Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dustpan Decor

On my weekend flea market stop, I saw an old handmade dustpan for $1.00 and, since it had nice aged wood and an appealing shape, I thought, "Why not? I can find a use for this".  Here's what I came up with...a magnet board for displaying a favorite photo on my kitchen wall. Needless to say, this was a quick and easy transformation. Quicker than sweeping the kitchen floor!

Here's the dustpan as found...

And after a quick rub with Old English Dark furniture oil.

I screwed an eyelet hanger to the top...

Added a favorite photo of my sister...who didn't always dress as a ladybug... and a few alphabet magnets...
And it was ready to hang. Quick, useful and cute! Just be sure that your dustpan is made of a metal that will hold a magnet (not aluminum or copper), and you're set to go.

I think a rusty old dustpan like this one would work really well (if you like rust as much as I do). I see these at flea markets and garage sales quite often...there are probably a few I've forgotten about buried right out in our garage.

You could also use a new steel dustpan to add color...a quick search online brought up these.

This idea is one I saved from Junk Market Style...a quick dustpan project that would make a cute gift. It could also be hung near a kitchen desk to store mail, receipts, or take-out menus in a vintage-inspired kitchen...or next to the phone to hold a pen and notepad.

I don't want to stress you out too much so pretend I'm just whispering the word "Christmas"...but I could see this dustpan hung upside down in a corner of the kitchen to hold holiday cards...or invitations,,,or tags to grab when wrapping gifts.

And the best part? Playing with dustpans is a lot more fun than sweeping the floor with them!

I'm still not quite believing that I just wrote a whole post about dustpans...I guess a blogger's just gotta' do what she's gotta' do!

This dusty post is linked to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Terrific Under Ten Tuesday at At Home With K
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House In The Roses
Second Time Around Tuesday at A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A 2 Z
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home


Pamela Gordon said...

Cheryl I love your home made dust pan and how you are using it! Very clever idea. And those pretty vintage ones? So sweet. Great ideas and inspiration here! Pamela

AuntLou said...

Too cool! :)

Grammy Goodwill said...

I like how you used that dustpan. I never would have thought of that. I also like your other uses.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love this use for the dustpan! You are very creative! Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the dustpan you found. It looks great with that cute picture! I think all the ideas for the old dust pans are great.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Great job on your cute new posting dust pan! I love the pink one too! I look for these all the time. I must be looking in the wrong places!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Great ideas for old and new dustpans! L really love the first one and the photo of your sister!

Anu@MyDreamCanvas said...

This looks lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.Take care Anu