Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekend Finds and More Projects

Why do I keep bringing home strays that are in desperate need of repair or repurposing?  My project pile is always out of control, so I've been trying to at least make an attempt to talk myself out of buying another project.  I have a soft spot for anything that might look better with a fresh coat of paint, and when the price tag is too cheap inexpensive to pass up, it usually comes home with me.

This metal filing cabinet with six drawers was just too good to pass up.  Even if I left it alone, it would be great for storing jewelry supplies, but I'd have to keep it hidden away in a closet.  I think it deserves better treatment than that, so it's going on my chalk paint waiting list. 

I spent about two seconds convincing myself to buy this heavy, solid oak, six foot long beauty.  I can't wait to get a fresh coat of paint on this.  I'm still not sure if I should make a sign, put hooks on it, or both.

What would you do?

This frame is marked 1979 on the back.  I usually go for much older frames, but the detail on this one makes it another perfect candidate for a paint job.

These caught my eye just as I was giving up on finding any jewels to repurpose.  The little basket is a clip on earring....too bad she only had one.

I love folding rulers.
Fortunately, not all projects take me so long to complete.  A couple of adjustments made these rulers instant picture holders.

I'm linking up my weekend finds with:
Southern Hospitality for Today's Thrifty Treasures,
Charm Bracelet Diva for Club G.W.,
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday,
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday


  1. I see some goodies!!! I just priced an old folding rule to take to the booth...I'll have to display it with a photo like yours...Thanks for the idea. The long piece of oak is a door header (I think). I would use it as a picture ledge. Great finds!!!

  2. I have a feeling you will come up with some great ideas. Love the bling!

  3. I like how you used the yard sticks!

  4. Awesome finds! I would have grabbed everything you found. Great way to use those rulers!

  5. Love the filing cabinet and those jewels are so pretty!

  6. Great finds and the idea using the folding rulers for picture holders is very creative! Love that picture frame, too.
    Hope to see pics of what you do with the door header.

  7. Betsy you found some awesome things! I love the detailed frame. Also that carved wood piece would look great in an entry way with hooks to hang things! Gorgeous!

  8. I always love your finds...especially AFTER you've worked your magic on them. But, if you're not careful, my friend, you'll end up like me...with BARNS full of "strays in desperate need of repair"! ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week, Betsy.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  9. I would have snapped up that frame too! I say just paint the long header. That yardstick photo holder is too cute!


  10. Betsy,
    You got some great finds this week! I think you should paint the oak piece, sounds like you have some good ideas to finish it off!

  11. Hi Betsy! I would love to see all the stuff that you have purchased and wait to become amazed of how they turn out. I know those pieces would soon turn to wonders.

  12. You have such a great eye for things, Betsy!!! See you Saturday!!


  13. Just got my hands on some folder rulers. Love your idea of using them as picture holders. I will have to try that. Thanks.
    Karen G

  14. Great scores! Lovin' the frame!

  15. Hi Betsy, What wonderful finds, you always find the best things. Thanks for visiting me today. Yes that is embossed paper on the letter M. I buy two of the same letter and glue them together and then cover them with embossed paper. They look like metal. Have a great week. Hugs, Terri

  16. LOVE all of your finds -- that cabinet is fantastic! And how clever of you to use those folding rulers that way! Thanks for sharing your great finds and ideas!

  17. You got some very good deals. I would make a floating shelf with that 6 foot board. Maybe making two shelves from it even.

  18. Jealous of the metal file cabinet - hanging and drawer storage - woowee what a great find.

    Thanks for the folding yardstick idea- I have dozens of these from the 1960s and didn't know what to do with them.

  19. Hi Betsy....couldn't be happier to tell you that you won the box of goodies from my giveaway....just email me with your address and I will get them to you.....congratulations!

  20. Love all your great finds, can't wait to see them after you work your magic! Those ruler picture holders, ...Genius! Thanks for sharing!

  21. OMG! I am LOVING your finds this week Betsy! That architectural piece is TDF! I would paint it and hang it on the wall. Thanx for coming to the party!

  22. Nice finds Betsy. Yes, I think you should make a sign, and add hooks to the oak piece. Great details on the frame.

  23. Good job on the metal cabinet I have sold a few like that over the years they go fast. The folding rulers for sure, they just prove how handy they are.

  24. Like you, I can't pass up those things that are both cheap and ripe for a fresh coat of paint. I have an old metal cabinet in my garage now that I bought for a song that I need to get to. Always so much to do. I love your finds, especially the 70's mirror. So pretty! Thanks for visiting Cottage and Creek and for leaving your nice comment.
    :) Lynn

  25. I would love to go junkin' with you! We like so many of the same things! I've been trying to get my hands on some of those folding yardsticks to no avail. I remember growing up with one. And I would have snatched up that frame for sure. Thanks for linking up over at Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva! Have a great weekend!


  26. I love how you used the folding rulers for picture holders...I hope you don't mind if I steal that idea!!

  27. As usual, you got some good stuff!

    I love folding rulers, too. I love all kinds of rulers.

    I never thought of using them to hold photos.....

    I like to fold mine like stars...

  28. Head on over to Treasure Hunt Thursday Betsy!:) You have been featured!

  29. what great finds! I'm so happy I found you're blog, I'll be following along!


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