Thursday, October 22, 2009

Whitney's Salvaged Shanty Turned Art

My next project came from one of my favorite people I met in Round Top at the Flea Market.  They were a couple from Gatesville, TX who used salvaged wood and tin to create some AMAZING pieces.  Lucky for me he was also selling his wood and tin.  This is a piece of salvaged tin that he sold to me for $12.  It's beautiful... I love the shape, the paint, the lack of paint and the rust.  What a combo!!




I knew I wanted to hang it just as it was but I did want to attach it to something... give it a little more beef.  This is what I did...

I purchased two 8 ft cedar fence posts from Home Depot.  These were about $2.00 a piece.




I started by marking off where I would cut.  I made each piece 2" longer than the tin and cut 4 of these pieces.


My tool of choice... my trusty $12 hand saw.  I had every piece cut in less than 3 minutes.






This is what my 4 cut pieces looked like...




I also bought a 3ft yard stake for $.59... how's that for shanty??




I cut two pieces 12" long... the same width as my tin.
I then used my Gorilla Wood glue to attach the stakes to the posts.




 I added glue to both pieces like this.




Before I attached them it looked like this...




Stuck together...




Then I used wood screws to make it even stronger...




When I was finished adding those it looked like this...




I repeated these steps on the other end as well.
My next step was the paint.  I used my favorite blue out there... Olympic Blue Willow satin latex paint from Lowe's.



I wanted it to look a bit shanty so I painted it but left some of the wood exposed as well.  It looked like this at that point.



After letting that dry I started distressing.  I used my 3M block sander with 80 grit paper to get my edges good and my corners better...




Then I added just a bit of Minwax Dark Walnut stain to the raw edges and corners.




Here's one corner soaking it in...




Awwwww... so much better... I just rubbed off the extra stain with an old rag.




My next step was to attach my tin to the wood.  I did this by using small finishing nails around the edges of the tin...




I added my d-rings to the back to hang my new art.




And it's all finished!!  I decided to put this in my powder bath that is BLANK at the moment.  This will be my inspiration for more projects in this room.










And here's a couple reasons why I LOVE me some old tin...
















Thanks for stopping by!  Keep in mind that this cedar piece makes a great backdrop for many things not just tin!

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I will be linking this up at Poppies at Play!
 
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special






 
 I will also be sharing this over at DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land !
 




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73 comments:

pk said...

It looks great! I'm glad you added the wood to the back - really sets it off.
pk @ Room Remix

Jenglamgirl said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! ITS SO shabby, classy, and elegant looking. Great job!

Alicia said...

It's lovely. I'm always in awe of someone that can look at something like a rusty piece of tin and turn it into something like this.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful! One of my favorites so far -- and that's saying a lot!

- Suzanne
justanotherhangup.blogspot.com

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks great! And you used my favorite Dark Walnut stain. I love the blue color you chose as well. Nice job, as always. (Don't you girls ever get tired of being so fantastic?)

Wendy said...

I really like this, I would have just hung the piece on the wall, but it looks so much better framed out.

Jody said...

Beautiful! and inspiring. Must try this myself.

Thanks!

Shelbie said...

K that is soo cute! My friends and I always look for old tin ceiling tiles like that. Now I have a great Idea on what to do with it. Thanks so much!

~ RM said...

That is fantastic! I love the rusty tin- I can't find much around here, but boy, if I did.... I have the perfect place for something like that... I just need to scout around! Another great idea!

Amanda said...

It looks really great! I love it and can't wait to see what else you add to your bathroom!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love your tin piece and it looks incredible on the wood! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

Infarrantly Creative said...

I love the blue against the rusty tin piece. Ya'll rock!

Love the Decor! said...

Oh my goodness this is soo cute!!
love the blue back drop. Beautiful!!

the7daggetts said...

That is beautiful!! I LOVE it!!!

Traci @ Beneath My Heart said...

great job...again!

2sisters said...

Gorgeous!!! It was such a great idea to add the wood and make it blue, it totally shows it off. Looking forward to the Gorilla Glue projects!

Sharyl Williams said...

I love it! I think I might be able to manage using one of those saws too! Thanks so much for the ideas and point by point instructions

Sharyl at
Reasonablyrandom.blogspot.com

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love it!!! You guys do the best projects.

Sherri S said...

I need a smaller version for my bathroom! I LOVE it! The wood makes it POP now.

Samantha2818 said...

Oh my god - this is stunning. I want one. We don't have this kind of tin lying around in the UK unfortunately or I'd make one. The blue is just the perfect colour too!

Tricia Anne said...

Love love love that! :o)

duchess said...

Beautiful. I love the trace of blue peeking around the edges.

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

i love it!

oliveoyl64 said...

Wow, you took your $12 shanty and turned it into something special once again. I love that you take time for the step by step tutorial. I am a very visual learner and it is appreciated.

livinthesimplelife said...

That reminds me of the fence boards I stuck together for my wall plaque in my living room! I love that you brought just a liiittle bit of color in by painting the wood rather than the tin. Very nice finishing touch! :)

marygoose said...

This is wonderful. Love the "blow-by-blow" descriptions and photos. I applaud your ingenuity!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

That base just makes the tin pop! I love where you have it hanging too...people always forget behind their "seat"..hehe!

Jessica said...

does it get more perfect than that?! Great work!

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!! way to go!

Amanda said...

holy moly girls!! just found your blog! look at what I have been missing out on!! just added your button so I can get inspired daily! Thanks!!

mrso' said...

Hey girls! love this one! Also wanted to let you know i gave you an award on my blog.. check it out!

Mrso'
www.futuredomesticgoddess.blogspot.com

Andy Porter said...

That is ever so gorgeous!!

Aja said...

Gorgeous! Love the time, what a great find!

Craig, Blair and Turbo Skousen said...

Super cute!!! Of course, I LOVE the pink hammer! Me and Gorilla Glue are tight. LOVE that stuff!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What???!!! You "aged" something but didn't use Ralph? I'm shocked. :)
And amazed. That piece is beautiful. Have a great weekend girls!

Robin said...

I love this! too cute!
robinpich.blogspot.com

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

This wonderful piece could work in so many places, even set on a table to make a centerpiece?
Okay, everytime I stop here and see the button for your glue gun party I realize I must venture into the world of glue guns...asap!!
Janell

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh this is sooo awesome! Loved the tutorial on how you did it all too. I always catch something new in them.

That tin is to die for. I mean truely. I am a rust FREAK. Loved it by itself, but you really finished it off great with the frame.

Lovely!! Thanks for linking up to the party!

Funky Junk Donna

salmagundi said...

Great project - thanks for the tutorial. Sally

Sharon said...

Very clever ... thanks for the instructions.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Such a great way to highlight that awesome piece of tin.

LouLou said...

Girls, I have to thank you for my new obsession/addiction to RL Smoke! I have glazed before, but I am IN LOVE with Mr. Ralph Lauren himself. My poor husband is afraid that he will come home to find my face glazed with it, as I am glazing EVERYTHING I can get my hands on.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love it! Love me some rusty tin too!

deborah said...

Hubs saw your post first and said, "YOU gotta see this"! We love rust too and this piece is over-the-top fab! Thanks for the tutorial too. Very good.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

The tin is beautiful as is, but with the wood, it is stunning! Love it!

sissie said...

I love vintage ceiling tiles and your is wonderful! Good job.

Love your blog!

Ann On and On... said...

F-a-b-u-l-o-u-s! Enough said....

Kris said...

I would have hung this up just like you bought it - but you made it even cooler then the original. I love your idea's!!

Kammy said...

You have created a great piece of art....12 bucks.....WOW !
Kammy

Chany said...

Muy buen trabajo muy bello!!!

Si me visitan entren en el blog que se llama: "La casa de Chany" Ahi estan las metaformosis, hasta pronto Chany.-

Rachelle said...

wow! That looks amazing!

Jennifer Juniper said...

That base wood is just what that old tin needed!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Beautiful! I love old tin, this one has a particularly pleasing pattern. I love the blue with it. Great job!

shepherdsgrace said...

Great idea...I love that!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

LOVE THIS! It's simply darling!

Mandy said...

Beautiful! I loved it before - love it even more after! Nice job :)

Mommy Words said...

This is just fabulous. It looks so elegant! Pefect tall spot for it too!

Now I must get me some tin!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it! It looks sooooo good! I especially like where you hung it ~ that wall area always seems like it needs something about that size over it.

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Love that blue!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

That came together so nicely! I love it!

Nancy said...

Very cool art! Love that blue color and how you distressed the wood.

Nancy

pendy said...

Great project...love old tin and that color of blue is gorgeous.

Sue said...

Great color, Great transformation, Great job!! Love where you placed it.

Marianne@Songbird said...

I loved it before and I was thinking oh no please don't mess with it it is gorgeous as is. But you did it again, love it even more with the frame! love the combination of that tin and the blueish/greenish paint.

Condo Blues said...

I like how your "frame" compliments the rustic quality of the tin tiles. Great job!

Sheri said...

Looks great! I wouldn't have thought to build that "frame".

Tiffany said...

Wow! Looks fantastic! Love the blue color you used and the shanty look you gave it with stain. Beautiful. What a great way to start off that powder room!

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BlueCastle said...

Very, very creative! Thank you for sharing how you did this. Love how it looks.

Jimson Lee said...

that backing made all the difference in the world. it also protects the wall.

Rose
http://www.FineCraftGuild.com
(using so's account ;-)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Always look forward to seeing what you are up to and you haven't disappointed me yet!! Love that blue!

Christine said...

This turned out really nice! I really like the color you chose..very nice!

Meghan said...

All I can say is WoWzers!
Absolutely wowzers!

 
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