Friday, April 3, 2015

Repurposed Rusty Rake

It's always a good junking day when I find at least one rusty treasure that I know I'll be able to repurpose right away.  Call me crazy, but rusty rakes have been on my focus list ever since I used one to make a picture holder several years ago.

Repurposed rusty rake
This yummy green $1 yard sale find was exactly what I was looking for to create another rake picture holder.

repurposed rake DIY with trophy base
The hunk of wood is a trophy base I discovered in a salvage store a few months ago.  I bought several of them knowing that sooner or later I'd figure out what to do with them.

upcycled rake DIY picture holder
Rust and rhinestones are always a good combination!

upcycled trophy base DIY picture holder
  The base was looking a little blah, so I added a few pieces of embossed wallpaper before painting it.  It was also a good solution for disguising the two holes.  I added a tarnished brass bin pull to the front, then slipped in a piece of chalkboard vinyl.

photo holder from vintage rake DIY
Every rusty rake needs a silk ribbon rose.

My Salvaged Treasures DIY repurposed rake photo holder
I'll enjoy it on my living room mantel, for now, then it will be coming with to Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show on the 17th and 18th.




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38 comments:

  1. Very creative and unique! I bet someone grabs that up real quick at the show!

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  2. It looks so pretty! Love he pink rose and bling!! Happy Easter to you.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  3. Love this creation of yours. I've been hunting one of these rakes forever. Thanks for all of your inspiration.

    Happy and Blessed Easter greetings to you and yours.

    Judy

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  4. Amo seus projetos Betsy,você é muito criativa.Feliz Páscoa.Beijo.Valéria.

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  5. I will never look at a rake the same way again! Love it!

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  6. I sell every rake head I can find. I never get to embellish one. Rust and rhinestones - lovely!

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  7. As always you nailed it! Rust and rhinestones...Adorable!

    Carol

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  8. Hi Betsy--I haven't been by for a while and have a LOT of catching up to do with your posts. Can't wait to dig in!!

    Your rake (yummy green, indeed!) is so adorable! Love that you can tuck pictures in the tines as well as use magnets on it. So very clever, as usual!

    Happy Easter!!
    xoxo,
    maggie

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  9. How very pretty! Rusty can be pretty too. Yes, it can!

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  10. Love this Betsy! I agree... rust and rhinestone are made for each other. I love the patina of that rake!

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  11. The base looks ah-mazing! Just the niftiest spring fling!

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  12. Ha ha, nothing is "safe" with your creativity! Love it! Hope you have a wonderful Easter, Betsy! xoxo

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  13. Betsy, it couldn't be more perfect! I wonder if I have a rusty one of those up at the lake or if it met the trash pile! I'll find out in a few months!

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  14. Yummy green is right! Especially old rusty painted metal. I so would've bought that piece myself, without any plans for it. Just too beautiful to leave behind.

    Clever as always my Dear. Since I love it when I come up with clever ideas, you'll never get a better compliment from Me....;-)

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  15. Love love rust and rhinestones and this rake is the perfect "grandma green". Well done!

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  16. Hi Betsy, I wonder if this rake head can be dated by its color. In the 1920s there were three popular colors like this with slight variations. One was Nile Green, another was Seafoam and the shade just a bit darker was called Roadhouse Green. I was amazed that you used embossed wallpaper...it is perfect. As usual, your mind is thinking outside the realms of where the rest of us morals dwell. -Ginene

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  17. Oh I love love this!! Such a wonderful and pretty green too!! Such a unique piece! Wishing you a happy Easter!! xo Holly

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  18. This is adorable!!! If I was you...I'd keep it.

    Shelly@minettesmaze

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  19. You have outdone yourself on this one. Now I need to go out and find an old rake.

    love...love...love it!

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  20. I love this! Hope you have enjoyed a nice Easter weekend.

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  21. Your rake idea is amazing . . . so unexpected and whimsical.
    I love it :)

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  22. Hi Betsy, The rake was a wonderful find and I knew you would turn it into something fabulous. Great job again!!!

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  23. Wow, that's creative!
    I hope you will join us for the Idea Box Party this week:

    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/04/idea-box-thursday-link-party-4.html

    xx
    Mila

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  24. that is so pretty, i love how you have it on the stand.
    b

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  25. I love how you bring the pretty out of the mundane (and rusty).
    Amalia
    xo

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  26. It's very special! Who knew an old rake could be so stylish? Love the rhinestone and rose! xo Karen

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  27. OH MY! I have never anything like this before. I love it. Now I've got to start looking for some rusty racks too!

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  28. so so cute and fun. I love how you bling it all out! you have such incredible talent and creativity!

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  29. The rose is the perfect touch to your rusty concoction! I like that button magnet, too!!! Happy Spring!

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  30. Hi Betsy, Happy Saturday! I love your repurposed Rusty Rake Picture Holder and I'm featuring it on Monday morning at our Something to Talk About Link Party. Come on over and join the fun and I'll be promoting it on Social Media all day too. thanks for linking up such beautiful vintage treasures xo Lisa at Concord Cottage

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  31. Awesome! At my "place", we call this a "reinvention", and it's a great one! :)

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