Friday, November 9, 2012

Transformed Cement Tools

A few weeks ago I made a quick and unexpected stop at a mid week yard sale where the guy's entire driveway was covered with boxes fresh from his storage locker.  Being in a hurry to get where I was originally going, I quickly scanned through the boxes and came up with three rusty old cement edgers.  I know they were the last things this guy thought he'd be selling to me, but I did have a plan and I wasn't going to let him in on it.

how to turn old cement tools into unique signs
I've been keeping my eyes open for more of these old cement tools ever since I posted about the first business card holder I made back in March.

how to repurpose old cement tools
This picture is before I cleaned them up and sprayed them with a coat of matte acrylic sealer.  Then I gathered up some Scrabble tiles, rusty hardware, and brass edging from a salvaged picture frame.  

turn an old cement tool into a new photo holder
Two pieces of the frame edging were cut down to size with scissors, then glued to the top and bottom with plenty of room for a picture to slide through.  I glued a magnet on back of the pretty vintage brooch.

how to repurpose a cement tool into a picture holder
A different look holding a larger picture.

make a business card holder with an old cement edger
Two pieces of hardware left over from another re-do were glued to the edger with E6000.  With the edger tilted back on its handle, business cards and pictures won't fall off the brackets.  
how to make a unique business card holder
GIVE THANKS...I glued magnets to the Scrabble tiles and added a little bling to the top.
A vintage earring clips right on the business card/picture holder for some added sparkle.

how to repurpose an old concrete edger
A holiday postcard.

upcycled cement tools turned into picture holders and signs
Three rusty old cement tools, three different looks.  I wonder what the yard sale guy would think if he saw them now!

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