If you like making old stuff into new, you might be interested in HGTV’s new show, “Flea Market Flip”! I recently found out about this and caught one of their full episodes online. Fabulous reinventions and challenges! One of the short videos that got me extra tingly was this video about making a set of random old steel wagon wheels into a cool urban style end table. Here’s a screen shot of the finished product and the before picture (with the host Lara Spencer) from HGTV.com.
The reason why it got me so hyped up was because we have a wheel EXACTLY like it at home! It’s been hanging out in our front yard and every time I see it I would think, ‘I KNOW I can make something useful and unusual out of this. But what could it be…?’ Here’s a picture of it.
There’s a (not so) funny story behind this wheel. Someone had given it as a gift (pretty odd gift, if you ask me.) It was a rusty old turn-of-the-century steel wagon and frankly one ugly looking thing. Back then I didn’t have any interest in flea marketing nor even entertained with the idea of revamping old junk. So the wagon just sat there in our front yard without anyone giving a care in the world about its existence… Until one day… we realized that someone had stolen it in the middle of the night and took everything but left that one lonely wheel behind! Maybe it got its feelings hurt and demanded to find a new home. Or maybe someone who had an eye for antiques spotted it during their hunt (THIEVES!) and came back for it when they knew the dark night would protect them. (THIEVES!) It must have been a two or three man job ’cause that thing was stinkin’ heavy to move around. I remember the day we noticed it was gone, feeling a weird sense of loss even though it wasn’t a purchased item nor a prized possession. But just the feeling of knowing that someone had violated your property by coming unannounced and unwelcomed and having the nerve to steal something that didn’t belong to them. Oh, the humanity…!! Anyway, as inspired as I was after watching this video, it also stung a little bit, now that I finally know what I can do with this darn thing. (Cue Alanis Morisette’s song “Ironic”…) Oh well. I guess in reality I’m back to square one in terms of not knowing what to do with this single wheel. But here’s to hoping some other brilliant idea will come my way!