Trash To Treasure: Vintage Heat Register Turned Clip Board

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You may have heard the phrase that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. It amazes me how often that is true! Even though not everything comes from an actual trash can, thrift store items are basically the same thing. The items that are donated to thrift stores are because they are unwanted and discarded. This makes thrift stores a great place to find items to turn into treasures. In my case, however, I came up with a trash to treasure project from an item that was simply given to me.

My husband’s grandparents had lived in a beautiful old farmhouse with tons of character. However, a large company wanted their land to build on it. Sadly, after selling the company their farmhouse, the farmhouse had to be torn down. Before it was completely demolished, my in-laws went into the house and saved some of the unique architecture as keepsakes. Because they knew of our appreciation for salvage materials, they gave us some cool pieces. One of those was an old heat register.

I am so happy that they had the fore thought to do this. Although I had no idea what I would possibly do with an old heat register, I love the cool look of it. The metal patina is so rustic looking and the diamond grid pattern on the front did show some possibility. After thinking on it for a little while, I determined that the heat register was a perfect size for a handy clip board. So, my trash to treasure project is simply to convert the use of the register to a new life as a clip board.

My Trash To Treasure Item

trash to treasure clip board

Since the heat register is stable and can stand on it’s own, I didn’t need to add anything to prop it up. It is also the same width as my crate bookcase which makes it a perfect addition to the top. All I really had to do, with the register itself, is clean and sand it. When I sanded some of the flaky rust off, I was left with a smoother surface. The rusted surface below became more vibrant and rich.

Of course, to make the register into a clip board, I still needed some clips. Because of the patina on the register, I painted some clothespins in a complementary metallic copper color. Then, to add a bit more metal to the clips, I glued on some Tim Holtz rustic safety pins.

trash to treasure project

I am loving the fun look that this new clipboard gives to my shabby office space. And, the sentimental value just adds to the overall appeal.

trash to treasure project
trash to treasure project

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30 comments
  1. Simply gorgeous! Super great idee to embellish the cloteshpins as well.

    1. Thanks Lisette ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love what you can do with a little old clothespin ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. love this idea–tfs:)

    1. You’re welcome and thank you!

  3. LOVE IT!!! What an awesome idea and it looks great sitting on the crate bookshelf!

    1. Thanks Laura! I was so happy it was the same width as that crate ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a find! My favorite part is that it has a back story. I love incorporating things that belonged to family. Thanks for sharing!
    Found you on Creatively Living
    Visiting from Well Rounded, leahkoenig.blogspot.com

    1. I love that part too and am grateful for the keepsake ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Awesome! I just love it.

  6. You did an amazing job! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party.

    Mrs. Delightful

    1. Thanks! I will do that.

  7. What a neat idea! I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Megan

  8. This is a really neat idea! Love those great looking pins you used on the clothes pins too! Just love all the re purposing I see in blogland these days

    1. I found those pins at Joann ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. this is absolutely wonderful! I want one!!~love finding a place for something old!
    ~~Rain

  10. Great idea! I have an old grate and have been at a loss for what to do with it!

  11. Unbelievably cool!!! I love the look and the story about it is priceless!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!
    –Katie

  12. Thanks so much Rain, Cynthia and Katie!

  13. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to stop by and share this…

    1. Thanks Jill! I will do that!

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  15. Stopping by from the Thursdays Favorite Things Hop!

  16. lovely rustic charm and creative too xo

  17. cool! I have one of these to do too; can’t wait to start playing. Yours turned out great!!

    1. That’s cool! Have fun with it and let me know what you do!

  18. Very creative of you and a terrific vignette! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! I appreciate your participation!

  19. Very clever idea. Love it.

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