Monday, April 14, 2014

Just A Bit Rusty

tin roof tiles. rusty tiles
I am a bit rusty on writing a blog post.  

I have been on spring break with my niece Olivia.

Yes, I had a few posts scheduled ahead of time.

On the theme of rust, here are some rusty roofing tiles I found while cleaning the shed to get it ready to be repaired.

One summer I managed to save four truckloads of roofing tiles from three houses being restored or demolished.

The majority of the tiles have long since been sold.

I know one customer used them to cover her laundry room walls.

Another used them to make a border around the top of her dining room.

Some were used in small projects.

Some were simply hung on the walls.

All were loved.

All were saved from the landfill.

One house had the tiles painted in silvery-gray.

The tiles are wonderfully aged with rusty patina.

One house had tiles painted in red.

The tiles were much larger than the others.

There are singles, doubles, triples, and quads in this bunch.

Once I made several birdhouses and roofed them with the green tiles.

Most of the tiles are now at Riverfront Antique Mall.

I admit to keeping a couple of them for old times sake.

A memory of carting home truckload after truckload of tin roofing tiles.

A memory of climbing into a dumpster to remove the tiles discarded.

A memory of box after box of tiles stacked in the shed.

Now just these few left.

I think I have shaken off my rustiness and will be around to read and catch up with all you have accomplished while I was busy celebrating with my niece her birthday, high school graduation, and last spring break before college.

See y'all!

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  1. I'm so happy you had such a fun week with Olivia! I know each of you made a truckload of wonderful new memories! Those tiles are too cool....way to go saving and reselling them. Have a great day!

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. Those tiles are fabulous! Sounds like you had a great time with Olivia.

  3. I always thought tiles like that would make a really cool and dramatic head board. Just install them on the wall and take it all the way to the ceiling. Fantastic!

  4. So glad you enjoyed your time with Olivia! The bond between a niece and aunt can be so special. I have a niece that I helped raise and she is the daughter I never had. So glad you're back, Rust Goddess! There are some very creative ideas used with those roof tiles!

  5. Love these rusty crusty pieces!

  6. The bird houses are wonderful! They are cool looking tiles.

  7. Love these! I have a couple just hung up and we've sold several at the shop.
    Glad you had a nice time with family :)

  8. They are also great for signs - paint something cute on them. Hope you had a good relaxing time!

  9. I love old tin tiles! I also love it that you rescue things, Donna. :)

  10. Love the old tin tiles on walls. I wish I had the knack for putting something together with them. I don't. I have to admire from afar. Having been your way in a while. Need to make a trip soon. Would really love to make it to your shop one day!

  11. So love the old tin tiles, I would have kept so many myself, what a great treasure those rusty tins are. I love your birdhouses. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with Olivia. Next time your out keep an eye on some old rusty tile tins for me.

  12. The green tiles on the bird houses are my favorite. I am always looking for unique birdhouses.

  13. Wonderful find Donna. Now repeat after me: It is not going to freeze.

  14. Donna ... glad you took a Spring break and enjoyed your niece. Love the tiles and could think of a lot of uses for them. Good post and proud that you saved them from the dump.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  15. Such gorgeous tins...... Happy Easter to you and yours…. :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  16. What fantastic tiles! The colors are beautiful, and the uses endless - the birdhouses are wonderful!

  17. Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!


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