From Metal File Holder to Picture Holder

August 26th, 2011 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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Dont you just love coming across unique pieces to display your photo gems.
This piece was originally used to hold files folders, possibly in a dental or doctors office.
I wasnt very fond of the brown paint, so I simply sanded it off.  It wasnt on there very thick, so it took very little work.  I did make sure I protected myself with gloves and a mask in case the paint was lead base.
The piece needed some embellishments.  These European house numbers would suffice. 
Being both the pieces were metal, all I needed was some magnets to attach this to the file holder.
This brooch turned into a magnet, also adds some additional interest.
And then I need my family pictures.  This is my Dad back in the 60s when he worked in radio.  A very special photo.
Or how cute is this!  Probably taken in the late 30s or early 40s.  
I love how it all came together.
But then again, if I want to change it up, it works great for notes, business cards and other things I may need handy.
Dont you just love coming across unique pieces to display your photo gems.

Don't you just love coming across unique pieces to display your photo gems.


There's something about old family pictures.  They are something I look on with great fondness. To see the heritage from which I've come, to see my parents as children, or grand parents as young adults.  It just gives me so much appreciation of where I've come.  And I think those things are so important.  So when I come upon something that can display those prize possessions, I'm all over it.  I only hope the next generation can look from the past to help them in their journey to the future.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette of Cottage Elements
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, artwork, industrial, organizer, picture holder, kitchen, frame, office, contemporary, silver-metallic, mudroom, historical, european

Comments (12)

elleinspired writes: beautiful piece you made! Posted: 12:37 pm on November 16th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Wonderful feature! I really like how you trimmed out the photos as well. Very eye catching!

Donna Posted: 11:56 pm on September 2nd
CottageElements writes: Thanks, y'all! I love how this all came together. Those pictures really do mean a lot to me, and I love being told I look like my Dad. I do have to say those house numbers sure have come in handy, too. They were a a great find.

Lani Posted: 12:56 pm on August 31st
Junkpony writes: Great idea - the numbers add just the right touch. Posted: 6:31 am on August 31st
chippingcharm writes: Great idea...great pictures! I agree with Sue, you do look like your dad :) See you soon, Laurel Posted: 6:58 pm on August 30th
suewhitney writes: Nicely done, my friend. I love the way it all came together too! You look a lot like your Dad only he's handsome and you're pretty.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 6:40 am on August 28th
alicemom writes: Lani,
That is adorable. The picture of your Dad in radio is very special.
The house number really is the "added touch"!
Smiles, Alice Posted: 8:24 pm on August 27th
Yeyas Antiques writes: The photos are good, but I gotta say the 353 house numbers did it for me!
Posted: 7:06 pm on August 27th
JHillDesigns writes: OMG, I love old pictures also. They are so much fun to display. You have done a great job here. This is so cute and I can't wait to see you at Junkmarket Under Glass!!! Posted: 7:11 am on August 27th
clarerose writes: Really good re-purpose, simple and sweet :)

Posted: 10:14 pm on August 26th
birdcolor writes: I love, love love this! Great job! I love old family photos too. Makes me remember....if not for them, I wouldn't be here. Posted: 4:48 pm on August 26th
NDJunkGirl writes: Lanette - I totally agree! I am proud where and who I came from and love displaying photo's of past generations in my home! This project sure came together well for you and the industrial look of it is perfection!

Andrea Posted: 6:32 am on August 26th
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