Friday, November 11, 2011

Carrying On

My husband purchased a box full of curtain rods and tie-backs at an auction for very little. Only a few are intact. He figured I could do something with the broken pieces.




He was right.




I started with this.



I used horseshoes for handles.  Like I did in "Redesigning With Parts III".  Then I gave it a coat of grey paint.  I followed with a whitewash on the exterior, and horseshoes.  After gluing vintage french book pages to the interior, I went over the entire piece with dark wax.



I then added curtain rod fragments to both sides.  I gave them a little dark wax as well.








I even waxed the french paper.








I have a few more carriers I'll share soon.


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68 comments:

Vintage Rose said...

and, of course, he was right! The boxes are gorgeous!

Mindy said...

i would put those boxes all over my house! i love everything you post!!

Kris said...

He knows you well! Great job!

Kris

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

This is an awesome project Rosemary! You are so clever.

Lesley said...

Imaginative!! Love the touch with the interior lining....

cmoh said...

Love!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a great idea Rosemary! We have some old curtain rods, kind of similar to yours...maybe smaller & have no idea what to do with them! In fact, I was just looking at them today :) Figures that I would come on here & you'd have it all figured out for us!

Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm said...

Love 'em! Great job!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You're just too talented Rosemary dear! My goodness, I love this idea with the curtain rods, I just gave some away because we changed our window treatments! Awesome creation! Thanks for sharing lovely lady and thank you for coming by, you know I love it that you do! Have a terrific weekend.
FABBY

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

W-O-W. Nuff said.

xoxo
Kathleen

Karen said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! How do you think these things up?

Katie said...

Very creative and love the patina!

cityfarmer said...

... do you sleep??

OR like me wake up at 3 and debate whether to get up and repurpose?


well done

Sue said...

I really LOVE how you transform discarded things into works of art! Loved all the photos of what you did!

Take care, Sue

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Giiirrrrllllll! Your brain must be working 90 miles an hour and now your husbands is, too?? I don't know how you think up all of this wonderful stuff you design! Love it!

~Shanon

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Rosemary you are one creative lady and I just love everything you come up with! Martina

Petite Michelle Louise said...

that's the most creative ' i;ve ever seen with old curtain rods! i see so many of them at my flea markets and always pass them up. i won't the NEXT time! Lovely! ;)

Ivy and Elephants said...

You and your hubby are the perfect tag team. Your box came out absolutely gorgeous. You have such great vision and being such an amazing artist you are able to execute your vision. Fabulous!!!

Paula

Tricia said...

Beyond beautiful. How lovely to take something that would have been discarded and make it into something so pleasing to the eye.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Rosemary...where do I begin? You have got to be the most talented person on the planet!! The way you visualize your pieces, and bring it all together is true talent!! This is beautiful!

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

Have I mentioned that YOU ROCK? Oh yeah, I think I just did...

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Can you say UH-DOOOR A BLE! IT IS WONDERFUL. Love the look, love how you created it and yay for hubby for giving you all the goodies to create with! Just wonderful!
Blessings,
Debbie

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

So pretty! Love it!

Divine Theatre said...

How fun is that?!

Andie

Geneva said...

This is great! I wish I could see inside that brain of yours... So Creative!

Kellie Collis said...

How lovely! Very well done! Have a gorgeous weekend, Kellie xx

Tina said...

Rosemary, I just love everything you do, but this has got to be my favorite project! It is so pretty, Love it!

Have a great weekend!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Great find, Hubby!! You've made another great item!! Love the added pages! Looking forward to seeing the others!

Kelly said...

So cute! I love the horseshoes used as handles and the paper in the bottom of the cubbies. Who would've ever thought to use broken curtain rods and tiebacks like that? I sure wouldn't.

Stephanie said...

GREAT idea! I bet you'll come up with all kinds of projects to use these on!

Olive Cooper said...

You two are clever.

michele said...

cooooool!

thanks for stopping by, and for your trouble i'm sending over A VIRTUAL MACARON. yep, they're very dangerous. esp when they involve A SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE. whipping that up for you right this sec.

:)

michele

lvroftiques said...

Very cool! And that husband of yours never fails to amaze me with his finds *winks* You two are a formidable pair! Vanna

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This I like. My equestrienne daughters would love it!

andrea said...

Great job, Rosemary! So glad hubby supports your creativity! The carrier looks divine. andrea@townandprairie

lynn said...

yay for your husband! this so very creative, rosemary! the paper lining is the perfect touch to this beauty:)

Jake Easley said...

He's a smart man. It looks great! And the paper lining is a bonus. Thanks for sharing! *new follower*

Restoration House Interiors said...

I love this as well as all of your other wonderful transformations! BTW, you posted about a transfer pen a while ago and I can't find it in your archives...do you remember that post and the name of the pen? Thanks!

Tammy said...

I love it!!!! You are so talented!

Myric said...

horseshoe for handles? That's just clever! I wouldn't have thought of that!

Everything turned out really great! Your husband is so sweet and thoughtful. I like that story :)

xoxo
Myric

Heaven's Walk said...

Sooooo cool, Rosemary. You are seriously amazing. :)

xoxo laurie

pink*cherub*moon said...

This is fabulous! I love the use of the curtain rod pieces and the horse shoes for handles is brilliant! Can't wait to see the others! xo, Leena

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

So creative! Love the horseshoe handles :)

Rebecca said...

I love that! Rustic yet pretty-great job and so many uses!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,

Great makeover, love the finish.
I love this tote...
The attention to detail is fabulous.
Enjoy your Sunday.
All the Best,
Christine

Sandra said...

Rosemary
I just love this. Wonderful how you have combined a wide selection of materials. Keep on sharing your wonderful ideas. Love you from South Africa.

Beth said...

I love these organizer type boxes and they're very good sellers for me at shows! I love the idea of using horseshoes for handles! I was just at a store that sells them fairly reasonable, but couldn't think of anything to do with them at the time. Wished I would have thought of handles (duh moment!) It's 4 hours away, so I'm not likely to make the trip back for another year. LOL!

The DIY Show Off said...

Gorgeous! I love your creativity! ;)

eclecticrevisited said...

stunning little rustic box...perfect for many uses..
best,
maureen

Audrey said...

Rosemary, You are such an artist and your husband must be a sweetie!
Audrey

Okio B Designs said...

A-maz-ing! The French book paper is probably my favorite touch. Well done!

Jeanine

The Inspired Nest said...

Just gorgeous! I love every inch of it. You took every detail of a simple box and made it extraordinary.
I think I am in love!
Lacy

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Unique, thrifty, beautiful, just plain wonderful!

Elaine said...

So pretty and you certainly have a one-of-a-kind treasure!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Very cute!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Very cute!

Elna said...

Nice work and very pretty.

Regards from Sweden
Elna

Anita said...

awesome job Rosemary.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Oh wow. Amazing again!

aimee said...

wow it is beautiful, thanks for sharing im new to your blog xxx

Susanne said...

Great idea! I bought a box of curtain rod things for cheap as well (probably worth more as scrap metal, ha!) They're just sitting in my storage unit, time to get them out for a look see. Thanks for the inspiration!
Susanne.

Kim said...

I have a thing for containers and boxes and this one is fabulicious!

Small Holdings Farm said...

The horse shoe handles put it over the top for me....great idea...it came out fabulous. I'm going to file that one under MUST DO! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back and get in on a driftwood sailboat give-a-way. Looking forward to hearing from you, Sherron
http://smallholdings.blogspot.com

Alida - Radcrafter said...

This is so COOL! You are so creative.

Love to invite you to share this project at my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now...http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/thingamajig-thursday-party-3/

Alida

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is lovely, Rosemary! It looks like it was this way the whole time! Love the compartments to this holder, too.

The Old Block House said...

What a great husband you have!

Incredibly, beautiful job you've done there. Love it!

gail said...

Rosemary--I love everything about this box/crate. You always do such a nice job of pulling things together!
thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can.
gail
ps catching you this week.

Rosaria Amorim said...

Lindo trabalho Rose. BJK