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Friday
Mar222013

Repurposed / Upcycled No. 10 Milking Stool & Flashlight Lamp

I've made it to 10!  This is the 10th repurposed lamp I've made to date and, between you and me, I think they are getting taller!  Ha!

I ran across this great, old milking stool that had seen a few better days.  After some TLC and several coats of red and green paint, it was ready for some distressing and character.  I gave it a good bit of that before adding the cloth measuring tap around the perimeter.  Finally, it got a clearcoat bath.

I used a vintage, chrome emergency flashlight and pot lid for the center shaft fabrication.  The flashlight polished up pretty good!  On top is a vintage cake cover lid with an older silverplate casserole tray mounted inside of it.  The top also got some clearcoat.

This upcycled item, along with my other creations, is available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!

Friday
Mar222013

THANK YOU for the Upcycling Contest Votes!!!

A super huge THANK YOU is eminating from GadgetSponge to all the folks out there that took the time to cast their vote during the Birds & Blooms Magazine Upcycling Contest.   The results are back and you made GadgetSponge the WINNER!

GadgetSponge is still a part-time hobby and business.  Hopefully one of these days it will be my full-time occupation and I can crank out even more creations getting the repurposed and upcycled message out there that we can all partake in.   I'll be using the prize money to continue the blog and find some more great junk to give new life to.

Thanks again for the continued support out there from family, friends and other existed friends out there far and wide!  You can read the official article (HERE).

Wednesday
Mar202013

Upcycled Custom Green Storage Trunk Hairpin Leg Table

Hey GadgetSponge fans!  Thanks so much for your continued support!

I've just completed this overhauled antique trunk.  

After cleaning up the very dirty trunk, I gave it several layers of CeCe Caldwell chalk paint.  I then took a good while distressing the surface to give it an appealing, worn appearance.  On the interior, I stripped what leftover linen paper was left and lined it with custom cut beadboard.  On the bottom interior of the trunk, I secured some Paris/French-themed fabric.  Everything (exterior and interior) was then covered with several layers of clearcoat.  For some height, I took some vintage iron hairpin table legs and modified them to fit the trunk.  Done!

This upcycled item, along with my other creations, is available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!

Monday
Mar182013

Shreveport/Louisiana Map Overhauled Telephone Table

Hey folks!  Just about as soon as I finished the Yardstick Telephone Table my friend, Tracy, had another one that matched it perfectly.  A series!  

I decided to give this one a map treatment.  I had a large, classroom size, map of Louisiana that I thought would work perfectly.  I used the northwest portion for the top that included the Shreveport to Ruston areas and down to Mansfield and Coushatta.  I also used some of my large gauge stick to edge the top of the table so you wouldn't have to worry about something sliding off.

Some of my new, old stock of chrome metal edging got some use again, just like the last one.  It makes it really pop!  On the drawer face, I used the Louisiana pelican artwork from the map. Worked out great and really complimented the silver paint.

An old glass drawer pull handle brought it all together as the final touch.  Some satin finish layers sealed it all up.

This repurposed item, along with my other creations, is available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!

Wednesday
Mar132013

GADGETSPONGE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Hey folks!  I need about 5 seconds from you.  I've got an entry in the Birds & Blooms Magazine "Upcycling Contest".  The objective was to create an upcycled item for less than $25.  My submission is #10 with my repurposed Dust Pan Bird Feeder.  

Please give me a few seconds of your time to head over and click on #10.  It will help so much if GadgetSponge wins this contest and gains more exposure!

 

THANK YOU!!!!