“Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?”
Recently, I became sad about all of the beautiful pottery I have collected that has been sitting in boxes since my last move (six years ago!) I desperately needed some shelves to display my collection, and for some reason, this look from Restoration Hardware really caught my eye. However, the price was out of my budget. So, I headed to the hardware store, and came up with a similar design that looks fantastic in my bedroom and didn’t cost an arm and a leg! Now I am enjoying my pottery, and also realizing that I probably shouldn’t buy any more because these shelves are FULL.
Here are the versions from RH. Aren’t they beautiful?
And here’s what I came up with…. First, I bought some galvanized steel pipe with a threaded end. I think they came in one foot lengths. I used a pipe cutter to trim each end to length. It took a little while, but it wasn’t too bad. I cleaned each of the pipes really well with some de-greaser.
Then I added a floor flange and a black plastic plug (these are in the isle next to all of the pipe.) I spray painted them an oil-rubbed bronze color.Then I put them in the drill press and added holes so I can attach the brackets securely to the shelf.
Here’s how they turned out. I think they look very similar to the more expensive ones from RH, don’t you?
My shelves are actually re-purposed bi-fold closet doors from our Habitat for Humanity Resale store. I removed the brackets, cleaned them up, and added a couple of coats of clear satin spray paint for protection. Now I can enjoy all of my vintage pieces of pottery…. Really, I have enough!
“Love is all you need.” –John Lennon
It was pure bliss to spend a little time yesterday at the thrifty shops…. My best find was this lovely, vintage Haeger flower vase. Every once in awhile the pottery gods are looking down upon me. I also can’t pass up cool old dictionaries, and I know that makes me sound like a crazy librarian, but hey. The letter dice and the cute little sand-timer came from an old game called Scribbage that I picked up for a song. Finally, this adorable little coffee mug was begging to come home with me for Valentine’s Day. Another day of good finds, great deals, and a little harmless retail therapy!
Happy Valentine’s Day and as always, Happy Thrifting!
“The collector is an artist in his own way, by the way he puts things together. You can read a person’s soul from their collection.”
– Ayers Tarantino, Art and Antiques, Dec 2008
Confession time….. I’m obsessed! With pottery. Specifically white pottery. Several years ago, I picked up my first piece at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. I brought it home and looked up the name on the bottom, McCoy. I was then very, very happy at my good find, as it turns out, McCoy is a very collectible brand! Well, since then, I have been unable to resist these creamy vases of beauty, and I have amassed quite a collection. I absolutely adore the way they look together, and don’t mind filling-in with a piece that bears absolutely no name, but looks as if it may have been lovingly painted by someone’s great-aunt and fired at the local ceramic shop. I also love little surprises, like my latest find at the thrift store labeled: Frank Moreno. I’ve looked it up, and it appears he is someone of note, and his pieces are sold in galleries. I don’t really care about making money on my finds, I just enjoy the serendipity of finding something unique for a good price and adding to my happy little (okay, large) collection. That first piece, however, is still my favorite, and I look at it as the beginning of a beautiful relationship…. with pottery.
Some of my favorite brands: McCoy, Haeger, Red Wing, Hull, California, USA, Franciscan, Bauer…. Although, who really cares what name is on the bottom if you really love it!