If you were given the "pickin' gene", you know the feeling of exhilaration you have when your eyes land on something that speaks to you. At that moment you are not exactly sure of what it will become, you just know that you have to have it. Smoot and I found these three cow feed sifters at Abbieland (right next to Marburger) last year. At first we did not know their original purpose until they explained that they were used to sift impurities out of cow feed. The grains would start with the largest hole and then work their way through the medium and then the smallest.
We decided they would work great as sconces above the daybed. We had 4 brackets welded to the back of them so they could hang. Since they were the same shape but had three different hole sizes, I added the fringed burlap to each to create balance and symmetry. We opted to purchased inexpensive black metal patio wall lights for the light source since they would be hidden for the most part.
We love the idea that there are no other sconces exactly like these. It's an example of utilizing materials that would otherwise end up in a land fill and with a little creativity can become something totally unique. The Vintage Round Top is filled with reclaimed lighting, furniture, and accessories. Our hope is that guests will be inspired to make or buy one-of-a-kind pieces. Not only do they provide great conversation fodder, but they help in the effort to keep our planet Green.
This little corner is one of the most favored areas in The Vintage Round Top. People always comment about the daybed and sconces.
So, be on the look out for interesting materials that you could turn into a light, a daybed, a table or buy from artisans or companies that offer these unique items already made.
Each piece has a history with a new chapter being created.
What's one of your exhilarating finds?
The 1st, 3rd, and 5th photos were taken by Christa Elyce. The 4th photo was taken by Haylei Culberth.