Up-cycled Bookends from Salvaged Brackets

Bookends cleaned

We were cruising the aisles of Second Use the other day and came across some really cool, heavy industrial brackets – cast iron we think? More truth about us: we can never resist interesting metal stuff – so for $5 it was added to our stash. We stopped by Daly’s Paint and quizzed them about primer and paint – the goal was to get a heavy coat on the bracket as if it had been dipped in a super thick, semi-glossy, paint which would then contrast with the rough and industrial nature of the iron. Alas, no great way to make our paint thicker – but we did have some older water based paint that had thickened on its own due to poor storage technique (what can we say) and the color was nice, so – Bob’s your uncle. Continue reading

Street Signs!

The girls went shopping this week, can you guess where?? That’s right, Earthwise and Seattle’s Surplus Warehouse… we found used street signs for $5 and brass stencils from a grain building that is being dismantled in Moscow, Idaho. Score! What will we do with our treasure?  Store it in my basement until we (Heidi and Mary) come up with a brilliant idea…we’ll keep you posted :)