A few months ago we were working on our new great room and decided to have salvaged beams installed to add some architectural interest. You can read about those beams here.
Here is what the beams looked like when they arrived.
They were filled with nails – some new, some old – and we had to pull a bunch of them out just so the contractors could handle the beams without ripping their hands to shreds!.
The older nails were so cool: some were no-head nails, some were drop-forged and some were hammered. The beams came out of a house that was over 200 years old and these nails could vouch for the age of the house!
I decided to keep them so I set a pile of them aside on top of the stone wall and promptly forgot about them. UNTIL my husband “cleaned up” outside and tossed them into the dumpster.
I’ve been known to jump into dumpsters to retrieve things I like. I’m not proud of saying that but there it is. Deal, people.
Hello, I’m Maggie and I’m a dumpster dive-aholic. Hello Maggie.
Here’s what I could save:
Not much but I had an idea that all of those curvy shapes and beautiful rust patinas could make a nice collage.
So I picked up some burlap and shadow boxes and fiddled around until I found a layout that I liked:
The nails are sewn into the burlap, which is Super 77’d onto cardboard that I salvaged from an old Priority Mail box:
I used a green-ish thread and you really can’t see a thing unless you look really close.
And if you come to my house and look really close at my nail collage and start to complain about the thread showing I’m going to take away your martini and send you into the woods without a flashlight.
So don’t hate. Just enjoy your martini and tell me how brilliant I am.
I think they turned out great, if I do say so myself:
And here is what they look like with the beams in the background (yes, I had to lie on the floor to get this photo – that’s where the martinis come in handy)
I joke, I joke. I wasn’t really having a martini.
But I really am going on vacation next week so that is why I’m talking so much about party drinks. I’m pretty psyched because we’re headed to Florida and we just got two feet of snow today, so ha!
Bon voyage, loves. I’ll post a how-to when I get back!
Linking up to these fun parties: