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What I Do When It Rains

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

My husband always dreads coming home when I have been cooped up all day with the rain. I always have ideas. We have a small farm and most of my time is spent working the farm or training dogs, all of which is outside. I am so glad to find others who like to repurpose things and understand being a bit outside the box.

This was a project that is actually for our bunkhouse, I was given a print in a nondescript frame, matted and glassed when some friends were moving. One of those, "Knew you would like this" kind of things.

It has been sitting against a wall because although I don't mind the watercolor, I can't abide the frame in my turn of the century farm house. So when the rains came, I got an idea. I took an old window frame I found and after a bit of remodeling and flipping it over, came up with a suitable "house" for my print. No glass at this point, don't think I need it.

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Joy, I love it. So creative. Good job.

Englewood, FL

I hope it keeps raining, keep us posted with with your ideas.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Wow Joy, that is really nice!

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

I don't think you need the glass either. It's lovely!!

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks, I really appreciate it. I am already wandering about working on another idea. I have an old piece of a hay rake, iron and rusty. Tink I will go the easy route and turn it into either a clock or use it as a base for n old water pipe floor lamp. DH is so hoping for the former. I found an old parking meter while junking and want to use it as part of a handrail, pipe, for the front steps. Now he is hiding from me. Lol

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Heehee.

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Here's a pic of the rake. I think I will humor my DH and make a farm clock out of it. Picked up some satin varathane spray and will spray it tomorrow, at least the side against the wall. Also got a clock mechanism and hands, we will see if it is as easy as they say. No numbers, we can never manage to be exact here, there is always something slowing us down. GG

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(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Oh, that will be so pretty as a clock! Just get a small piece of wood for the center, and put the clock piece in there. Can't wait to see it finished.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

great T2T .. love the clock idea ...

Seattle, WA

Very nice job on a picture I love. So rustic chic!

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Got the clock mechanism figured out, used a rubber washer over the center to hold it in place. It is now hanging in the bunkhouse but looks rather drab. DS stopped in and suggested that I paint the four points of the clock, pun intended. Don't want a dial, too conformist, beside everything here runs on "about" time. What do you think?

Joy

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I think you should wait for more rain lol

I actually like it but I agree that it needs something. Maybe contrast for the clockworks but not sure what color would work with your surrounds. Kristi

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Well, there is a wide range of options. A friend offered to repaint the inside of the bunkhouse in a barter, and what she ended up with was not what I originally agreed. The walls are a periwinkle and the baseboards and trim are white. Then she added bedspreads using shades of blue and the whole effect is that of a doctor's office. The clock is actually hanging on a wall. I flipped the spreads and found a wonderful ticking pattern, and have been working on putting things in that brighten. Like a sunflower yellow pillow with big embroidered flowers in primary colors. A bentwood chair painted in a distressed red, a couple old signs and some game boards. Evan had suggested that I paint the hands a bright color, maybe one of each?
What if I painted a circle or square behind the clock? Would that be weird? Mean I would need to do it other places?
Here is a microwave stand that we made out of old wood that is near it. You can see the wall color better.

Joy

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Lorena, TX

love the clock and personally wouldn't change a thing! and the old wood stand is awesome......great job on both!

Englewood, FL

The clock looks terrific, I would paint the hands an off white so it can be easier to read.

Blytheville, AR(Zone 7a)

I like the clock in its natural rusty look but if you want wild, try orange paint. Orange is opposite purple on the color wheel. Should make it pop.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I do agree on a bright color but not to paint the rust, only the clockworks itself.

Not sure what color but orange might be interesting.

And I do like that microwave stand. Primitive furniture appeals to (only) me at our house. lol

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Cool, thanks for the feedback. I will stop in HL and pick up sme paint for the clock works. I also have decided to paint/stencil a rug on the floor. This building was built at the turn of the century and was used as a meeting place for local Czech farmers. It still has the original floors. I found an old enamel topped table for eating and think I will put the rug under it. Hope it is as easy to do as it sounds. Must have color!
I feel for you podster, my DH used to not care either way, but now he can appreciate the craftsmanship and longevity of old stuff when compared to how quickly new stuff falls apart. Besides my TtoT usually doesn't cost much but time.

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Update on our bunkhouse. Got the clock hands painted and everyone likes it. Meanwhile we got more rain and I made a lamp for the beds. I had bought this cage thing for a couple bucks and when I got to thinking, it screamed "Lamp". Found out that Lowes even has the old fashioned light bulbs with the cool insides. The bracket was a HL clearance, $2.50. DH picked up the lamp fixings.
Then I took an old folding chair ($15) and made a pad for it with some fabric scraps. Used fabric glue and staples since my sewing machine is in storage. Now looking at it, I think I will take them off and paint the chair a bright color, maybe red, before I put them back on.

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

It's unanimous... both DH & I think the clock turned out cool.
And I will second the bright paint on the chair idea.
Hope you will post a photo when done.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Love your work!

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Yay for rain!!!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

very nice!

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Joy,
We have a farm tool out in our pasture just rotting down that looks similiar to what you are calling a rake but here it is a sod buster. 4 rows of pieces that look similiar to what you made clock out of. I talked my husb. into taking 1 piece off for a lady on garden forum and he had a fit won't take any more pieces off and we don't use it. Men what a pain. Would love to just take it apart and give the pieces away but it is really rusted tog. Never thought anyone owuld want any pieces of it but now I've learned they do. I would be so happy to give it all away but you know how that goes.
Bonnie

(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Bonnie you are right, it is an iron disc off one. When they get rusted onto the bar it is a ton of work to get them off. I find all kinds of neat implements at local auctions that have sat out for years. Unfortunately most are beyond reclaiming without a cutting torch.
I would love to use one for a lamp base.

Joy

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