Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Planters and a Dumpster Fail!

My latest dive into a dumpster
yielded an antique chair and an injury...

rusty springs and an antique chair www.homeroad.net


I saw the chair leg with the rusty castor at the top
of the dumpster from across the parking lot! 

Jackpot!

rusty springs and an antique chair www.homeroad.net

I climbed up the ladder on the outside of the dumpster
and proceeded to try and lift out the broken chair. 

The chair was perfect... rusty springs, carved legs, a 
gorgeous chair back... I had to have it. 

Only problem is that I forget sometimes that I am 
not a kid anymore... I leaned over the dumpster, grabbed
the chair and started to pull....

The only thing that gave way was me. 

I pulled a muscle in my rib cage in the process and let me tell you... it hurts like heck!

But believe it or not, you can bet I got that chair!!!  

rusty springs and an antique chair www.homeroad.net

The rusty springs were the first things I used in a project...  
I had them cut in half by a neighbor with some
awesome tools in his garage.

I painted several small terra cotta pots and
attached them to the top of the springs using E6000 glue.

rusty springs and an antique chair www.homeroad.net

rusty springs and an antique chair www.homeroad.net

A little Spanish moss and a stencil
and these little pots are ready for action!


They are the perfect little planter
for the succulents I'm growing from
the instructions in the April edition of 
Martha Stewart Living Magazine.



Stay tuned for more projects using the rest of 
the infamous antique dumpster chair....

Don't you hate it when you find out the 
hard way that you are no longer 
as agile as you once were!



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16 comments:

  1. This just never happens to me. I have asked other local junkers about springs. No one finds them! I love them! And yours with pots, Susan!

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    1. I have never found them before Carlene... this was a lucky (ouch) find!

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  2. Hi Susan..
    I'm sorry to hear that you got hurt. It sounds very painful. Those dumpsters are not easy to navigate. The little spring nestings that you made for the pots are neat and I like the lettering. I hope you 're feeling better soon.

    Blessings,
    Tamara

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  3. Susan no pain no gain! Those are fabulous and glad to hear you're okay. Be careful out there!

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  4. Score-- so cute with the little pots and worth the pain!

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  5. You think of the most inventive ideas! But you gotta be careful.
    Brenda

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  6. Only the strong survive a dumpster dive with an injury... And they always get the goods!

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  7. Love this! We are starting "bulky item pickup" here...so we have great stuff at the side of the road right now!

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  8. Oh no! Hope you're feeling better! The things we do in the name of crafting! I don't blame you though, I probably would have done the same thing. =)

    Jeanine

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  9. You may have dislocated a rib. Hurts. See a chiropractor! Love the springs. I've got my eye on some in a ditch in the Rocky Mountains if I can ever remember to take my bolt cutters when I hike!

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  10. What a great idea, so unique. I had pulled the muscles in my right rib cage shoveling snow. I am sitting here cringing just thinking about you. Heating pad helped me, hope you feel better really soon.

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  11. ouch! sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you're recovering okay Susan!

    Love these little "spring" planters! hahahaha

    gail

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  12. Sorry about the ouie but OH my those planters are just too cute!! I may just have to find myself a dumpster to dive into...oh yeah, maybe not!!! :) Blessings, Cindy

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