Saturday, February 23, 2013

Marriage of a Rake and Chair Leg

I knew this rusty old rake thing I picked up at an antique show a few weeks ago was destined to become a picture holder.  The odd shaped, squarish handle wasn't going to fit in a round hole, so I couldn't just drill a hole in a block of wood and glue in the handle like some of the others I've made.  A quick look through my pile of miscellaneous junk produced a solution.

I think they'll be very happy together for years to come even though it was a marriage made
 in my garage.

The two main ingredients:  1) A rusty old thing I'm calling a rake, but I'm not really sure what it is or how it was originally used.  2) A lone chair leg found at the salvage yard waiting to become part of something once I figured out what to do with it.

  I cut a strip from a scrap of embossed wallpaper for extra texture, moistened it, pressed it into place, filled the holes, and painted the entire leg.  I sprayed the rake with two coats of matte acrylic sealer, screwed it to the leg through the other hole in the handle, then glued on a salvaged clip on earring.

It's still recognizable as a chair leg from the back.

It also makes a mighty fine earring display.

The thick stereoscope cards are a perfect fit and a fun way to display more earrings.


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37 comments:

Barbara Lilian said...

What a nifty way to display your pictures, glammed up with sparkly earrings. Love it
Enjoy your weekend.... Barbara

Linda Sadler said...

Neat idea and great jewelry display!
Linda
idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love this! What a wonderful idea!

Loretta Thomas said...

That's clever Betsy...love it!

Michelle L. said...

Oh, yikes, you did it yet again! That is the most perfect earring display. I seriously love that wallpaper detail - brilliant little brainwave!

Iprefervintage said...

Creative up-cycling. I like it.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Amazing as always! If you can't repurpose an item, it can't be repurposed!!! Love the "bling" of the earring!

Pam said...

You are the best at repurposing the treasures that you find. Love it.

Peggy said...

Can you say "perfection"? It was like they were made for each other! Another great project.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love it as the earring display. The extra touch of bling is perfect.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This looks so awesome, Betsy...and I love how you thought to use the embossed wallpaper!

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Love it, Betsy! What a great reuse of both the rake and the chair leg.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Who but you would think to put these two items together and make such a great photo/earring holder!
hugs, Linda

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Betsy,
Only you would think of this...girl you are very talented! I know it will be a big hit on Pinterest:)

Blessings,
Linda

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

That's great! Funky fun display! Love it!
Karen

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Great way to use a rake, Betsy!!! You always think outside the box!!!

xoxo

Stampindamour said...

Betsy - So many creative ways to repurpose old treasures! I LOVE how you saw display potential in these items...♥ it!

-PaMeLa ;)

Betsy Speert said...

Hello!
I found you through Robyn Story Designs, where I'm on her blog roll, so I was checking out everyone else I didn't know.....
My name is Betsy too!!!
And I like junk!!!
I am a new subscriber now, so write good stuff!

Kathy said...

I predict this will be a happy marriage, indeed!

Trisha said...

Love it.
Trisha

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow again! Looks great as a picture display, but you know I'd use it to display jewelry! Funny, I recently bought some great old b&w pics to use for jewelry display/photo styling. Got the idea from Anthro, they sell their earrings attached to great old pics, I've always loved the idea! I guarantee if you use it for display at shows someone's gonna beg you to buy it!

~ Liz ~ said...

Unbelievably creative as always. I'm always prompted to think differently when I see what you do. Of course, I promptly go back to my boring ways, but luckily you are always here ready to inspire anew. So sweet.

Anne said...

Super cool Betsy!Love that added bling too!
xx
Anne

Maureen said...

I see a rake and think "rake"

You see a rake and think "earring and stereoscopic photo holder"

Holy crap....

You really do amaze me.

Pam~Simply Nordic said...

Hi Betsy, just what I need in my bedroom for all of my junk, I mean treasures! You are sooo good at seeing the potential in all things, love stopping by! xo Pam

Donna Wilkes said...

Something rusty, something crusty, something shiny - a perfect marriage!

Karen said...

You are so creative! I love this! I want a rusty rake now! xx

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very cool. Love the marriage of a rake and a leg!

Pam said...

Probably the cutest use of a rake I've seen.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I looked through all of your comments to see if any one knew what your "Rake " was? Anyway, it is so cute, double purpose and ingenious!!

Carol

Lisa said...

The love child of a rake and chair leg - who knew??? It is great as is, but adding the jewelry was PERFECT! I love the combo of rustic and bling. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
xo,
Lisa

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

So clever...I love it!!! You are the "Queen" of lovely details :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

This is a fabulous project and definitely required thinking out side the box. It makes a great picture holder and a wonderful display piece. I have 20 of those vintage wallpaper borders with the relief and have wondered what to do with it. Now I know. Thanks.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Betsy, what a great idea and creation. Just love the pics held in place and the earrings. So unique.
Happy Creating
hugs, Celestina Marie

Melanie said...

Visiting from your link on Brenda's blog...I love your creativity! How you are using this rake is just gorgeous.

Diane Writes said...

Hi Betsy! Aside from having that great artisty and craftmanship, I discovered that you can also read and foresee destinies haha

Seriously, I love what you did to the rake and your title was enough to caught my attention :)

Have a great day!

Art and Sand said...

You do not think like most people - coming up with so many great ideas to use things totally unrelated to their original purpose.

Oh, how I wish I thought like you!