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Tuesday
Sep112012

Atomic Yardstick Covered & Redesigned Coffee Table

Hey folks!  Here's my biggest custom yardstick project to date.  Each and every yardstick piece was manipulated in some way by distressing, coloring, dingying, or battering.  Haha.  

The original table was a pick that my friend Tracy ran across and was severely neglected and in bad shape.  The trim was shot the legs and base structure was in pieces with chipped paint all over it.  The original formica on top was marred and discolored.  It has the original stamp on the underside "140 COFFEE TABLE" and was made in California with the stamp "Union Made" by a local number that I can't make out.

The size is 66" long x 29" wide x 15" tall.

This custom item, along with my other creations, is available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at The London Gallery in Shreveport, LA!

Monday
Sep032012

Bicycle Themed Business Card Holder

I just rolled out a repurposed business card holder for a local bicycle shop here in Shreveport (River City Cycling).  They offered up some old, dirty parts that I used to create it.  After a lot of elbow "grease" to get the crud off the old gears and chain, a polished business card holder emerged.  The business cards are held by a vintage 35mm film slide tray with several compartments.  The width on each side was perfect for the business cards and I installed vintage yardstick pieces to serve as backs for each tray compartment.  A vintage pastry blender wire band serves to hold literature or any other papers or mail.

Thursday
Aug302012

Repurposed Yardsticks & Vintage Building Blocks Mirror

I took this found (1/4") thick vanity glass and built a base and mounting system for it then carefully added in pieces of old yardsticks around it and on the edges. I also used many vintage wooden stacking blocks around the mirror perimeter. I made this mirror very solid with 3/4" plywood as the backing and mounted heavy-duty hanging brackets. The accompanying mounting brackets and screws will be included for mounting. This would definitely be a one-of-a-kind mirror for your home!

This custom item, along with my other creations, is available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at The London Gallery in Shreveport, LA!

Wednesday
Aug292012

Repurposed Sewing Machine Drawer Wheel Car

I've made plenty of roller skates trucks before so I figured, why can't a vintage Singer sewing machine drawer be transformed into a car!?!  I had some old wheels from a busted up Ertl truck left over and plenty of sewing machine drawers laying around.  Time to get to work!  I used some vintage wood blocks (that I played with some 35 years ago as a toddler) to build up a housing for the wheel axles.  Some yardsticks made the perfect "floor" of the car.  Handles were made from lamp assembly posts and vintage folding wooden measuring sticks.  The face was created with expired dog tags and a grill from a vintage toy car.  On the back is a brass shipping tag and along the bottom is frame pieces from a pot rack making frame.  Voila!!

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

Monday
Aug272012

GadgetSponge-Styled Vintage RCA Victor Radio

Fresh from the GadgetSponge Garage is this one-of-a-kind vintage radio.  It doesn't work but it's got all original parts that I gutted, repaired, cleaned up and put back together.  It's got several coats of Annie Sloan chalk paints and is finished in the Annie Sloan clear wax.  I also added a back panel that isn't standard on the original model.  

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