Today businesses give away fridge magnets with their names on these, but 60 years ago they gave something away considerably more charming and helpful — wooden rulers with their names on them. You’d be forced to think of your hardware shop or bank each time you needed to measure something.
Nowadays the old fonts and patinated finishes on those former freebies have good appeal, and are turning up all over the place. Feast your eyes clever approaches to give them new life.
Utilization: Wall organizer, complete with hooks
Impact: A magical place to hangpotting seat items, necklaces or dog-walking needs, like a flashlight, a choker chain and leashes.
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Catlin stothers layout
Utilization: Since the media in a mixed-media artwork
Result: Eye-catching art that’s texture, age, interest and thickness. The measuring sticks create a striking assemblage of flat bands, numbers and tick marks.
Funky Junk Interiors
Utilization: a means to add flair to old stair risers
Result: Visitors will prevent halfway between floors and stare.
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Cozy Little House
Utilization: A measuring edge in a craft space
Impact: A no-fuss way to ensure you make the ideal cut.
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Utilization: A bar top
Result: A surface which is more intriguing graphically, if not quite as smooth as, the usual reclaimed wood counter tops.
Julie Ranee Photography
Utilization: Keeping tabs on your kids’ heights.
Result: This classic fold-up measuring stick has a usage that allows it remain out on display. In case you need to move while the kids are still growing, you can take a photo, take it together and re-create it in a new residence.
Erin Lang Norris
Utilization: As part of a scrap-wood seat.
Result: A fun and playful three-dimensional picture art endeavor. Colorful measuring sticks add to the classic aesthetic.
Erin Lang Norris
Here’s the finished product, made by Erin Lang Norris.
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Measured Journey Part 2
Utilization: As the decoration for a chest of drawers.
Impact: An artful conversation piece that can fit into a nursery, a craft area, or an all-white gallery-like room for a work of folk art.
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