Sometimes I see something on the side of the road, and I know it’s probably just a hunk of junk, but I love a challenge and it comes home with me anyway. I picked up a piece of turned wood, perhaps from a staircase, in the council cleanup the other day. At the time I had no idea what to do with it, but the collector in me just couldn’t let it go.
Well, naturally I’ve managed to find a home for it among the other thrifty treasures. Lets see what you think.
Obviously it makes a good candlestick. I left it unpainted because I like it’s faded glamour.
And then I did this. I don’t really know what to call it. A platform perhaps. What ever it is it looks great on my mantle, displaying repurposed medicine bottle vases.
I also think it would look great attached to the wall with brackets, for use as a shelf. Small decorative items could be displayed on the flat areas on the ends. Or, a glass shelf could rest on top.
It’s amazing how much potential can be found in throw away items, so keep your eyes peeled for treasures near you!
As you may know the council clean up worked it’s magic in my suburb recently, and while out on a walk (read – poking around in people’s piles of rubbish) I found a broken, battered little table. If it was in one piece it would have been fabulous, but it was beyond repair. It did, however, have a little drawer. I whipped it out of the table and carried it home straight away. It had potential my friends. Read on.
Just a crusty old drawer to some, but not to me. Look at that beautiful peeling paint, and the rusty handle. Perfectly imperfect. I pulled out the plastic lining, then gave it a good wash. Unfortunately when I blasted it with the hose most of the peely paint flaked off. Disaster! But enough remained to give it character. Now, what to do with it.
It makes a cute little platform for my coffee table, adding interest to the vase of lilies and stack of paperbacks.
And here it is being used as a mini library, holding a selection of reading material in the lounge room.
I just love being able to breathe new life into old pieces. This was destined for landfill, but now it’s a stylish addition to my decor.
What’s the most wonderful time of the year? Christmas? Your Birthday? For me, it’s council clean up time. Yep, those glorious weeks where the unwanted contents of neighbourhood garages are piled onto the side of the road, waiting to be whisked away be the council trucks, never to be seen again. Of course before the trucks come, the people come. Slowly driving up and down the streets, checking for treasures. Every now and then a gem is spotted, the car comes to an abrupt stop, and the item is snatched up before someone else sees it. Oh joy!
The suburb next to mine is having it’s clean up this week, so I’ve been out and about searching for that elusive find. Today, let me introduce you to the Gibbs bakery wooden tray.
These days, baked goods are delivered in plastic crates. But this tray comes from a different time, a better time. It’s simple, solid wood, with Gibbs printed on the side. I picked it up on the side of the road, cleaned it up and put it to use.
Here it is on the coffee table, keeping everything neatly organised.
And here it is forming part of my mantel display. It’s functioning like a shadow box here, holding my metal letter S, which I’ve spray painted white since it’s last blog appearance, and a lily in a repurposed herbal medicine bottle.
A lucky find indeed. My back yard is filled at the moment with side of the road finds, waiting to be cleaned and spruced up, displayed, arranged, photographed and blogged. Stay tuned!