From Fireplace to Mantle!

February 19th, 2010 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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These vintage iron pieces are very heavy and have a great rusty patina. 
They were pretty filthy when I found them and needed a good scrubbing.
They also needed a clear coat of poly.  I used a matte finish versus shiny.  I wanted to keep their distressed integrity.
I had no clue as to what they were until I cleaned them and found the enscription log rest.
I love how long and thin they are.  With a few candles added, one of them fits perfectly on my fireplace mantle.  Its rustiness also works great against my patchwork tin piece.
But when I need to entertain, I grab the other one and with the addition of a stone cutting board (another occasional sale find) I have an instant serving piece!
Wa-la!  Anyone in the mood for a party?
They also look beautiful on a windowsill with the candles glowing against the dark night.  Awww...how romantic.  Now all I need is a glass of wine and a chick flick!  Oh, and maybe my honey to watch it with me!
Or how about using one with these European soda bottles and some cheery daisies?  Theyre just delightful!
The bottles have some beautiful etching on them.  Another great find!
These vintage iron pieces are very heavy and have a great rusty patina. 

These vintage iron pieces are very heavy and have a great rusty patina. 


I found these awesome rusty log holders at a local occasional sale for a mere $5 a piece.  What a steal (I ran with them before they changed their mind).  I knew they had some great design elements with multiple uses. 


Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette of Cottage Elements
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Comments (25)

LaurenHolly writes: This I like very much because it would fit in anywhere!

Lauren Posted: 12:30 pm on March 18th
chippingcharm writes: Hi Lani...love everything you've done with these! You have such an eye for cool junk and unique repurposes! Laurel Posted: 7:57 am on February 26th
NDJunkGirl writes: Seriously...so dang neat! I would have bought these in a second! Sigh.

Andrea Posted: 9:54 pm on February 24th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oh, wow! I love each and every use you've shown. Talk about a multifunctional piece(s) to have.

I bet they look just fabulous in your home.
Take care,
Candy Posted: 3:43 pm on February 23rd
SnowmanHill writes: Great find, and fun repurpose. I have never seen this kind of log holders, lucky you. Posted: 9:03 am on February 23rd
54girl writes: Rusty goodness!! Love how you used them with the candles and then with the the flowers! Very nice! Mary Posted: 4:00 pm on February 22nd
RustyDiva writes: These are right up my alley Lani ~ just send em on over!
Love the versatility and especially love to learn they are called andiers in French! Oooh la la! Awesome find you lucky duck! Enjoy them.

Kenda Posted: 2:04 pm on February 22nd
CottageElements writes: Thanks, y'all! Hey, Jim, you probably do still need those log rests. I think the East Coast has had quite the winter, and you'll need that fire burning! And Kathy, I think this is the only heavy metal I'm into. LOL! Fleurflea, I like the French's name for these--andiers sounds so much better! Thanks again for all the kind comments. Loved how simple this project was!

Lani Posted: 12:28 am on February 22nd
fellowjunker writes: Hi Lani,
Absolutely love what you did with these log holders....each idea is delightful to look at!!!!
xojanis Posted: 7:47 pm on February 21st
shabbychick writes: Lani - That's some great heavy metal - and you've put them to good use - fabulous and simply elegant!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 10:10 pm on February 20th
fleurflea writes: Very nice cast Andirons/Firedogs, or as the French would say, "andiers" - what a find! You have the most elegant/tasteful eye for beautifully simple ways to re:purpose...cheers! Posted: 9:43 am on February 20th
suewhitney writes: Love the look Lani, Loo Hoo.....all of them! The more ways you can make a piece of junk work for the better it is. Nicely done!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:16 am on February 20th
TinTinJunkFan writes: You have a great eye...love them as the cheese board holder! Posted: 7:43 am on February 20th
OnEaglesWings writes: Hey Lani, love the rusty log holder. Looks great with the candles and as a server (love the cheese spread as well...yum). I'm sure it will be utilized in many other ways too...what fun!

Hope your weekend is going well.
Blessings, Susie Posted: 12:45 am on February 20th
Shortperiodoftime writes: Very cool!! Like your ideas for use. Posted: 5:01 pm on February 19th
smiller0529 writes: Love it! I love the candles with it. Of course I'm a "candle junkie" LOL.

Posted: 4:37 pm on February 19th
alicemom writes: Lani,
What a super find! The way you pull junk goodies together is a true art.
smiles, alice Posted: 3:49 pm on February 19th
Cocalotta writes:
Another awesome project you came up with. I love candles
being displayed on them and yet the glass bottles with
flowers would be pretty for Spring.
I really liked the holder sitting in the window and the
white soup tureen.....LOVE IT! Posted: 2:12 pm on February 19th
ninnarae writes: Lani- these are just great! I love all the ideas, too- my favorites are the candles and flowers! I hope I run into some of these sometime!! Posted: 1:41 pm on February 19th
racers7 writes: Wow, they are smokin'! Melody Posted: 1:32 pm on February 19th
MimiToria writes: Good eye, Lani. All cleaned up and poly'd they're giving you loads of great uses for them. Your post is very beautiful and I love all of the ways you've chosen to use them. Excellent my friend.
Gretchen
Posted: 12:44 pm on February 19th
MakinItHappen writes: Love all your ideas. It's really cool how that piece of stone fits on top of those log rests. Looks like it was meant to be. Posted: 12:35 pm on February 19th
shamrockerin writes: awesome find! love the way they look w/ the white candles displayed on them! Posted: 10:37 am on February 19th
oldnews writes: These are so multi-functional! I love all the options and I am such a fan of rusty metal anything! Beautiful! Marie Posted: 9:38 am on February 19th
JunkArchitect writes: Lani, you can’t go wrong with a heavy, rusty piece of steel. This is a great look with so many options. I actually have the same log holders but I need them IN my fireplace…for another month or two.

Jim
Posted: 8:49 am on February 19th
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