Wednesday, May 30, 2012

~ Decorating with Rusty Old Things

Sometimes you don't know exactly how or when you started to really love something. It's that way with rust. Without a doubt I spent many hours with cleaners, navel jelly, sandpaper and whatever to get rust off of something that I wanted to paint.

When I saw this lock and the sister one that I found at the same time, I knew
it had no purpose to me other than just to admire the texture, color and beautiful age. But that is just what some pretty things are for, just to be beautiful and enjoyed.  It was an added bonus that it still worked and had a key. They are most likely from India and 100 years old or so. The seller had a few left, but I only bought the two. 

The following year I looked for him when we went to the same event. I recognized other things that he sold and asked him about more locks,  and a couple of other items that had been of interest before. He had long sold them all. So is it better to buy more than you really need when you go to a fabulous antique show, or to not buy something and wish you had? After all these years, I still can't decide.

The one thing I am sure of, I still love the look of rust. For a little info on making something look old and rusty you might like this post. 
See Y'all Soon~

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  1. Oh-Aren't they cool? I love rusty old locks, too. I know it is hard to decide whether to buy more than one or two when you see something you really like, isn't it? I have done both in the past- bought more than one and then had more than I needed or cursed myself when I left something behind. Hope you aren't cursing yourself this Wednesday- xo Diana

  2. Donna,
    Adore your locks! I have, many times, regreted NOT buying something...going back to find someone else had already purchased it. Now...if I like...I buy it. No more regrets! Your decor style is stunning!


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