Do you have old home decor items just hanging around because you just know one day you’ll be able to use them again? I know you are all nodding your heads. So when should we hang on to these items and when should we just let go? Well this is a tale of two rusty iron brackets that have come along way. They are from four houses ago. They have survived moves, survived the trash (where I rescued them from my husband’s attempt to rid me of them), and about five years of neglect… and now, finally, have been given new life.
In all honesty, I probably should have gotten rid of them, but I just couldn’t, like so many other things. So here’s the brackets with new life.
I’ve coupled it with a new trend that I am loving: weathered wood. This is a look that is really being made popular by Restoration Hardware. I love this look and am giving my formal living/dining room area this look and feel with a NataLee twist. More pictures to follow, as it is very much a work in progress.
This dining table is from World Market and is only $650 and the one I plan on buying (unless I find something on Craigslist for less instead). The Restoration hardware version is yes, nicer and chunkier, but it is also more than 3x the cost.
This desk was my inspiration for my entry table. I would have loved to buy this table or even the smaller version, but it’s out of my extremely tiny budget! =)
So I’ll have to go another direction and finally give my husband a good reason we have been dragging around those old rusty brackets around for so many years.
What I really wanted to go on top of the brackets were a real good old reclaimed piece of weathered wood. But here in Phoenix… it was a no go. So I bought this piece of butcher block shelving from Home Depot for $15.
Then I bought some gray stain and stained the wood.
It came out like this:
It was a little too gray for me, so I followed it up with some chocolate brown glaze. I rotated the two for several layers until I got the look I was after. If I wasn’t so impatient I would have dunked it in my swim pool, left it to dry outside in the dirt repeating the process until I got my authentic piece weathered wood. To come to think of it, maybe I should do this with another piece of wood…. Hmm…
Here’s the finished product…
And here it sits on my beautiful damask wall.
I am very pleased with the results.
What do you think of the weathered wood trend? Is it a love it or leave it for you?