Monday
Sep162013

COMPLETED: Domino's SecondHandLogos.com GadgetSponge Repurposed Lighted Sign Collective Birdhouse

Hello again Gadget Friends!  First of all, thanks for your continued support.  Your feedback picks me up when I need a boost.

Here's the completed repurposed community birdhouse I made in association with Domino's Corporate (SecondHandLogos.com).  I used a couple of used Domino's (Pizza) lighted outdoor signs.  I put a lot of custom work into this creation.  And also tried to use as much of the Domino's signage I had on hand.  

Four's company!  I decided to not make this community birdhouse specific to the likings of a certain bird.  That way anyone could enjoy it anywhere.   The hole measures 1.5" and the interior of the box is about 6 to 7" deep and about 4 to 5" tall and wide.  The box frame by itself is 26" so that will give you an idea of the box sizes.

Here you see the interior of the box with the individual compartments.  The top of the box can be slid off so that routine maintenance can be done to the boxes.

I cut some used Domino's pizza pans into quarters and then modified the quarters some more to fabricate some pieces to act as awnings over each bird entrance.  Vintage brass garden faucets act as perches.  I painted them fire red and distressed them.  I also added a painted blue arrow at the base of each side to give it more character.

I had a leftover composite Domino's interior sign left over so I decided to cut out a bird silhouette for some art on the front to reference the purpose of the entire piece.  

The measurements are 26" tall; 31" wide; 9" deep.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

Monday
Sep162013

GadgetSponge is a WINNER in the HomeTalk.com & LampsPlus.com Holiday Lamp Challenge!

Yay!!!  My lamp overhaul that I did for the HomeTalk.com & LampsPlus.com Holiday Challenge was one of the top winners!  The original post and pictures of the lamp are (HERE).

You can see the other winners and the honorable mentions (HERE).  My lamp along with the other two winners will be featured in the upcoming LampsPlus.com Holiday Catalog.

Sunday
Sep152013

Domino's SecondHandLogos.com GadgetSponge Repurposed Lighted Sign Collective Birdhouse Progress #3

Hello friends!  Below are the final "progress" pics on the latest project in association with Domino's Corporate.  The next post (very soon) will be of the final piece.  Enjoy!!!

You know how I love garden faucet handles.  These were actually from some new/old stock.  I painted them fire engine red and kept the grass ring tags original.  I then distressed them some to bring some age back.

Some vintage wooden beads I got in a mixed wood block lot work great for setting the perches out a bit from the main housing.

Here the perches are installed and ready for action.

I cut off the extra bit of the bolts and then soldered them so they would stay tight and not loosen over time.

The sides needed a little something more so I masked off some upward-pointing arrows that I then painted in a nice blue that you'll see in the final pics soon.

STAY TUNED and check out SecondHandLogos.com in the meantime!

Friday
Sep062013

Domino's SecondHandLogos.com GadgetSponge Repurposed Lighted Sign Collective Birdhouse Progress #2

Hey friends!  Here's some more progress pics of my Domino's Repurposed Sign Collective Birdhouse.  First thing - I know this birdhouse structure isn't up to specific conditions for specific birds.  I'm just creating this collective birdhouse for function and to have some neat, repurposed character.  It is NOT made to the specific details for Martins, Bluebirds or any other bird.  But many birds would definitely have no problems taking up residence just the same.  Here we go!.....

It took a while for me to figure out what I wanted to do for an "awning" over the entrance holes for each birdhouse compartment.  I had some great used pizza pans and decided to cut one into quarters and them cut each quarter again to fit the pattern I needed.

Above are the final pieces cut down to what I was looking for.

And above you see them mounted now over each hole.

The next thing I wanted to do was reuse another piece of old Domino's signage for some more fun on the front of the structure.  I decided to take this interior smaller sign and cut out a bird silhouette to place on the front.  Below are a couple more pics of how that came together...

The next pics you see should be the ones that lead this one-of-a-kind collective birdhouse to completion! Back with you soon!

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Tuesday
Sep032013

HomeTalk.com & LampsPlus.com Holiday Lamp Challenge by GadgetSponge.com

Hey folks!  I just recently participated in a lamp challenge hosted by HomeTalk.com and LampsPlus.com. Each participant was required to work with the Fillable Clear Glass Ovo Table Lamp.  It's beautiful lamp that is very well constructed and was a blast to transform.

It took forever for me to finally agree on a design idea in my head.  Being a fish guy, I would have loved to turn it into a fish-themed design.  But this challenge was a "Holiday" theme.  So after much debating I went with featuring some of my vintage Christmas postcards.  

After shopping around with no luck, I found some vintage sheet music (Christmas) sheet music and printed out several pages.  I carefully tore different parts up and decoupaged them to the lampshade surface.  I gave them an added second coat to make if firmer and for more protection.

I used some vintage new/old stock of some furniture metal edging to accent the top and bottom of the lamp shade.  I wanted the metal aspect to flow from top to bottom with the metal rings on the shade, the silver-accented postcard and the metal base.  I used nuts and bolts every inch on the metal rings to give it a great, industrial look to complement the metal finish and glass.  Each remainder of the bolt was cut off past the nut.

I stole a note holder from my wife's studio and modified it to work inside the lamp.  The base is held with a nut and bolt to the metal lamp base.  I then soldered the nut and bolt to give it some permanence.

I also lightly super glued the postcards to each holding ring to make sure it wouldn't slip out.

The last thing I did was create a hole on the exterior bottom base for the wire to come out and I removed the rubber feet.

So there it is!  Be sure to check out my HomeTalk.com Gadgetsponge Page and on my GadgetSponge Facebook Page.  I'll also be spotlighting the design on my GadgetSponge Pinterest Page.  On my HomeTalk.com Page, I go into more detail about the construction.  Thanks all!