Friday, October 31, 2014

Repurposed Fruit Drying Racks

This stack of fruit drying racks was drawing quite a crowd at a barn sale I went to a couple of weeks ago.  People were grabbing as many as they could carry and setting them next to their cars before going inside to pay for them.  Leave some for me please!   I was thinking they'd make great signs, so I picked out three of them and left the rest for someone else.  Hmm,  I'm eyeing the old barn walls too.  

They definitely saw a lot of action before going into retirement and needed a good scrubbing to get rid any dried fruit remnants.  Yuck!

fruit drying rack sign
I decided to go with a black and white chalkboard look for fruit drying rack #1.

 I can't draw or paint a decent letter to save my life, so I enlisted the help of my Silhouette Cameo to do the job for me.  I prefer to use cheapo shelf liner paper instead of the more expensive Silhouette vinyl, but it's real flimsy and doesn't like sticking to wood; it has no problem sticking to my fingers though.

 The hole adds a little charm don't you think?

antiques sign made from fruit drying rack
 I decided not to paint fruit drying rack #2.   I had a feeling it would be a bleeder and I wasn't in the mood for priming it.  Not sure if I'm finished with this one; I think it still needs some shading.  

 The framed edge makes a cute little shelf.

Two down, one to go.  I think I'm going to take the third one apart and make a few smaller signs unless a better idea strikes me in the middle of the night.  

I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween.



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32 comments:

  1. You come up with the best ideas. I like that it makes a little shelf for small items too! Happy Halloween Hugs, Diane

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  2. I remember way back in the seventies buying several of these and decoupaging fruit labels to them I hope I still have one or two squirreled away in the attic. Love the idea of signs for them.

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  3. Those turned out beautifully, Betsy! The patina of the wood is perfect for signs! Love the cute little flower frog displays, too!

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  4. Great sign Betsy! You are very creative and talented!

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  5. I love those...all the rustic done for you. Maybe if you decide to do something else to the second one...how about lightly sanding the letters? Either way they look awesome.

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  6. They turned out so good. Love the 2nd sign and how it makes a little shelf also.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  7. These are awesome Betsy!! Love the way you think!

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  8. How do you get such perfect letters? I see your stencil - but how did you make that?!

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  9. Those are great! Love the aged wood. I can't paint a decent letter either. I wish I could though! I am amazed at the guys who freehand pinstripe vehicles and motorcycles and such. My hubby watches those types of shows and I am in awe of those painters. Anywho...have a blessed day and weekend.

    Hugs, Vicky

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  10. I really like what you've done with the fruit drying racks! Isn't there just something so nostalgia-evoking about signs. So pretty.

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  11. I LOVE your signs! They are so vintage looking and I love the lettering. The rooms for rent is my fave. I love the black and white together. The look isn't too stark and looks like it's been around a bit, perfect!

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  12. ...and now I want a Silhouette Cameo. ;-) Thanks to your inspiration, of course.

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  13. These are wonderful! Thanks for tip about using the shelf paper. Can't wait to get my Silhouette!

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  14. Another home run, Betsy! I like the backgrounds on both.

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  15. Very nice - I like them both!
    I would not have known what they were used for originally.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Liking what I am seeing here Betsy!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  17. Cool signs. Never thought to use shelf paper for stencils.

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  18. These turned out so nice, Betsy! Love both the painted and unpainted versions. Cute little flower frog displays, too! xo Karen

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  19. Oh, you have the best eye! I love how you see beauty everywhere, and if you don't see any, you make it!!!
    Fabulous!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. These are fabulous!!
    Have a great weekend!

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  21. These are great, Betsy! I love your little needle books, too!

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  22. Those look terrific! You always have the best creative ideas.

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  23. Your signs look amazing! Wish I had your talent! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  24. I am not surprised that those things were going like hotcakes!I would have had to contain myself to buy only three lol I love what you've done with them. How do you come up with what to say on them?
    xoKathleen

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  25. The signs turned out just great, Betsy! I wouldn't take the third one apart. You probably find smaller boards more often than such a bigger piece. I'm sure you'll get an idea for it.
    Have a lovely Sunday :)!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  26. love the signs Betsy!!!

    catching you!

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  27. LOVE The drying racks and the signs! How nice of you to leave some for someone else...wish it was me :)

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  28. What a great vision you had...They are perfect! I have got to look into a silhouette!

    Carol

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  29. Great signs. I have never even seen a fruit drying rack. Very cool.

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