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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Blessings,
    Linda

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

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

    xoxo

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

    -PaMeLa ;)

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  15. 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!

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  16. I predict this will be a happy marriage, indeed!

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  17. 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!

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  18. 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.

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

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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

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

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

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

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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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

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

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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

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

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  32. 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!

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  33. 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!

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