You just never know what you might find at a garage sale. I try to keep an open mind when I’m out hitting the sales. If something has a vintage appeal (i.e. it looks good and old) I often buy it even if I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. There is nothing more annoying that seeing a really cool project somewhere and then realizing I passed up the exact item needed at a garage sale two weeks ago.
Today’s project is definitely falls into the category of ‘what am I going to do with that?’, but I bought it anyway.
It’s an old newel post.
I paid $15 for it, which is a little high in garage sale money (which has way more value than typical money). I felt a little sad when I saw it there because I knew that the sellers had callously ripped it out of their older home and probably replaced it with something new and with far less character.
I knew it deserved better.
I brought it home and put it in my carriage house where it got buried behind 50 other potential projects. It sat and gathered dust for a couple of years. Ha! Maybe not really better treatment after all.
Then a few weeks ago I was surfing the blog world and I ended up on the Liz Marie Blog looking at her Cozy Farmhouse Winter Entryway (click that link to visit) and I spied a fabulous chippy black newel post. And she just had it leaning up against the wall. Duh! So easy, and so fab! And I knew just where I could find a newel post … sort of … somewhere out in the carriage house.
So I headed out there in sub-zero weather and started digging around. I unearthed it from a pile of cast off remnants and hauled it in the house.
I started by cleaning it up, then sanding it, then cleaning it again, then adding a layer of Homestead House’s Salad Bowl Finish because I wanted some more of that perfect chipping. This time I used a little more wax than I did on my original ‘perfect chipping experiment’ with the Buttermilk Cream mirror frame. I wanted a really beat up chippy look similar to the inspiration photo.
Here’s how it looked after the wax.
Then I painted it with just one quick coat of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Typewriter. Once dry, I sanded to distress and found that I got plenty of chipping. I vacuumed up the dust and chips and then added a layer of Homestead House Black Wax.
And then in answer to the question ‘what am I going to do with that?’, I just leaned it in the corner of the piano room next to my Paris subway sign.
Chippy architectural salvage for $15, not bad right?
12 thoughts on “what am I going to do with that?”
I have seen them used as coat hooks. Attaching a square base to the bottom and putting vintage coat hooks on the 4 sides of the Newell post
Home Depot did a workshop before Christmas that was very similar to that, only they called it a ‘stocking holder’ for Christmas stockings. Either way, great idea!
Perfect. I love tha black.
Nice Linda such a beauty.
Love it. Looks great just displaying it like you did. I do the same thing. See something old and weathered that was probably a toss out and take it home knowing I’ll do something fabulous with it someday. Those projects often turn out to be the most fun and the most fabulous.
So true Judy!
That is just awesome!
Where can I buy salad bowl finish?
Good question! You can order it directly from Homestead House online here. They call it Beeswax Finish, and that is the same thing.