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Topic: Spindle railing posts.....

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  • Started 5 years ago by calico
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    calico
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    We took the old railing off of our porch this past summer and put a new one up. I now have a bunch of the colonial spindles left. Any ideas on what i can do with them?
    Thanks,
    Vicki

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. TESIE

    TESIE
    Member

    hello Vicki. I have a great idea for your post.....give them to me. Just joking. How about using them as legs on a table. Or cut them down and use them for a coffee table legs. I've seen people attach them as legs to an old window to make a table. I recently got some of the top pieces of a post. The ball part at the top. I attached them (as feet) to the bottom of an old suitcase that was made into a doggie bed. Could you make a frame shape out of them to maybe frame out some art on your wall?

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  3. I love spindles and railings, there is so much you can do with them. You are so lucky to have them. I have a whole page of spindle ideas here:
    http://www.robomargo.com/baluster.html

    Margo

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    calico
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    Thanks for the ideas!
    Testie-give them to me! LOL! :-D
    Thanks for the site Margo!

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  5. coalminersdaughter

    coalminersdaughter
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    Hope you take pictures Vickie so we can all see what you decided to do with your spindels

    Karen

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  6. we sell them at the store...and i try and ask what the idea is....sometimes its to put a birdhouse on....we use them as trim on cabinets sometimes...down the front boards...the boards that make the front edge of the cabinet...
    i can imagine a neat picture frame....but never tried it...ann
    www.magpiecottage.blogspot.com

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  7. concretenprimroses

    concretenprimroses
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    I actually bought a new one at HD to use as a stem for a plate flower. Haven't tried it yet, going to paint it green first.
    kathy

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  8. I made a photo holder out of these small spindles a while back. I would think you could take this same idea with larger spindles and put a mirror in the center. Be great on a buffet or dresser top.
    Peace,
    Ki

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    Not Too Shabby
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    You could screw an enamelware bowl on top of a spindle and use it as a planter or bird bath in your garden. I use them in my garden and they are colorful & practical.

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  10. I got a bundle of about 10 FREE at a garage sale last year. I attached bird houses to about 6 of them and planted them in my "wildflower" garden this summer. I just love the look. I painted some and left some stained.

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    calico
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    Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  12. I got a great idea from someone at Garden Web junk forum. She made a hanging planter out of some by attaching small galvanized buckets around the bottom. I copied her idea and made a few myself. I bought a trunk load of white painted spindles at a yard sale...really really cheap. Then I found a lot of brand new galvanized buckets at another yard sale for a quarter each. Hoss ran out and bought me some eye screws for the top of the spindle, and I drilled holes in the bucket for drainage, and screwed them onto the spindle. I hung them from wrought iron S-hooks on my front porch.
    [IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b213/KudzuKween/Garden%20Junk%20and%20Goodies/DSC07178.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b213/KudzuKween/Garden%20Junk%20and%20Goodies/teacupspindlebirdfeeders.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b213/KudzuKween/Garden%20Junk%20and%20Goodies/strawhatbirdhouse.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b213/KudzuKween/Garden%20Junk%20and%20Goodies/spindleplanter2.jpg[/IMG]

    I made some bird feeders by gluing cups and saucers to the tops of some, and the green spindle planter was made using chair leg spindles. I used some old garden tools and made new old handles for them. They were rusty, but not rusty enough! So I used red oxide spray paint and cinnamon to make them rustier.
    Kudzu

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  13. sorry, I'll go read how to upload photos*blush*

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  14. okay I think I have the picture thing figured out (much thanks to picresize.com!)

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  15. right now I can't find pics of a 1940's kind of light green spindle planter. My husband got an old chair out of someone's garbage for me. I used cheap white school glue and painted the legs with it, then painted over the dried glue with a green paint. That makes a beautiful crackle finish without paying a high price for crackle medium.Then it's sprayed with a cheap clear spray. can't find a pic of the bird feeders,either, maybe another day!
    The blue spindle hanging planters are from a huge stash of white painted porch spindles from a yard sale, and the galvanized buckets from another yard sale, a quarter each.
    The table sized greenhouse is from windows we bought for I think $3 from an old railroad depot, and I used the glue crackle method on them,too. The same batch of porch spindles...used 4 for legs for the table,scrap lumber for the table part, white paint watered WAY down to white-wash it.

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    Lila
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    KudzuKween: I learned something new already this a.m. Thanks for sharing techniques and pictures. That table greenhouse is so very cute! It makes me want to go snap some legs off my kitchen table chairs.
    Lila

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  17. Maggie

    Maggie
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    KudzuKween, Love that little greenhouse! I have several of those spindles & also old windows. I'll be glad when spring gets here! LOL

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  18. Maggie

    Maggie
    Member

    Also, thanks for the hint about the school glue! I have some of that too! LOL

    Posted 5 years ago #
  19. I just love your spindle planter. If only I had some spindles :( I love your little window greenhouse too. Thanks for the hint with the white glue. I gotta try it.
    Cindy (tinta)

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  20. DPumm

    DPumm
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    One idea I'v made with fat spindles and tabel legs is to attach a square base to the bottom so it will stand and attach a wood bowl to the top. I paint the whole thing black and sand it a little and stain over that. We have displayed them with potted plants, candy, a big candle or gourds and they always sell good. Diana

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  21. bubbasmom

    bubbasmom
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    DPumm ,do you have a picture of the fat spindle with the square base .I'd like to try one ,sounds cute.Is the bottom part made from wood or do you just attach a square box of any kind?

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  22. DPumm

    DPumm
    Member

    Sorry don't have any pictures. Yes the bottom is a square wood board sometimes 2 different sizes of square boards. Diana

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  23. lovecrafting

    lovecrafting
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    I built a candle holder with the same type of idea. If you look under the "candleholder" message you can see a good pic of the base. I built a box and added trim.

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