industrial meets farmhouse.

A while back I was headed home on my lunch hour (I live very close to my day job office) and I happened to see a garage sale sign.  Cue squealing brake noise.

I remembered having stopped at a sale on the same street a year or so ago, and if this was the same house they had some great stuff!

Sure enough, it was.  And once again, they had some great stuff.

I came home with a carload of fabulous finds.  I shared this photo on my Facebook page at the time.  Lucky I drive a convertible!

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One of the items I picked up at that sale was this metal base (that’s it in the front passenger seat too).

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I think this was probably the base to an old typewriter stand.  It likely had a wood top with drop leaves on either side.  I was really drawn to the chippy paint and to these cool industrial looking wheels.

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I knew Ken would make short work out of cutting a new top for it out of some scrap barn wood that I had lying around.

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Sure enough, I came home from work on Monday to find the finished product waiting for me in the carriage house.

I only had to do one more thing.  The newly cut raw edges of the barn wood looked pretty fresh.

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We can’t have that!  So I rubbed some antiquing wax into those fresh cuts to ‘dirty’ them up a bit.

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So shabby industrial metal base meets farmhouse salvaged barn wood.

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I’m showing this little stand used as a small side table, but I also think it would make a great plant stand.  I’m also thinking about using it at Christmas as a tree stand.  I could put a small tabletop sized tree on it.

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What do you think?

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19 thoughts on “industrial meets farmhouse.

  1. I love how you staged this picture! The fading hydrangeas and scattered fallen leaves give a mellow, warm and restful feeling. A nice effect for a table and chair that have already been used well. The picture reminded me that fall is marching along and soon we’ll be welcoming winter.

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  2. Chippy paint and barn wood, what’s not to love? Another great rescue. I so want to be the lady who drives through town in a convertible full of garage sale finds.

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    1. It is kind of fun 😉 The last time I shopped at that particular garage sale I ended up with two old screen doors sticking up out of the back seat. Luckily, it’s only a few blocks from my own house so I didn’t have to drive far with those screen doors.

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  3. You’re putting that VW to good use 😉 I have a major affinity for typewriter stands and love this one. It would look great with a tree on it, or with your typewriter with a holiday note in it! Already missing garage sale season…

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    1. Me too! The weather had been so nice up to last week that Sue and I were finding a few lunchtime sales here and there, but most of them were dreadful. We also headed out to a church sale last week and I came away with a gorgeous ironstone casserole (for $1!) and a vintage leather train case. But now that it’s getting colder (and drearier!) sales are really going to dry up. 😦

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  4. Oh, I am excited! Just bought a metal typewriter table and am now thinking of taking the metal top off and doing this! Thanks for the great idea!

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