Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Windmill.

The windmill on the wall in my newly finished craft room.
Did you see it?
Well, there it is again ...... just in case you missed it in the last two posts! :)~

So, how did it come to find a place on the wall in this space?
It all started with a trip to Monticello Antique Marketplace in Portland, OR --- where I found the rusty old top of a windmill in my friend Kathleen's booth, Faded Charm (go check her out!).

I brought it home (with no intentions of incorporating it into my craft room), but it landed there when I got home that day, along with the rest of my found "treasures" --- and never left.

Every time I looked at it, I loved it and just knew I had to keep it in my Mom Cave.... the room full of all things I LOVE!

Once I decided it was staying, I thought of just hanging it on the wall, all by itself.
But then I just thought -- ah, heck -- why not just build the base of the windmill, too!?
So.  I stopped at my local Home Depot and had a piece of thin plywood cut into 2 inch strips (that cost about $8.00).  Then I spray painted them a steel gray and had Handy Hubby cut one strip down for the horizontal pieces.
(half-painted! ... this is when I remembered to stop and take a picture! :)~
I used these nifty Command velcro strips to hang them on the wall (they beat putting a whole lot of holes in the wall .... especially if you think you might change your mind about where you want something, which I do ALL the time!).

Then I took some medium-gage wire and created the "spokes" in the middle of the windmill ....

And one more time, the finished project:

To say that I love this beauty on my wall is an understatement.
I love it so much, I want one on the wall in my living room, too ... and maybe the laundry room and .... well, I love it a lot.
Even though it is one of the few non-functional details in the room, I think it just ties the whole room together -- as well as making a BIG statement.
Who's inspired to go build a windmill on their wall???


  1. I love your craft room! It's adorable and I'm jealous. I have to share space with my husband and he would never keep it looking cute like that.

  2. I love your craft room. The creative use of the windmill gives me some ideas about scrap pieces I have in my studio. Great ideas.

  3. Thanks for the shoutout Rebecca. Your windmill really does look cool!!

    Have a great week.


  4. Um Hi. Can you come over here and literally pick my jaw up off the floor for me because I'm not sure how else I'll be able to close my mouth. Your 'mom cave'-including this incredible windmill is more amazing than my little brain can find an english word for. Seriously I'm dying right now Bec, it is beautiful and charming and girly (but not too girly) and perfect in every way! Job well done my friend! What are you going to do for the next 3 months?! ha ha!

  5. I love it! I want a windmill or 2 or 3 on my walls! I'm going to be on the hunt for an old top to windmill now...the whole room is darling! I want my office/craft room to look more that way...right now it is piles of messes! Thanks for inspiration!

  6. OMG the entire room is adorable, love it.

    I have a fun any linky goes party that I would love for you to join too! This week linkers could even win a pair of silver earrings just by linking. Hope you will come.


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