Industrial Home Decor Project Ideas

I didn’t miss cooking.
I didn’t miss cleaning,
and taking a break from writing blog posts did me good.
But, the one thing I did miss while on vacation, was creating new projects.
Making things just makes me happy, so going a week and a half without making something was a stretch for me.  I did start working on a crochet project (which may or may not ever get finished, because I didn’t use a pattern and it’s turning out much larger than I intended), but since I couldn’t really fulfill my need to create something while traveling, the one thing I could do was collect inspiration for future projects.  
Our last night in Albuquerque, we went out to eat at one of my favorite local restaurants.  While the food there is great, I could have skipped the meal, and just wandered around, soaking in inspiration the whole time.  I tried not to be too obnoxious to others eating their meal, but I had to snap at least a few photos of things that give me some great ideas for projects.
I’ve actually been planning to make a sign out of corrugated metal, so spotting this awesome sign convinced me it’s a great idea, and seeing those antique irons perched on top of it made me love it more.
Corrugated Metal Sign via

 More corrugated metal was used as a “roof” over the bar area.  We don’t have a vent over our stove, and I want to install one, and I think something like this would be perfect to make a hood for it.

Corrugated Metal Industrial Decor via

 The whole restaurant is filled with great industrial-style lighting, so I can’t wait to start working on some new ones, and I’m dying to somehow incorporate a brick wall somewhere in my house, like these.  I have no idea where I’d install brick in my house, but I want it none the less.  Do you see that old footed tub hanging on the wall?  No, I wouldn’t hang a tub on my wall, but I sure would love one in my bathroom.

Industrial Lights Lighting via
Yep…I need a brick wall (and light) like this.
Industrial Brick Wall via via
See those burlap sacks hanging in a bunch together?  I’d love to make a miniature version of them.
burlap sack garland via
I love the lettering on the “Hasta La Vista” sign over the door – definite inspiration for a future sign.
sign font lettering via
My brain is overflowing with ideas that I can’t wait to start working on!  Do you collect project ideas while you are away from home?  If so, did you follow up and create something from the inspiration  you saw?
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  1. When you make that corrugated stove hood let me know! I have one over my stove but I’d love to figure out how to make a cover for it so it has a rustic look and corrugated metal would be perfect! 🙂 Great inspiration… but then you always are!

  2. I love anything done with corrugated metal! Add some rust and it’s even better looking..
    Two favorite restaurants that I love the décor in are: Shorty Small’s in Branson Missouri
    and The General Store in Des Moines Iowa

  3. I am constantly scanning my environment for new ideas for patina. I do try to follow-up but the ideas come faster than I can paint, lol.

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  4. Wow, what a fun place and so full of inspiration. That Fresh Roasted Chiles sign looks just like something you’d make. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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