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.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Side Table Makeover

I hope you all had a nice weekend.
I didn't have too much to do this weekend so I spent some time on a simple makeover of one of my barn finds.

This is what I started with.
An odd table/lamp combination.
It was hard to get a good picture because a couple of the legs were broken and it wouldn't stand.  
This cage looking piece at the top housed a light bulb and I guess it was meant to resemble a lantern.
I cleaned the table and dismantled the lamp portion as I only wanted to use the table.
After some nailing, gluing and painting, this was my new little side table.
It may not show in the picture, but after I looked at the finished table, I thought the table top looked too small for the table base.

I had this thrift store table top in my basement (from one of those tables you screw the legs into).  It also came with a glass topper.
I removed the metal pieces and placed it on top of the table. 
It was a much better proportion.
Here's a picture of the table with the new top painted and the glass topper added.
What I like about the glass on top is that the look of the table can change depending on what's under the glass.

A doily........
or maybe a grain sack.
I was going to put this in my booth but now I'm having a hard time giving it up.

It seems a lot of my barn-picking haul is finding a spot in my house....not the booth.
I cleaned up this divided box and it quickly found a spot on my coffee table to corral my magazines and remote.
This was not the plan when I brought this stuff home but I am having fun redecorating the house.

Have a great week.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chair Redo

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to go picking in an old barn.
The homeowners had gone through everything they wanted, an antique dealer had been through to purchase what he wanted and what was left was available for me to pick through.  And the only sweat equity of hauling it away. 

Here's what one side of my garage looks like right now.
I keep referring to my haul as "the island of misfits" (from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special).  I brought home broken chairs, drawers from dressers, broken trunks and other pieces and parts of furniture that nobody else wanted.

This is one of the chairs that came home with me.
The chair was sturdy, just very dirty and missing a piece on the back.
Look how much prettier she is after getting cleaned and polished.
I kept contemplating what to do with the back of the chair and decided a simple solution (and temporary if I want it to be) would be to wrap the back with string and turn the back into a photo display.
This was so easy to do and I love how it turned out.
I got the mini clothespins in the craft section of Walmart.
They are a great size and don't overpower the photo display.
So, one project down......a few dozen more to go!

I'm linking with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Talent Scouting Party @ Whisperwood Cottage


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Updated Shelf

I was gathering some things to take to my booth today and decided to dress up one of the shelves I was selling and take some pictures before I took it down to the booth.

This is the BEFORE:
The shelf was very solid....just needed updated.

I painted and distressed it and then changed out the drawer knobs.
I then grabbed some things out of my studio for a quick photo shoot.
I found this book yesterday (in a barn....that's another complete post).
It's dated 1894 and has some beautiful graphics inside.
Don't you hate when they write the price right on the box?
 I hope it sells!

Alex is coming home for spring break today so I'm looking forward to the upcoming week.  Hope you have a good one too.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Vintage Shoe Stretcher

I was cleaning out my garage today and came across this pair of unique vintage shoe stretchers I purchased at a thrift store for $1.75.
 From shoe stretcher to photo holder.
It couldn't get any easier!

 Enjoy your weekend.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Thrift Store Find - Two for the Price of One

The wood from this sleeve ironing board found it's way into two new projects this past weekend.
The bottom piece of wood was turned into a shelf for a few of my clocks.
And the top piece was turned into a tabletop display for my booth for small, hanging items.
The clock shelf display is a variation of one I've blogged about before.
The little shelves are old mortise locks.
Simply screw them to the board, paint everything white and lightly distress.
I think they make great little shelves.
For the 2nd display piece I painted and distressed the top of the sleeve ironing board and then set it upright.
Then I screwed in some cup hooks to hang my smaller items.
This is the perfect size display to set on a table in my booth.
I'm linking my $3.00 thrifty find with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.
Head on over to Linda's to check out other thrifty finds or link one of your own!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trunk Box Display

I can't believe it's already March.
Even though it's still winter, it's nice to know spring is just weeks away.
And the weather in the midwest today definitely felt like spring....sunny and in the upper 60's.  This was just the type of day that Bruce loved.

I spent a little time outside this afternoon spray painting a couple of small items for my booth.  They're not ready to show so I thought I would show you a trunk box that I purchased recently.

If you're thinking "that is one ugly trunk box", from this profile I would be inclined to agree.
But open it up and it starts to look better.
And set horizontally it has a lot of possibilities as a display shelf.
The box is covered in a gray fabric that has BAL logos all over it.
There's some nice hardware attached.
And a lot of wear and tear.
But even with it's flaws I'm seeing a beautiful display piece.
I'm going to use it in my booth for awhile until I can find the perfect spot in my house.

Now, I know I said I would make March an "ironstone free" month and on the first day of the month I'm already reneging on that promise, but I had limited time to take my pictures this evening and the ironstone was right in front of me so I'm afraid you're getting more ironstone.
I'm linking this old, vintage trunk box with Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.