Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Industrialize It!

It's no secret that I love old industrial "things" - farm implements, vintage tools, cogs and gears, etc.  These items can lend themselves to numerous design styles depending on the other accents you choose to incorporate in a space..  Old farm implements can read country-chic for some folks while may read steampunk-cool for another due to different staging and color stories.  Old signs look great in modern and industrial settings but can also be quite fitting for a vintage farmhouse.  All the other accents and accessories are what unify your intended design direction and help tell your story.

My personal office has always been a bit on the "industrial side".  I hate being "themey" with rooms but I had a motorcycle vibe going on in this space and just went with it.  Metals, blacks, leather accents and the like seem to nicely mesh.  The room has gone under some subtle changes over the years.  The addition of a silver, horizontal, color block helped make some bike art POP.  Two opposing walls, once white, gained some tough attitude with a coat of flat black paint.

A look BEFORE the simple "industrial additions".

Other unique items were introduced to the space such as a rough-hewn and crafted crate, reworked to become a coffeetable.  This piece could easily fit a rustic-styled space but due to the other room accessories, incorporates perfectly.

Some recent additions, to add a bit more, relevant character to the space, were a burlap sack with a simple font that screams "industrial" and an authentic sign from a gas station (another fitting element for a "motorcycle room".)

Excellent Alpha-Numeric Font!
Cool, authentic signage.  The flip-side says "GASOHOL".

By the way.  The burlap sack was $1.50 from a second-hand shop and I found the old sign in the woods (talk about a score for frugal decor!) with a few other signage items from a gas station (like random, giant, pricing numbers for a gallon of gas).  

So, easily add some "INDUSTRY" to your space - if you so desire.  You don't have to spend a lot to do so.  Look around for cool items.  Farm auctions can be great sources!  Add and subtract items as necessary until you fall upon the "sweet-spot".  I think I've found my sweet-spot . . . at least for a while.

Sharing this at:
Kammy's Korner - Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
Coastal Charm - Nifty, Thrifty Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Tuesdays Treasures
Home Stories A to Z - Tutorials & Tips Link Party
Debbie Does Creations - Toot Your Horn Tuesday
Chic on a Shoestring - Flaunt It Friday
Happy Hour Projects - Happy Hour Friday
Simply Designing - Simply Link Party
The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday
At The Picket Fence - Inspiration Friday
Funky Junk Interiors - Party Junk


  1. It looks great! I loving the stainless wall!

    1. Thanks. It's actually silver (chrome) paint.

  2. bravo! this is sooooo lovely.

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  3. Love the signage. Buried treasure, how great is that!! The use of burlap bags for display purposes makes a nice view. Great updated info & photo's...keep it coming. A loyal follower of Frugal :)

  4. Love it!! I need to do this to our bonus room/game room. It would be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

  5. Your office space looks great. Love that vintage gasoline sign on the wall!


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