Friday, June 4, 2010

The Brenda Photo Challenge (6-5) Weathered and Worn

Yes indeed it's time again for another Brenda Photo Challenge. This time the theme is "Weathered and worn". That's a theme that describes just about everything I own. I could very easily show you tons of pictures but I'll practice some constraint here. I'm only going to give you two today because, well, because I'm being lazy.
This first one I dug in the files for. When I heard the theme I knew I had to dig this one up. It was taken about a year ago. I was out driving with no particular destination in mind for the sole purpose of finding things to take pictures of. When I saw this I immediately had to pull over and take the picture.

I can just imagine what this must have looked like when it was first built. I loved the doors on it.
The next one I had to go no further than my weathered and worn deck. I would show you the whole deck but it really is a pitiful sight. Instead this is a picture of my umbrella stand.

I'm not sure if it's cast iron or something similar but it's really heavy. The rust just adds to it's character. I'm going with that because I don't feel like painting it.
Don't forget to head on over and check out the rest of the entries in the Brenda Photo Challenge.

41 comments:

Grace said...

Oooh - I like the second one - I like the shapes and I like that the umbrella stand is almost the same color as the deck - cool!

Leeuna said...

Beautiful photos. I love old weathered buildings. And your umbrella stand is lovely and rust-ic. LOL. I love the design.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I like your take on the meme. Old buildings I find very fascinating and I really like the second shot. It's unusual and creative.

Lin said...

My grandpa was a painter by trade and he once hung striped wallpaper in his basement bathroom for a challenge. He started at one lower corner of the room and he took the stripes diagonally up, over the ceiling and down to the other side of the tiny room. He did it just to see if he could. Somehow, I think whoever built that building did the same thing with those doors--just to see if he could. It is beautiful, isn't it?

tahtimbo said...

Weathered and worn: that building looks how I feel after this week :)
I agree with you, the rust adds a weathered look and it even gives it a historical quality that enhances it's value and beauty.
Have a fun weekend!

June Zach said...

The dilapidated house and the rustic umbrella stand are great entries!

It's almost weekend. I hope you will be having a good one. I am off to work on Saturday and Sunday due to a change in shift schedule. That's my life! Phew!

Bossy Betty said...

Great pictures! I love distressed wood on old barns!

BeadedTail said...

I love these photos! Those doors much have taken a long time to do way back when. And I love the design and angle of your umbrella stand. What a great photo!

Duni said...

I think there is a certain charm to old buildings. I love the shot of your umbrella stand!

FishHawk said...

I suppose from an "artistic" standpoint, the picture of your umbrella stand is much more appealing, but I dearly love that shot of that old shed. If possible, you might ask about getting some boards from it. For they would make fantastic frames, if they are not too rotten and crumbly.

Russ said...

Now about your umbrella stand. I would scrape it down,sand it and then paint. My wife would say that I ruined it. Great Pictures. Love em both.

Ann said...

Grace, I fell in love with it when I saw it in the store. I never even considered the fact that they do match so closely

Leeuna shouldn't that be rust-ICK..lol

poetic shutterbug, I'm always fascinated by old buildings or anything old for that matter

Lin, I like that. Your grandfather had a very creative mind and I'm betting that the bathroom looked very cool.

Tahtimbo I know the feeling :)

Junezach thanks. I worked both Saturday and Sunday for years. I always seemed to be missing out on something.

Bossy Betty there is something very appealing about the way an old barn looks

Beaded tail I bet it did take a good amount of time to put that together. I doubt there was any such thing as prefab back then

Duni there certainly is. And isn't it funny how we always want to take new things and make them look old :)

Fishhawk I loved the shot of the shed too. That's a good idea about the boards. I bet they would look great made into frames

Russ and your wife would be right...lol

Jeanette said...

That house still have a lot of character! Your umbrella stand photo reminds me that I should have taken a picture of mine...it's pretty beat, too!

audreyscountrycrafts said...

Great items!! LOVE the old building. People out here don't like to keep them if they are taking up "valuable" farm land. It's a real shame.

Sheri said...

Two great pictures Ann! Love the old structure and that is a really cool pic of your umbrella stand! It looks so artistic. Bet you didn't think that when you first bought it. Great shots. Think I'll join her next one. Looks like fun.

Cindra said...

Both of these are great! I love how straight the barn is standing even though it has "weathered" many years. And the design on the stand and coloring is wonderful.

VanillaSeven said...

Agree with you that the rust there only add character into it :)

Manang Kim said...

Like your photos. The cottage looks really cute, I too wonder how it really looks like when it was new. Happy Saturday!


Weathered and Worn

June Coe Harris said...

You captured weathered and worn to a "tee". I love the cast iron second shot! Awesome! Thanks for sharing

Out on the prairie said...

Like your building, I enjoy walking around and thinking of all who had been there.Maybe part of a farm at one time.

Brenda said...

Great shots! My favorite is the weathered old building. I wonder what it's purpose was.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great examples of weathered and worn. The barn is so interesting with its weathered boards, I love old buildings like this.

Ann said...

Jeanette this umbrella stand actually looks pretty good compared to the one it replaced.

audrey that is a shame, there's so much character in an old building. Although I suppose they do get to a point where they are beyond even having character

Sheri no I sure didn't think of that. Actually at the time I don't think I was really all that fascinated with my camera...lol

Cindra it is amazing isn't it. Structurally it must have been built very well. Too bad the exterior wasn't better maintained

Vanilla seven good, I would hate to have to admit the lazyness factor

Manang I always try and imagine when I see buildings like that.

June thank you very much.

out on the prairie I don't remember what was on the rest of the property, I was so busy being fascinated by this.

Brenda me too, I suppose it could have been a tool shed or maybe even a small garage. who knows

squirrel queen me too, i'm fascinated by them.

allotments4you.com said...

oh I love the first picture Ann...it's so quaint and conjures up so many stories to my mind...definitely fits the topic!!

Donna said...

Keep that umbrella stand the way it is! It has character and grace! Love how you captured the lighting on the photo. And that old garage sure could tell tales, don't you think?

AL said...

How about putting up an umbrella in front of the old house? I bet it would be a relaxing place to stay.

Thom said...

What a find you have there my friend. I just love them both but that old building is just awesome. You can feel the aura from it. Well done. Have a wonderful weekend :)

RNSANE said...

That house is great...it still has a certain charm!!!

Nice umbrella stand, with its twirly design.

Ebie said...

The rusty umbrella stand has proven to withstand all weather. And I can say that the house has its charm.

Nita Jo said...

Both images are wonderful! I wouldn't paint the umbrella stand either, it looks great.

Ann said...

allotments4you, I love that one too. If only those walls could talk, I'm sure they would have some wonderful stories to tell

Donna Well if that's an order about the umbrella stand, I'm fully prepared to carry it out :) I bet the garage has some wonderful tales to tell

Al that would be a great place to sit back and relax wouldn't it

Thom when I first saw that building I knew that I had to have a picture of it. It drew me in instantly

Rnsane I think just about anything that is aged has a charm to it. I'm always captivated.

Ebie before that stand I had one of those cheap plastic ones that you fill with water. It didn't last nearly as long as this one has. It didn't age as gracefully either

Nita Jo I have no intentions of painting it although my husband may have other thoughts on that.

Ann said...

I have way too many weathered and worn things around here too! Great pics. You're right, it's nice to think how pretty that little structure must have been when it was first built. I bet someone was very proud of it. Rust is in, so you're right in style! I've read that people are actually putting on rusted metal roofing and our neighbor has a beautiful rusted arbor that they bought new that way.

WR said...

I agree ~ that umbrella stand is perfect as is! And I love the old shed. Great photos!

Hope you have a happy and healthy week!

Jeanne said...

Good going with the challenge. And I have to tell you how much I enjoyed the newest post with your pupster in his raft lol.

Donna said...

Sorry to be late! We went out of town!
These are Great!! Love the old barn! Cool shot!
That stand is beautiful!!
hughugs

Ann said...

Ann how about that, for once I'm in style without even trying to be. Even though the rust looks nice it just doesn't seem right buying something brand new that way :)

WR Thank you

Jeanne thanks. The pupster is quite a character. he provides loads of entertainment

Butterfly Gardener said...

Wonderful pictures! I love the old building. Its a shame that its just wasting away.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I love old buildings! Even though they sometimes give me the 'creeps'. I can see the beauty in this one.

Ann said...

butterfly gardener it is a shame isn't it. I wonder why it was let go like that

Cinnamon girl it's amazing how something so trashy looking can be beautiful if you look beyond the wear and tear

dancingmatilda365 said...

these are wonderful photos...we have loads of old wood and rusted metal around our house too :)

Ann said...

dancingmatilda, thank you. as much as I like the look of old weathered things why is it that when they are in and around my house it doesn't create the same feeling...lol

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