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:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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

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  4. 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.

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  5. You are very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Great great stuff!!! I love it all!

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

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  8. Awesome finds! Love the springs.

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

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

    Jeanine

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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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!

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

    -Lucy

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  15. I can see the rake being upcycled to hold necklaces.

    That little tool box looks handmade. I like it.

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  16. 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

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  17. 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.

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

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

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

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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

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  23. 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

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

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  25. 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

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

    be blessed
    barb

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  28. 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

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

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  30. 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.

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

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  32. 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

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

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