Trash To Treasure: Vintage Heat Register Turned Clip Board

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This past weekend, we visited with our in-laws and came back home with a few unique treasures!  Before my husband’s grandparents’ farm house was torn down, years ago, my in-laws took a few keepsakes from the house to hold on to.  I just love the forethought they had, especially since now we get to be the recipients of these cool items!

One of the keepsakes was an old heat register from off the wall.  I just love the look of it!  It’s so much more ornate than any of our registers today.  I knew I could find something to do with it and it didn’t take me long at all.

I sized it up and had the sneaking suspicion that it was about the same width as my old crate bookcase.  So,  I carried that baby up to my office and plopped it next to the crate and sure enough… was EXACTLY the same width – oh yeah!!  The register was also angled in a way that it sits propped up by itself very easily and sturdy.  It also had that great diamond shape metal grid pattern along the front.  This was going to make an awesome clipboard!  A perfect accompaniment for on top of my shabby bookcase.  All I needed to do was make some fun clips!

This is what the register looked like before is sanded and cleaned it.  Not much different but the cleaning brought out some of the copper color a little better.

Next, I took some regular clothespins and painted them with a copper metallic acrylic paint.

To add a little more interest to the clothespins, I glued on some rustic Tim Holtz safety pins, that I had, to also pick up some of the other colors of metal in the register.  I used my Loctite adhesive for quick bonding.

Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor Here is a close-up of the clothespin clip against the metal of the register.

Then I just put the whole ensemble together in my office with a couple of pictures and some other decor:

Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor

Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor

Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor

Happy Crafting!

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

    1. Thanks Lisette 🙂 I do love what you can do with a little old clothespin 🙂

  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 🙂

  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,

    1. I love that part too and am grateful for the keepsake 🙂 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. 🙂 ~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 🙂

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

  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!

  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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