Disk Spacers Re purposed

February 24th, 2010 in blog, projects     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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Large disk spacer ready to sell.
Disk spacers in the state I received them fresh off the farm.
My brother cut these disk spacers off with a blow torch off of a farm disk that was sitting in a farmers field.  I purchased them from the farmer and paid my brother a bit for his time with removing them.  Yet another brother transported these down 100 miles to my house, for me to sell.  Thanks guys!
These are very heavy, so it was great weight lifting working on this project.
I put all 20 of them in my driveway and started washing the dirt, grime and lose rust off of them.
I transferred each one to the other side of the driveway and set them on a tarp to dry in the sun.  After they were dry on one side, I tipped them over to let the other parts of the spacers dry.
I then sprayed them with a polyeurathane spray again spraying one side/end and then tipping over after drying to get the other side too.
I added either cork round protectors or brown felt round flannel pads to the bottom of each disk spacer to protect whatever the customer decides to use them on.
This photo is from an early September display at the shop with a bunch of re purposed items.  The disk spacers are used in this vignette to elevate a variety of merchandised.
Smaller disk spacer ready to sell at the shop I sell in.
This last photo is taken in Lanette Lorsung aka Lanis home last Christmas on her home tour.  It shows a great vignette where she used her disk spacers in her home on her mantle while varying the sizes as well as the finishes on her disk spacers she displays in her home.  Yet another great example of her decorating style.
Large disk spacer ready to sell.

Large disk spacer ready to sell.


This is an example of re purposing that I worked on in late August and sold most of them at the "French Flea" and a sale in September.  I started with 20 of them, and kept 2 for myself, traded 2 with Laurel from JM site for some cool grates and sold 2 at cost to my best friend, Carolyn.  This left 14 for me to sell to the public and get back my initial investment.

I bought these from a farmer and paid a small amount toward the removal of them to my brother.  He spent about 4 hours retrieving these for me.

See the captions for what I did to make them useful again in a decorative venue vs. a farming venue.

I was inspired to do this project from Sue's wonderful disk spacers she has on her coffee table in her home, as well as the lovely vignette Lani has on her mantle too.  See photo #7 for Lani's mantle vignette.


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Comments (16)

rabbitgrandma writes: somebody please tell this urbanite what a disk spacer is and what it does in its original state....but love what those in the know have done with em.... Posted: 10:53 pm on March 26th
KsJunkGirl writes: I just got a bunch of these in a junking adventure here in Kansas. I LOVE them. I bought 16 and the farmer has about 50 more. I think I might have to go get some more for my shows. At just 50¢ each they were a steal! Posted: 10:08 pm on March 17th
hangonharvey writes: I don't know how big these are but I wonder if you could use them as a piller for a bird bath. Find a large fancy bowl and put it on top or put a glazing ball on top. They are neat just they way they are too. Posted: 3:39 pm on March 16th
farmgirl300 writes: That's too funny. I have lots of rusty old stuff in my house but no disc spacers. My husband is a farmer here in Florida..... I have a barn full of this stuff. Think I'll just bring them inside...he'll never miss them.

Jodi Posted: 11:14 pm on March 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: These are the coolest things, Gretchen!
Candy Posted: 4:58 pm on March 1st
DownHomeDIY writes: Great save and great displays! I love this.
~MB
Posted: 9:22 pm on February 25th
alicemom writes: Gretchen,
Those rusty disc spacers are wonderful! It's the farm stuff that is so neat to me ( & loads of others). I am a city girl so I am always amazed by the good farm stuff.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:24 pm on February 24th
NDJunkGirl writes: Hello, Gretchen! Well, you know I love these babies since they are farm related and oh, so rusty! Great post girlie!
Andrea Posted: 9:47 pm on February 24th
JunkArchitect writes: You just know it’s going to be a fun piece of junk if it’s rusty and comes from a farm. My mind is going crazy with all the cool things you could do with these.

Jim Posted: 9:30 pm on February 24th
chippingcharm writes: You know I LOVE these Gretchen...thanks again for the fun trade! I am always finding new ways to use them in my decorating :) Laurel Posted: 5:05 pm on February 24th
ninnarae writes: These are great looking- I love the rusted patina! Posted: 3:37 pm on February 24th
oldnews writes: Great minds think alike Gretchen! I have some too that I aquired from my son also! And, I used them for the same purpose on my mantle! I LOVE yours and think they turned out great!! Marie Posted: 3:32 pm on February 24th
shabbychick writes: Gretchen - these are WAY cool!!! They make perfect little pedestals with lots of possibilities.

And a little help from your brothers too? - sounds like great teamwork!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 1:50 pm on February 24th
54girl writes: Would love to find these too. I've always loved these from seeing them in Sue's book. Good for you! Great find! Mary Posted: 1:06 pm on February 24th
fellowjunker writes: I had never seen or heard of these wonderful rusty things, but you can bet that I'll now be looking everywhere for "disc spacers"! Can't believe the stuff you Minnesotians (?sp) find!!
xojanis Posted: 12:56 pm on February 24th
RustyDiva writes: Always lovely when others find rusty junk for you! Congrats ~ love em!!!

Kenda Posted: 12:43 pm on February 24th
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