People that know me, know that I love a good Craigslist find. As soon as I saw this sofa I knew it could be great and fit in with our rustbelt chic vibe. Of course as it is now, it looks like it had a rough life in someones basement or 1980's themed dorm room. But I can see past all of that, and I am imagining a much more in-style sofa with some rustic touches like burlap covered cushions and some industrial flair with some metal casters. I am going to get cracking on it as soon as the weather breaks and show you all what has become of it with some future posts. If we do not sell it before our show at The Cleveland Flea, it will be there so you can see it (and sit on it) in person. (UPDATE) The sofa is completed and sold right away at the flea. We are so happy it has a new home home and it came out looking great!
People who know me, know that I love Cleveland. I love living and working here and I love the businesses and the people. I was born and raised here and our small business tries to keep Cleveland in whatever we do. I do not do it because I think Cleveland is hot right now, I do it because to me, Cleveland has always been hot.
There are so many things going on right now in our city that we can be proud of. From amazing beer to amazing food and all of the jewelry, furniture and vintage in between. There is something happening in Cleveland that goes beyond a new Public Square or a revitalized Flats. There are so many things for us to be proud of. One of them being The Cleveland Flea.
You may know about them already, you may have been to a market on a Saturday afternoon or caught one of their Christmas Markets. Maybe you have something in your home now that you have bought from the flea or have said to yourself that you need to check it out one weekend. Even if you have never heard of it before, there are some great reasons to support The Cleveland Flea. You can do that here at their Kickstarter campaign.
The Cleveland Flea is an incubator for small businesses. They work very hard at organizing and promoting us so we can all put our best foot forward and bring you all interesting, unique and totally Cleveland items. I love going there on a Saturday afternoon to see what people make and I am amazed at the support from the community and the camaraderie between the vendors. This is a different kind of flea market. Maybe it's best described as flea market without the fleas. Whatever you would want to call it, it's awesome and it's Cleveland.
Now, The Cleveland Flea wants to expand and provide tables and benches made by Soulcraft Woodshop (awesome BTW) to the vendors on flea day. Let's get together and help them get to their goal and show people once again how awesome Cleveland is and how good we are to it's artists and small businesses.
The Cleveland Flea Kickstarter Campaign
Come out and see us in person at Black River Trails Alpaca Accessories and Gift Shop on April 11th and 12th from 11am to 5pm. You will be able to see some of what we do and also look at some really nice alpaca apparel. There will be more details to follow! You can RSVP at our Facebook page if you would like to be reminded. We may have something special planned so you will want to be the first to know! It will be great to meet you in person. See you soon!
Finding industrial items for your home is not a difficult thing to do. You can search the internet and find so many things that can give your home some industrial flair. The problem that I usually run into, is the cost of those things. With that being said, I wanted to share with you an easy weekend project that will not break the bank and give your windows a bit of a rustbelt chic look for not a lot of money. Pipe curtain rods!
These are really easy to make, you can make them fit to any size window and they look really cool. Here are the things you will need to make one. Keep in mind that what we needed was for a 40 inch wide opening. Your window may be larger or smaller.
1 48 inch by 1/2 inch black iron pipe
2 1/2 inch 90 degree black iron elbows
2 4 inch by 1/2 inch black iron pipe
2 1/2 inch iron floor flanges
Plastic Screw Anchors
The pipes usually come in certain lengths, but they can be cut and threaded at the home improvement store for you. Connect an elbow to each end of the pipe, making sure you create two 90-degree arms so your curtain rod will fit flat against the wall. Then, add your short pieces of pipe to the elbow. This additional piece will make your curtain rod sit farther from the wall and make it not only look neat, but it will make sure that the curtains sit far enough away from the window casing so they open and close easier.
The next step is just installing your rod and making sure that it is properly affixed to the wall using anchors.
*TIP* If you are using rod pocket type curtains, you will have to put them on the rod before you hang it. It will make the hanging process a bit more difficult but not by much.
The last step is to enjoy the work that you just did and show it off to your friends.
Rustbelt Chic is a fairly new term used to describe the style coming out of the Midwest Rustbelt cities and towns that a lot of people have long since forgotten. So, what exactly is Rustbelt Chic?
To me, Rustbelt Chic can mean a lot of things. Not only is it style, but it is also an attitude. As Clevelanders, we have been through our fair share of ups and downs. From burning rivers, government corruption and the decline of our steel industry. One thing is for sure, you can't keep us Clevelanders down! Our city is better than ever, and now the rest of the country is noticing. It's not really a surprise to us because we have always known what this this city was, is, and what it can be.
Cleveland is on the cusp of a renaissance and we are all a part of it. You can see it at the Cleveland Flea, 78th St. Studios and the Screw Factory. It shows in our basement and garage workshops and anywhere else art or design is created. Something that is not missing in this city is passion. We have a passion for this city and it shows in the things that we create. That is Rustbelt Chic.
I am so proud of our city and what it is turning into. I am proud of the people that are working hard to make it a better and more accepting place. I am proud of the positivity and support that not only we have gotten, but the support that Clevelanders give to all of the small businesses that are passionately doing what they love to do. We are Rustbelt Chic.
Some people feel that industrial design is mainly used in loft spaces simply because for the most part, those lofts used to be industrial spaces. Industrial pieces can work in almost any home and with almost any design style. It can be dressed up or dressed down for a sleeker look. Industrial style is about working with what you have and then adding interesting pieces.
The pieces should stand out and be noticed! You do not want to have a beige room with beige furniture topped off with light brown wood tables. Go for something bold so people will notice your unique style. Look for things that have raw and rough surfaces, unfinished looks and all things related to industry.
Symbolic attributes of a former industrial premise will help add to the industrial feel. Old, worn-down pieces made of steel, metallic, wood can be redesigned or repurposed into things such as tables and more. Letters from old signs can be re-used to make a new word or phrase on a bare wall and old rusty gears can be even be used as candle holders or interesting wall art. The only thing that can limit you is your imagination.
Relics of the Rustbelt can help with your personal industrial revolution!
I am excited to share with you a new product that we will have available. I have been wanting to be able to sell something that was really affordable, yet still handmade and original. So, after talking with a local company that makes handmade candles, I decided to ask them to make me a unique style candle that would stick with a rustbelt chic vibe. The result is really cute and I hope that people really like them. I am posting a picture of the label sample and once I pick them up I will post pictures of the actual candles and the price.
It has been too long since my last post. All of my work has to be done in the garage and it has been way too humid in there to work. Not only because I would die of heat-stroke, but it is so hard to do anything in the humidity with painting or staining. Anyway, I have a few things that I am working on at the present time and this old workbench is the latest thing. I finished the top of it and I think it came out amazing. I was expecting it to be much darker but I am so glad it came out the way it did. The top is made of reclaimed hardwood flooring and it looks beautiful. The bumps and bruises of life as a well worn floor have been maintained, and it is almost ready for it's new life as a dining table or possibly a kitchen island.
I am very excited for this project. I love the industrial inspired pieces but there is something about wood that can make your house seem warm and alive. I am still on the hunt for some industrial style chairs to go around the table but for now I am happy to get this done. It is a great trestle table that has extensions on both ends that pull out. It is VERY heavy and well made and large enough to seat 10 with the extensions pulled out. I am going to stain it a dark ebony with many layers of poly on top to keep it looking great for many many years. At the last minute I decided to stencil all of the different sections of Cleveland onto the top of the table. I am glad that I did. It looks totally original and really cool.
A few months ago I found this old scale at an industrial supply store. I am not sure why that as soon as I saw it I thought it would make a great side table, but I had to have it. Plus, it came with a really cool stand. After having it sit in the garage for a few months over the winter I finally figured out what I would do with it. My brother was experimenting with learning how to shoot auto paint so I figured that this may be pretty neat painted candy apple red. I put a light inside of it so the inner workings could be illuminated and it ended up looking great.