The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Newell post candle holder

Last year at Christie's Antique show I was on the hunt for an old porch post that I could re-purpose into a candle holder for our hearth.  I found the perfect pieces, but unfortunately, my cash had run out, and he would not accept a cheque.  The hunt continued.  Over the year whenever I found myself in a treasure store, I kept my eyes open for an inexpensive post, but was unsuccessful. 
 This spring I decided that it was time for a "burn" to get rid of the junk that had accumulated at the fire pit, to be burned someday said Handy Husband.  Well the day had come.  I kept throwing  the odds and ends of wood from our reno into the fire, and the flames grew higher.  Then low and behold what did I find buried under all that stuff but a battered and worn newel post that I am assuming came from the front porch of the original house.  I was very excited.  I had the perfect piece for a candle holder and it had been here the whole time.  My son asked with some doubt "What are you going to do with that?"  When I told him I had been looking for just this kind of thing, he said "I knew it was there the whole time" 


A pressure wash, and a light coat of paint and then some sanding on the edges and I had the piece that I was looking for.  Now I know I need a more colourful candle. Still looking for just the right size.  Definitely a something from nothing piece and so glad that it was me going through the junk pile because if it had been anyone else I know it would have ended up in the fire.


 I guess I need to have a family meeting to inform them of my crazy decorating projects from now on.  They may know just where to find the stuff!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Solar lamps from recycled dishes

I love when a good idea comes to fruition and when I see something for $25 at a Garden Centre and I can confidently say, "Well,  I can make that for a lot less."
The finished product
At $7-$8 per lantern they are a great inexpensive gift
A quick trip to Value Village, and the Dollar Store, some Quick Grip glue, left over from my Sea Glass project and we were on our way.








 I mixed and matched the original candy bowl sets












added the solar light(from the dollar store, with the stakes removed)










patiently glued, and waited for it to dry,




and voila a unique patio lantern that can either sit on a table or hang on a garden hook in your flower bed.










 Great hostess or thank you gift. 






Laura had her first Wedding Shower today, and she received a "Something from Nothing" lamp.  How fitting. 

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