3.20.2013

Upcycled teak pepper grinder

I've been pretty busy with work, etc which is cutting into my crafty time unfortunately. I have done a few small projects like this teak vase. It's actually a pepper grinder from the Lions Gate Thrift Store.



I bought these last week. I wanted to paint the silver candle holder since it's a bit rusty. I also thought of turning the pepper grinder into a candle holder but a vase for dried flowers seemed like a better, less invasive fit.



The top was irretrievable. Plus it was missing the screw at the top.



First step was removing the middle metal piece.



I unscrewed the bottom, removed the middle piece then screwed the bottom back. Notice the name of the manufacturer - it's Haenlein Winterthur. Apparently the pepper grinder in good condition could sell on eBay for $150-200. Crazy! But mine is broken and I paid $2. Although a friend of mine thinks it would easy enough to make a new top for it and track down a screw. Maybe one day I'll turn it back into a grinder. I'll keep all of the pieces for now.


Next I sanded the teak a bit then added some oil. I love the shape of the grinder - very simple and elegant. I added some pussy willows. I'm really liking the grinder as a vase!



I have a few pussy willows around my place - they're perfect for someone who is horrible with plants. They look good and require no TLC. ;-)



Next I'll work on updating the silver candle holder.

Thrift Store Finds

I'm finding a few FAB things at the thrift store these days. Mainly the Lions Gate Thrift Store. I bought this scarf for $1. I'm going to make house-shaped lavender sachets using this fabric.



And this purchase has already been upcycled! I paid $1 for this card holder. Love the design!



The card holders are made by URBAG out of polyester posters.



Happy Spring everyone! Here's hoping the sunny, warm weather is on its way!

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