Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vintage Cool Metal Love

For years now, I've been picking up little metal pieces here and there - picture frames, silver plate trays, wire baskets, a pewter pitcher, etc, etc, etc. The thing is, I really like them rustic and tarnished. Back in the 1980's, I used to polish - brass, copper, silver, etc. It was a mess. But, occasionally, I'd find some old piece, and I couldn't bring myself to polish it. I just think tarnish adds to the charm of a piece. Occasionally, I'll buff a piece a little to bring out the details, but that's about as far as it goes. 

In the photo above is a silver plate lamp - not an old piece, but I found it with a broken globe. I knew I'd find something in my jaunts that would work, and sure enough the crackled glass globe is lovely, and I paid a dollar for it. The two frames hold photos of my parents. Aren't they cuties? The little box was purchased in an after Christmas sale a few years back - I think it's supposed to hold a little gift and hang on a Christmas tree. 

In the photo above, there's a pewter pitcher I bought at a garage sale for $2. I use it regularly. Next to it is a wire basket I think is supposed to hold a wine bottle. Note to self: buy a bottle of wine. In front is a wood box with a grayish color with metal trim on the corners.

Above is a wire basket I've had for years - I can't remember how much I paid for it, but it was cheap. I'm a frugalista, so I know it was not more than a couple of bucks. I've used it for magazines and other things, but I plan to put it on a shelf in my future studio (Mason's room) with spools of string and thread in it. It will look nice and be functional. The old drawer is something I purchased at a friend's shop, along with two old croquet balls. I think I paid $5 for the lot. Next to the box is an old rubber stamp holder. I've been trying to think of a way to use it that would be functional and still show the form. Do you have any ideas?

 In this photo is a silver plate tray I picked up last week for .25c, another very tarnished silver plate bowl, a box from India (via Tuesday Morning) that I found for $3 in a thrift store. I love lidded boxes and baskets! There's a very old perfume bottle with crackled glass and a pump-type lid. It was from a family member. The silver plate frame holds another photo of my mom, and next to it is a little orphaned silver plate cream pitcher.

Above, the old wire chicken-egg basket is perched on a galvanized tin vase I picked up for .50c a few months back. (It's upside down.) In front is a wire planter with two clay pots I purchased last week for $1. In the same thrift store, I found the pewter candlestick, made by Wilton of Columbia, PA for $1. I love the English look of it. 

This photo shows a selection of my folk art metal pieces - the hammered tin lantern was .50c in a thrift store a few years back, and the candlestick was a gift from my friend Vivian when she moved to New York years ago. (I got LOTS of cool things from her then! I like having them, since I don't have her nearby anymore.) This adorable frame was purchased on a trip to Santa Fe years ago. Inside is someone else's relative - she was in another frame I purchased for a few cents, so I adopted her. I'll never understand how people can just toss out photos. It always makes me a little sad to see them still in frames at thrift stores. (Lord, save us all from ending up there!) I included a little bowl of old keys - another thing I collect and use in my art projects sometimes. Behind all these items is a little hammered aluminum plate - it's really thick. I've used it as a coaster or as a place to toss keys or pocket change. 

I love a little metal in the mix in most any room. It gives a texture and patina you can't get in any other material.It looks great in mono-chromatic rooms or as a resting place in highly colorful ones. Mix metals for an eclectic vibe, or keep it to one color for a more traditional one.  It's functional, durable and practically indestructible - the perfect choice for a lived-in home!

Word for the Day:

Proverbs 3:13-14

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
   those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
   and yields better returns than gold. 


Elegant Economies said...

Hi Revi, Love your metals! Your vignettes are very nice. Reposted your scripture in my FB....wisdom... God's Wisdom is a desperate need in allof our lives. T/Y for the reminder.
Blessings, Audrey

lynn said...

such great finds, revi! i don't remember where i saw it, but, someone attached b/w pics to a bit larger piece of corrugated cardboard and used the stamp holder to hold the pictures--hope that makes sense:)

Revi said...

Hi Audrey - thanks for stopping in again! It blesses me to know the Word touched you today. I agree - we need it desperately. I love that you posted it on FB! Isaiah 55:10-11 says, "10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You did your part by putting it out there! The Holy Spirit will do the rest, thankfully!
Be blessed this week!

Revi said...

Hi Lynn, and thanks for the idea! Actually, I was wondering about a photographic use, but hadn't thought about mounting them to cardboard. I appreciate the help!
Have a wonderful week,

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Hi Revi! I adore all the metal and you can't go wrong with that silver tray! Thanks for popping in for a visit and the follow. Am following you back. As far as Old Town Spring, I spend way too much money when I go there. lol. Toodles, Kathryn

outjunking said...

Very nice assortment of metals things. I have always been drawn to metal, something I can't break, an I fine gets better with age.

Gypsy Fish said...

love all your eclectic silver pretty especially that pewter pitcher.

Kelly said...

I wanted to thank you for stopping by The East Barn! I'm thrilled with finding your blog and look forward to seeing more! I actually have the wire basket that may hold a bottle of wine... Looks as though we have similar taste! Thanks again, hope you have a wonderful week!

Kelly@The East Barn

Revi said...

Hi Lisa, Beth & Kelly,
Thanks for dropping by! I love company. And I look forward to visiting you at your blogs as well. Have a blessed week!

Town and Country Gals said...

your metal pieces are fabulous! I've always loved metal and rust and really like the industrial type things mixed in with all the great vintage things we love to collect.

Revi said...

Hi Rebecca! I think we're on the same page, girlfriend! See you later,

Kathy said...

Hi Revi,
First time visitor we are sharing a linky party. I love your message. Yes to metal, I love all your pieces and see that you enjoy mixing it up. Great photos. Drop by my blog I am having a Giveaway to celebrate 100 bloggers.
Thanks fof sharing. Kathy

Revi said...

I'll definitely do that, Kathy!