Primitive Powder Room

January 8th, 2009 in member junk     
ShaeLeigh ShaeLeigh, member
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A Little Rust...hand punched piece of rusty tin fallen from a barn roof makes a light fixture.
An antique drying rack becomes a towel bar and shelf...old interior shutters turned sideways make a versatile window covering.
I made this from a rusted piece of sheet metal (old barn roof). I folded the edges and then hammered a flat seem so the rim would be smooth. Hand-hammered the design (freehand) with various sized nails. Drilled holes to match the mounting position of the old 70s glass shade that was there originally. Painted the screw-on caps that hold it in place to match the rusty panel.
A Little Rust...hand punched piece of rusty tin fallen from a barn roof makes a light fixture.

A Little Rust...hand punched piece of rusty tin fallen from a barn roof makes a light fixture.


My outdated bathroom got a junklift...I updated the 1970's light fixture over the medicine cabinet with a rusty tin piece I'd found in my back yard. I cut it to shape, folded and hammered 'seems' around the edges for a finished look, and punched a willow tree design with a hammer and different sized nails. Storage in this room comes from a variety of repurposed junk; an antique drying rack for a towel bar, old strip of peg board to hang hand towels, and various enamelware pieces hold sundries. An old tin sap bucket became a waste basket. A set of old interior window shutters, turned on the side, become an interesting window treatment...which folds away for letting light in, or closes for privacy.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Primitive Powder Room
posted in: member junk, primitive bathroom punched tin enamelware

Comments (14)

ShaeLeigh writes: Ok, finally got around to adding that close-up... Posted: 2:11 pm on December 20th
SantaClaus writes: Great co-ordination of organizers, etc. Need a close-up of that light you did - I want to do it on my bathroom light fixtures! TX Posted: 5:30 am on September 27th
dmfuller writes: Super Wow! I generally say I don't like primitive because it's so hard to get it to work in a room and not look super 1980s early american dated!

This looks FAB!

You get an A+!

~Mikey Posted: 11:45 am on July 18th
ShaeLeigh writes: Lani...thanks...I'll take a close-up for you. Gramdeb...I'll be happy to send you more info. Basically, I took shutters that were too short, height-wise, to do anything with in my house and found that if I turned them the other way, they were a pretty good fit (the valence hides the overlap at the top). You can open them all the way, too. I'll take pictures to show that. Posted: 2:09 pm on January 16th
gramdeb writes: How did you do the shutters? I have a "Gone With The Wind" purple guest room and I need a shutter window covering but could never find a horizontal one that fit and not really expensive. Can you open them?? Can you send me how you actually done it?? my email is degary39@yahoo.com Posted: 7:18 pm on January 14th
CottageElements writes: ShaeLeigh, welcome to the JMS site! Love your "Junklift". I have the feeling we'll be seeing more of that term. I, too, would love to see a close-up of the light redo. Very clever to turn your shutters sideways, too. Look forward to more of your "Junklifts"!

Lani Posted: 12:25 am on January 10th
ShaeLeigh writes: Thanks, everyone:) Yes, I attached it to the old fixture, which had a glass cover, originally. I just drilled holes in the tin in two places for the threaded rods to pass through, painted the original end caps with hammered metal paint (mix of bronze and copper to get the rusty color) and screwed them in place to hold it on. Posted: 1:52 pm on January 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oh, I'd love to see a close up of that light fixture. Great idea! I must say you've enlightened me with a junk term I hadn't heard before. "Junklift". Now that's exactly the term I'll use on my laundry room this spring.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to JMS!
Candy Posted: 8:08 am on January 9th
rebeljunker writes: Wow! You did a great job!! I especially like the new light
fixture! Did you attach it to the old fixture?
Di Posted: 1:06 am on January 9th
shabbychick writes: What a great "junklift" (perfect description!)! Using the drying rack as a towel bar is a great reuse. I especially like how you turned the shutters sideways and used them to cover the window - a very nice look!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 10:29 pm on January 8th
suewhitney writes: Hey ShaeLeigh,

Welcome to the site! What a beautiful bathroom. It's put together very nicely I love the light fixture too. I can't wait to see more posts from you.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 8:48 pm on January 8th
csudderth writes: Wow--great job. I love how you junked up the style of your bathroom.
Christy Posted: 7:53 pm on January 8th
RobJ98167 writes: Love the light fixture. Nice bathroom! Posted: 7:26 pm on January 8th
romancenrelics writes: This looks like a real retreat.!!
Marie Posted: 6:19 pm on January 8th
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