Wrought Iron thrift store find! What to do...What to do?

Just got these wrought iron pieces at Goodwill for $1.99 each😃. Would like to hear opinions as to what to do with them....❓
q wrought iron thrift store find what to do what to do , crafts, fences, repurposing upcycling
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  • Barbara Barbara on Jul 24, 2016
    Wall light sconces?

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 25, 2016
      I actually have some brand new sconces in a box haha. May have to dig them out and see if they'll work.

  • Jemma Dee Jemma Dee on Jul 24, 2016
    Mix in with a large scale gallery wall. Or somehow use them as ceiling medallions like this: http://www.hometalk.com/diy/decorate/rooms/pottery-barn-wall-art-turned-ceiling-medallion-6721483

  • Judy Judy on Jul 25, 2016
    I could see putting some plexiglass over them and making tops for end tables. For the bottoms, depends upon the decor and where you might use them. Maybe a rustic wood box? Maybe iron plant stands that match? Some small nightstands with drawers? Or one large peice of plexi glass for a dinning table?

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 25, 2016
      Those are some great ideas. ..there is so many possibilities. All of yours included. I can see you are a creative thinker...haha. Me too. So you see my dilemma 🙆

  • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 25, 2016
    I know this is a totally different design...just wanted to share as I was searching for ideas. Isn't this gorgeous?http://www.houzz.com/photos/43973630/Wood-wall-art-made-of-old-barnwood-and-natural-rusted-steel-72x30-rustic-wall-sculptures

  • Heather R Davis Heather R Davis on Jul 25, 2016
    I would totes make some concrete stepping stones, with these beauties!! Great find!! Good luck!!

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    • Sparkles Sparkles on Jul 26, 2016
      I have never made my own stepping stones but I would have a pan larger than the irons. Pour in your medium then press the irons into them and once set pull out the irons to use for next stones. Spray with oil so they will slide of the concrete maybe. you would have a lovely walkway doing that other than only 2 stones. afterwards clean them up and hang on wall or fence, to carry out the pattern.

  • Lis8653677 Lis8653677 on Jul 25, 2016
    Since you have a pair I would loop some ribbon, rope, leather belts, what ever went with your design style and use them as drapery tiebacks.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jul 25, 2016
    I just used one over the chandy in my dining room, mounted at the ceiling...and the outcome was spectacular! Then you have one left for a wall somewhere.

  • Maureen Spangler Maureen Spangler on Jul 25, 2016
    I have one exactly like your, but it's black. Have it hanging on a dark green wall. I tested in some of these ideas. Have two similar maroon pieces that are begging to be used...

  • Giselle Giselle on Jul 25, 2016
    I would use them as a medallion over a chandelier.

  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jul 26, 2016
    use as an all over wall stencil. dip back side in paint, of a contrasting color, and press onto wall.

  • Judy Judy on Jul 26, 2016
    yes I think up 6 things and then can't make up my mind. That's why I have unfinished projects. LOL

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 28, 2016
      Your like me. ..I find cool things and then I stew on them whIle I try to get to my other projects. ..lol🤔

  • Gina Gina on Jul 27, 2016
    I have several sizes and shapes,Ive painted some,left some original.I use them as garden art.hanging on house in patio areas and on fences.MIne are in antique white (most) yard is chabby chic decor.

  • Marianne Marianne on Jul 27, 2016
    Hanging pot rack?

  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jul 28, 2016
    have you decided what you will do with them yet?

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 28, 2016
      Well. .no. .lol. But I picked up an old wood frame mirror yesterday. Its long enough and the pieces would fit perfectly vertically attached to the front. Would have to refinish the wood too thou

  • Elaine Elaine on Jul 28, 2016
    You haven't said how large they are, Mary, unless I'm missing something on my iPad. However, I have two similar ones that I painted black with cheap craft paint and mounted them on a narrow wall in a vertical fashion - one on top of the other. I also was going to use them in a wall grouping but liked them better on a narrow strip of wall that's between two bedrooms. Any prints or paintings I had were just too large but my iron pieces fit the space perfectly.

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    • Elaine Elaine on Jul 28, 2016
      Sounds good! I realize I made an error in typing "on top of each other" - I should have typed "one above the other" but figured you'd know what I meant. lol.

  • Gina Gina on Jul 28, 2016
    They really are! When I find any wrought iron at thrift shops and yard sales I buy them! very expensive in antique shops and garden shops!

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 28, 2016
      You should see the table I just found at Goodwill. Wrought iron base and glass top. I quess it's an end table. Old and dirty. But that's what I like. ..lol $5

  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jul 29, 2016
    that could be a pretty wall art object

  • Adele Byron Adele Byron on Jul 29, 2016
    Find a mirror to stick them too, vertical or horizontal and the frame them. .

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 30, 2016
      Exactly what I was thinking as I just picked up a long wooded frame mirror. They would fit perfectly. Just have to refinish the wood. I was thinking like this. . And attaching them to the front

  • Christy Roppel Christy Roppel on Jul 29, 2016
    I had two large square pieces (36x36). I painted white and used behind the bed as a "headboard". My bed didn't have a headboard, so I just attched them to the wall. They look GREAT!

  • Gina Gina on Jul 29, 2016
    thatswhat im talking about! I have 4 wrought iron patio tbls with all chairs,2 are very old bistros.I love them,all yard sale finds !...one old bistro at antique shop (that one i paid 120.00 for) all other 3 sets spent 125.00 total ! little spray paint,brand new!they'll last a lifetime.

  • Jackie Ortiz Jackie Ortiz on Jul 30, 2016
    Cut out a hole in 2 of your center top cabinet doors and place them in the middle of them. You can buy opaque glass or buy a "tinted" glass roll already and apply it in the back of your two beautiful iron pieces. The result is amazing!!! This I know; as I did it in my own kitchen!!!

  • Susan Axsom Curtis Susan Axsom Curtis on Jul 30, 2016
    I would paint them with a crackle finish then hang as art or you could frame them To frame them get pieces of plywood that is 12 inches + the width of the piece and 12 inches +height of the piece. Cover the plywood with clothe that makes the painted wrought iron pieces POP. Frame. Hang.

  • Susan Susan on Jul 31, 2016
    Spray the color you like, or leave as ease. Hang as wall art. Very 'in' this year.

  • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Jul 31, 2016
    I didn't noticed until today when I had my reading glass on....the paint is black but has tiny specks of gold. I'd hate to paint over it ... and actually, the paint overall looks good. How should I clean it?

    • Michelle Jacobs-Anderson Michelle Jacobs-Anderson on Jul 31, 2016
      dawn dish soap. just wash down quick with a repurposed cloth scrap (that is what i use to clean with use old tooth brush for small spaces ) and spray them clean, air dry.

  • Pun8435132 Pun8435132 on Jul 31, 2016
    Hang them on your fence.

  • Judy Judy on Jul 31, 2016
    Yes, I just have to make sure I don't become a hoarder! lol

  • Make kitchen trivets, put small rubber feet on underside and you have two beautiful trivets.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Feb 13, 2017
    I recently put a similar piece on my dining room ceiling, where our chandelier is. We cut out the center so the wires would run through the center...the result was amazing ! Then hang the other on a wall...

    • Kla2338189 Kla2338189 on Feb 13, 2017
      OR put them side by side or end to end on the ceiling...don't know how big they are...

  • Dot D Collett Dot D Collett on Feb 24, 2017
    After I filled up my dining wall with collected trivets I started hanging wrought iron pieces outside on trellises and fences. The blank wall is next if I can work out how to hang them with adding nails holes in the vinyl siding.

    • Mary Weaver-Davis Mary Weaver-Davis on Feb 27, 2017
      That's actually a great idea. It's that time of year again when my backyard is my focus. And these iron pieces are still not being used. Thank you

  • Cheri Quintal Cheri Quintal on Mar 02, 2017
    The design is beautiful I agree with making them into wall art. I don't agree with using Dawn to clean them. Try just using water and a gentle brush. If that doesn't work then go for the chemicals.

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  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 11, 2021

    Hi Mary, here is a link with lots of ideas to use this, hope you enjoy


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 03, 2021


    Hang them as Wall decoration. Incorporate them into a gate or fence. Attach to Ceiling. Incorporate in Furniture Doors. Fix under glass table as decoration.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on May 31, 2021

    nice wall/divider in the garden .or wall accent on which pretty flowers will climb