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Brainstorm #8


Ready? Brainstorm time! This time it's Samarra's waffles as she calls them. Here's her e-mail.

I live in NYC which is often a candy store when it comes to finding curbed items that other people don't want. Over the years, I've found sooo many things and I now try to control myself as space in our apartment is limited. On a recent walk with a friend in Park Slope, I spotted these items leaning up against a fence, waiting for the trash truck. I passed them up the first time, but on the way back, I gave in. Each grid is about 16" square and maybe .5" thick. There's also a single removable edge-piece for one side of one grid. I have no idea what this thing is or was. If you play with it enough, all the pieces are removable, as they're only slotted together with no glue or nails. What on earth could I do with this (aside from putting it back onto the curb! 

Buckle up! Heeeeeere we go!


Samarra could cut the grids down in size and make one or several trivets.


Or use it as an egg stand.


After Martin came up with this idea my suspicion is that they may have actually been used in a radiator cover? No? 


How about using one cut down in size as a trellis for a potted plant?


By adding the waffle grid to a box type structure and adding a bulb thingy it could be used as a light. On the floor or cut down in size on a window sill?


How about art? By pasting images at the back making them look individually framed at the front. Tiny objects could be displayed in some of the spaces.


Ah! Instant Mondrian. Some black spray paint and some painted canvas at the back...


Here's an idea we all (Sanna, Seb, Martin and myself) came up with different takes on, all to do with planting. a) Used on a tray inside with soil in the spaces to sew seeds on. b) Outdoors in the vegetable patch to keep seeds in check while they grow and allow for easy transferring to bigger pots or into the ground. c) Using the grid to stamp the soil in a grid pattern and then add one seed per square. d) Placing it on the soil, sow and use the grid as support for those puny early stems.


Shoe rack! Martin would like to point out that the shoes on display are Clark's desert boots. The bestest boot ever made and that he has worn them continously since he was nine. Not the same pair mind you.


I like this idea of using the waffles as privacy screens.


And yes, I can't wait to start decorating for the Holidays and an Advent calendar is on my to do list (I AM aware that Wille's 15 and I'm forcing one on him this year. It's his duty as my son to eat the chocolate and shut up. He he...). By cutting the grid down to size there can be 24 little slots for mini gifts and a huge (Right, Samarra?!) 25th to be presented to Samarras baby boy on Christmas morning.

Samarra particularily requested suggestions brainstormed after some glasses of wine but looking back we seem to have been pretty sober... Any whacky (or other sensible) ideas for her? We are all ears!


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Geeky Geekerson

You and Martin are a brilliant team. I would never have thought of half of the things you came up with. Love your blog (I'm close to one year of 'discovering' it).


I would love to pick your brain about a trouble zone in my kitchen. It is driving me nuts, no matter what I try it ends up cluttered


No ideas, but I think I can tell you their original use. I think they're probably old floor grates for forced air heating. Ours are inactive, but we have some of these on our floors in our 100 year old house. But we also have some that are cast iron. Actually, the wood ones might be for the return air ducts. All I know is that I'm always a little worried that my kids will stand on them and fall through the floor!


Thanks to Benita and everyone else for the great suggestions. When the waffles make their transformation, I'll be sure to send "after" pics! THANK YOU!!! :)

Lilla huset på prärien

Du är allt bra uppfinningsrik du! :) Ja en liten adventskalender till mina tre små barn hade inte varit helt fel. Mycket jobb blir det...

Kram J


I think there are limitless possibilities if you too the idea of adding the grid (or a portion of the grid) to a box structure. You could make a utensil holder, a paintbrush holder, a magazine holder (if you took out some of the slats so you had long, narrow openings), an interesting container to arrange some fake/dried flowers, a pencil holder, etc.
I do like the idea of using them as a screen, either in front of a small window, or between rooms/spaces, or even just on a table or something to quickly mask unwanted sights (like a messy desk or electronic equipment).


A jewelery divider in a drawer. You could add colorful fabric or paper underneath.

Jenn from The Home Decorating Company

Seems as if you have come up with some great ideas for such a random find. I love the idea of using the waffles as a lighting fixture, you could really be creative with that idea.

Erin Kleider

I think that if you remove the extra sliding piece so that the edges are the same all the way around, they would make GREAT modern art pieces to hang on your wall. If the finish of the wood is not nice, you could always spray paint them. White would be interesting if it was in a place where you could see the structural nature of the piece. They might even be cool if you could find a way to get lighting to go through them in an interesting way.

good luck with the project!
Erin :)

Elisabeth - anyhow.se

Klart grabben ska ha sin choklad!!! :)

Jag ville ha en idé om vad det kunde vara, så till den milda grad så det låste sig helt & stannade på... ingenting, så inget mail till henne härifrån!


If you use them both... a trellis to hang outside for bigger plants is also an option!:)


Not whacky (haven't gotten to the liquor yet), but maybe one of those grids you hang pots and pans from, in the kitchen?


Hang on, let me get a drink...


I think it could have been used as grid ceiling, it is usually used for offices or industrial places, where instead of closing with plaster the installations you use this http://www.made-in-china.com/image/2f0j00MBVQobcqAUkZM/Aluminum-Grid-Ceiling.jpg
and it looks like this http://www.made-in-china.com/image/2f0j00SeTQiyglZhbsM/Metal-Grid-Ceiling.jpg

I like the idea of using it as a light and the planting ideas.

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