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Friday, March 24, 2017

New Use for Old Stuff

Mr. Cut Off's daughter, Carrie, and her husband, Shawn, sent us some homemade Christmas gifts in December. Of course that's always a thrill, since we love the thought put into anything made by hand. They know we have a fondness for old stuff, so one of the gifts was an old board with chipping paint with a license plate attached to it. Not just any license plate, but a plate with Mr. Cut Off's birth year on it. They also screwed in 3 cup hooks near the bottom of the board. It would have made a perfect key holder, but we didn't really have a use for that.

We decided to use it as a coat rack for a spot by our front door instead. We found some bronze hooks to replace the smaller cup hooks. The only problem was the chipping paint. Although we loved the look, it continued to flake off, so Mr. Cut Off sealed it before he added the new hooks. 

This aged the piece even further and made it easy to dust.

Lovin' it!

It was a very thoughtful gift that we'll be pleased to use for many years to come!

All is well in the Keweenaw.

24 comments:

  1. This would be great project for my son's condo!

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    1. Look for a license plate and an old piece of wood. I'm sure he would love it!

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  2. Love this! And, I just so happen to have some old license plates.Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

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  3. Super cute Julie. I love the addition of the larger hooks! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  4. I have a plate in my birth year too! I think this might be just what I need to do with it.
    :) gwingal

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  5. I love the vintage vibe! Thank you for sharing your post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  6. That's a lovely gift Julie, an how awesome that they found a license plate with Mr. Cut Off's birth year on it. That's super special. I love the rustic look and it's perfect as a coat rack.

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  7. ohhhhhh I have a great collection of license plates, this gives me some good ideas! I probably even have some chippy wood as well...

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Frenzy at Little House Big Alaska!

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    1. One can never have too much chippy wood!

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  8. Awww! I love this! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy! XOXO

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  9. I have my two license plates from when I first moved to South Dakota - Love this idea for reusing them (instead of them cluttering up my laundry room)! Thanks so much for sharing on the Friday Frenzy!

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  10. Hi. Just letting you know that Twochicksandamom Featured your great recycle on Funtastic Friday 123 this week. Hope you can stop by.
    http://twochicksandamom.blogspot.com/2017/04/porch-ideas-and-funtastic-friday-123.html

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    1. Thanks, I noticed! Love Funtastic Friday!

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  11. I have some old license plates laying around and this would a great project to use them. Found you on Blogging Grandmothers Link Party Wednesday Aim.

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    1. Glad we could inspire you, Candy! We had old license plates on the walls of an old building on our farm when I was a kid. Wish I had them now!

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