Friday, April 22, 2016

Repurposed Ceramic Heater Bricks


What the heck are ceramic heater bricks? Remember these interesting looking things I showed you a few weeks ago in my post The End of my Junking Dry Spell?  If you've ever lived in an older home, you might know that these decorative bricks were used for heat radiation in old gas space heaters, and they were made in several different sizes, shapes, and patterns. I rarely see them at flea markets or vintage shows, but they can still be found online by searching vintage ceramic gas heater bricks
How to repurpose old ceramic heater bricks
I repurposed my first decorative brick about 10 years ago, so I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this pair.

 I think they look a whole lot prettier as sconces/wall pockets for holding fresh colorful blooms.
trash to treasure ceramic heater bricks
I just turned them upside down, filled each one with dried moss, then tucked a couple of glass tubes into the moss.  The tubes are necessary if you're using something other than real flowers.

tutorial how to repurpose ceramic heater bricks
The bricks are actually very light weight and extremely fragile. Even though I scrubbed and scrubbed, I still couldn't remove all the years of baked on grime. Can we call it patina? I cut off the hook part of two self-adhesive hangers, then glued them to each brick because I didn't trust the lick-and-stick adhesive.

decorate ceramic heater brick wall pockets with vintage jewels
I added some vintage jewels because every repurposed ceramic heater brick wall pocket needs a little sparkle.

Turn old ceramic heater bricks into decorative sconces wall pockets
Wouldn't it be fun to collect a bunch of these in different patterns and sizes?
So many possibilities!

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41 comments:

  1. Cute idea but for those that still live with gas room heaters, which are way more efficient than central heat, I wish you would leave them for those that need them.

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    1. Seriously hawthorne? This is an amazing blog about repurposing and uber creativity. It's a free market - do you also think only poor people should shop at thrift stores?

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  2. They are lovely with the blooms!

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  3. LOVE this idea! I am definitely going to start looking for some of these. Just adore the bright colorful flowers in them. THANKS FOR SHARING.

    Judy

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  4. I've been fascinated by these since I was a child, but could never imagine what to do with them. You always have the best ideas!

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  5. I don't think I would have known what these were. You find the coolest stuff. Very cute idea!

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  6. Great idea, Betsy! That looks cheerful and springlike. I don't think I've ever seen this kind of bricks in Germany.
    Have a wonderful weekend! :)
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. These are simply fabulous, Betsy. I never, ever would have guessed what they were. And patina is terrific! We love patina!

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  8. I have never seen bricks like that, though I would have bought them because of their fabulous style. Clever idea, I collect ceramic wall pockets, so this is something that appeals to me. I have had excellent luck using Magic Erasers to clean items that are tough to clean. Also, Bar Tenders Friend, a powdered cleaner, or Bon Ami, another great cleaner that is gentle, yet effective.
    Really admire your creative thinking!

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  9. Love these and so happy to learn something new - including the clever trick about cutting the hook off the hanger!

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  10. They are interesting and on the wall with blooms...charming. I do remember those from my New England days!

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  11. I have never heard of a heater brick, but you sure did a great job of styling them.

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  12. Betsy, when you told me you were making these into sconces, I was thinking of something with a light inside. But these are so cute ! Do you feel like those adhesive tabs are going to hold onto that chalky ceramic ? I'd be so afraid it would come off. Love the idea... you know I'm gonna borrow it ! :-)

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    1. I'm with you! I wouldn't trust the flimsy adhesive, so that's why I mentioned gluing them on. Better safe than sorry:-) I used E6000 on these.

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  13. These are very cool, I never have seen them before. Thanks for the share and I will keep a lookout for them now. Sandi

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  14. Oh, my gosh! I love them - and all their patina. :-) I had a shoe box full of them awaiting inspiration. Wonder where it is..........

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  15. You always introduce us to the most fabulous things. This is definitely going to be a BOLO for me. Your recreation was inspiring!

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  16. Do be aware, alot of them were asbestos based. If you scratch it with a pointy sharp implement and itty bitty fibres come off, wash your hands thoroughly, wrap them in newspaper and dispose of them. Many of the others were a rock mineral based and pose no threat. These ones look like the latter.
    Lovely ones in the photos. Quite Art Deco looking. I'd be tempted to just display them on their own just for the look!

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    1. Thanks, Maria. Yes, these are like rock with no flaking. So many different patterns and so interesting.

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  17. Wow, these are awesome! I've never even seen or heard of these things. Great that they're lightweight. Another great upcycle! xo Kathleen

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  18. Definitely a great use for them!

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  19. I've ever seen this kind of bricks before. Love your idea to use them for flowers! They look wonderful with the blooms.

    Happy Spring!
    Gaby xo

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  20. I never heard nor ever seen these type of bricks but what you did with them is fantastic!! Love it!!
    Thanks so much for dropping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  21. Great idea, Betsy! I grew up with gas space heaters so I knew what they were when you showed them before. Like the others, I love the art deco styling... perfect for wall pockets!!!

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  22. I love the way these look Betsy! So perfect with the bright flowers. Love the bits of rhinestone bling too.

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  23. What a cool look! I was agog to see what you would do and now I'm happy!

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  24. Who would think these would turn out so pretty?

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  25. Who would think these would turn out so pretty?

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  26. WOW! I would have never thought this would turn out like this! So stinking cute! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  27. I like your bright and clever ideas, Betsy.
    Amalia
    xo

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  28. I have never heard of ceramic heater bricks but I love how you remade them into something we can all love and enjoy now. They look lovely.

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  29. Oh Betsy... only you could find such gorgeous bricks of all things, and make them even more gorgeous. These are exquisite! Gotcha featured this weekend on Party Junk! :)

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  30. Betsy, I just bought one of these over the weekend! My first thought was to add flowers too and yours are just gorgeous but now I am challenged to to come up with a different use ;) Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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  31. p.s. Pinning to our Features and Favorites!

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  32. You are so clever, and those are so cute. I happen to have the same flowers on a mudroom wreath, it's amazing how well they have lasted for me season to season.

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