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Photo courtesy / Cassie Smith This old cast iron post took a little cleaning before it was ready to come inside.1 / 2
Photo courtesy / Cassie Smith This discarded iron post, once cleaned up, became an accent table for the author's bedroom.2 / 2

Posted July 30, 2012

While on a leisurely stroll with my mother one summer day, something caught my eye as we were walking past a garbage pit ... gingerly dodging freshly "planted" cow pies! Did I mention this walk was in my parents' pasture behind their farm?

Anywho ... we changed direction and headed over to said pit to check out the potential treasure just ahead. What I found was the base of an old cast iron mailbox, with the perfect amount of rust on its once-white patina. It took me a minute to realize what it was, and several more minutes to muscle it out of the pile! Well worth the effort, don't you think?

Once I decided I had to have this baby, I had to walk back to my vehicle (10 miles, uphill both ways) and drive to the nearest gate, then came the "hoisting" magic trick my mom and I concocted to get it in my car. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit ... but it is heavy.

Once home and cleaned up (you can't imagine what I found inside....remember, we're in a pasture!) I added a layer of rubber cement to the top rim and put some scrapbooking paper on top of that. With a purchased glass piece from a hobby store, it makes the perfect accent table in my bedroom, where it prominently displays a picture of my mom and me!

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