Because I’ve Got Vision…That’s Why

Taken at a Chicagoland Flea Market. Rosemont, ...

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I bought this fireplace cover years ago at a local flea market in Tennessee. I didn’t have a fireplace, but I did not let that stop me. Details. Details.  I enjoy metal work and this was interesting to me. I took it home and actually hung it on the wall, with some of my other architectural style salvage. I was going for a kind of industrial, eclectic, shabby chic decor. I am all about repurposing objects. My husband does not understand this at all. So…..I did not hang it up when we moved to our new house. My poor fireplace cover has been setting forlornly in the corner. All alone.

I think he needs to be repurposed (my fireplace cover, not my husband). I tend to call my flea market items “he” or “she”. I don’t know why. I’m just weird that way. (chunky metal objects, things with rough edges are definitely “he”, and pastel colors and vintage floral prints are unmistakeable “she”. Understand?)

I have been looking at the cover….and plotting……. I mean thinking. I’m considering painting it a lighter, brighter color. I could use it as a memo board or a place to tuck pictures. It would make a great headboard for a twin bed. (which I currently do not have) It is metal, so it has weight…but, is not terribly heavy. The two side pieces bend back, so it can set up independently….or it can lay flat.

Do any of my crafty readers have ideas?

Anyone Wanna Go Junkin’ ?


a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on <was particularly inspired by the Romanticists> c : to spur on : impel, motivate <threats don’t necessarily inspire people to work> d : affect <seeing the old room again inspired him with nostalgia>
1. A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.
2. Ardent love
3. Boundless enthusiasm
4. An abandoned display of emotion
1. what provides amusement or enjoyment; specifically : playful often boisterous action or speech <full of fun>
2. a mood for finding or making amusement.
This past week, on three different occasions, I’ve either heard or read about “look for what inspires you”,  “find your passion”,  “or what do you find fun?”  It got me to thinking….
I love flea markets, estate sales and junk stores. Junk being a “positive” word in my book. I like time worn objects with stories. I could get lost forever in these types of stores…and be quite content.
Happy, sigh.

I love the crisp white that makes the turquoise colors “pop”.

Vintage floral prints on wallpaper, aprons, table cloths, or linens. Timeless.

Cool rooms.

Flea markets are the best! Others might see nicks and scratches…I see a fresh coat of paint and a new life.

Are there any other flea market junkies out there? What is the best piece you ever found? And how did you use it?