Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Simple Grate for some Great Vintage Photos

I purchased this piece at a local sale, not knowing what it originally was or what it was used for, but knowing it was a great piece.  And I knew exactly how I wanted to use display some vintage family photos. I loved the elements of it, and the price was definitely right.  A mere $9!  Couldn't beat that!

It was constructed of four sections held together by thick metal o-rings.  I can't take credit for putting it together, but whoever constructed it, must have known it would be used for such a purpose. 

And I love vintage family pictures and the stories they tell.  I've used them in other projects and they'd be perfect to display on this piece.

These office clips will work perfect to hold the photos. 

It all fits together perfectly.

And I can now display a picture of my Dad as a young boy.  Isn't he cute!

And if you don't want to use it for pictures, how about keeping important cards handy by the phone.

Now you don't have an excuse for remembering important dates or phone numbers, now do you.

And here's another little unabashed self-promotion and plug for the next Art + Architecture, JUNKMARKET Style event coming October 13-17.  Check out the details at  We'd love to have you come!

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trash talk said...

I don't blame you...I would want those photos out for the world to see...precious memories.
Love the grate thingy and it's "grate" price!

traci said...

well look at how cute and functional that is. i love it!

Lisascraftiques said...

What an awesome find! LOve it!

Jane said...

Great vision for that grate. I love how it stands on a counter or tabletop for displaying your wonderful family photos.

Marge of Emmas Nook and Granny said...

Another fab repurpose! I love it!

Robin Johnson said...

Great idea. I just love it.

red.neck chic said...

I think it's GRATE!!! And - why oh why oh why do I have to be so far away? I'd love to be raiding your goodies on the 13th!!!

;-D robelyn

Unknown said...

That is really cool! I like the idea of using it to display photos. Vintage post cards would be neat, too. Thanks for sharing your neat treasure!


Karen said...

Great idea! I should look down in my dad's shop for some of this stuff; I find treasures in his junk lol.

Prior said...

What wonderful pictures displayed so uniquely...Love the rust! Lezlee

Unknown said...

love it when something is used for something other than it's original purpose. this is cool and classy; hats off or as they say over here in france 'chapeau'...

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh WOW... What a find. I love one of a kind items..

Warm blessings,

Margo said...

What a grate project.

I'm having a linky party over on my blog this week. Would love it if you joined in.


Beach House Living said...

Isn't it great when you find something that you like even though you haven't a clue what to do with it. I think using it for photos is simply perfect.

Tania Pelletier said...

I LOVE it and you're right... it was MADE for pictures!!


Shabby Vintage Junk said...

My GOSH....Another SEXY piece of junk....I wonder if this is rebar (sp?) they use when pouring cement....hmmmmm....Whatever it is it's GORGEOUS....!

Suits all your wonderful pics PERFECTLY....!

Tamarah :o)


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