Monday, March 19, 2012

Repurposed Metal File Tool

A garage sale find this weekend has been repurposed into another easy photo holder.

The launching point were these two metal file tools.
I combined them with this piece of wood.
Pilot holes were drilled to accommodate the points of the files.
And then the files were hammered into the wood.  
After dressing it up with a few photos of my husband, my industrial looking photo holder was complete.
To create the cork magnets I simply combined some cork numbered stickers with some magnetic buttons.
This project was super easy and took me less than 5 minutes to put together.
I think it's a fun way to display several photos without taking up a lot of space.

Have a nice evening.

Jane

101 comments:

  1. This is another wonderful project, Jane...you think of the BEST ideas! Love the sweet pics of Bruce...XO

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  2. Jane, such a clever idea! Just an idea: you could match up the number magnets with pictures according to age at picture time. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  3. Adorable as usual! Is there any tool you can not repurpose? I love all of your ideas!
    Susan

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  4. Super easy and cute as can be! Love the magnets!
    hugs, Linda

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  5. oh my gosh... can I just bottle your geniousness and tap into it once in a while? I would have never have thought of that, but I love that you did! The pictures of Bruce are adorable! t.xoxoox

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  6. supercali..... well you know :D
    xx
    z

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  7. Super easy,,,, if you are Super Jane!
    What a sweet tribute to Bruce!
    dee dee

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  8. Well, how cute is that! Great idea! xo Diana

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  9. Great idea as usual! You must have hundreds of photos around your house! I love when people have photos up...makes it so interesting!

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  10. Jane, super cute and I love your husbands photos. olive

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  11. Great idea and love your chosen pictures!
    Have fun creating,
    Cheryl

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  12. On the hunt for old files now..super clever project!

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  13. Very clever! Your husband was such a cute little boy. Love the photo of him at the piano.

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  14. What a great project and a wonderful tribute to your husband..I am lovin those cork pieces..

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  15. Another great idea Jane! How wonderful that you have childhood pictures of your husband.

    Danielle

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  16. Perfect timing! I just bought a box of misc. stuff at an auction and there were several files in the box. Thanks for the great idea!

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  17. Sweet. And your handsome husband started out as a handsome little guy. I'm glad you have photos to treasure.

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  18. Sweet-sweet project.
    Looks simple enough...and a wonderfully sweet subject I might add.

    Your ideas are outside the 'tool'box~
    Pat

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  19. I get excited when I see you on my reading list. I can always be sure there will be something good! This post was no exception. I love the old pics of your hubby. He was a really good looking young man.

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  20. You slay me, Jane. I'm always wondering "now why didn't I think of THAT?"
    :)
    Jan

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  21. What a great idea! I love the old pics of your husband, what a wonderful way to display his pics!

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  22. First of all I would never have known a magnet would stick to a file, much less put the file in wood. I love the cork magnets! I am so glad hear you are out at garage sales. It can't be easy Jane, but you are doing it!

    Carol

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  23. Another fantastic idea. I have my dads old file sitting in the garage waiting to be repurposed.
    Thanks - Lisa

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  24. What a great idea - kudos to you for your creativity. I LOVE a good re-purpose!!

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  25. Great idea. What a sweet way to keep memories close.

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  26. Love love love your ideas really enjoy your blog thanks Lyn

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  27. Hi Jane,
    you really do have the most wonderful talent.
    I don't think I've ever "met" anyone who sees things as cleverly as you do.
    Love your new display, the photo's are wonderful and the cork magnets are pure genius!
    Maggie

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  28. Oh how cute Jane! I love it!!

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  29. Great idea...I have never seen the cork numbers, pretty clever turning those into magnets!

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  30. You always make me smile....and shake my head. Very nice project!

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  31. That looks so cool with the black and white photos! I really need to go garage sale shopping with you. I pass by things like the files and never ever think about the possibilities.

    Jeanine

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  32. This idea could not have come at a better time! My son and I were cleaning up the scrap pile by my shed, and found about 30 or so old rusty metal files. Now I have a great idea for family Christmas gifts this year :=) Your husband was such a cutie as a little guy, how sweet to have the photos displayed this way.
    Patty

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  33. Those photos are precious. Such a unique and wonderful way to display them. Hope you are well. Have a great week. Tammy

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  34. ♥*¨)
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  35. Seriously girl, who else would ever see any potential in those metal files? Sheer genius!

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  36. I am your newest follower although I have probably been keeping up with your blog for months! I think you are one of the most creative people I have ever seen!!! I cant put enough exclamation points behind that statement. I love everything you do. Love the way you take ordinary objects and combine or repurpose to make something so cool. Thanks for sharing with all of us. I really love you blog and look forward to every new post.

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  37. Jane......SO LOVELY! Love the pics of your hubby.....you are too amazing!! And WHERE did you get the cute corkboard stickers? I HAVE got to have them!

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  38. Great repurpose! I love the new function! Awesome job!

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  39. You are just full of great ideas! I love those cork magnets!!!

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  40. You have mad, mad, repurposing skills! I am always amazed at what you come up with and your husband was a darling little boy.

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  41. That is the neatest idea! I just LOVE your blog!

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  42. You are so creative and I am always awed by how you can see a purpose for almost anything! Enjoy your blog and look forward to the posts!
    Sarah

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  43. What a great vintage modern look. I love this, and those are the sweetest photos of your husband.
    Laura

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  44. Oh my gosh, I love this! Now I have to add metal files to my garage sale/thrift shopping list....it continues to grow and grow...so very creative!

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  45. Love the look of this very clever project; whimsical, modern, retro. Bruce's pictures are perfect! Excellent idea.

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  46. Great repurposing idea! And such precious childhood photos of your dear husband.

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  47. you are so SMART, love it I have my grandpa's old, files

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  48. CCC.... clever, cute, creative!

    ~Bliss~

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  49. Talk about thinking outside the box! Fabulous, as always.

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  50. Your husband was an adorable little boy! I love this idea. Such a masculine way to display photos. Would be great as a Father's Day gift or display at a party. You have an endless supply of ideas! :)

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  51. This is such a great idea Jane...and a lovely tribute to your sweet husband....I just love it!

    Have I ever mentioned to you that you need to write a book? I have? Okay then....do it!

    Lou Cinda xoxoxo

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  52. When you first show a project, I always try to imagine how it will turn out. You really got me on this one. I would have never dreamed two old files could be so cute and useful. I didn't know about cork sticker numbers either. Great photo display. Cute boys too.

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  53. You are the most wonderfully, fantastically, splendidly, most creative genius I know! Twyla

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  55. Fantastic as always!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  56. hey girl Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you, and prayers are with you....Healing/grieving,takes time
    hugs and blessings
    barbra jean

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  57. Wow, this looks incredible, that's really creative!

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  58. Great idea for those photos! Even better you can hang postcards too :)
    Have a wonderful Easter!
    xxx Liz

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  59. Hi Jane, Well I have just become your 2029th fan and follower. WOW !!! I'm so glad that I found your mind-blowing blog. Talk about someone thinking out-side the box . . . girl, you win first place in that category. Step right up and get your prize! Well, with that many followers and this being the 66th comment on this post, I'm sure you'll never see it, not unless you stay up all hours of the night. I can not wait to get into digging through your archives, I know there will be an overwhelming supply of treasures. If HGTV hasn't offered you a show . . . somebody is not doing their job. Have a great day and keep coming up with these fantastic ideas. Your new blogging friend, Connie :)

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  60. Incredible! How do you do it?!?! You don't sleep do you?!? Your idea is fantastic, as always!

    Have a great week!

    "Her" and Romeo

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  61. Yours is one of my FAVORITE blogs. Your ideas are genius. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us! God bless you.

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  62. Hi Jane, I hope all is well and that you had a blessed Easter. Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy

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  63. I came across your delightful blog from Funky Junk, Pinned your darling file idea, and gave credit where credit is due(; All things rusty, dusty, and cast off are my favorites too! You have wonderful ideas, I am bookmarking your site for sure, and wishing I had a friend just like you to find cool junk with!

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  64. Hi Jane~ just thinking of you this early morning and sending loving thoughts your way...XO

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  65. your beautiful imagination is right on again!!! love this, I have a huge box of old tools and things, and I just stare at it...hahahaha,,nothing!!!!

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  66. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Looking forward to your next repurposing project; that new stash of stuff in your garage looks like it will keep you busy for months.
    Hugs:-)

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  67. Hope that you are well. I miss your postings when they aren't here!

    Gloria

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  68. Jane,
    I have been thinking about you and just wanted to say "hello" and I hope all is going okay with ya my friend:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  69. This is GREAT!!!! Ok, I'm on the look out for old files.

    Joyfully,
    Elizabeth Ann

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  70. Hi Jane; I made a copy-cat picture holder based on your instructions and I am posting about it tomorrow, giving you the credit for the wonderful idea. It took weeks to find the supplies (because I wanted them to be thrifted) but it all came together this week. Happy me. You are so creative. I have a link back to your post from the post I wrote.
    Joy

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  71. Just checking in....hope all is well with you...

    Lou Cinda

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  72. Hey Jane, just checking to see how you are doing. Take care friend.

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  73. I thought I would type "YOU" in the 'Looking for something? Search my Blog' box. Just want you to know that you are thought of, missed, and wished well. :)

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  74. I have missed your blog updates. My thoughts are with you during your "absence".

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  76. Thanks for posting this blog. Its really appreciated. I abookmark this blog and will get bcak to you shortly. Now am in search for Discount Furniture Houston.

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  77. Jane, I just found your blog from a Pinterest pin! I love it and am now following along! What great ideas here!! Can't wait to read the rest!
    Maria

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  78. Hi Jane, I was just thinking about you today and wanted to drop in and say hi! Work must be keeping you busy, hope all is well

    Carol

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  79. Hey Jane....!

    I hope you've been keeping well Love....!!! I have a HUGE smile on my face 'cause I was sitting on my back deck last week with a file I found in the HR wondering what I could do with it & here you are with the answer yet again....CLEVER BUGGER....My file is sitting in the garden bed where I chucked it after I'd given myself a headache....hahahaha....

    Have a WONDERFUL weekend....!!

    Cheers,
    Tamarah :o)

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  80. I love your vintage spike picture holder. So Clever.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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  81. I think this is SUPERB!! I NEVER know what to get/make for my husband for events . . . this is going on my Pinterest gift board!

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  82. Hi Jane~ Thinking about You & Missing Ya....
    Big Hugs
    XOX
    Cheryl

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  83. Hey Jane, just thinking of you and hoping all is well.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  84. Hi Jane,
    How are you doing? How is your husband doing?
    I've been thinking about you and I haven't been on line forever. With my Mom passing away, cleaning her place and well just being depressed......
    I am going to get back in action. My barn is full of furniture to re-do.
    As always you are amazing and so creative!!
    Hugs
    Jane

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  85. I am new to your blog and just wanted to say that I love this idea. It's very creative! I never would have thought of this. Thanks for adding pictures. You should put this on pitnerest!

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  86. Hi Jane,
    I'm quite worried about you. Hope your ok. We are missing you here in blogland. Happy Mothers day, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    xoxxo

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  87. Hi, Jane,
    I check your blog every day to see if you're back. Hope all is well with you. Just want you to know you are missed. Please take care!

    Hugs,
    Jane G.
    X O

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  88. I've been missing your posts and inspiration. Hope all is well with you and that you are just busy repurposing. Anyway...just wanted you to know.

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  89. I believe I am # 97 comment since your last post.
    I am not alone in saying you are in my prayers.
    And we miss you!

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  90. Hey Jane....I hope all is well Love....I see I'm not alone in popping in to check on you....Don't worry about answering these comments though.....Just know you're in our thoughts & we'll all smile when we 'see' you....Whenever that may be....!!!!!

    Hugs from Oz,
    Tamarah xx

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  91. Boy did I need you today, Jane! You inspired me, thank you. I have been a bad blogger and I needed someone to get me back and I think you did it!!

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  92. Copied your wonderful idea and featured you on my blog!

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