Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Redesigning With Parts II

A few posts back, I showed you a few redesigns using lamp and clock parts. Today, I'm using panels and window parts. After my "Redesigning With Parts" post, I had a humorous exchange with some of my fellow bloggers about being able to create all winter from the mountain of fragments and parts I have in my garage. Actually, I could probably do it all year. So, here's another one.

This piece was created from one of six panels of an octagon table that was thrown in for free (because the table was in such bad shape) at an estate sale, .  Although the table as a whole was no prize, the panels were very decorative and three of them were completely intact. I detached the panels, painted them white, and played around with a grungy finish. This is where I stopped about a year ago.

I had an onslaught of work that took precedence at the time, and away they went into the garage, where I just stopped thinking about them.

Yesterday, I decided to give them a weathered white finish.

I went over the grungy look with my white gesso/paint mixture. Then I wiped and scrubbed the mixture with a rag before it was completely dry.

The next step was to turn it into a functional item. I attached two vintage window sash locks to serve as hooks.

Now, it's a nice decorative piece that can hold keys,

serve as an easel,

hold little bud vases,

a mirror,

a wreath,

kitchen or bath towels, etc.

I'll probably do something different with  the other two panels.  Whatever I decide to create, I'll be sure to share.

Have you created something new using parts of something old?  I'd love to hear what you've done.

Sharing With:
Under The Table and Dreaming: Sunday Showcase
Homemaker on a Dime: Creative Bloggers
The DIY Showoff: DIY Project Parade
Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Nite Special
Remodelaholic: Remodelaholics Anonymous
The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday
The Vintage Farmhouse: Creative Things Thursday
At The Picket Fence: Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
2805: Potpourri Party
The Brambleberry Cottage: Time Travel Thursday
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Beyond The Picket Fence: Under $100 Linky Party
Not So Simple Housewife: Recreate Into Something New
No Minimalist Here: Open House Party
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesday
Faded Charm: White Wednesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesdays Treasures


  1. So lovely and so nice that you have used old "crap" that someone else has thrown away.

  2. You are really creative, Rosemary! I am always bookmarking your blog posts for new ideas to try - gesso, lace cloth stencil, now this. Those beat up octo tables are all over here on the Cape and they often have a nice panel or two on them. I would never have thought of using them in this way but it's beautiful!

    Thanks so much for posting this!

    xo Em

  3. Wow! Such a beautiful piece! It will look absolutely gorgeous in any cottage or shabby decor... love the finish on it and the swags on the panel look so pretty. I love all the creative ways it can be used. And the adorable little cherub from your previous post will look so pretty with greenery in any decor. Love it! Thanks for stopping by Rosemary and for your loving note. Always a pleasure to hear from you.Hugs~Poppy


  4. Whatever you touch just turns out so beautiful. You are so very talented and creative. The panel was pretty, but really brought out the details.

  5. Love all the uses for this. I can't decide which one I like the best.

  6. You are the queen of turning trash into treasure!

  7. Wow! I love it, looks great, so chic:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

  8. I love how that turned out. The distressing is perfect and I really like the decorative piece on it. Your little wired bottles look cute hanging from it.

  9. Love it...very versatile! You could make one into a chalkboard. Really love your blog.

  10. very lovely piece...and I especially love the vases on it...

  11. I must own that ...

    what will you think of next?

  12. Even your ideas for what to use your finished creations for are so inspirational. I just love how you work your magic with gesso and paint. The easel idea for it was so unexpected, that's why I love coming over here to see what you come up with! ~Lili

  13. Rosemary, Oh My Goodness your work is so beautiful! You are a very creative gal. Everything you touch is gorgeous. I love what you did with your gold cherub a few posts back. Fabulous........
    Have a great evening.

    The French Hutch

  14. Rosemary,

    Love what you did with that panel! It would make a great coat rack with the additional window sash lock strategically place evenly with the others.

    You have a very creative mind!


  15. Wow, that is marvelous! So many ways to use it!! I LOVE it!

  16. I wish I could get you in my basement. It could use some of your special touches, because I too have parts! Then you could whip up something fast I know.

  17. Hi Rosemary,

    I like it with the wreath!
    Love the new colour too...
    The bows are so sweet.
    Have a great week!
    All the Best,

  18. Love it! So creative. Amazing that you just pulled all the bits out of the garage. Well done. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. liz

  19. I totally love the wreath and vase ideas! Of course, since I love shabby chic, I always like bows and distressed things, but the addition of the accessories really make this piece come to live. Great job!

  20. Stop.......My mind is spinning!!LOL I love the window locks as hooks!


  21. You are an amazing artist with found objects (and you sure find great objects). I am following, putting your blog on my blog links so I don't miss a post. Found you from cheltenhamroad.
    - Joy

  22. Your panels came out great! Wonderful redo project again. Laura Cottage and Broome

  23. Very creative mind you have. I love how you look outside the box and make the simple look fabulous!

    Thanks again for your suggestions on my lamps:-)


  24. Am your newest follower. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! liz

  25. I love your re-purposed items, this is no exception!
    XXX Ido

  26. Just stopped by to get my VillaBarnes fix & see what creative new thing you've come up with -- you never disappoint! Love the multi-functionality of the piece (besides that it's pretty)!

  27. That looks awesome! I love all your creative uses for it. You are so talented!!!

    Have a wonderful day,

  28. I like it and it's definitely multipurpose, something you can always hang on to.

  29. I always look forward to seeing how you use your repurposed pieces. This is simply lovely. Can't wait to see what you do with the others. Kathy

  30. I always look forward to seeing how you use your repurposed pieces. This is simply lovely. Can't wait to see what you do with the others. Kathy

  31. I always look forward to seeing how you use your repurposed pieces. This is simply lovely. Can't wait to see what you do with the others. Kathy

  32. I always look forward to seeing how you use your repurposed pieces. This is simply lovely. Can't wait to see what you do with the others. Kathy

  33. I always look forward to seeing how you use your repurposed pieces. This is simply lovely. Can't wait to see what you do with the others. Kathy

  34. Hi Rosemary, I love what you did with the panel. You can take anything and make it beautiful. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and take care.

  35. Brilliant Rosemary not to mention beautiful! :)

  36. Love it Rosemary! Sheesh do you ever do anything I don't "love"? Not yet *winks* F......A........A!!Lol! Vanna

  37. wow! cool and versatile piece!

    barbara jean

  38. I think my jaw dropped when I saw all the uses you'd found for the panel. Not just beautiful, but practical and versatile.

    When are you going to get your own show? I don't think there's any other home crafting blog that I follow that consistently has such brilliant, do-able ideas.

  39. Oh, I love it! I especially like it with the wreath. Have a lovely day.


  40. Nicely done! I simply have to have some sort of hooked rack in my entry and I have a small one, but it comes in so handy. Your treatment is beautiful, looks like it's been aged to perfection.

  41. No problem your post and blog come up fine Rosemary.

  42. Love that holding a wreath. All the other ideas are wonderful, but that one stole my heart.
    Great job.
    I am new to your blog, it's nice to meet you. I am off to follow,

  43. Dang girl!!! You have blown me away with this awesome odds and ends treasure of yours. And then to top it off you show multiple ways to use it!! Well done. I must share this on facebook.

  44. You have amazing parts, Rosemary! The things you come up with are so terrific!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  45. Ok, Rosemary....if you don't have a shop, you seriously need to open one. Your projects are truly one of a kind and always end up being so beautiful! I stand in awe of your creativity and genius! :)

    xoxo laurie

  46. Rosemary--I can tell I have a lot to learn from you! I'm new to blogging and don't do much with paint...need to get into that! This is really pretty, and quite creative!

  47. I love your presentation for this white Wednesday, Rosemary...your work is awesome. Love it. Hugs,Gayle

  48. Love it, very creative idea, wish I had more wall space for something of this type! Hugs Marilou

  49. You are so creative! I love what you have done with panels, they are so pretty in white. The window sash hooks are genius!
    Hugs, Cindy

  50. Found this at FJI, I love that finish you gave the panel! And those hooks are pretty cool too.
    Great project and even better repurposing.

  51. APPLAUSE!! Do you hear it!! You do amazing things here...AMAZING!!

  52. Another fresh and clever idea using what you have and recreating it! Love your blog.

  53. Seriously, seriously gorgeous! Rosemary you are so talented and creative and we always appreciate you sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)


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