Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tricking Out The Trash: Baby Bed Springs

So I changed my blog name.  Backwoods Babies just didn't really describe me anymore (I will be leaving it up so the old links will still work).  If there is one thing that does describe us it is the gypsy lifestyle that we have always led (with the exception of that first 18 years of my life).  We have never lived anywhere longer than 5 years, and most places haven't even made it that long.  Someday I'm sure our roots will take hold.  Until then we will just enjoy the people and places we get to experience, and indulge our wandering spirits. 


Ok so in this house I've had a bit of a problem with garbage.  Do you guys know how many people throw away awesome trash around here, and what kind of crazy person passes up a curbside freebie?  I mean why scour craft booths and thrift shops for something you can do yourself.  I have gotten so many awesome freebies that you couldn't get in the garage it was so full. 

So one day I was bringing a giggly drugged up teen back from a dental appointment when I saw this totally awesome baby bedsprings just chilling on the curb.  Now if you are asking what the heck you can do with a baby bedspring you obviously haven't procrastinated on Pinterest before.  I mean I've seen it all from a laundry hanger (like over at A Diamond in the Stuff) to an awesome photo display (like over at Kammy's Korner).  The possibilities were practically endless.

So I wasted little time pulling a u-turn to nab this thing from its perch before someone else came across my treasure.  This thing had a fun rusty patina to it that gave it just the right about of shabby.  As I was putting this thing in the back of Stella (my trusty suburban) I was intending to give it the common treatment of photo display.  However, it just didn't feel right.  I was going to be hanging this on the wall at the foot of the playroom stairs.  That's a dark area as it get absolutely zero natural light.  So the rusty springs with pictures just kind of added to the darkness of the area.



Then I remembered I had a bucket full of drippy crystals that had been taken down from my confused dining room chandelier.  So I thought maybe I could use those to add a bit of sparkle to the dark space.  Something for the light to reflect off of.



I really liked the look, but wanted a more textured feel to it.


So I pulled out a roll of gardening burlap I had on hand, and then hot glued it to the back of springs.  Now gardening burlap has a much looser weave than the crafting burlap that is so common.


WARNING: Make sure you use a wire brush to clean off as much of that rust as you can where you are gluing, or the hot glue will just peel right off.


While the crib springs aren't overly heavy they are to heavy to simply nail up.  So I spend $2.49 on some large cup hooks from Walmart.  Using a stud finder I pre-drilled and then screwed these straight into the stud.  I had visions of one Destructo Girl trying to free hang from this sucker so I wanted it to be sturdily mounted.


After I installed the hooks I ran into a little snag.  The hooks curved up too much toward the wall, and I wasn't able to get the spring hooked onto it.  So I had trim a portion of the hooks off with tin shears to allow the springs to be hung.


I really liked the end result.  Is it still dark?   Yup, but it lends a classy turn on what has become a traditional remake.  

So lets do a rundown of how much this cost me.

Crib Bed Spring: Free@ Curbside Special

Cup Hooks: $2.49 @ Walmart

Crystals: Free @ salvaged from chandelier

Burlap: I'm putting this one in the free category because I've had this forever, but a new roll (3' by 24') at Lowe's will run you $9.98

So for less than $5 you can have a super cool conversation piece to add little sparkle to a dark spot in your home.  All it took was a willingness to handle garbage to give new life and purpose to an old tired piece that had been heading to the landfill.  So here's to making something old new again.


52 comments:

  1. That's a fantastic idea. This is so nice!

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  2. Absolutely adorable... I may have to go raid my dad's garage for my old crib bed-springs...! ♥

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    1. You totally should. I'm glad you stopped by

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  3. This project is SO clever and crafty! Thank you so much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  4. Sarah, love the sparkle. Sylvia D.

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  5. such a unique idea, I love how it looks on your wall.
    Maria

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  6. Sarah, love the new blog name! I was proud that I found my crib springs for $10--so good for you! Mine are in the garden but I love this idea! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinning!

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  7. Very clever and such a unique piece!
    Ann
    https://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/

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  8. how cute...very creative...I thought you might add patio lights to it...

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    1. I really wanted to add light, but there was no place to plug them in.

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  9. I have a neighbor that makes her rounds on trash day. However, she is not as creative as you. I have seen bed springs used in different ways, but not like yours. Nice idea and well carried out.

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  10. I must keep my eye out at curb side trash, such a transformation.
    Ann

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  11. Oh what a neat idea! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  12. Wow you have some amazing vision to see wall art where others see trash. This is amazing. I wish I could have the artsy eye to transform something destine for the trash into something new and beautiful. Really great post

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    1. Thanks Melissa, and thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Sarah, I love this. You go girl. I am a curb junk expert. HA! Clever and awesome.
    xo,
    Jeanne

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  14. OH My Goodness!! That turned out so adorable!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned! Hope to see you again tomorrow!!

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  15. How cute! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  16. Great piece! It has inspired me to start looking for one... what fun it would be to have in the shop to sell things off of. Thanks so much for linking up with Let's Talk Vintage! I hope you'll stop back again next week!

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  17. Well, I have to tell you that I just love anything that sparkles so your creation is a hit with me! Very creative and fun! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. Such a neat idea, I love how it adds a bit of glamour to the end of your hall!! Your trash to treasure has been picked as one of my Friday Favorites Features this week - http://leroylime.blogspot.com/2016/07/friday-favorites-week-summer-diy.html

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  19. That is such a cool piece of decor--I would never have thought of that! Thanks for at Funtastic Friday!

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  20. What a cool idea! I love the addition of the crystals. Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party.

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  21. Love it! Next time I see one of these, now I'll know what to do with it. Love that you hung crystals on it. If you have time please share your tips and two other blog posts with us over at the DI & DI Link Party. I think our followers would love it! If you don't have time, no worries. Have a great week! www.rustic-refined.com

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  22. Giving you a feature tomorrow morning for "lets Talk Vintage!" Thanks so much!

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  23. Found your blog on Bella Rosa's link party! What a great project. I followed the other link to your dining room remake (which came out really pretty, btw) to see where you got the crystals. In a million years, I would not have seen the potential in those crib springs. Wow! ~Rheta

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