I know this will sound kinda “braggy” but, I’m married to a fabulous man! He’s loving, kind, gentle, faithful, smart, funny, handsome, and HANDY! I remember him telling me once (when we were dating) that he could build anything. I was skeptical then but 25 years later I can honestly say that YES, the man CAN build anything he sets his mind to. This is one reason I knew he would love going to the Round Top, Texas flea market last spring. Round Top promised to have acres of treasures that he could pick from to upcycle and transform into something amazing.
The Rustier the better
Many things caught his eye but the various rusty old pedal cars that were scattered throughout the show seemed to touch a soft spot. He’s always been a car guy so it didn’t surprise me when I would see him stop and admire these cute little toys from a time gone by. You could almost see the wheels in his mind turning as he gazed at each one thinking of what he could do with it.
Then it hit him. I had been bugging him about a new light fixture for above our dining room table. I was thinking of something along the lines of a large open style chandelier but he had another idea. What if we transformed a pedal car into a chandelier? I didn’t see it at first but decided to keep an open mind and let him go with the idea. So, when we found a nice little red fire truck with its bell and light intact, we snatched it up for around $80.00 and brought it home. Next thing I knew, it was hanging in my dining room.
And I would have to say that I absolutely LOVE it! Once again he has totally amazed me with his creativity and craftsmanship.
To complete his project, he used some old rusty swing set chain from a box at an auction, added an old hook he salvaged from a chain binder out of a barn he took down,
and mounted it to our ceiling using this Oldsmobile dog dish style hubcap. He’s a General Motors retiree so this was an extra special touch. Such a clever guy.
Dining in Style
For the light fixture under the car he found this headlight lens from a 1936 Ford in a neighbors garage sale and mounted it under the pedal car using an LED light and a dimmer switch to illuminate our dining area. Now this is dining in style.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but this little car hanging above our dining table is truly one of my favorite items in our home. It brings a smile to my face every time I look at it and will for years to come.
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