Sunday, January 16, 2011

Putting Old Hardware to Use

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

I spent most of my day with a paint brush in my hand, painting what will soon become a bedroom in our finished basement.  More to come on that at a later date.

The only other thing I got accomplished today (besides 3 loads of laundry) was the addition of these photos to my guest bedroom.
You know how one project seems to lead to another?  Well, after I hung that 
white cabinet in the guest bedroom I thought I needed to add something to the wall space to the left of the closet door.  

I'm trying to use what I already have so I went digging through my drawer of old hardware and found two of these pieces that I believe came off of old windows.
My original thought was to use this hardware piece as a picture holder, hanging the picture like this.
It wasn't bad but it was kind of boring.  
So I went back to my closet and found two hangers.

I searched through my photos and found two cabinet cards.  These are actual relatives.  The first communion picture is of my Aunt Hazel, born in 1903.  The baby is my Uncle Larry, born in Dec. 1910.
I also grabbed a couple of old doilies.
Using the hanger to hold the picture and the doily, I hung the hanger on the old hardware.
I changed it up for my Uncle's picture, using a small dresser scarf as the background.
It's kind of different so I am trying to decide if I like it.  The nice thing is if I grow tired of it I'll just remove the hangers and hang some framed pictures from the hardware.  
I'm starting the week by linking to some parties:

Make It 4 Monday with Cindy @ Cottage Instincts,
Amaze Me Monday with Carrie @ Dittle Dattle,
and 
Masterpiece Monday with Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

Have a great week.

Jane

58 comments:

  1. I love it Jane. It is different, but in a great way. We adore vintage photos, so why not have some proudly displayed with your own modern twist on it.

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  2. Jane,
    You have done it again...another awesome idea...great look and love that the pics are family members.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. it's gonna be a project kind of year!!!
    go girl

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  4. Great idea! Now I am ready to start some projects of my own!

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  5. Awesome!!!! You sure do put the pant hangers to good use!!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  6. I love it! Wow..you sure have a talent with decorating!

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  7. They look wonderful! I've been using those pants hangers to display my grandchildren's artwork.

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  8. Jane, another great look by you. Love those. I also love your header.

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  9. Jane -
    What a great idea! I love stopping by for your wonderful vintage ideas, I have a couple of these hangers and now I'm searching for photos to use.
    Toni

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  10. What an incredible idea! Just a wonderful way to display those family heirlooms in an original and interesting way, I love it!

    Inspiring, truly!
    xoxo
    joni

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  11. Very cool! I love the old hardware, the old hangers, and the old pictures! LOL!

    Tania

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  12. I have a collection of these for this very use. I had just gone through my Pottery Barn catalog and they have used them in a background picture too. I love how you can display the photo in an unusual way and change them out for a different look. Another great job for Mamie Janes!!

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  13. I love the way you used the doily and linen piece to back the photos...so charming! Beautiful project!

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  14. You are just too clever! One day I will be a guest in your home so I can really take it all in!

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  15. Well, I love it! (because its different!) And think of how easy it will be to change out the pictures if you felt like it! Looks wonderful, and I really like the color of the paint you chose.

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  16. This is just awesome! I absolutely love it!

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  17. I love it, it's awesome. I actually saved the photo to my computer for decor inspiration!

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  18. Oh...Jane, Jane, Jane...you just blow me away with your great ideas! And they just keep coming. I LOVE this!
    hugs

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  19. You sure don't skip on the details. I really love the old window hardware that you used to hang the picture hangers from. Such a cute idea!

    Take care!
    ~Michelle

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  20. Hi Jane,
    All I can say is I love how your mind works. Your so unconventional and it works! Love everything you do. Write a book, don't let this unique creative talent go to waste!
    You could be rich and famous some day. But don't forget us little people! lol
    xoxo

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  21. I love the pant hangers!! Especially with the chocolate paint on the walls!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot.com

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  22. This is so utterly charming! The hanger, the linen, the hardware and the family pictures all come together beautifully. You should be patting yourself on the back for this one right now. :)

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  23. I love these! You have the most creative mind! More proof that you really think outside the box.

    These displays are really unique and inspiring, I am going to have to find some neat pictures or postcards to do something similar. I've got the old hangers (aren't they the best?) and some old lace and doilies, but I am lacking the totally cool hardware. Hmmmm. Maybe a trip to Home Depot is in order -- if I find something like your old hardware, perhaps a few slams with a hammer and some time swimming through old, thick paint might get me a similar patina?

    BTW, the children in those photos are GORGEOUS! Same with Mamie, such a pretty girl. No wonder you are so lovely, you've got great genetic material on your side!

    Kimberly

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  24. Wow! I think it looks great ... a very clever idea!

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  25. What a cute idea! I'm lovin' the old hangers:@)

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  26. Love the hangers Jane! Keep the great ideas coming, you're on a roll!!!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  27. Love it! You have a great imagination! I think those pictures couldn't look better! Thanks for sharing. 8>)

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  28. I've never seen hangers like this...my list of things to look for at fleas, estate sales and antique shops is growing and growing thanks to you Jane. Your ideas are always wonderful! Thanks!

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  29. Love the window hardware as picture hangers! I can't wait for flea market season to start back up. I went to an antique show this weekend (aka more $ than I was willing to part with) without much luck. Hope you have a good week!

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  30. I love how many of the items in theis room tell a story....you are so lucky to have so many family photos from the past.

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  31. they look very nice,, and a very creative way to hang those old photos. Love the doilys and scarf behind them.

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  32. So so cool!

    It was so good to see you! You are a blessing!
    Ann

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  33. Jane,
    I picked up a book at the library last week that made me think of you! In fact, I double checked the cover, to make sure you didn't write it! You are so creative!
    Dee Dee

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  34. I have a couple of similar frame-less photographs that I haven't known what to do with...I am adding wooden hangers to my list of items to 'shop' for when I go a-thrifting!
    Thanks for another great idea!
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  35. Question, do you ever have a bad idea?LOL! I love the way you used everything together!!

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  36. LOVE it...the perfect mix of junky and pretty! Visiting from MI4M and now following too :) Have a great week, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  37. JANE , YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING, AND FULL OF FANTASTIC IDEAS.--THIS IS GREAT-AND LOOKS WONDERFULL, JUST LOVE IT.
    HUGS,-DORTHE

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  38. Cute idea Jane! Have a great week!!

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  39. Once again Jane you're amazing. I love this idea. LuAnn

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  40. Your vintage photos look so cute displayed this way. Love it!

    -Danielle

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  41. Oh Jane I love everything about it! Such a sweet touch to actually use family photos.

    Enjoy your evening,
    Gail

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  42. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

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  43. I think I found your blog on Cottage Instincts. At any rate, I think this is fabulous, and the fact that they are really your relatives makes it even better!

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  44. What a really fun and unique way to hang old photos! Where do you come up w/your ideas? You are always full of such ingenuity. :-)
    ~Sue

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  45. THANK YOU! I have a stash of these old hangers and did not know what to do with them. Of course they are too good to pass along, although maybe now I'll reconsider that along with your idea.

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  46. You have such a great eye for unique displays of meaningful things! I'm amazed every time I visit you :) I'm also crushing on your deep chocolate brown walls....so cozy and a perfect backdrop to your vintage whites. Yum!

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  47. Those are so darn creative and cute. Who, but you would have thought to use old pants hangers to hang pictures. I like that they are changable too. How special that you have family pictures from so long ago and know who they are. The vintage white linens really make them stand out and look great next to the white cabinet. Great job as usual.

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  48. More hangers! I love that you have all that stuff stuck in your drawers. They look great on that wall.

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  49. I LOVE this! Your style just speaks to me. I would never have thought of this combo, but I'm so glad you did. I think they're beautiful!

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  50. another sweeet idea!! And guess who has boxes of hardware!!!

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  51. I just became your 667th follower. You have too great of a site for 666 followers... :)

    I love your creative ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

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  52. I have been reading your blog posts backwards, from your post(April 29) and I just can't get enough of your thoughts and ideas, and don't want to miss anything. I am so happy to have found you, and your imagination is true inspiration. I don't know how you come up with such incredible ideas to use "junk" but you have inspired me to change what I search for now, at antique shows, flea markets, and garage sales. Thanks so much! Bonnie in WI

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  53. Its a keeper.I'm gonna do the same.thanks for inspiration

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