I had a bright idea for this grill...

January 2nd, 2010 in member junk     
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This is the grill off an old piece of farm equiptment - one of my finds on the junk pile on our friends farm. She just looked at me like I was nuts when I grabbed it, thrilled to death! One womans trash is - well you all know how that one goes!!
My plan was to frame it and then add lights and hang it as a cool light fixture. I knew I would never find a frame that was the perfect size, so I decided that now was the time to try to make one myself. Ive NEVER tried mitered joints, but hey, how hard can it be? Here it is, and it took less than 20 minutes to get it done and ready to paint!
It weighs a ton, literally! So, rather than hang it and risk having it come crashing down in the middle of the night, giving me and my dogs heart failure, I decided to stand in on the mantle. I may change my mind down the road, but for now, Im pretty happy with it.
This is the grill off an old piece of farm equiptment - one of my finds on the junk pile on our friends farm. She just looked at me like I was nuts when I grabbed it, thrilled to death! One womans trash is - well you all know how that one goes!!

This is the grill off an old piece of farm equiptment - one of my finds on the junk pile on our friend's farm. She just looked at me like I was nuts when I grabbed it, thrilled to death! One woman's trash is - well you all know how that one goes!!


An old grill from a long dead piece of farm equiptment, my first ever attempt at making a frame, an old string of lights, 4 mirror hanging brackets and a little paint, and I have a kind of cool light fixture that cost me less than 2 dollars!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Marie Wirth
posted in: member junk, metal, wood, industrial, white, farm, light fixture, lamp, paint

Comments (8)

pofolksdecorator1 writes: Hi Marie, great ideas. Thanks for sharing them. I totally related to your comment about how its awful to live so far away from all the thrift stores and farms. I grew up in Iowa, and abandoned houses and barns were like going to Disneyland for me. My hubby doesn't even get how excited I get when he says, why don't you take 20 bucks and go to the thrift stores. I turn into a five year old. We have 3 thrift stores. I moved from Iowa to Southern California, and every sat. I did my whole day trip scouring all of the Salvation Armys, St. Vincent De Pauls, etc. Going to Reno mon only for the day, hubby has meetings so I am going to walk to the 3 story thrift store from the hotel. I can't wait. I need a bigger house! Thanks again for showing us all your talents and imaginations. Check out my site for some funny stuff! Take Care, Annie Posted: 6:51 pm on March 11th
shabbychick writes: Marie - how cool is that? So great your friend shares her junk pile with you - and this one is a treasure for sure! You've displayed it so nicely too - you and your mitered joints (I haven't attempted that yet...) - way to go!!

Great job!

Kathy Posted: 4:14 pm on January 5th
Prior writes: I'm impressed with your miter skills... Brilliant light! Lezlee Posted: 1:55 am on January 3rd
chippingcharm writes: A-MAZING...love, love, love!!! Laurel Posted: 7:32 pm on January 2nd
SnowmanHill writes: Great grill, I love anything "old farm". Good job on the frame and displaying it.

dana Posted: 4:46 pm on January 2nd
monakent writes: Marie, what a GREAT light this turned out to be!!! LOVE the old grill as it is, but you added your style and charm to make it even more special. LOVE it!!! gailmarie Posted: 3:34 pm on January 2nd
RustyDiva writes: Once again Marie, you rock with this project! Love the rust factor and you did a great job on mitering! I've done baseboards before never tackled a frame. Good work.

Kenda Posted: 1:43 pm on January 2nd
alicemom writes: Marie,
We will trade when we get tired of our projects! I love it. You did such a good job on the frame (new career lol). It is so cool I can't stand it!
smiles, alice Posted: 1:36 pm on January 2nd
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