Most people would call these pieces "repurposed". They are made of materials that have been salvaged and put to use as something different from what they were originally meant for. I think the word "re-imagined", however, is so much more appropriate. These aren't simply things that have been used for a different purpose than what they were created for- a book used to prop up a broken table leg is "repurposed". These are things that had seen their use and were cast aside, but they were re-imagined as something else and that re-imagining took shape. "Repurpose" is such a utilitarian word, these are more than that, they are "re-imagined".
Old Door Display Shelf
This display shelf was made for a local bakery/cafe. It is made from an old door found tucked away in an attic and a dining table that had been forgotten in an out building. I removed the glass from the large panels in the door and replaced them with chalkboards so they can write the prices of the goods that are on display. It has a shelf along the top of the door with a rod and hooks to hang other products from. If you are ever in Garrett County make sure to check out Heidi's Bakery and Cafe! The Farmstead Fries are to die for!
Reclaimed Bed Spring Wall Sconce
This charming wall sconce is reclaimed from beginning to end. The wood is reclaimed oak. The bottle is recycled and to top it off the spring is from an old mattress frame I found rusting in the woods. It is amazing what can be made from a bunch of cast-off items. It is finished off with a couple coats of polyurethane.
Dimensions: 5 1/2" W x 24" L
Railroad Hardware Coat Rack
This coat rack started with a 2" thick piece of oak barn beam. The coat hooks are two railroad spikes and a rail anchor. I added the steel plates on each end to reinforce the wood and also to give it a little more character. It is a very heavy piece that should be around for years to come.
Dimensions: 9" W x 26" L x 2" H
Insulator Cap Wall Sconce
This little wall sconce is made from an old electrical insulator cap and a mattress spring from an old bed frame my kids found half-buried in the woods. The wood is from a pallet. It fits both tea lights as well as electric and regular stick candles. It is finished with a light coat of polyurethane.
Dimensions: 3 1/2" W x 9" L
This set of hand towel hooks was made from the scraps of another project. I made a display shelf for a local business and had to cut part of the legs off of an old dining table. I was trying to decide what to do with the cut-offs and, voila, these towel hooks were born. The paint is original,these are not artificially distressed so its charming chararcter is authentic. They are finished with several coats of polyurethane.
Dimensions: 6-8" L x 2 1/2- 3" W
Table Leg Towel Hook Set
I don't think there is much that can't be re-imagined for another use. Part of the fun of creating is looking at a scrap piece or something else that is considered useless and asking yourself what you can do with it. This wall sconce was made from a railroad spring washer and the cut-off end from a railroad spike used in another project. The wood is a character-filled piece of reclaimed oak. It is finished with a couple coats of polyurethane.
Dimensions: 10" L x 4" W
Railroad Hardware Wall Sconce
Insulator Cap Candle Holder
This little charmer is made from an electrical insulator cap and a mattress spring from a rusty bed frame that my kids found while exploring in some woods one day. The wood base is from an oak pallet. It is touched off with a twine bow and caot of polyurethane.
Dimensions: 5 1/2" W x 5 1/2" D x 6" H
This centerpiece tray is made from a plank from an oak pallet and two railroad rail anchors. It is definitely a unique piece that will add a good bit of character to whatever centerpiece setting it is made a part of.
Dimensions: 5 1/2" W x 24" L x 2 1/2" H