March 20, 2013

Another Purpose And Function

"All Photos Burlap Luxe Home"

Few things in beauty are discarded in our French brocante home. I am not bringing attention to the pale of our room, but the curtains, rods and brackets that were once used for another purpose and function until I opened my eyes to what I was looking at and what it could become.

Here you see a curtain rod that would be used as a closet pole to hang clothes from. I ordered them in oak from Home Depot and they will cut them for you to the length you need. I then washed them down with a damp rag filled with grey paint in a staining fashion to then add a top coat of white paint for a perfect patina that added a weathered look to them.

I deal with many contractors in the building and design trade and here is what next inspired my rod brackets. I salvaged an old steel fence post and had my iron fabrication guy cut the post into 3/4" inch rings to then weld a 2" rod post and weld it to a small face plate that I could then screw into the wall like an eyelet bracket giving my rods and brackets a rustic French feel to the room.

We all know what the purpose of painters canvases are used for and many of you have caught on to the trend of using them for so many projects. I washed the canvases and dried them, to then sew a rod pocket across the top and with a huge savings of not buying readymade curtains I had the look and feel this room needed to anchor its look.
I also added a couple of holes here and there to them before washing so when they were dry I would have that aged tattered rightness giving them an old rustic feel to them as if they were a great brocante textile find.

Like so many of you out there replacing chandeliers with pendant lighting I too have been crushing on them, but hating those huge retail marketed prices and in most cases lacking that true history of a great find in making one for so much less by using unique galvanized containers, olive bucket, wire baskets and just about any creative find. 

"Via Retail"
The rustic French-Nordic charm of a rustic pendant gets me all the time.

Seeeee where I am going with this and with another great find that had another function and purpose. 

My rustic find was a garden hanging pot aged with a patina to love.
$5.00 flea market find.

By turning it upside down I have found the perfect piece for my pendant light and off it will go to be wired for electric. I can't wait to share the outcome.

A piece of a tear down I salvage from the junk pile received a wash down and now it's a great piece of salvage when it lost its usefulness to now accessorizing my French cabinet with and object to admire.  

This French Hattian bird made from a salvage steel drum is now added to my etsy shop.

etsy Rustic Bird...Sold !
Inspiring pieces that had another purpose and function and what became of them.


Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

You are able to make everything in a room look as if it were designed to be in that space - so creative and artistic.

Bente said...

What a beautiful room.

Have a great day.

chateau chic said...

Oh my, where to begin. Another inspiring post with all your wonderful repurposing ideas. I'm loving the garden piece that will become a pendant light. Gorgeous architectural piece with beautiful detailing from the junk pile no less! It's always so delightful to be invited in to your lovely home!
Mary Alice

Anne said...

I love how you repurposed that rod,fabric and planters to use as light fixtures!So French chic!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You know we're kindred spirits when it comes to repurposing, Dore. I love the peaceful feel of your room, and every element in it.

Anonymous said...

So very inspiring and beautiful, as always, Dore!
I love the salvaged piece and little bird - gorgeous touches to your lovely home.
Happy Spring, dear friend!

Vintage Home said...

crazy for your curtain & rod idea..and the pendant! Screaming in my head here how awesome it is!

Karena said...

Dore you always inspire the look of the new curtains, the garden pot for a pendant, and the way you blend the old with the new!

Art by Karena

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You see my dear friend, this is why there is always magic in whatever you touch. Your skillful eye can see what most do not..
You room is beautiful, simply beautiful.

Victoria said...

Wow Dore, what an absolutely gorgeous room that is! I love your curtain rod, great idea:) Hope it's okay if I pin this:)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Those are awesome and I see your inspiration in the fabulous piece you found.Very nice!

Thanks for your visit and yes I am right there with miss Hannah loving my boots.I bet she gets some great instagram photos.Fun to see what others inspire.

Your home is beautiful and relaxing.I so love the color pallet together.

That sweet lil bird oh how sweet is that.

My best to you always~K.Marie xoxo

Anonymous said...

Dearest Dore, your ideas are so inspiring and are always to be admired. Your home is so lovely and I can just imagine your space being full of peace and imagination, a space where one can dwell and get lost for quite some time.....You are amazing! Wishing you a weekend full of love! Xo, Ashley

Anonymous said...

P.S. We did come up with a name =) We will be naming him Sparrow Moon =) The name Zadie Grey is too precious!! Xo, Ashley

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love re-purposeing things! Your room is so amazingly beautiful and I adore all the creative touches! The curtain rods are my favorite!

Kate said...

Dear Dore
What a gorgeous room filled with your beautiful touches. I love love the poles and the paint effect you did on them. everything is simply wonderful with your touch of inspirational charm and beauty


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your style does remind me of much of Rosemary--love all your rustic touches--you do such a beautiful job of putting it all together!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much Dore for your most welcome visit and kind thoughts.
I am so happy Hannah is enjoying her mouse. It just warms my heart to know that my work can bring a little joy.

Again, exquisite room!

Suz said...

The room looks so lovely. Comfortable.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest heart!

OK, you are inspiring me once AGAIN here; I have been weeding out dark objects from my two front rooms of the house, and the more I take away, the better. But I see that even to the smallest detail of the rods (LOVE THE SIMPLE HARDWARE) that these things do make a difference.

Every object here has created a perfect setting for this brocante look that I love. MERCI MON AMIE POUR TES IDÉES!

Lovely as always my dear. MERCI. Anita

Faded Charm said...

Oh, how I love the photos of your living room and such a great ideas for the curtains. They always add so much romantic charm to any room.

Great piece to make into a light...can't wait to see the finished product:-)

Enjoy yor weekend!


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

A beautiful lesson to carry with me, to look at old treasures with more than one use in mind...thanks Dore!

Anonymous said...

very inspiring!

jhon said...

the bridge since it was built. Those "choose life" stickers on the light pole haven't really helped. Thank you Seattle and Washington State for finally doing this. From privacy fence

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