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A few weeks ago, I found a lone horseshoe in my parents’ barn. It was incredibly dirty and rusty and definitely old. My parents don’t even have horses, so I know it’s old (though the looks alone were enough to tell me that). I almost left it to lie there for another 25 years or so, but I decided to pick it up. I had no concrete plans, but as an avid upcycler, I’m always thinking of new uses for old things.

horseshoe before
Weeks later, I remembered a cool piece of weathered barn wood I had been saving for a special project. And now, after some extensive cleaning, sanding, painting and nailing, I finally have a unique piece of art that I can be proud of.

horseshoe after


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2 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    Love it! I love all things old, and if it can be upcycled or given new life that's great! For a vintage look when I need to buy new, I shop at Look in the Attic & Company!

  2. joeanna anthony says:

    If superstitions are to be believed, horseshoe acts as a lucky charm. In some countries its placed on the front door of the house. Supposed to ward of evils.

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