Getting Inspiration from Gutter Installation & Canadian Appliance Repair for Artwork

Tacos are nice and all, but not very inspiring when it comes to prolonged artwork adventures. That’s why I like drawing inspiration from unusual sources like repairing fridges, as my uncle does for a living, or installing gutters on residential houses, whom my best friend does full time. It feels great to be alive in a world full of strange art and home decor. It’s even stranger when the art has a strange source. Not many artists know how to draw inspiration from such things, but a lot of the best art in history focuses on the mundane. After all, historians like to study art and iconography from history that represents the common people to learn more about regular folks in history, as written sources generally neglect these aspects. For example, we can learn a lot about the roles of women in medieval society from medieval paintings of poor women who are active in their roles.

Painting images of appliance repairmen, likewise, in our modern day will show people in the far future a glimpse into the lives of the people who fix our fridges, ovens and other major home appliances. If you’re a painter, I invite you to paint an image of your window cleaner or the guy who cleans your exterior gutters, because these unusual images naturally draw curiosity, and struggling artists who paint things people expect them to paint have a lot of competition.

This is a special tip for beginning painters who would love to make a name for themselves in their local community: not only paint the common things that people won’t expect, paint a person in your community who a lot of people know, so that when they see the painting in display they will laugh and feel a connection.

It’s easy to paint the things people expect of you, like mountains, lakes and character coffee shops, but if you can paint a person installing gutters on a house and people know who it is, then you got a free ticket to expanding in popularity in your local community. So go out to construction sites and meet people, offer to paint them and tell them when your next exhibition is. They might show up with friends to see your end result.

Replaced Gutters Recently? Here’re Ways to Re-Use Your Old Guttering System!

Before I talk about what I did with my old gutters, I want to briefly talk about the wide range of things you can do with your old gutters. So I hope you decided to keep them! There’s a lot with them you can do!

  1. Outside Flower Planters: Re-installing the gutters at chest-height on your fence or the side of a shed for example will give you a great place to insert dirt and plant flowers, herbs or other vegetation. A friend abroad even told me of how she used a drill to install gutters along a stone retaining wall so that she could plant garlic in her over crowded garden.
  2. Inside Book Shelves: Installing gutters up high above the TV or close to the ceiling will give you a cool place to display all the books you’ve read. Installing them closer to the ceiling is especially cool because, although you might need a ladder to retrieve the books inside them, they’re not in the way and this supplies a great means of general storage. You could even do this above your bookshelves if you have a library or office just to give you more freed-up space.
  3. Garage Tool Rack: Nothing’ll say how handy you are with your tools than having them stored in a used length of gutter. Installing your old gutters in your garage under or above your already-present shelving will give you that extra storage needed to get the tools out of boxes and up off the ground.
  4. Easy Access Bathroom Shelving: If you have a few short lengths of gutter, you can stack them above each other on the wall behind or beside the toilet to give you a cool place to hold your phone, spare toilet paper, magazines, folded hand towels and all other bathroom things.

Now I have one more idea but I’d like to share it in story form, as I had fun implementing this decor idea in my home this week, and have more insight into how it can be done better.

First of all, I didn’t even expect that I’d ever have a bunch of used gutters lying around to do something cool with. It was my husband who decided it was a good time to look up services for gutter installation Victoria BC. We replaced our old green aluminum guttering system with a better black steel one, and I can already say I love the new look they give to our home’s facade. The gutter company asked if we wanted them to haul away our old gutters, but my husband knows me well enough to know I’d most likely want to do something artistic with them. He made that decision when I wasn’t even home, which I love him for. And I’m sure he loved the great choice he made, too, because know we have a very cool addition to the inside of our home!

So here begins idea No. 5! Beer bottle holders for the kitchen! Not everyone collects beer bottles, but my husband does. Everyday after work he hits up the beer store to buy a single bottle of expensive craft beer. He has bottles from all around the world, and nearly all of them have cool designs on them which make them worth keeping. I must say, after installing several rows of used gutter along the wall in our kitchen, it frees up all the space on top of the fridge and windowsills where the bottles were overcrowded before. My husband absolutely adores them= bottle shelves, and now that there’s so much excess storage he doesn’t feel inclined to recycle the bottles with designs he doesn’t like as much. It may only take a year before we run out of shelving space, but by then I hope he’ll find something better to collect.

The gutters we had were the perfect size to fit the bottles in snug so they also don’t rattle around when a big truck drives by like you might expect. We had a minor earthquake the other day and even then the bottles in the gutters didn’t make a sound.

Perhaps you collect other things that would fit into gutters, like dolls or action figures, and need more storage space for them. Why not flip two pancakes with one spatula and order gutter installation services to free-up your old gutters and free-up some space in your home?

“I hope you enjoyed this fun post by my friend Wendy. Stay tuned for more interesting home decor ideas!”

Guest Post by Wendy Croft of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada