I know my husband and kids are always dumbfounded by the “junk” that I think are treasures, but occasionally I even dumbfound myself! All it takes is the sight of some old wood, or rusty metal, and my common sense completely disappears.
Last year I was at an auction, and there was a large crowd around a flatbed trailer full of stuff up for bid. I’m not very tall, and I was frustrated because I couldn’t get a good look at what was being bid on. All I know is I heard the auctioneer say something about an old metal thing, and I usually like old metal “things”. The bid wasn’t going high at all, and I foolishly stuck my hand up to bid without knowing what I was bidding on.
The next thing I knew, I had just become the proud owner of a dirty, rusty, vintage dustpan, that looked like a box on a stick. Now, what the heck was I going to do with it?!
Well – I did nothing with it, that’s what I did. I stuck it behind my antique piano desk, because isn’t that a logical place to hide a metal dustpan you feel embarrassed you bought?
It’s been sitting there for over a year and every time I reach behind the piano desk to retrieve a big piece of foam board I use for photography, the dumb dustpan comes tumbling out with it.
I finally got sick of putting it back, so I pulled it out and put it on my kitchen table where I stared at it for awhile.
It’s sort of box-like, so I supposed it could be used to hold file folders, but that didn’t seem very exciting. Suddenly it hit me. With a little “primping”, it might make a really cute flower holder! It was worth a shot anyway.
I slapped a little paint on the flap first, which covered the instructions that were originally there. I left the cobwebs there – no point in cleaning them until I knew if my idea was going to turn out.
Then I added the word “Welcome” with a vinyl stencil. I removed the wire handle, because that just make it too long to hang on a door or wall.
Now, to put flowers in it…the moment of truth.
It was either going to look adorable, OR I was going to throw it away…
Isn’t it amazing how the addition of JUST PAINT can transform something, and totally change its purpose?
This thing started out as a dirt collector, and ended up as a wall pocket for flowers!
There’s hope for all of us, isn’t there?!
It’s available in my shop HERE.
See more of my Repurposed Projects HERE.