Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Funky Photo Display

I was getting that "look" as I unloaded these rusty old cowl vent grilles from the back seat of my car a few weekends ago.  The look was somewhere between "I hope they're not staying" and "I hope they didn't mess up the back seat."  NO to both questions.

They're from a 1961 Pontiac Tempest (top) and 1969 Torino.  I'll admit that I wouldn't have the slightest idea what these were officially called or what kind of car they came from if the man I bought them from didn't tell me.  Kind of a guy thing.

I knew he was wondering what on earth I was going to do with them, but I didn't tell him about my master plan to turn them into funky photo displays.

Black and whites of guys and their cars were tucked into the slots.  This one was washed off and sprayed with two coats of acrylic sealer.  That's it!  No sharp edges, very light weight, good old rust, and a yummy shade of turquoise.  The holes on top will make it easy to hang on a wall.

It was one of the first things that sold at the antique show on Saturday.  I wish I had a better picture, but it was almost impossible to hang this in my booth.  I'm hoping to get the other one all dressed up soon.

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34 comments:

  1. Awesome use of a rusty old car part! Genius!!! I'm not surprised that it sold right away!!!

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  2. very clever, indeed!
    rusted to perfection.

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  3. true to form~you are so crafty!!! love it, great for car people!!:):)

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  4. What a great idea, Betsy! Way to think outside the car!!!

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  5. OMG! Genius! I wish I had some of your visions! ;)
    *hugs*deb

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  6. How cool! Never would have thought of that one. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  7. I love these Betsy...and I know that "look" very well!!

    Becky @ Vintage 541

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  8. Only YOU, Betsy, would be capable of seeing that possibility. I am in awe once again!

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  9. And she does it again. Crazy, fun and beautiful!

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  10. What a neat idea. It looks like something they would do for Flea market Flip on HGTV. They should get YOU on that show! Hugs!

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  11. That is my kind of project!! I love it! The pics of the guys and their cars was the perfect touch. I can see why it sold so quickly!
    Jane

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  12. If anyone would know what to do with them - it would be you. :-D Cute Idea!
    Enjoy your evening.

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  13. Did you tell the worrier that it was the first thing sold? Oh, he probably wouldn't believe you.
    Brenda

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  14. Of course it sold right away. Great idea.

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  15. This is so interesting and I am so not surprised it sold quickly!

    Hugs, Linda

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  16. Who woulda thunk?

    My hubby shakes his head at some of the things I bring home too. People love that odd ball stuff.

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  17. Man, I know a few guys who would have loved to have had this. Way to go, Betsy! You amaze once again!
    Liz

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  18. Oh Betsy! I will never lose my hope of you being featured in a magazine or TV show. I would be the proudest. I never imagined that can serve as a great photo holder.

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  19. You find the coolest stuff that I probably wouldn't even SEE! Sigh.

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  20. Wow Betsy, you have such an amazing eye to see "picture frame" when looking at an old car bumper.... incredible!

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  21. wonderful. and LOVE the color of that bluish one.

    blessings and have a super Wednesday

    barb

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  22. LOVE these!! Again you amaze me with your vision and creativity! :)
    Susan

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  23. Well, those are the most unusual photo holders I have ever seen. Congrats on the quick sell.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I appreciate you stopping by Timeless Treasures and leaving a nice comment.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

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  24. You have the greatest ideas, Betsy!!!!! American Pickers has nothing on you, LOL

    xo

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  25. You just amaze me. What fun things you come up with.

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  26. Love them!! I bet selling them right away took the "Look" off his face quick LOL!

    Carol

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  27. Gonna take another look at all that old rusty stuff I sometimes pass up. Love the picture holders. Have a Blessed day.

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  28. I'm not surprised these were the first things to go. The vintage color is amazing and you came up with a fabulous repurposed idea for them.

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  29. Betsy!
    how fun is that piece! I'm not surprised it went quickly.

    catching you
    gail

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  30. I see why this went quickly...so neat!
    I've seen these used over windows with strips of fabric tied onto them...for a window treatment!

    Such creativity you have...this idea was a new one!
    ~via CCC @MRL

    Pat

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  31. These make fabulous photo displays, no wonder they sold so quickly!

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  32. Oh my goodness, who would of ever thought of such a neat idea?? I love this as my husband is a vintage/classic car fan. We have an area in our den that has all his old car things and this would be such a neat idea to put pictures of his racing days when he raced his 66 Chevy SS Nova....Love this!!!

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