Entries in Recycing (142)


Overhauled Open-Top Bar with Comics and Acrylic Handles

Hey friends!  I'm revealing here a companion piece that I made for a client that mimics the style of the chest of drawers I completed not to long ago (HERE).   The client, Micah over at Red Handed Tattoo in Shreveport, requested the colors flow the same as the previous piece and to have the addition of the original comic pages.

I had the pleasure of using General Finishes "Holiday Red" Milk Paint and Modern Masters Metallic "Silver" Paint.  These were the paints I used on the chest of drawers as well.  

A couple of good coats of the milk paint and some patience with a small brush for the metallic silver.

Slow, careful distressing got me the desired look I was chasing.

Just about the toughest part was cutting away the excess acrylic at the ends so it fit snugly in the pipe pieces for the industrial side handles.  The acrylic rods are 1" diameter.'s the inside!...

I removed and custom painted the interior tray which holds all of the glass pieces that form the bar set of glassware.

The comics he submitted for me "to destroy" were from the Superman Bizarro series.

Stay tuned for more crazy creations as always!  Even I don't know what's next....


Repurposed Vintage Water Ski & Parts Double Towel Rack

Hey folks!  I've got one of my newest creations to throw at you today!

I took a vintage water ski and the tips of two matching skis and put this double towel rack together with the help of some mixed additional parts.  The rods are acrylic for better strength.  Plus, the glass ones are getting harder to find.  It was a booger getting the angles right on the rods, but it worked out perfectly.

It's fitting the main body ski is a vintage Cypress Gardens design since this creation is going to a customer in Florida.

For some more fun, the customer requested that the tail "wiggle" by using an old hinge.

"Fins" from a vintage vegetable steamer were used on top of each "fin" towel rod support.

Vintage Pepsi bottle caps cover up the connection of the rods and back fin.

As long as I can keep finding great, vintage water skis, I'll be trying to create new and fun repurposed creations out of them.  Stay tuned!!


Antique Mall Booth Cedar Plank Overhaul with CedarSafe!

Hey folks!  I've been super busy with some exciting projects.  One most recent is a partnership with CedarSafe Natural Closet Liners.  Justin with Muddy Water Resurrections shares the same area that my booth is in so we came up with using their fantastic cedar planks in a not-so-traditional way.  I was in the midst of planning my booth overhaul and expansion and this was perfect timing!

We figured using the cedar planks on the walls of our booths would bring a nice warmth to the area and would really compliment our custom creations whether they be wood, metal or custom painted pieces. There's going to be endless ways we can design our walls on top of the cedar and it'll always look welcoming.  This might also give you an idea of how the cedar planks look on a large, continuous, open wall if you're thinking about it for your home!

The first thing both had to do was clean out our booth walls and make some room to work.


Before doing anything with the planks, it's best to do something that will save you time and lots of future headaches.  We found our studs in the walls and used a level to mark that line all the way down.  We definitely wanted to focus our brad and staple nailers on the stud locations.

Be sure to mark where those studs are with a discreet mark on the moulding so you know immediately where your studs are when hanging heavier objects so you can tie into those studs.

Straight out of the box CedarSafe has a few planks cut at different lengths to give you some automatic variations in where the planks meet to set a good pattern.  We decided to cut all our planks at center and about a quarter the distance on both ends so we would have a 4 part plank pattern on our side walls.

We had never installed cedar planks before but it was a breeze.  All the grooves were perfect and the wood is very easy to cut.

When you start your first planks at the bottom of your wall, make sure to check that your baseboard or floor (if installing behind baseboards) is perfectly level.  If it's not and is a little off, draw a line across your wall with a long level to use as a guide for your first row of planks.

Now, it was time to get busy with those pneumatic nailers!  We used 2 inch brads and 1.5" staples.  Here I am on my side starting one of my side walls.

We hit the boards at the studs and also on each end.  We used a fourth staple or brad on the full-length planks.  

From this point on, it's pretty easy to get a pretty good speed going.  You just want to make sure that each plank you put up falls into the lower planks grooves flush.  Otherwise your plank lines will start looking crooked.  

When you are working in your corners be sure try and get your plank lines to match up at each run.  When you start getting higher and higher it may tend to get just a little off but that's fine.

Before you get too far, remember to match up your outside boards where it's most visible.  Sometimes your cuts aren't going to be perfect and that's okay.  You can cover your inner corner with trim boards to hide your rough cuts.

Justin and I would have four to five board runs going at one time.  This would allow you make four to five specific cuts at one time when going to your saw.

Here, you can see one of Justin's walls completed.  For a booth design like we are doing here, a single wall done this way could be all that you do to build contrast with your walls or to split up different areas you want features in different ways.

Justin decided to create two "frames" on his wall to spotlight certain creations in his booth.

In the corners we decided to use some extra planks to hide the raw corner cuts and to give it a somewhat rustic vibe (maybe!?!  haha).  But it definitely worked out.  You could do this or you could use original trim pieces to match the size needed in your corners and across the top if needed.

And here is my completed wall!  What a dramatic change...

And here's Justin's walls....

We were very impressed by the final appearance and the soft cedar aroma.  It wasn't overpowering but just right.  

And here's some completed pictures in my GadgetSponge booth with the new, beautiful cedar plank walls...

AND here's the final Muddy Water Resurrections booth!...

Justin had the great idea to use chalk to write custom messages on the wall.  It wipes right off easily!...

Thanks so much CedarSafe for the opportunity to partner up and do something a little different.  We already gotten many favorable compliments on the new booth designs and look forward to experimenting more with the walls as we move forward!


Overhauled Red Chest of Drawers with Comics and Skateboard Trucks

Hey folks!  I've got a new creation to reveal today!  A lot of love went into it and I'm super proud of the end result.  My buddy, Micah at Red Handed Tattoo here in Shreveport, needed a chest of drawers for his new living space and he gave me free reign!!  You know I love that.

Here's what I started with..

And here's what became of it...

It started with the vintage chest of drawers that needed some major TLC.  Micah said he wanted to put a TV on top so I took the drawers off the top and mounted the drawer housing to the sides to house anything from a folded towel, magazines, papers, etc.

I knew he collected comics so once I saw the real estate inside each drawer trim, I knew it was the perfect place to display some original comic pages.  The handles plagued me for a while until a lightbulb went off and I thought of using skateboard trucks for the handles.  They are perfect for the grip of a hand. 

So I went to a local skatepark shop, Holy Rollers Skatepark, and over a couple of visits they were able to come up with enough trucks and truck components in their boneyard to come up with four sets of trucks.  That was a good day!  I didn't want to settle for something else and I'm glad it all came together.

I also have to give a shout out to two great companies that I've become fond of.  I can thank General Finishes for the fantastic milk paint in "Holiday Red" along with some of their gel stain after I was finished doing the distressing.  And my other favorite paint to use for great highlighting and details is the metallic silver paints from Modern Masters.  Both products clean up with soap and water and are really fantastic resources.

First, I had to make the drawers slide easier so I made some modifications on those and made sure they backed up to flush at the front.  The I gave the base some reinforced help with some 2x4s.  Then it was on to all the fun stuff!

Now enough blabbering and on with all the pics...












Repurposed Vintage Lil Pro Water Ski Soda/Beer Bottle Opening Station

Hey folks!  I've got the newest bottle opening station to reveal!  I really knew it was going to be fun when I laid eyes on this vintage junior water ski.  The colors pop and the design is fantastic.  It's currently my only one I have left in stock until I find time to make more so grab it if you like it!  In my Etsy shop (HERE) or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall (HERE).


Height:  26"; Width:  6.5";  Depth:  7.5"