Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tennis Racquet Press - Flea Market Style Inspiration

If you love to repurpose "junk" items, it's hard not to be inspired by the projects in Flea Market Style Magazine.

There were so many awesome projects in the magazine and one that really caught my eye was the tennis racquet presses repurposed into snack trays.

How cool are these?
(Flea Market Style)

I had a racquet press in my studio and I started playing around with it.
I didn't have any wood slats available for the base of the tray so I looked around the house and found a simple white plate that was a good fit.
I just sandwiched the plate between the two wood pieces of the press.
It's a simple interpretation of the Flea Market Style snack tray (and forgive my lack of "plate styling".....the only snack I had in my pantry was crackers).
Then I thought.....what if I used the press as a plate hanger?
I turned the plate around, screwed a cup hook on top for a cup and hung the press on the wall.
I love it!
And I think the screws on the bottom of the press would be perfect to hang an apron or some pot holders.

So what started as an attempt to make a snack tray ended up as a fun plate hanger for my kitchen.  Thanks Flea Market Style!

Jane

46 comments:

  1. Agghhhhh! I love that press on the wall with the cup! And I just turned around because I have an old racket on the wall behind me, and guess what.... it has a press on it! thanks for the idea, I really like it. I wonder too if you used a vinegar/steel wool solution on it would it make it really distressed looking??? Hmmmmm......Have a good night!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  2. Wonderful!!! I have several of these. You have the best ideas!

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  3. Now how creative is that!!! You took an idea and improved on it, or at the very least made it your own. I suppose you will be on the lookout now for more so you can hang two or three of 'em.

    ~Bliss~

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  4. Love it hanging, it really shows off the plate in a vintage style.

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  5. Great idea! I saw your jewelry tree in the magazine. Congratulations! PS. I send positive thoughts out to you every day!

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  6. Genius--I have an interpretation of this project as well, not as easy as yours. Still need to finish it, will be showing it soon.

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  7. What a great idea - I just love how practical this idea is.

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  8. You really know how to take it to the next level. Great idea! Lisa

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  9. What an awesome idea..Love it..

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  10. I really like how you switched this idea around, Jane...it makes a perfect display rack!

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  11. More clever ideas from you! ~ Sarah

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  12. You have so many creative ideas. Love the display rack Jane!

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  13. I love this, Jane! You are always so inventive! :)

    I have had trouble commenting on a lot blogs lately, yours was one of them But I did read that your husband had passed away and I wanted to say how sorry I am. I thought of you a lot. Hope you are doing well.

    XO,
    Jane

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  14. How cute Jane! I purchased my Flea Market magazine and was so excited to see your feature. Have a wonderful day, Gail

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  15. That is very, VERY cool! And it fits right in with all your other wood & ironstone combos!

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  16. I had forgotten abou those presses until I saw your post. Great idea.

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  17. You totally amaze me! Love how you started creating something and ended up with something completely different.

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  18. I'm liking this ... a lot! Fantastic idea. M x

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  19. Very cute hanger. I love that magazine. I've read it cover to cover at least four times already.

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  20. GIRL..you could WRITE that magazine and EVERY project in it! YOu better submit some of your INGENIOUS ideas! I mean it girl...get GOING!) ;)

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  21. Love the plate hanger....so clever!

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  22. I like your idea even better! I wish I still had my stash of these awesome racquet presses. I made a few frames using sheet metal and then just sold the rest as is. You're always so clever!

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  23. Jane,
    your idea is wonderful! love the addition of the cup hook! I can imagine a whole wall full of these!
    dee dee

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  24. You always add that extra special step!!! I love it!!!

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  25. I still haven't found the magazine! But I did find one of these presses last week and am making it into a jewelry display for the shop. I'll blog a photo when I get it done and include a link over here to see what you did with yours. :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ann

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  26. I think it looks marvelous as a plate hanger!

    Jeanine

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  27. Jane you ARE a flea market style!!!! I think I have learned more from you in how to look at my junk in a new way than I ever learned from a magazine.
    This is awesome!
    hugs from me...

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  28. Now I am keeping my eyes open for racquet presses! Cute Idea!

    Carol

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  29. I like it much better as a plate hanger. Thanks so much for the idea.
    Laura

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  30. you have Vision. some of us just don't have it.

    i had a racquet press and could NOT think of what to do with it ... finally i donated it back to the thrift store where i got it.

    when i saw the magazine idea, i kicked myself. and now i see your version ... you are amazing !!!

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  31. So cute! I love when you see something and get inspired and come up with something that is different but brilliant also! karen...

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  32. ACE! ACE! ACE!!!!!! You scored Mamie Jane!!!!!

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  33. Unbelievable! I really like this...
    Betty @ Country Charm

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  34. Love it Jane!
    So...have they added you to their staff yet?!

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  35. Jane, Jane, Jane....these are just wonderful! You are so creative, you never cease to amaze me.

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  36. You took a great idea and made it even better.
    Good for you Jane.

    hugs
    Carole

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  37. you have the!!!! best!!!! ideas ever!!!!

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  38. Okay Jane, you have just added something to my list of things to look for while out thriftin'...I LOVE this idea my friend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  39. Jane, you are an inspiration. In so many ways. Your creative eye at seeing the potential in things that others would see as junk and your pleasing new use for them. I've visited your blog before a few times (got here from Pinterest) and came back again today. I see that you lost your husband to ALS recently and yet you remain upbeat and creating. I'm sure it just appears that easy. You are MY new hero. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and getting us to retrain our eyes to see old things in a new way. A new fan, Christy Grant, artchickadee.typepad.com

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