th century buildings in the West Broadway city block in the Tribeca neighborhood, just a short walk from Ground Zero. The area, scheduled to be developed for condominiums and retail space, held multiple unique architectural details.
One of the many reclaimed pieces brought back from this Tribeca neighborhood were an abundance of original ornate ceiling tin. Tin ceilings were popular in businesses and homes until around the beginning of the 20th century and feature intricate stamped designs. These tin ceiling tiles will either be sold individually, or the OGT craftsmen will turn them into beautiful frames and ornate mirrors in a multitude of colors – perfect for any commercial or residential restoration projects.
Another interesting architectural feature recovered from this property were several original wrought iron balconies and fire escapes. Developed in the latter part of the 19th century for New York’s tenement apartments, wrought iron balconies and fire escapes soon found uses in other commercial, residential and industrial buildings. These reclaimed wrought iron balconies and fire escapes would add an unexpected element of classic city chic to any renovation.
Also recovered from our recent trip are several interior and exterior wooden doors. These doors, some of which include the original glass windows or hand-lettered company names, can be incorporated in modern homes to create a unique design style. These doors are also especially popular for use as exterior doors in older buildings.
While preservationists and those who love the “old” New York lament the demolition of these older properties, Olde Good Things is thrilled to be able to help save what we can so others may be able to repurpose or reuse these pieces of architectural history.
Whether you’re interested in one of these great architectural artifacts from this Tribeca neighborhood, or you’re looking for other unique antique features, you’re always welcome at any of our Olde Good Things stores or at our webstore. We’re sure the perfect piece of history awaits you.
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This small century old building which housed a playhouse in the Society Hill old town section of Philadelphia, was once a small theater for people who apparently don’t like conventional theater.
Since the way of theater has changed, the small playhouse owner struggled in recent years, so selling the small Victorian building to developers who will build condominiums in its place. This is the sad fate of many old buildings these days, the good news being that the architecturologists of Olde Good Things were on the scene, prior to demolition to retrieve some of the great architectural elements from days gone by.
Here you see Olde Good Things salvage team retrieving the pressed tin ceiling, wainscotting and wall trim which was original to the building.
Now these panels are available for purchase online as well as in our New York Stores. Just email us and let us know you saw these here on the blog or visit us at any one of our Pennsylvania or New York City locations.
These are very unusual and will not last so contact us soon if you are interested. In the nearly 20 years that we have been salvaging antique ceiling tin, we have maybe seen these patterns once or twice. Figural tin is very desirable, this pattern is perfect for a wine cellar or restaurant atmosphere. Price for double angels with grapes is $395.00. Single angel is $175.00. Urns $150.
Tin is one of the most utilized metals on the planet. Aside from its use in numerous alloys, such as bronze and pewter, it is also a stand-alone metal used most notably during the innovative and industrial 1800s.
Most Americans couldn’t afford the expensive yet beautiful intricately designed plaster ceilings so popular in the wealthy houses in Europe so they sought a less expensive, more durable, more eye-catching material—tin—to fabricate ceilings and walls throughout many of the buildings erected in the late-1800s.
Tin ceilings withstood earthquakes, fires, and other disasters unlike their weaker, less practical plaster cousins. Understandably, the fireproof property of tin made it an in-demand building product, especially in Chicago after the devastating fire in 1871.
Once World War II began the need for tin in military applications skyrocketed which meant it became a scarce commodity for builders and interior designers. Thankfully, a few of the buildings where tin ceilings were a featured showpiece are still in existence, and Old Good Things has had the opportunity to salvage these gorgeous pieces, restore and repurpose them.
Before a building is demolished, the owners call Olde Good Things to salvage architectural pieces that would otherwise molder in the dump, alone, forgotten, and covered in layers of filth. When we arrive at the site, we get to work building scaffolding and prying each piece of tin from the ceiling with pry bars. With a little gentle nudge and a lot of elbow grease, we carefully remove the tin and transport it to our warehouse.
As you see here, we have quite a few tin panels in stock at our Scranton warehouse. When a customer orders a custom-made tin ceiling or mirror we get to work hammering out the dents, scrubbing and washing the panels, painting them, and covering them in protective coatings to ensure they stay beautiful for decades to come.
Here are a few more examples of the tin panel works our customers have done in their design projects:
Not only is tin a glorious addition to make any ceiling pop, it can be used in interior furniture design. Olde Good Things designs and fabricates tin mirrors, and our customers have used the refurbished tin in backsplashes, tables, wall and bar covers and other interior design elements.
Can you image how fabulous a colored tin backsplash would look in your kitchen? What about a vintage or antique tin mirror in your entryway, bathroom, or public areas? Business owners, would a handmade, custom-designed tin ceiling draw the eye of customers as they walk by? Think of how popular your retail space would be when people stop in just to see your amazing tin ceiling.
If you love a rustic, vintage feel you can’t go wrong with refurbished, repurposed tin. To learn more about our salvage, restoration, or design process, contact us. To order your very own custom tin creation, contact our craftsmen through our Scranton warehouse.
Not only do we have amazing tin creations, we are also home to a growing collection of decorative iron and bronze pieces. Learn more about those here.
We love it when people take something with a specific original purpose and flip that purpose upside down to create something new and totally awesome! Many of our customers have been doing just that with our antique tin panels, available in 11 in. by 11 in. and 23 in. by 23 in. and other various sizes.
The tin we salvage and sell is all about 100 years old. Our craftsmen fasten the tin to a wooden frame, which makes the finished piece extremely easy to hang. The photo below shows a beautiful statement piece that was created using our 11 in. by 11 in. tin panels.
For people that prefer a simpler approach, placing a single tin panel or a small cluster of panels in fun areas can add depth and vintage charm to any room of your home. Below are two more images that show how fun this type of decorating can look – thanks Carrie and Accents by Nancy for sharing your photos with us!
These panels can be bought in all of our stores, online, and at our flea markets and shows as well. If you find a creative use for them, send us some photos! We would love to see what you come up with.
One of our valued customers had a unique idea for our original tin ceiling panels. Originally 100 year old ceiling tin salvaged from NE United States commercial and residential buildings – this tin has been re-purposed by Olde Good Things to be used as decorative wall panels. These have been very popular for this purpose. But what did he do? He used them as originally intended – as ceiling tin – but this time as a many faceted patchwork tin ceiling. Very nicely done. Come up with your unique ideas. These panels can be purchased online, through our retail stores and at our week-end outdoor sale locations at the Brooklyn Flea and Eastern Market in DC as well as Alameda Antiques Fair and the Rosebowl in California. 11 in. x 11 in. panels are only $35/ea. – 23 in. x 23 in. $65.