Monday, June 9, 2014

Repurposed Attic Vent Cover

This chippy attic vent cover was one of the treasures I brought home with me last weekend from the Alameda Antiques Faire.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it because I did something similar with two wonderful ornate wood vents several years ago.  Those are way out of my price range now, so I was happy to get a great deal on this one.  All it needed was a good cleaning and a little love.

how to use an old attic vent cover for storage
Perfect for holding all kinds of bits and pieces:  a pocket dictionary, postcards, letters, price tags, rubber stamps, lace, and ribbon.  It's magnetic too.

vintage storage ideas
The little chalkboards are made from bark trimmed branch slices.  I painted them with two coats of chalkboard paint, then glued a little magnet to the back of each one.

The bark trimmed branch slices were left over from this project...
wood chip slice brooches
I made about two dozen of these brooches last fall and didn't realize I still had these three until I found them hiding with my box of branch slices.  I used a small stencil and painted them with chalkboard paint, then glued a pin with an attached bail to the back of each one.  The branch slices are about 1 1/2" in diameter and were purchased online at Save On Crafts.

use an old attic vent cover for storing little treasures
 A couple of dents in the bottom give it that "I've been around" look, don't you think?  Smaller items can still be seen on the bottom shelf because it's flat and not as deep. 

repurposed attic vent cover
 All it needs is a couple of nails and it will hook right on the wall.  

upcycle an old metal attic vent cover
It could also be used to hold mail and notes for the family or office...just change the numbers to initials. I'm not sure if I'll be able to find a permanent spot for it, so it just might be coming with me to my next show on the 21st.  

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