Friday, February 19, 2010

From Fireplace to Mantle!


I found these awesome rusty log holders at a local occasional sale for a mere $5 a piece.  What a steal (I ran with them before they changed their mind).  I knew they had some great design elements with multiple uses.

Though these iron pieces were pretty filthy and needed a good scrubbing, I loved their patina. 

They also needed a clear coat of poly.  I used a matte finish versus shiny.  I wanted to keep their distressed integrity.

I had no clue as to what they were until I cleaned them and found the enscription "log rest".

I love how long and thin they are.  With a few candles added, one of them fits perfectly on my fireplace mantle.  It's rustiness also works great against my patchwork tin piece.

But when I need to entertain, I grab the other one and with the addition of a stone cutting board (another occasional sale find) I have an instant serving piece!

Wa-la!  Anyone in the mood for a party?

Nummy...I love my Brie Cheese!

They also look beautiful on a windowsill with the candles glowing against the dark night. romantic.  Now all I need is a glass of wine and a chick flick!  Oh, and maybe my honey to watch it with me!

Or how about using one with these European soda bottles and some cheery daisies?  They're just "delightful"...and I'm so ready for spring!


The bottles have some beautiful etching on them.  Another great find!

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Anonymous said...

Great find! I love it with the candles on the windowsill. Just think of all the things you can display or serve on it- seasons, holidays, food, drink bar, stack towels.....wish I had two of them!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What great finds! You really came up with some creative & fun ideas for using them! I'm not sure which would be my favorite idea! :) Thanks for sharing these.


I never knew that logs got tired. LOL Log rest. Get it? I like what you did with them.

Happy hunting,

Ange said...

I think I'll be lying in bed tonight thinking up new uses for log rests... and I don't even own any! Great find and wonderful creative ways of using them.

Miki said...

I love all the ways you found to use them! And they all look fantastic. What is that Delightful sign made of? Miki

Cassie said...

You find the best stuff Lani! Love your style...hope all's well in your neck of the woods.

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

So clever - I would have passed on them and LOVE what you did.


Oh my, the candles look amazing. Good eye!!

Weavin' Wicker Woman said...

What a wonderful way to use those log holders! Think I might just have a couple of them around here, too! Great idea of repurposing!

celeste said...

I really enjoy your blog. Love the pictures. I live north of the Twin Cities and am wishing I lived closer to all the ocassional sales ! I am going to debut my "stuff" at junk bonanza this year, and can hardly wait! Keep up the great blogging! Celeste @

Junk Girl said...

Hey, Lani!

I LOVE the log holders...awesome how you have repurposed them in so many ways!

Sweet Melissa brought something to my attention in the picture with the's the metal looking thing hanging on the wall! Cassie, Missy and I were junking and we found one that looks darn near like it! When it was my pick, I got it! (yeah!) I am wondering what you used to hang it? We think years ago it was used to make a table top if you had company over. There are no holes on the underside to suggest it ever have legs.

Mine is still in the garage waiting for warmer weather to clean and poly it. Please email me and let me know what you used to hang it, would ya?

Later! Andrea

Anonymous said...

Hi Lanette! Yes, I am in Omaha! There's a few good places to visit - let me think of the best ones and I'll shoot you an email ~


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Karen said...

Great idea, I need to watch for some of those! I have a mantle that is open, back to back with a woodstove and a wood cookstove, something like that would work great on my mantle! Love your ideas! Karen

Madame Suzette said...

I stumbled onto your site...
love it !

I am a newbie to all this wonderful blog stuff,
I live in Rochester NY and never heard of an "occasional sale" style of selling, as you in MN have seemed to corner the market. How does one set up such a wonderful event. I re-create furniture in either a Country French or Paris Glam style. Would love to have your comments on the wonderful "occasional sale" style that you do so well...
Merci beaucoup ...

Susanna @ Maison Fleur de Lis

Lanette of Cottage Elements said...

Susanna, my apologies for not getting back to you. Just getting caught up and saw I never responded to you. As there is no email contact for you, please contact me at and I'd be glad to help. Thanks!



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