Grain Scoop Vase

January 4th, 2011 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Rust, chipping paint and history.

This is what you do with a grain scoop when you don’t have any grain…to scoop.
Scoop and rusty metal strap.
The strap was painted and distressed to match the scoops handle and then fabricated into a bracket.

I attempted to create a “Mercury Glass” look with this $3.99 vase. The vase was sprayed with gold and silver paint…then distressed.
Check out the next photo.
Come on, it didnt turn out too bad...right?

Finial hook fabricated from the sheet metal of an old Coca-Cola cooler.

A faint pinstripe was painted around the perimeter of the plywood.

It’s starting to feel a lot like…SPRING...somewhere!
Plywood prior to paint, detailing and distressing.
Its painted bronze, gold and silver...then I kinda wrecked it.

Rust, chipping paint and history.

Rust, chipping paint and history.

Photo: Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2011)

I received this cool, galvanized grain scoop as a Christmas present. It’s a perfect gift even though I don’t own any grain fed livestock or even live near a farm. So with a little digging through my junk pile I was able to create a new purpose for this crusty, old piece.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, container, wood, cottage, vase, eclectic, glass, industrial, , farm, entry, dining room, red, silver-metallic, aluminium-metallic, paint, gold-metallic, galvanized, mercury glass

Comments (34)

JunkArchitect writes: Thank you!


Posted: 10:51 am on December 12th
SantaClaus writes: Jim, you are something else - the most creative person I've ever known! xoxoxo
Posted: 7:21 am on December 12th
sunnyintexas writes: love love it so creative Posted: 8:21 pm on January 26th
itsnotjunk2me writes: glad you wrecked looks fabulous! the faux mercury vase is super have A+mazing talent.
judi Posted: 5:43 pm on January 23rd
MakinItHappen writes: Gorgeous! Posted: 8:24 am on January 10th
JunkArchitect writes: We're all glad you joined Tracey and welcome to the site.
There are thousands of projects here to check get started!

Posted: 12:54 pm on January 9th
traceyg writes: Hello All! I'm new here ... I had to join when I saw this project!! Amazing and inspiring!! I can see I have a lot of catching up to do!! :-) Tracey Posted: 9:46 am on January 9th
Lilredstar writes: This project is very creative. I couldn't tell that you ha a glass vase. I am very impressed! Posted: 5:54 pm on January 8th
Junky_Jolie writes: Hey Jimmy, can I buy this piece from you...please!

Posted: 1:32 pm on January 8th
LittleRedHen writes: Greetings Jim!
I have to say, I am impressed with your faux mecury glass! You might have to offer up a tutorial on this!

Happy New Year! - Tami

Posted: 10:32 am on January 8th
JunkinLindsey writes: You are amazing with a jig saw. Posted: 6:37 am on January 7th
cowbootie writes: Jim - You should try putting glass jar candles in them...I love the very cool architectural effect at night. Posted: 10:08 pm on January 5th
suewhitney writes: Ah,hahahahahahahahahahaha! You're HI-larious. Have you gone soft on me Jim? Doing flowers? Glad to see you are secure enough in your masculinity to show us the softer side of Sears. Seriously you know of anyone....I would love this. Always a sucker for flowers. Bravo!

Sue Posted: 2:54 pm on January 5th
JunkArchitect writes: Hey Kenda, you're not going to believe this but I haven't sent her flowers since we were divorced 10 years ago. And I'm not going to start! :)

Thanks! Jim
Posted: 1:52 pm on January 5th
RustyDiva writes: You realize, Jim, that now your wife will expect fresh flowers all the time since you've created such a great place to display them???? Great job and I too love the mercury glass job on the vase! Happy New Year!

Kenda Posted: 1:27 pm on January 5th
Junkpony writes: Wow... I wish Santa had brought me a grain scoop this year. I didn't get anything old or rusty or missing parts. :( Great distressing on the vase - how did you do that? Posted: 1:01 pm on January 5th
NDJunkGirl writes: Happy New Year, Jim - this entire sconce looks just awesome. Your painting and distressing skills are unreal. No one does it better than you! Of course I love anything related to a farm and the grain scoop is just cool.

The DIY mercury glass project is amazing! You make it look so easy although I'm sure mine would never turn out looking this great. Absolutely love it!


Posted: 3:32 am on January 5th
bluejean writes: Your attention to detail is amazing. Everything looks like it has always belonged together. Wonderful as always! I love your work. Posted: 11:18 am on January 5th
alicemom writes: Jim,
Love the whole project! Your mercury glass project turned out great!!
Smiles, alice Posted: 2:37 am on January 5th
CottageElements writes: Those grain scoops are great and love how this project turned out. I think your vase turned out just perfect, too! Love it all!

Lani Posted: 10:09 pm on January 4th
artteachergirl writes: What a wonderful Christmas gift, Jim. Not too many can say they received a grain scoop.
I want to do some Mercury look glass...tons of instructions out there in blog land. One day I'll get to it. Yours is beautiful. Vicki Posted: 7:59 pm on January 4th
Bec4 writes: I love it--my favorite part is that you got the grain scoop as a present--someone knows you well! Posted: 7:54 pm on January 4th
oldnews writes: Simply fabulous! The finish on the vase is genious! Just one big WOW! Marie Posted: 6:57 pm on January 4th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: Beautiful! Your mercury glass looks just like the real thing! Posted: 5:55 pm on January 4th
chippingcharm writes: I can't get over the things you come up with...I love every detail! And talk about details, all the painting and "wrecking"'s an art for sure!
Happy New Year, Laurel Posted: 10:01 am on January 4th
BlueBarnBird writes: Jim: Wow how your wife must love you. Your projects are so sweet. I have a scoop like this in my bird seed bin. I think Ill pull her out of hiding.. Posted: 4:03 pm on January 4th
georgiamoon writes: Oh my...Jim you are amazing! This is so cool. Is there anything that you CAN'T do?I love how many different things and styles that you come up with. I don't think there is a person on this site that wouldn't love this! The mercury glass is fantastic, I've never seen this done before. I can't wait to see what you come up with next...more gifts from Santa? I certainly hope so. Love it! Georgia Posted: 1:35 pm on January 4th
tibbyg writes: I'm not sure which is cooler: what you did with the scoop or that YOU GOT A COOL SCOOP FROM SANTA!!!! That rocks! Keep inspiring us! Tibby Posted: 1:14 pm on January 4th
shabbychick writes: P.S. Hey, nice job with the "faux" mercury glass too!!! :) Posted: 12:45 pm on January 4th
shabbychick writes: Jim, You've got the "scoop" (had to say it)on great junk and what to do with it. The vase is amazing - all the elements go so perfectly together - as always!

Way to start the year!!

Kathy Posted: 12:21 pm on January 4th
SnowmanHill writes: This project rocks the new year! I have the same scoop, love it, but haven't done anything cool with it. Your backboard design is super cool, as well as the vase. You are inspiring me to get my butt in gear.

:-) Posted: 11:29 am on January 4th
berton718 writes: Jim,
You have amazing skills!! This is incredible!! Keep on junkin'!! Posted: 10:47 am on January 4th
DesignTurnpike writes: Awesome as usual! Posted: 9:45 am on January 4th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
You know Jim it didn't surprise me what you did with that scoup.You should of hollered,I had the grain.Tremdous job Jim Have a nice day.Robert. Posted: 9:35 am on January 4th
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