Monday, April 18, 2011

A Garbage Gold Mine

It was a good long weekend, you?  There was a fort, a birthday party for the kids, a visit from Grandpa, and practically an entire day spent painting and refinishing furniture.  I even had Husband on board, and heard him say he was having fun!  Sometimes it is like pulling teeth to get him to help me with projects, and you'll know why by the end of this post.  Once the last of the painting is completed and the space gets put together (right now there are boxes and ladders and paint cans on the floor), I'll get the pictures up. 
I'm so excited! 

Remember when I said that Husband brought home some salvaged treasures?
Well, he didn't exactly dumpster dive, but he did happily pluck these
from the hands from someone who was off to take them to the can.
Maybe I need to explain further? Have I told you that Husband is a contractor, and he builds, remodels and restores homes?  That's why he was near the garbage,
and thanks to him, sometimes I have the privilege of ending up with treasures like these.
He's a gem, right?

Husband says he stressed that he'd get some serious married-with-benefits sort of compensation for this save.  He's a funny one, eh?  Shouldn't our men just be looking out for us, regardless?

I think I have plans for the gold one after Husband sprays some sort of sealant over the lead paint.  He tried to convince me they needed to be sanded down and repainted, but I can't imagine parting with the original, weathered wear.  On the other hand, I've seen some nice refinished window frames.  What's your stance?

What would you use them for?

There is SO much possibility!


photography by suzanne April 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

I love every one of your ideas! The chalk board is my favorite.

Molly April 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

LOVE the chalk board!! If I had a creative bone in my body I may attempt this... maybe I can convince my husband to do such a thing, he's super creative!! :)

Erika April 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

I'm determined to get crafty. I have a tendency to buy things (tiles, knobs..) on the cheap with the hopes of transforming them into something useful and/or beautiful! Up to this point, they're still sitting in the garage corner.

I love these frames. Perhaps just the inspiration I need!

Shaleign April 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

I love the blackboard one, it would be great for a play area for kids if you have one. My boys love the big black board that my parents have at their house for grandkids. However, have you used the blackboard paint? I've been trying to use it but I can't get a smooth finish even after trying all the manufactured suggestions. If you know how, please share.

Queen B April 18, 2011 at 1:12 PM  

Hmm Im lovin the chalk board, I do have a friend that had a couple window frames and she actually made her own armour with them and just added them to a cabinet thing. It turned out great! btw I kind of started blogging again.. here and there.. nothin special. xoxo

Tricia Lee Riggio April 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM  

What a fun project

Amanda April 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

I love the fabric frames on the wall! And I would totally leave them like they are! The worn-ness is the best part!

kimbirdy April 19, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

i love old windows! i use them a lot in set design, mostly as art. some friends of ours wrapped christmas lights around the frame of an old window and then hun it over their couch. it doesn't sound like much, but it looks awesome.

when the mister and i were dating, he worked construction remodeling old bungalows in berkeley. he brought home the most beautiful redwood beams from a ceiling and turned it into a loft bed for my studio apartment. it was amazing! gotta love those perks!

Hearthandmade April 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

OooOO amazing find!! they would be excellent for protecting plants in the winter

Toyin O. April 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

Good luck with this project, I can not wait to see the transformation:)

Queen of Dreamsz April 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

What a great find! I've trained my husband to NEVER leave the recycle without really looking at the junk corner. Most of the time it's useless but one never knows.

I collect vintage fabric so I think that attaching different fabrics would be cool..or maybe old kitchen many thoughts about them.

Pink Sparkles for your day,
Stephanie ♥

a little bit biased April 20, 2011 at 8:08 AM  

Of course I love the headboard picture. It's so cute with the fabric in there! Nate IS a gem!

Libbie April 20, 2011 at 7:56 PM  

Ahhhh! I have so missed my trips to the country this week! (your blog ) :)

He had fun? Now that is radical! Even though I like getting those projects done I rarely say I had fu :) Good for you guys! I can't wait to see what magical things you do!!! Hope you are having a great week!

Martina April 21, 2011 at 6:58 AM  

Hmmmm, i love all these pictures, and would really like to have some of these old window frames myself now. Maybe hang them over our bed! Great your hubby can make these DIY dreams come true! But i think you equal him in creativity ;)

Ana* April 21, 2011 at 7:05 AM  

those pillows and the flowers are to die for!

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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