Last Friday of September. Time for another Project Challenge – this month the category was to use a rusty item somehow. What to choose, what to choose. Cool, rusty items can be found in abundance if you just start looking. I had a handful of ideas but 4 rusty hairpin legs saved from the landfill won out.
I got the rusty bench legs from a friend who had a garage sale last spring. It was a rainy day and I wasn’t sure I was going to venture out. Then I received a text that there was this sort of cute bench at the sale but two of the legs fell off so it was going in the trash. But the legs were kind of neat and maybe I’d want them?
I rushed right over and saved those rusty, hairpin legs from the landfill.
Travis had a bunch of wood he had salvaged and some of it was just perfect for a bench. He routed the edges and got it all ready for me to paint the wood and then it sat there. He finally got tired of waiting on me to paint it and put the legs on the bench top and set it on the front porch. And I eventually got around to painting it!
I painted it British Grey and used Limewash Glaze and I am totally in love with this combination!
I had considered painting the legs but somehow the rusty look works for me with this piece.
I love the bench here on my porch but the paint and glaze I used aren’t formulated to withstand the sun, heat, ice, snow, rain, sleet, and all the rest of the weather Ohio dumps on us! And I really have no space for it inside, though I’ve been trying to figure out a perfect spot for it.
Our cats like to curl up on this bench and their food dishes are in the little alcove formed by the porch and the house – to the right of this photo. I had a hard time getting this photo shoot done without one of the cats photo bombing. Several of the pics had a head or a tail in them! I finally had one of the girls come get the cats so I could finish.
Maybe next fall when I do a photo shoot on the porch there will be some new window trim and siding to show off too! (I can always dream 🙂 )
And now, let’s go see what my friends have come up with for a rusty item and what they have done with it!