Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Heavy Metal Junking Finds

I see a metal theme going on here.  As I was rounding up some of my finds from the last couple of weekends,  I realized that the majority of them ranged from light weight aluminum to heavy iron.  Where's all the bling?

This French aluminum canister set has seen better days, but you can still make out part of the writing.  I haven't decided yet if I want to leave them "as is" or put a paper label over the top.  I'm kind of liking them just the way they are.

Three heavy industrial style drawers in need of a good cleaning and a makeover.  I wonder what type of store or workshop they came from.....balls, plastic parts, corks and wax; an interesting combination.

Another galvanized container waits for a makeover while holding the stash of springs I
just had to buy.

Little clay pots are a perfect fit inside the springs.
I didn't realize the old iron grate they're sitting on got lost in the picture.  I'm thinking it needs to be hung horizontally and would be perfect for holding towels or magazines.

I couldn't resist the sweet old metal mini tool box.  The other side opens up to reveal
 two more sections.

How about a Christmas tree ornament as a mini gazing ball?  Those boxes could also be used as shelves, and I'm feeling some inspiration for the rake thingy.   

  Planting these little pots made me anxious for spring.   


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35 comments:

Sue said...

Betsy, I love using old bed springs! They're perfect for holding all sorts of things such as your cute flower pots. I'm so looking forward to spring and warmer weather, too. Winter has been brutal here.

Maureen said...

Awesome... I love all the metal. I have never seen a canister set like that - too cool Betsy!

What a great idea for the clay pots - so lovely to see the green. Too bad Spring is a long way off up here yet!

Michelle L. said...

Love those planted bedsprings! But the mini gazing ball is totally wonderful, what a clevah idea!

Connie Mercer said...

love it!! another great idea!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have lots of treasures to keep you busy for a while. :) The flower pots are perfect in the springs -great idea.
Hope you are having a great week.

Sassy Southern Lady said...

You are very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Amy Kinser said...

Great great stuff!!! I love it all!

Vintage Gal said...

Great finds and what a wonderful way to use the springs for spring planting ;-)

Hosanna said...

Awesome finds! Love the springs.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

That cannister set is something I have never seen! love it. Allysums, I can not wait to start planting!

Okio B Designs said...

Love, love, love those canisters! And the bed springs! You've used them very creatively.

Jeanine

Anne said...

Betsy what a cute idea!I was just looking at some of these in a shop today.I just LOVE these.But I could not figure out what to do with it.Next time I will send you a message and ask you for ideas!You always inspire me!
Thank you!
xx
Anne

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Betsy I love the springs! How cute with the plants in them! I also love that metal box! You find the best junk!
hugs, Linda

Susan said...

Betsy you amaze me with your creative uses for things. I would never thought about using bed springs as a decorating too. You go girl!

belmonili said...

LOVE your finds! Those little metal drawers are perfect. Thanks for sharing!

-Lucy

Iprefervintage said...

I can see the rake being upcycled to hold necklaces.

That little tool box looks handmade. I like it.

~ Liz ~ said...

That's the cutest spring idea! And that rake thingy is so different. I can only imagine what kind of cuteness you'll come up with for it. All your finds are so intriguing and have such character!
Liz

Kathy said...

Great finds and I can't wait to see what you do with them. I like the canisters just the way they are but I know that if you get a "vision" they will end up even better. Those springs are hard to come by around here.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Love the "shelf" idea, very ingenious!

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Love the springs. What a neat idea to use as plant holders. All your finds are great.

UPON A HILL said...

You always find the coolest things! I am loving the little toolbox & the rake thing!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Great finds...what a fun mix you've got going there :)

Peggy said...

I'm loving metals lately too. That canister set is great, so many pieces to it. I also love it like it is, but it would be pretty too all spruced up and embellished.

Curtains in My Tree said...


I like the aluminum canister set just like it is
Those old springs are fun, I had some about 3 years ago and sold them at my yard sale, before I realized they were worth more than $2.00 . I do have one with a candle in it

Karen said...

I love your vintage metal finds - the old springs with the pots are so cute! Can't wait to see what you do with the drawers and rake! xoxo

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love all your heavy metal finds. The springs are just too cool! Love how you used them. Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs,
Patti

Bohemian said...

Loving all your Metal... and I'd certainly leave the French Canister Set 'As Is'... it shows the History of the Set.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Barbara Jean said...

very cool finds girl...and fun ideas...

be blessed
barb

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The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Betsy, treasure after treasure! Ok, the transformation I can't wait for is the heavy industrial drawers!! I can't decide on the canisters either, of course you could try as is and then always revert to plan B

Carol

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such wonderful goodies, Betsy...and I love the idea of the springs holding little pots...have to try that one!

Infuse With Liz said...

You have an eye for neat stuff! I like your canisters the way they are. They have a perfect time worn look- I don't think you do much better! The springs are the cutest idea. I'm terrible about things like this. I never see the creative side.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Loving the use of the old springs, perfect inspiration that I was looking for!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh darn I didn't see post! Love the industrial look these days! I have lots of rusty springs. Like how you are using them! Great score Betsy!!!

Xo

marie said...

Great finds! Love, love, love the pots in the springs!!!