Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recycled Nozzles and a Chippy Old Drawer

This vintage drawer with its chippy green paint and glass knob was an antique store find from a few months ago.  Yep, it sat around longer than it should have, but these things take time.  At least this was too big to get lost in the back of my garage cabinets.   I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, and then decided on making a shelf......

First, it needed something to freshen up the back.  I got out my good ol' Mod Podge and attached the pages from some vintage sheet music.

I added a shelf just a little above center.  I cut a piece of glass to fit, and then cut and stained a 1/4 round dowel piece to hold up the shelf.  That little thingy on the shelf is one of the old rosettes I bought a few months ago.  I glued a vintage rhinestone button in the center and put a little hook on back.

I attached some heavy duty hooks to each side of the back because it's a little heavy. 

I just threw it in for display, but the picture on the shelf is me with my Christmas Kewpie doll.  It's hard to see in the picture, but the stocking hanging on the mantel was made by my mom for my first Christmas.  I still hang it from my chimney with care every year.

This is a mother of pearl button bouquet I made a few years ago; the little vase is a sterling salt shaker. 

These old brass hose nozzles were a quick and easy repurposing project.  I wrapped some wire (think it was 18g) around a 5/8" dowel two times to get the double circle for holding the picture.  I removed the dowel, held the circle in place on top of the nozzle, bent the wire down on the nozzle, and wrapped it three more times around the top of the nozzle.  Of course, I had to bling them out with some rhinestones.  The old black and white pictures are from a flea market.  No, that's not me in the diaper.

My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can


  1. What a great turned out so neat looking. I love the music sheets in the!

  2. Wow! those hose nozzles are fantastic! the drawer looks great too!
    Have a great day.
    XXX Ido

  3. Hi Betsy,
    You did a wonderful job! I love the nozzles! And the bling! And the little vase of buttons is a really cute idea. Can you do a tutorial on that too? ;)Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This looks fabulous, the glass shelf is what makes it. I have never cut glass, next time you cut some would you do a tutorial on how and what tools are needed? I would love to know how. Glass is so perfect for small areas! Great job!


  5. Great idea. Nozzles are unique with the bling! Yuo do have the touch. Luv-Loretta

  6. SO CUTE!!!
    I love everything on your shelf!!!
    Love the hose nozzles!! I want some!! ha

  7. What a great project - really like the different things you are displaying. You cut the glass ? I can just imagine what would happen if I attempted to cut a piece of glass! :D
    Enjoy your day.

  8. Cute, cute, cute!!! I agree, you do have the touch. I love those nozzles! Filing that one for future use. Have a great weekend!

  9. Oh, my, I just absolutely LOVE this! I am always blown away about people's creativity!!!!

    Just fabulous!!!

    So excited, Tattered House flea is around the corner!!!


  10. Wonderful idea with the drawer. I have two I was looking at this morning wondering what to do with them...thanks for the inspiration! Love the button flowers and the cute.

  11. The drawer is that you put a little glass shelf! I'm going to show this to hubby! I love it! ♥

  12. Wow...There's SO much good stuff going on here! Love the repurpose of the drawer, the button flowers, the nozzle re-use....WOW!!!

  13. I guess I'm a sucker for self-inflicted pain! I come here everyday and realize how lame my creativity is compared to yours! You are worthy- you are worthy! Queen of Salvaged Treasures, for sure!

  14. Sigh! I am constantly awed by your ability to transform these finds into treasures! Gorgeous.

  15. Oh, Betsy, every time I come visit I know I am in for a DELIGHTFUL surprise! I swear I get chills!
    I wish I could be in your brain for just an hour (although I think it might be a bit of an overload for me) lol
    Thank you for getting my creative juices flowing, even if it just means going hunting for things so I can recreate what you've just done. *wink*
    I don't know what's first on my list. The drawer shelf? The hose nozzles? The bling-ed up rosettes? Aaaaaaahhhhh, brain overload. See what I mean?!

    Love you lots,

    P.S. Look at your cute little self with your Kewpie, what a doll!

  16. Love the drawer and the nozzles! Um... I might have to flatter you with imitation. I bought 2 nozzles last weekend and have several drawers almost identical to yours. I'm going to write down right now your link so when - or if - I get around to doing them I can tell everyone where I got the idea. If you don't mind....

  17. What a great idea...many ideas...I dont know which one is my favorite. Well, of course the drawer is fab! But I really love the old bulls eye rosette with the brooch attached to it...very charming, darling! LOL Tiff

  18. Such a creative idea with the old Hose Nozzles, now I know how to repurpose mine... I hate to throw anything Vintage out but I don't always know what to do with it!? *winks*

    Spring Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  19. How pretty and how creative! Love what you have done.

    Nice to meet you. Amy

  20. I'm so glad I found your blog through "My Repurposed Life". I love your style. You have a great eye for compesition and vintage style. Brilliant idea with the nozzles. I'm adding to my Pinboard on Pinterest for sure!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  21. I love it. It is very original. I love the little flowers with the buttons too.

  22. Love this drawer makeover! The spray nozzles picture holders are wonderful way to repurpose.
    Great use of objects...

  23. And here I was just going to tell you how fine you looked in that diaper...........

    Love the whole thing!

    Especially those nozzles.

    I have one I rescued from my Mom's garage.....

    Just sitting here......


  24. Ay yay yay! Once again, you make me nuts! I am so in love with the hose nozzles! Never would have thought of this beautiful repurpose for them. The drawer shelf so pretty, too - and I love your delicate button bouquet.

  25. Beautiful one of a kind piece full of wonderful treasures!

    Have a great weekend!

  26. Hi Betsy,
    I just love what you did with that drawer! We must have both had a drawer thing foing on this week:-) So creative...I love your blog.
    Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

  27. Someone needs her own TV show!!! That is my prediction for you Betsy.

    Big future.

    I love the glass shelves and the vintage sheet music.

    *sigh* just beautiful.



  28. I absolutely love love love your vision and ingenuity! Thus, I'm the most recent follower on your blog - and SO glad I discovered it! =) Thanks for such great inspiration.

  29. I love, love, love this repurposed pretty! What a great idea and it came out so vintage-y perfect.

  30. This is beautiful! Both the drawer and the items you are displaying are amazing, looks wonderful!

  31. I saw this the other day!!! SO, SO cute!!!

    I have many, many projects in the works, but keep getting side-tracked "treasure" hunting...when I read your profile, it could have been mine!!!

    Thanks for stopping by...


  32. Love this idea Betsy- I have a couple of old drawers laying around too... might have to try this one! Your display is darling~ Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  33. whoa! those nozzle picture holders are awesome! well, I love the drawer too and that button!!

  34. Love the drawer with the music background.

    and cuuuute little nozzle photo holders. You are so creative.


  35. Great idea, so cute! Lovin the nozzles ♥

  36. WOW you are so creative! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a commen, otherwise I may not have found your blog. I'm now one of your newest followers.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  37. You did a great job! Sometimes these things just take some "inspiration". The nozzels with bling are just too cool! Thanks for linking up with VIF!

  38. I SOOO love that drawer shelf!! Love the backing, and love everything displayed in it!!!

  39. I've done the drawer thing (minus the clever background) Great job!
    I've also done the hose nozzle and they were a very popular sales item at my yearly sale. People loved them! I just love the look of yours!
    super job!

  40. Great vignette. Love the hose nozzle picture holders! Such a great idea.

  41. Ah, the picture of you when you were little is so cute! I prefer the picture of myself as a baby/child over current ones.

    Nice shelf, Betsy. Sweet idea with the nozzles, too! Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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