Sunday, March 2, 2014

Six Projects from One Hardware Find

Anyone have any idea what this piece of hardware is called?
 I was browsing around an antique mall last weekend and found 12 of these pieces in one of the booths.
 I thought they were interesting and the price was right so I purchased all 12.

Now the fun part.....repurposing them into something new!

Project #1:  Chalkboard
The hardware makes a great place to hold the chalk.
Project #2:  Candleholder
 Four of the hardware pieces were attached to a piece of wood to create an industrial looking candleholder.

Project #3:  Serving Tray
 Screwed to the bottom of a piece of wood, the hardware makes great handles for a serving tray.
 Project #4:  Frame Holder
 I used three hardware pieces on a piece of scrap wood to create a holder for some framed maps.
 Project #5:  Brace for iPad stand
 The angle on the hardware makes it perfect for a brace for another iPad stand.  I still need to decide on a paint color for the stand.
Project #6:  Picture Holder
Add a magnet to the back of the hardware and it's a perfect photo holder.
I painted it with chalkboard paint to personalize it with my granddaughter's name.
I really need to check with someone at the hardware store and see if these pieces are still available.  I would like to make more of these projects for my booth.

It's cold and snowy here today so it's been a great day to stay inside and create....
Hope you're staying warm wherever you are!

Jane

37 comments:

  1. You find the most interesting objects, and then come up with the most unique ways of using them! Thanks for letting us in on your creative life!

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  2. Great ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!! {ChicByTab}

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  3. I have no idea what these are but you have certainly found the perfect uses for them. I think the chalkboard is my favorite. BTW, Addie is adorable.

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  4. Just as creative as ever. Love these ideas. xo Laura

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  5. I could not think of one project to do with that thingie and you come up with a half dozen amazing projects!!

    Carol

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  6. You're very creative with the simplest of things! I never would have come up with any of these ideas. But, I am really like the chalkboard idea with a place for the chalk.

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  7. Hi Jane, I have no idea what that piece of hardware is but I would love to found some myself! You shared some awesome ideas!! Stay safe and warm, the nasty weather is headed our way tonight.

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  8. NICE Ideas! i like the photo shelf!!!!

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  9. Great ideas! I don't think I have ran acros those whatchamacallits yet!

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  10. You found so many great reuses for those thing-a-majiggers! My favorites are the chalkboard and the frame displays! Great ideas, as always!

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  11. I don't know how you do it!!! You have a wonderfully creative eye~

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  12. So many great projects! Addie is adorable!

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  13. I love your creative use of the ordinary. I don't know what that thing is either but probably would have bought them. I like the i-pod stand, The use of the scrabble stand is genius.

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  14. Great find, not sure what it is but I love them. I once found a bucket of doo dads, a while later found out they were old cement anchors for re-bar. Also picked up a weird chain and found out it ran the belt of an old tractor, it makes lovely little mini frames because the links are square! Love any old metal find!!

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  15. I also don't have a clue to as what they are....but, Oh My Gosh...you have certainly put them to good use! My favorites are the map and chalk holder.

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  16. I have no idea what they are, but I sure love what they've become. The hanging picture holder with the framed maps is my favorite!

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  17. You are positively TOO clever and creative! I love each and every idea -- gotta vote for the chalkboard/chalk holder for my fav, though.

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  18. Please find out what the are....I would live to have one and attach it to my chalkboard, too!

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  19. but I WANT some of those…. you are so good at seeing possibilities…. I especially love the map holder… Just recently I started puttling old moulding out of people's trash because of one of your projects… I using a piece now to transform a sheet music stand into a coat hook with plate or frame holder above… thanks for the inspiration...

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  20. Will you please post when (if) you find out what these were used with/on? I am dying of curiosity! Love all your ideas & your grandbaby is darling.

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  21. I'm pretty sure they are called "doo-hickies". Love them! Hope you post if you find them still available in the hardware store.
    Bambi

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  22. Jane, Wowzer! You are in the creative mode! Super ideas! Addie is adorable!
    Smiles, alice

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  23. What great ideas!! They work perfect in so many ways! :) So fun, thanks for the inspiration! xo Holly

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  24. How fun .. I am very much in need of a few of those handy hardware pieces! I love the chalk board and they way you used them on the board with pictures... you head is overflowing with the best ideas!! ....... thanks for sharing!

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  25. I have no clue what that is , but you sure came up with some awesome ways to use them. I love looking around in the hardware stores. I can always find something. Thanks for the inspirations.

    Linda

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  26. I know what it is...Its a bracket. The curved piece goes around a pipe while the flat piece screws to the wall or whatever.
    But I like all your ways of using it better. And prettier. Great find.
    With that.I would like you to pop on over and celebrate Mardi Gras with us. It will be fun.
    Happy Mardi Gras,
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

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  27. You know I think you are a genius, right???? I am always so inspired by you Jane.
    Thank you so much for coming by and for the sweet message.
    sending hugs...

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  28. I researched for hours what the exact name of this is and I've determined it's not important. What IS important is that I LOVE what you've seen its potential could be and made it happen. ALL of your creative endeavors are tops!!! I'll just print a picture and point to it when I go to the hardware store..." I need this thingy, please!"
    Hugs to you and I do plan on being at the warehouses on Friday. Can't wait to see all the goodies. :)
    Lisa x

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  29. IF you find a source for similar pieces, please post about it. I would love to have some of those to use in similar ways. Thanks, as always, for sharing your creative genius with the rest of us!

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  30. Wow, I could not think of that many ideas for sure. Love following your posts on your basement finds and creating new things. I told my husband I was just like you but my basement isn't quite that full yet but I'm working on it.

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  31. Oh my Gosh! Those are fantastic and of course you figured out just what to do with them! I can't even tell you which one I like best they are all so great! I do like the ipad stand thingy because I can never figure out just what to use when I make them. Bravo Jane, they are fantastic!!!

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  32. Two words - SIMPLY AMAZING!!!

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  33. Love all your creations out of your awesome find!
    You have an adorable Grand daughter.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sandi

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  34. Just stumbled upon your blog and I really enjoy your creative ideas.
    Had a chat with Hubby and he suggested that this looks like a drawer pull. Screw into wood/metal/whatever and in any direction needed and voila, drawer pull. I thought it was also a plumbing pipe holder, but he's seen this type used long ago as pulls. Hope this helps anyone interested in these wee bits to locate them more easily.

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