People keep the most amazing treasures in their basements. Recently I was invited over to my aunt and uncle's place to scavenge in their basement. You see, they are prepping for a reno and want this stuff OUT. Always obliging, especially when old stuff is involved, I was there in a flash.
Here is one of my fave finds from their house:
What is it?
Well an antique cast iron coffee grinder from the 1800s, of course...
I could have put it in the kitchen, but that would be a little predictable. Plus we have a pretty small kitchen and I like clear working surfaces. So into the living room it went, to act as a sculptural piece. Right now I have it grouped with my magnifying glasses and a silver pedestal bowl (which I picked up at a local thrift store for... wait for it... $4...).
Here is another pic of the bowl - cause I love it so much. Love the beaded detail on the edges!