My 3 Guys

Lovin’ My 3 Guys!

Love my 3 guys!

What do you do with an old turkey barn which is collapsing in upon itself? You and your teen sons spend some quality together time tearing it down. Working together gives you opportunities to talk with each other, watch a sunset or two together, share a bit of your knowledge with them and spend some time learning about your sons as you watch them on their path to manhood. You sweat together, work together and play together as you accomplish this goal.

This project wasn’t one that I helped my 3 guys with but they have all ¬†told me stories of those days spent together and I know that this project has given my guys many memories to look back upon. And isn’t that what life is about, building memories on top of memories of times spent with loved ones?

There have been many such projects that we have all 4 worked together doing. (Those of you who know us, will no doubt recognize the names of these places.)

  1. 2600
  2. 2700
  3. 16th St
  4. Padgett’s Place
  5. Holden Avenue
  6. Estate sale 1
  7. Estate sale 2
  8. Turkey Barn
  9. Holden Avenue again
  10. The Rusty Shingle

Numbers 9 and 10 are currently ongoing. There have been many other projects, large and small, that my 3 guys and I have worked at together. The above are just the ones that made such an impact on our lives together that we named them.

Turkey Barn Metal

So what do you do with the metal that you bought from the owner of the turkey barn? Well, if you look at that picture of my favorite coffee mug, you can see part of the wall that separates my office from the kitchen and then, you get creative and put Renaissance Man to work with his plasma torch. Below are local custom requests completed this week.

Oklahoma is home
Oklahoma is Home
Rusty KC Arrow
Man Cave Arrow

If you would like your own custom art work from The Rusty Shingle crew, you can order through our Etsy Shop or contact us for a custom piece.

Wall to Wall or Off the Wall

Here at The Rusty Shingle residence, rustic prevails. Have any of you ever heard of Paul Detlefsen? Most people probably don’t recognize his name but they might remember some of his pictures from their childhood, perhaps on Grandma and Grandpa’s walls. I’m not saying that we are old folk, just that we have an appreciation for the idea of the simplicity of by-gone days.

We have seven Detlefsen’s on our walls at this time. There are many available on Ebay and Etsy if you would like to join us in collecting this artist’s vintage prints.
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We have a Pinterest board of Detlefsen, for your perusal.

Thanks for Reading!

~ Ange

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wall to Wall.”

Welcome to TRS!

Welcome to The Rusty Shingle, where vintage and rustic collide. Collide? Can that be a good thing? Check out our list of favorites, then tell us what you think.

  • Rusty Barn Tin
  • Linen & Lace
  • Old Trucks with Patina
  • Feedsack Fabric
  • Mason Jars
  • Chicken Wire
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Cake Stands
  • Patchwork
  • Beaded Ceilings
  • Metal Garden Gates
  • Burlap
  • Iron Bedsteads
  • Pyrex
  • Chambers Stoves
  • Calico Aprons
  • Windmills
  • Barkcloth Fabric
  • Chicken Coop Tables
  • Crochet Potholders
  • Yard Art
  • Turbine Lighting
  • Coffee Bean Sacks
  • Old Books
  • Detlefsen Paintings
  • Tin Roof Shingles

That last is how we got our name, The Rusty Shingle. Jim had been hired to tear down an old homestead and he came home with these lovely, rusty, dusty tin shingles. “What can we do with these?” he asked. We can build a business with them. And thus, The Rusty Shingle was born.

2013-12-22 00.19.09 Winter TRS


As our website grows, you will see tutorials of our processes along with ideas on how to implement vintage and rustic in your life. We look forward to you joining us on our journey.

Jim & Ange