Sunday, February 26, 2012

One More Wood and Ironstone Display

I really didn't set out to make this "wood and ironstone" month on my blog but looking back at my posts this month, that definitely seemed to be the recurring theme.

So bear with me as I post one more wood and white project.

I found these old, wood tools a couple of weeks ago.  Two t-squares and a piece that I'm not familiar with.
I got the bundle of 3 for $5.00.
 For today's project I used the tool piece I'm not familiar with.
It measures approximately 33" in length, with metal on both ends and a metal rod that runs the length of the wood.
 My first thought was to simply hang the tool on the wall and clip photos to the metal rod but I ran into a small problem.  On the back side of the piece was a piece of metal which stuck out and prohibited the wood from laying flat against the wall.

So my next idea was to use the tool as a shelf facing.
Using a 1" x 2" stained piece of wood for the shelf, I glued the 1" x 2" to the back side of the tool (you can see the 1" x 2" extends past the protruding metal piece that kept me from just hanging it on the wall).
 After attaching some picture hangers on the back of the shelf, I hung it in my dining room.  The 1" x 2" is just deep enough to hold some of my platters and the tool facing piece extends about 1/4" above the 1" x 2" so the plates won't slide off.
 I think the best feature of this old tool is the metal rod.  
I didn't want that feature to go to waste, so I hung a vintage linen and a doily over the rod.
Now that this project is finished, I promise to make March a "wood and ironstone" free month.

Actually, I have been contemplating painting the dining room and may make that my big project for March.  The dining room has not been painted in over 10 years and I'm thinking it's time for a change.  I'm not sure what color....something neutral.  If any of you have any suggestions, I'm all ears!

Have a great week.

Jane

59 comments:

  1. Jane, I've been reading your blog for a while now and I have to tell you I am simply amazed by your creative mind.. I could never come up with the ideas you do.. Their amazing!
    Robyn :)

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  2. I love that. Really cool pieces. I live somewhere that I can't seem to find many cool items. I found tons in Virginia Beach where I used to live but here in Charleston I think collectors and shops get the cool things before regular folks have a chance! Good for you. I love hanging the linens from it as well!

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  3. I hope you don't keep that promise...I love your wood and ironstone projects! In fact, I love all your great ideas! Hope the week ahead is a good one! Take care, Laura

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  4. What a cool piece, Jane! Whatever it is it works great to hold the plates and your pretty linens. Gosh, there are so many neutrals you could go with, Jane. Maybe some pictures of your dining room - ? I do like how your white pieces look against your current wall color.

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  5. Your on a roll so why change the focus---- lots of pretties and cool ideas.

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  6. That's cute, so don't make March wood and ironstone free - what if you have another great idea? We'd expect you to share it.

    ~Bliss~

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  7. Great find and ♥♥♥ how you repurposed it...very nice!

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  8. I don't know what it is but you sure knew what to do with it my friend! As usual you are a genius!
    Susan

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  9. Great find. Of course I love it, and how you used it!!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  10. What a fabulous use of the unknown tool. Really beautifully executed. I'm new to your blog but I will be doing some back tracking to see what I missed.

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  11. you sure have been finding some great things and brilliant way to use this item as a shelf

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  12. What a cool piece. I love how you re-purposed it. It looks great with the plates and the linens.

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  13. I thinking you need a book deal. So much talent. Better yet a TV show. HGTV are reading this?
    Can I be your agent.;)
    Lisa

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  14. I really like this finished project!!

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  15. Your new shelf turned out really great! Love the rod and linens:@)

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  16. I have been reading here for a little while and the things you come up with are AMAZING..Keep them coming..Love reading your blog..Can't wait to see what color you come up with for the dining room..Have a fun and creative week..

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  17. Love the shelf and being able to hang a vintage linen also is perfect!
    hugs, Linda

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  18. Wow! How creative and useful. I love it. :) Have a great day ahead my friend!

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  19. Wow, what a wonderful idea! It looks gorgeous with platters and linen.

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  20. Oh my gosh! You never cease to amaze me, your creativity is never-ending. What a beautiful shelf, and so perfect with the platters and linen.
    I hope you and your family are doing well. Blessings to you.

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  21. I am really curious as to what that tool is? You made great use of it without destroying it and I think that is what I love about what you do. You truly preserve things yet make them functional.

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  22. I have many many favorite BM colors ... french canvas, dove white, arcadia white is an all time fave!!

    love love love your projects

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  23. So very cool. I'd have gotten bogged down with what the wood gadget used to be, instead of envisioning it a perfectly wonderful display shelf.

    You are a Can Do person ... I admire you immensely.

    from threeoldkeys
    (a Could Do person)

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  24. P.S.
    will you come junkin' with me ... i bet i'm not the only one who could use lessons in seeing the possibilities.

    thanks for all you share !!!!
    threeoldkeys

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  25. What a fabulous shelf so full of character! It looks perfect with the ironstone.

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  26. Jane,
    Another wonderful project! Keep them coming!
    Dee dee

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  27. Your plate shelf looks great. Really like the addition of the runner and dollie. Check out March's issue of Better Homes & Gardens. They have pages of all the new colors coming out this spring. Aquas, corals, pinks and neutrals. Lots of fun colors to choose from. Good luck.
    Lisa

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  28. Jane, as always you are amazing... finding great new ways to use old pieces. It's a perfect shelf and towel bar!

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  29. Jane, I never tire of your creative ideas for the vintage tools you find. This is a perfect shelf! ~ Sarah

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  30. oh wow..just perfect!! what a great example of using old to make new..good for you!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  31. Boy Jane, You sure have been on a roll, Creating with your wonderful ideas, Not sure where I have been, looks like I missed a few posts..... The Tennis racket or is it racquet holders is a Gem! just send me a tiny bit of your thought process, PLEASE!
    Have a Blessed & Beautiful Week~ xox
    Cheryl

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  32. What a beautiful display shelf for your ironstone! I love how you hung the vintage linens. You are such an inspiration!! Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

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  33. This looks great - and again you surprise me with that clever mind of yours!

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  34. Please don't stop! You find the coolest things and use them for even more cool things! Wood and ironstone - gotta love it.

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  35. I agree with the others. Please do not threaten to make any month wood and ironstone free. For those of us who can not uncover treasures such as these your posts are a real treat.
    The world needs your creative insight.

    And your unknown drafting tool is an antique type of straight edge. Used for drawing lines.

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  36. I love your unique little shelf...and the beautiful ironstone.

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  37. Your creativity is amazing! Love the shelf and please don't stop showing what you do with wood and ironstone.
    Keep those ideas coming!
    Have fun,
    Cheryl

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  38. You never cease to amaze me with your creative ability. You see the possibility in things that others just don't see.
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  39. cool piece...looks great !~!
    thinking of you...

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  40. Where there's a will, there's a way. You found a way to make this gorgeous and functional at the same time:-)

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  41. That looks amazing, Jane...and you can do all the wood and ironstone you want...such great projects! XO

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  42. I could never tire of wood and ironstone! Love your shelf. It looks fabulous!

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  43. I have no idea what that could have been for, but you reinvented it and it's perfect the way you used it. Looks like it was meant to be a shelf for white ironstone and a place to hang beautiful linen. I never tire of white ironstone or of your creative ideas. Keep 'em coming.

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  44. That is awesome! You won't find another like it and it is just so cool! karen....

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  45. Your blog is awesome! I love the way you re-purpose things! I love the "old" stuff you find thrifting! I'm in heaven :) Just followed you! I look forward to following along!
    Have a great day!
    Sherry's Bees Nest

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  46. I love how soft and pretty you can make old tools look, beautiful display!

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  47. Jane, you are a magician, I love this. I just blogged about a bulletin board I did and i swear to you , I thought what would Jane do with this? I am sure you would have done something more fabulous than I did! Your mind works in wonderfully mysterious ways! BTW I love ironstone...make it ironstone month!

    Carol

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  48. You are truly the most talented lady...I wish I had half the vision you do. I love everything you do and I can't wait to see what you've done next.

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  49. I just came across your blog, and am completely impressed with this shelf. You have an incredible talent for seeing the possibilities in an old piece.

    I'm almost certain that this "tool" is the horizontal piece from an old drafting table. It could be slid up and down the drafting surface for drafters to draw horizontal lines. It usually ran along a wire track on the left and right side of the table (or possibly a groove in the table), hence the wheel like pieces on the end of the bar, to keep it horizontal. The paper would be placed under it on the table surface.

    Cheers,
    Juliet

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  50. Wow thats a great piece! Not only are you creative, you are really skilled with power tools (I have a terrible fear of them that I have yet to conquer). Great work!

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  51. Love your shelf!! I think repurposing old treasures is the best way to make your space interesting and fun. Just found you today. Can't wait to follow and see what you create.

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