My friend Laura wrote a book.
It’s called DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts.
There are 187 pages full of ideas and projects and metal creations and to say it is inspiring and exhilarating and creative is like saying the sky is blue.
All day long and twice on Sundays.
This, however, is not a project from her book.
It’s a project I made up from the book I may or may not write one day called, “How to Buy Things for Under $5.00 and Make Them Look Like They Belong On Fifth Avenue in New York City.”
I think it just might be a best seller.
I have wanted a galvanized boot tray for a while.
You know, the ones that look like you have a country house and horses and stables and super cute riding gear.
Even if you don’t.
But the one thing I have in abundance here at Thistlewood?
And all that mud means people take off their shoes and boots at the door.
If you have searched for boot trays like I have, you know that a galvanized boot tray can run upwards of $75 for a size big enough to hold three or four pairs of boots and that is exactly why I almost had a boot tray come apart when I found this at Wal-Mart.
Almost the same price as a really good cup of coffee with whipped cream on top.
The only challenge is that it wasn’t galvanized.
It was plastic.
Especially when you can go all Tim Gunn and make it work over on aisle 26 where I found this can of hammered metal spray paint.
And when you take that plastic boot tray and spray paint it….
….the tray ends up looking all high end and fabulous and stable-like.
And when you let it dry and tuck it by the front door and add a pair of boots it ends up looking like this.
One step away from a champion horse breeding farm.
Is it wrong that I hugged myself and told the tray Fifth Avenue was calling?
All day long and twice on Sundays. 🙂
Now if you are a little more adventurous and want to try some real galvanized metal projects, Laura has created a few and wrote a book all about it just for you.
A book has projects like this.
Like these amazing rustic metal planters.
And this washtub side table.
All the projects come with these easy to follow instructions and an entire section featuring the tools you need for the projects.
I’m so incredibly proud of Laura and so honored to call her friend and she inspires me each and every day. So much so that I totally see so many galvanized projects in my future.
Right after I put down my spray paint. 🙂
PS You can order the book on Amazon here.
PPS To celebrate the launch of her book, Laura designed these galvanized metal ornaments based on her sugar house located on her property in the Hudson Valley.
Aren’t they the cutest and they are only $6.95!
I just listed a few in the Painted Fox shop if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind ornament for your tree this year. 🙂