Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Repurposed Concrete Tools

Even though these well-used wooden concrete tools were in less than touchable condition, I still had to bring them home with me when I spotted them at a yard sale.  I thought there might be some potential under all the dust, dirt, and crusty concrete, so in my car they went after wrapping them up in a big plastic bag.

It's hard to pass up a potential sign, picture holder, or business card holder even when they're in really rough condition.

Bad, really bad.  A good cleaning and scraping was no match for all the ugly, so I decided to paint right over them.
  
Much better.  The two chippy hardware pieces holding the mystery couple was salvaged from an old window screen.

Instead of welcoming your friends or family, how about using it as a business card holder in a vintage store or booth?


I love playing with bits and pieces of old junk.



These two aren't my first cement tool transformations and they won't be my last.

A few of my other repurposed junky cement tool projects.

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32 comments:

  1. You have such an eye! I bought your pretty gold gilded piece at TPFM and saw your pretties in person!

    Missed you!

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  2. You really do have vision...me? Not so much! haha! LOVE the card holder. Have a fun day! Hugs!

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  3. Love these redos Betsy!! Always so creative! When I see odd things, I always think to myself what can I make out of that! Lol. They turned out so cute!! Wishing you a lovely and crafty day! xo Holly

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  4. i saw 5 of these at a garage sale this past weekend.
    i held them in my hand, and loved the years of wear and patina, and layers of cement or grout . . . . but i passed them up because i didn't have an 'immediate' use for them . . . but NEXT time.

    great post. thanks

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  5. Minha amiga criativa,parabéns.Beijo.Valéria.

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  6. I so love your vision! I would have never imagined making those into what you did, but I love them! I'll be keeping any eye out for some myself. I have actually been wanting to play around with bits and pieces to make something with my last name or initial for a project. Yours gave me inspiration. Have a blessed day.

    Vicky

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  7. I love them, Betsy. You did a great job again, transforming junk into something beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  8. I just love your signs--great find & repurpose! Blessings, Cecilia

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  9. Very unique......love your creativity!
    Will have to keep an eye out for these tools.
    You are so inspiring. Have fun!

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  10. Very creative idea to turn your salvaged piece into a card holder. Love all your cement tools projects!

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  11. Fun! I love making signs out of old bits and pieces like my Marsha sign I made awhile back! Great card holder!!!

    xoxo

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  12. Send some of your creativity my way - think I am in shut down mode. Busy all day, but nothing fun.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  13. These are so great. I love the cottage signs. To adorable and creative.
    Kris

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  14. Your signs are just fabulous Betsy! I love how you've put all the bits and pieces together. So creative and fun!!

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  15. Love the signs with bling and love the card holder too!!
    ~Cindy

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  16. Marvelous again! The photo holder is my fave, those little scrappy metal bits just look so mysterious - couldn't guess what they were until you said it!

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  17. You and your muse never fail to astound me!!

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  18. These look so great, Betsy...you do such a wonderful job with your re-use projects!

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  19. I love your cement tool signs! So cute! I's so neat how you formed the wording with all of those little bits and pieces. I love how your mind works!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  20. I adore these. May I ask you what you used to adhere the thingies to the wood? E6000?

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  21. Perfect!!! I love your "trinket" font!!! I'm glad this won't be your last concrete tool project...They are all so unique and amazing!

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  22. A.Mazing.... every time I see the awesome things you create, I want to go on a hunt for "junk" to make my own. Just love them Betsy!

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  23. My favorite little part is that drawer pull used as the letter "C." You have such a gift to see a use for things beyond their original purpose. :)

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  24. Love! I really enjoy seeing how you spell things out with 'junk'. Just so cute!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  25. You blow me away with your creative ideas.

    So fun!

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  26. Love how these turned out! I am trying to think outside of the box more when I spot these type of things. Love reading your blog.

    Dianne

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  27. The imagination you have ~wow~ you create such beauty with such simple objects. Brilliant!

    Have a great weekend!
    Gaby

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  28. Betsy, you've done it again! Love these creative, fun signs!
    Susan

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  29. So cute Betsy! I have a baggie of little junk that I pick up and I'm sure that my hubby has one of these old concrete smoothers out there somewhere as well. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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