Wednesday
Feb052014

Repurposed Water Ski Beer & Soda Bottle Opening Station - "Beer 30" #2

Howdy folks!  I've got another one of my repurposed vintage water ski bottle opening stations fresh from the garage.  I've made a lot of different ones in the past year, but they are just so much fun with their own identities and parts/pieces.

I've made a "Beer 30" one before but it flew off the shelf and I dearly missed it (HERE).  This one has a different bottle cap/trash basket and a few other different modifications and pieces.  The most fun is picking the vintage water ski and deciding what I'll use for the bottle cap/waste receptacle.  

This one was perfect with the Mustang artwork on it.  And the addition of the water ski fin at the bottom.  Great for a man cave, game room, garage, patio, deck, kitchen and more!

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/178381267/vintage-wooden-water-skis-beer-soda-coke?ref=shop_home_active_1

Tuesday
Feb042014

Tufted Titmouse Visit

I was finally able to get some updated pictures of some Titmouses the other day.  I hope you like them...

You can find many more of my bird photography (HERE).

Tuesday
Jan282014

Austin, TX -- Here we come!

GadgetSponge worldwide takeover starts this weekend!  Just kidding.  How about one city at a time!?!

For the folks around and in Austin, TX, you'll be able to see GadgetSponge creations in person at Outlaw Boots & Eclectic Emporium on Burnet Rd.  They are a super, growing business that needed a larger location and will have their grand opening on Saturday, February 1st.  They have Texas' largest supply of vintage cowboy boots and unique and unusual one-of-a-kind items.

Outlaw Boots has a ton of vintage western boots, clothing, accessories, original artwork and pieces -- AND NOW -- GadgetSponge!

You'll be seeing more pictures and information about this awesome addition to the GadgetSponge locations.  Stay tuned and head over to Austin soon, if not this weekend!

Saturday
Jan182014

Carolina Wren Pair Visit

It's been a while since I've posted some of my bird photographs.  For those who enjoy them, I'm sorry.  For those that don't --- LOOK AWAY!  Haha.

Here's just a few pics of a pair of Carolina Wrens that visited a few days ago.  And as anyone that is familiar with Carolina Wrens knows, they were all over the place and as curious as can be.

AND...a reminder to all those bird-lovers out there to support the foundations out there of your choice to protect these beautiful creatures.  Most all are tax-deductible!

 

Thursday
Jan162014

Upcycled / Repurposed Pay Phone + Phone Charger + Bank + Accent Light Creation

Hey folks!  I'm opening the door to the GadgetSponge Garage and revealing something I'm very proud of...

The biggest question is, "What is it not!?"  I was lucky enough to run across a pay phone at a garage sale and then a few weeks later, I found the used metal casing/shell.  The shell was pretty beat up but still had a lot of character.

 The encasing that the shell provides drove me right to where I wanted to go with this piece.  I wanted to bring old technology together with new technology.  Although the enclosed strip outlet will charge most anything, I figured most would charge their phones, Kindles, or other small devices in the bottom basket area.

I custom cut and fitted the wooden structure to securely hold the strip outlet in place.  The top panel opens up and allows you to plug into up to 5 devices.  Vintage typewriter keys allow each person to see which charge cord is there's when the plugs are full.  You can see how the panel raises up below....

The hardwired lighting in the top "Phone" compartment was shot.  So I took it all apart and installed a new fixture with a nice LED bulb (to last a long, long time and to not get too hot) and drilled a hole in the acrylic panel so that a switch chain could drop down.  This will now allow the new owner to turn on and off the light as they choose.  

Next up is I had to find something to occupy the empty hole where the coin holder went.  I still wanted to use the coin slot as a means to collect money so I looked around and found this old maple syrup tin that fit just right.  I put a vintage handle on it and now it's fun to put the money into the coin slot and save it for a rainy day!

The whole inside and outside of the phone casing was a bright red/orange.  I wanted to liven it up some on the outside.  I laid down two different colors of chalk paint and distressed them to show through each other.  Then, I taped off section to paint on some metallic silver.  Then after some more distressing, I added in some dark wax.  I was chasing the distressed style of a phone that had been in place many years and with many paint layers that had chipped away and worn away with the seasons.  I think I didn pretty good!

The custom cut piece of wood on the back is what hold everything together.  I painted and distressed the edges and front with some chalk paint and dark wax.  On the back, I torched the wood to bring out the grain.  I cut out a large hole so that any future modifications could be made to the telephone wiring. NOW IT'S READY FOR A NEW OWNER!!!

Measurements: 30" tall; 15" wide; 10.5" deep.  Three-prong outlet cord.  Phone cord included.

PURCHASE NOW!:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176028749/repurposed-upcycled-telephone-pay-phone