Repurposed Vintage Water Ski "Fish-Themed" Wall Racks


Hey folks!  I've got something fresh from GadgetSponge Garage.  I love working with vintage skis so I wanted to carry things further and see what I could come up with.  I also enjoy fish and raise african cichlids at home.  So I went after the fish theme!


Vintage water skis have such a rich, warm tone to them.  After cut out the shapes of the smaller fish, I knew I shouldn't overcrowd it so I went with some vintage-style hooks.  This one is great for keys, scarves, etc.  The eye is a vintage, industrial light indicator cover.

The large towel rack design was a blast to make.  I wanted the body of the fish to be as big as possible so I added back custom pieces to make each fin.  I have just a few more vintage glass towel rods so I used one of them for this piece.


I definitely plan to do more of these down the road, but I'm off to other creations in the meantime!

You can find these in one of my local booths or in my ETSY SHOP.


2014 Recap and Personal Loss

Hey folks and friends!  It's been just a little while since I've posted on the blog.  I've been super busy on Facebook posting things to keep things fresh and to stay connected.

I wanted to touch base with everyone and let them know I'm still here and strong and ready for what 2015 brings.  2014 saw a lot of exposure and small successes for GadgetSponge.  Magazine articles, a book feature, a lot of attention from other blogs, contributing roles in several media forms, and some other things that will hopefully reveal themselves in the new year.

The end of 2014 had my family and I pretty busy and concerned for the health of my maternal grandmother.  She was the rock of the family.  Her house was the hub for everyone.  She had the most influence on me growing up and I was still her baby until her last breathe.  And I cherished it and her immensely.  We lost her on January 1st.  But we were super rich with what we gained during the many, many years we had her.  She taught us well, lived by example, and was the most generous person I knew with whatever she had to offer.  She touched many lives outside of the family as well and was a semi-mentor to many.  She squeezed every ounce of life out of her 91 years.  She lived independently until her last trip to the hospital.  She lived life her way and I can only hope to have even a portion of that success.

I'm looking forward to what 2015 has to offer and what I can make of it.  My graphic design work is slowly winding down as I focus more on GadgetSponge -- my true passion.  I learn something new every day and I constantly try to bring you things you've never seen before.  I hope you all are onboard for the ride and I sincerely appreciate every bit of enjoyment you get from GadgetSponge.  A "like" or a "share" or a "pin" thrills me to no end that you've appreciated the work that goes into every piece.

So let's get on this horse and head in every direction together.  Please contact me if you ever need anything or just want to drop a line.  Let's get after it!!!.....


Repurposed Vintage Water Ski Fish Key Rack/Organizer

Hey friends!  Been busy shuffling things in booths and trying to make some dough for Christmas!  I finished up this contraption just the other day.  I love working with vintage water skis and was sitting in the garage wondering what else I could make with one.  The long water ski had me thinking "fish!"  And then it took off from there...

I drew it off with pencil of how I wanted to body shape to be and then started cutting with my scroll saw.  Vintage water skis are very dense and it took time and patience.

I went to looking for some kind of hooks and ran across these vintage hooks in one of my drawers.  I didn't even know I had them!!  

The "side fin" is the metal rudder from a different water ski. 

The eye is a vintage industrial light indicator.  I got a bag full of these in different colors a few years ago in Canton, TX at the trade days.  The center is glass.

Here's the tail end with my nameplate up higher.  I wore down the edges all around for a more aged appearance.

This creation will definitely keep a lot of keys in check in an entry way, kitchen, laundry room, garage OR office!  Great for a man cave too!

So here's looking at you!  It's available in my Etsy shop and can be viewed at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

Click here for MY ETSY SHOP


What to do with Surplus Vintage Doors: Make a Bench/Pew & Coat Rack!!

Hey friends!  I recently had some leftover vintage doors from all the ones I accumulated for my new booth setup at Antiques Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City, LA.  They were taking up too much room in my garage workspace and I had to figure out something to make with them to get them outta' there!

I've always wanted to build a strong church-style pew with doors so I figured now was a good time to get it done.

I started withcutting the first door in half to make the sides.  I then used a large storage tub to hold up the middle (seat) panel while I could start securing it to the side door panels.

It wasn't easy doing this by myself but once you get the front screw in, then I used wood blocks to prop up the back of the piece to make the slant in the seat bench board.  Then you secure the back screws and fill in the empty spaces with lots more screws.  I used 3.5" screws for added strength - and lots of them!

Above you can see the slant of the seat panel.  I used about 60% of the vertical door for the seat.  I used about 80% of another door that matched the first one to create the backboard.  

It actually didn't need any center support with the strength of the door and all the screws, but I figured why leave it to chance.  I had a set of old table legs on hand and cut one down to size with a top bevel to match the slant of the seat and mounted it in the center.  Now it's even stronger!  None was needed in the back since the back panel has many screws going into the seat panel along the back.

I love that the original hardware was still intact on the side door panels.  It just adds a lot of character.

Across the top, I used some of the vintage handrail I had left onhand from my childhood church that was demolished recently.  The front includes large, vintage yardsticks, bottle openers, and a couple of vintage metal claw accents from old furniture legs.

The whole piece measures seven feet long and around 33" deep.


Moving on to the other creation!  I had the leftover portions of the doors I used for the seat panel and the backboard.  When I saw them leaning together, I knew they would be great for a sturdy coat rack.  

I attached them together and put some neat, vintage, local yadsticks across the front.  I used some vintage locker number tags in sequence to go above each metal rack piece.  I had some extra clipboard clips on hand and thought this would be a good opportunity to make this optional for a retail shop to hang clothes on the brass metal table legs to serve as a large, strong clothes rack sales fixture.  That's why you see my "fake" signage I made to give the impression of what it could be if used in that way.  

Some old metal hinges provide great support when hung on a wall either in the home or a retail shop.

Both pieces can be seen in my Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall booth right now.  But may be moved to one of my other locations in the future.  Check with me if interested!


Retrash Book: A Must-Have this Holiday Season!

Just wanted to strongly encourage everyone to grab a copy of Retrash for yourself, a friend or family member.  Once it comes in, I promise you'll want to keep one for yourself.  

It features a ton of creative artists showing some of their unique work with a bio for each of them so you can learn about them, their mission and how to get in touch with them.  Nathan Devine worked extremely hard to pull all of the information together and fought through and succeeded with a very successful Kickstarter campaign to get the book published.  You can keep track of his efforts at

GadgetSponge is also in there!  I make nothing from the sale of the books, so I hope you see that I honestly recommend this book to you.

Grab your copies (CLICK HERE!).