Saturday, February 26, 2011

~chippy, rusty, crusty, & old~

I have noticed a trend around our house.

I have a lot of rusty, chippy, old wood and metal things.

I am drawn to things with this patina.

I found this medosweet dairy crate at a yard sale.

It is the perfect shade of grey and butter yellow.

Right now I have it on my kitchen counter holding various bottled beverages.

Before that I had it on my night stand with magazines rolled up in each slot. This old ledge is in our guest bath.

I added the brushed nickel knobs to match the other hardware in the bathroom, but I think these look fabulous with old hardware.

I LOVE this stool!
I think I have mentioned that before.
My son uses it when he helps me in the kitchen.
It has a great blue grey patina and is full of rust.

Here it is again, a little closer up with a pear tart we made together.
Am I making you hungry?

This old wood tote is a piece I will keep forever.
I paid $30 for it at a flea market, a total steal if you ask me.
Not only does it have the creamy white paint chipping off, but it also has that great old rusty metal with the old nails~and it's really large......


It has been on our dining table, in our living room on the coffee table,
and now it sits on our kitchen island holding fruit.

And last but not least.
The $22 bench I just about died over at a garage sale.
If you are new to my blog, I will tell you this.
It wasn't even for sale at the garage sale.
It was propped up next to a barn knee deep in ivy and weeds.
I thought I'd offer the nice lady $20, as I really couldn't tell what it was.
I thought I would just get some scrap wood to make signs or frames.
She agreed on $22.
Done deal.
There wasn't room in my car, so I came home dropped off the kids and went back.
{please don't call C.P.S. on me, they lived through it just fine}
When I got back there it was waiting for me in the driveway.
Not covered in dirt and weeds anymore, but covered in chippy pale blue paint, and awesome curves.
I could have kissed the lady.
I may have hugged her~she was super nice.

Originally I was going to make a cushion for it, but I just couldn't stand the thought of covering up any of that gorgeous wood!
So now it sits behind our sofa in the living room.
It matches our new lamps perfectly.
cost breakdown:
dairy crate~$5
towel rack~$30 including the new knobs {home depot}
metal stool~$18
wood tote~$30
huge long beautiful bench~$22
having all these things in our home~priceless
{sorry, I had to say it}



Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

great finds!! 22 bucks for that bench is a complete steal!!! I love it!! I would have kissed that lady too..

MommaHen said...

chippy,rusty,crusty, to my

Piorra Maison said...

I love, love chippy paint, I realized I have been collecting vintage stuff for years as well. when you start looking around it is amazing all that you collect. I love all of it and I love your blog. great inspiration.

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

You find the neatest stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Tracey said...

It's the best to find great old worn out stuff! I wanna come shop at your house!

Clydia said...

I so love your style lady! XOXO

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your finds are all gorgeous. Love them. That bench is such a fabulous find. It is absolutelys tunning. Hugs, Marty

Gail Thayer said...

Hey Melaine,
Fabulous finds, I'm especially envious of that cool bench! Pop on over to my blog, I just re-purposed an old tool caddy found at the recycling center and it looks like something you'd your blog!

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

i LOVE each and every one of those!

jessica said...

Love the mixture of chippy, rusty crusty!! You were my first blog to follow, (I didn't even know what a blog was...a friend told me about it) and I love blogs, and now just started one myself! Congrats on the ruffles and rust news!!

Rachel Noelle said...

Love it all!! Especially the chippy blue bench!;) I will have to google the Ruffles and Rust square and get directions,(since I m coming from Kent)sounds like it is going to be a great place to shop!! Thanks for the info~ Rachel

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A Cottage Muse said...

Loving all those finds!!

And that bench....swoon!

Fairfield House said...

Mel -

I love the old ledge that you recycled to hang towels on. The bench is the deal of the century. I wish I could find one like that!

Your Friend,

PS Stop by I'm hosting a link party.

Mikal said...

I finally had a chance to catch up reading my fave blogs, and have to say that your new sign from sis-in-law's trunk is just beautiful!

What a special way to retain the sentimental piece, just create even more joy when seeing it.

Kudos to you!

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pink pig cottage antiques said...

Nice job and the photo's are fantastic. I love each photo as they each tell a story. You've got style woman!

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