Friday, May 28, 2010

Tractor Steering

 

OK… so I think I have a thing for old tractors now…

I know what your thinking… but nooo…

I didn’t put a tractor in my house. 

Although… Hmmm

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((Just Kidding))  I wouldn’t do that!

But I would put an old tractor steering wheel in my home!

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I found these three at the local feed and seed store…  aren’t they beautiful?

Beautifully rusty is what they are!!

The owner sold them to me for $3.00 a piece… YAY!

I had no clue what I was going to do with them but I knew I had to clean them up… they were nasty dirty!

First things first… I had to get rid off this dirty, black plastic stuff that covered the wheels… oh… and the water hose… it had to go, too.

I found just the right tool to get it off… my yard clippers.

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And while I was clipping away…  it hit me… a white room! 

Or, well, an ivory room.  I’ve been drooling over some white rooms I’ve seen in blogland.

I just can’t do it in my home because I don’t have the furniture for it…  BUT… I could do it on my screened in back porch!!

Eureka!!  That’s it!

So… off to Lowes I went… for this…

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Color : Soapstone

I don’t know if you remember seeing my porch color in previous posts, but it’s dark brown. 

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Next it was off to Hobby Lobby for some fabric… I bought muslin.

Now… you gotta know… 

I don’t sew! 

That’s why I had to use this…

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Stitch Witchery… it works everytime!

So I “stitched” some hems and made me some curtain panels.

(That sounds really country)

And then I used my steering wheels as…

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Curtain rods!

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OK… BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER…

I WANT YOUR OPINION.

The next few photos are different “looks” of the curtains and steering wheels…

Curtains folded behind the wheel (no overhang), curtains folded out (with overhang), some with flowers, some with ribbon ties and some just loose and plain…  

WHAT IS YOUR FAV?

  (they are numbered 1-6)

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So you maybe wondering why all the pics are tightly cropped and you can’t see the whole room…

Well, I haven’t finished painting the deck… only the area where these curtains went.

I believe this will be my next BIG project this summer…

making my screened back deck a white room…  I mean an ivory room! :)

To Be Continued…

Linking to 

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
 
UndertheTableandDreaming
 
Beyond The Picket Fence

44 comments:

  1. I LOVE numbers 2 and 5. This is such an awesome post! I adore antiques and using them in a gorgeous and stylish way. I am new to your blog and will definitely be checking back!

    xoxo, Cat @ www.BudgetBlonde.com

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  2. SIX! six six SIX all the way! Oh my gosh, what a RIOT!

    I love six because the curtains have extra poof to them. I love poofy I guess. They so look like my hanger curtains! And your added feminine embelishments are the perfect touch!

    I want me somo dem steering wheels! That sounds country too I think??

    LOL! I was cracking up through your whole post because I get you!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  3. Love this idea...so original! My favorites are 5 and 6. I like the little floral tie's, but love the puffiness of the others.

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  4. Thanks for stopping in to my site! I really appreciate your comment!

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  5. I like #2 what a great idea. Love the old tractor steering wheels. Blessings, Vicky

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  6. I like #5!! Fabulous!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. I like 5 and 6 cool fluffy and flowing!! Rhonda

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  8. I absolutely love this idea----I have an old baby carriage from 1950 in my basement that I have absolutely no idea what to do with-I could take the wheels off??? HMMMMM!!! I vote for 1 or 5---awesome!

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  9. Are you kidding me? This has to be one of THE most creative and most beautiful projects I have ever seen!!!!!! I can not wait to see the finished porch, but I'm already jealous. I know Donna is in love , you guys are just the best! Really great is all I can say cause' I'm drooling. O and like Donna 6666666666666 all the way! I'll be backkkkk <3 <3

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  10. I LOVE this!!! You are a genius! I like #5 - just kind of flow-y. Hmmmm . . . I actually live on a farm and I'll bet if I went out to the barn I could find me some steering wheels . . .

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  11. #5 but #6 the very best! This is so awesome cool! I think it is my favorite thing I've seen in quite awhile and very much in Funky Junk fashion!

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  12. #6 - Love it, love it love it! What a cute idea! I have an old steering wheel too. All I could come up with is a squirrel feeder!

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  13. You found a perfect use for the tractor steering wheels....very creative. My favorite is #5.
    Jane

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  14. I like #4 and #6 :) But whichever you end up going with will look awesome. Love it! And I'm a new follower :)
    {Rebekah}

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  15. #1 and #5. Donna's gonna be jealous she didn't think of this ;). So junk-tastick!

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  16. I like 1 and 2! But is all beautiful! Looks so fresh and clean!!!
    ~Bridgette

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  17. OMG...I LOVE this idea!! I've never seen anything like it(which I love), and it's perfect!! It's so simple and creative (which I love, again)!! And, I LOVE the no-sew curtains (I don't sew either)! Your porch looks beautiful!! :) ~ Jo
    P.S. I came over via Funky Junk's SNS party. :)

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  18. Fab idea! They all look great but #4 is my fav!
    *hugs*deb

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  19. dstep... all I can say is go for it!! What a fun piece that would be to work with!

    dleahy23... thanks so much!! Donna is a BIG inspiration to me... she has such an awesome creative mind!! Thanks again!!

    Kendra

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  20. What a fabulous idea! Love them all but #2 & #5 are my faves.

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  21. What a great idea! I prefer pic 1 (simple to really showcase the wheels and muslin) but I also like 5. I gotta find me one of those wheels!

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  22. How darling. The tractors would be happy to be with such wonderful company. I love it and I did an all white back porch too..love it.
    I vote #6 it is just enough whimsy but not overboard..
    tammy

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  23. #5! I like all of them, but #5 really made me gasp!

    What a fabulous idea!

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  24. 5 5 5 ! Awesome! I love tractors too and this idea is ingenious. And to find three of them, what incredible vision and how fortunate. 5 all the way!

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  25. I think number two is great!!

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  26. Decision making is not my forte. However, I adore ideas number 1&5. This is an ingenious transformation of the steering wheels. You certainly have creative vision! Loving it!

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  27. What a great creation. I LOVE #1, by far!

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  28. I love #1 the best... very simple and clean lines.

    Know where else it would be good in? Bathroom! Hang a bathtowel... would be so perfect for a boy's bathroom filled with tractors stuff.

    Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see the end result! :)

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  29. How totally cool! I love 'em all, but I'd have to say #2 or #5.

    Always happy to talk a Husky Mama! :-)

    Hugs,
    Anne

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  30. I am voting #3 for everyday and #2 for special occasions.
    You went a totally different route with this than I would have guessed. I am pleased and surprised.

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  32. That is so pretty, I love it! Kind of hard to pick one favorite look - seems like you could change them around depending on the season, your mood, etc. I just found your blog - can't wait to go back and read the other ideas!

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  33. Goodness Gracious ~ LOVE this! Love all the different displays too! {#6 is gorgeous} Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  34. Hi Kendra! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your tractor wheels today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks again for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  35. This has got to be the most creative window treatment I've seen in a long time. I just found your place through under the table's blog. I love seeing all your fun ideas!

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  36. You come up with the most creative ideas!!
    These are great - I think I like the overhang look the best, but they are all good, change them up!

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  37. Totally loving #5! I may need to find me some tractor steering wheels! (My hubby is a farmer, so he just might like it too...or think I was off my rocker...either way...).

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  38. Oh my!
    You are ever so creative. You remind me of Donna, at Funky Junk.

    Glad i found you
    signing up to follow so i do not miss anything!

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  39. Great window-curtain-idea!!
    Best regards from Belgium,
    Marjolijn

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  40. I like one and five. Okay, I know I am late to the vote, but I have just now found you. I think I like those two because they are the simplest. I like simply elegant things and that's what I see. I LOVE those steering wheels. You are a big picture thinker, aren't you?

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  41. love # 5 neat idea i am thinking of hanging some curtains on my patio on the west side where the eveing sun shines in.

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  42. So which one did you go with? I love this idea.

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  43. I love your photos!

    My mom would love this. Very clever! I have never thought that I could make good use of my Steering Wheels

    I am a fan!

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  44. Absolutely beautiful, thanxs for creating this awesome blog..

    Wheels Miami

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