Entries in Repurposing Blog (182)


Repurposed Business Card Holder & Candy Dish

I recently ran across some old metal skates and had an idea for this business card holder and candy dish creation (or whatever else might come to mind).  I remember having skates like this when I was young.  And some road rash on the knees also!  

Some hardcore tintoy fans might recognize "Rodeo Joe" from the Rodeo Joe windup jeep/tractor.  I cannibalized him from some broken parts of the original toy that was in bad shape.  The long tray was actually taken from a large bread baking tray that had about 5 or six of them connected.  The rest is a vintage Singer Sewing yardstick and some metal filigree from an old tissue box cover.

So the art of repurposing has allowed Rodeo Joe to take one more ride!


Repurposed Singer Sewing Machine Cabinet

I had a little fun with a recent sewing cabinet that I picked up.  I gutted what was left inside, did some repairs and mounted some sewing cabinet drawers from an older model inside to use as hidden storage.

I gave it the contrasting colors of blue and orange with some Annie Sloan chalk paint.  Some distressing and wax tidied things up from there.

This repurposed item, along with my other creations, is available at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!


Repurposed Philco Console AM Radio

Boy did I have fun creating this fine piece of furniture!  It started with a classically styled Philco wall radio.  I started by gutting it and cutting away at it to give it the new features.

I brought in an old instrument pump panel, a vintage mailbox drawer door, and a couple of vintage sewing drawers.  I figured I would focus on repurposing this project by giving it some storage (or hiding) options.  The mailbox drawer opens up to reveal a large box that was the bottom of an old fishing tackle box.  The sewing drawers were custom fit into a compartment and supported on the inside.  

On top, I used a large glass lighting globe.  I figure it might be from an old airport light ground fixture.  I created a custom housing out of copper and brass parts and fabricated a housing for the internal light.

Next came the fun part of painting it up just to take it right back down with some downhome distressing. The awesome colors and "dirtiness" came with the help of some Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes.  

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


"Brit Beach" Union Jack Chalk Paint Coffee Table

This is my first piece using chalk paint.....and I LOVE chalk paint!  I used Annie Sloan and now I can't wait to jump to the next project.  It even works well on metal, so GadgetSponge fans know what that means for me!

This table was given to me by a great friend.  It had a bad leg and needed some TLC.  I repaired the leg and used paint stir sticks to make a makeshift "slatboard" surface.  First, I painted the whole piece in an off-white from AS and then I masked off the union jack design and went to town with the paint.  I went on great and the tape came up great off the chalk paint.  The next to last step was going to town on the distressing -- my favorite part.  After it was all done I gave it some clear wax and then the dark wax for aging.  Buffed and done!

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


Lemonade Stand: Made from recycled pallet wood

A little while back my wife ran across a blog she was surfing by the name of  Krysten and her husband put together a vintage style lemonade stand.  You can see their lemonade stand (HERE). My wife and I had our son's fifth birthday party coming up and she thought it would be great to have one for that and for future uses.  Well, you know the rest of the story.  Husband builds said lemonade stand because "If momma ain't happy, nobody's happy."  I wanted to use different colors, but truth is, yellow and white are by far the best colors for this project.

I DID had a great time building it.  It is made completely of wood my oldest son and I broke up from shipping pallets.  The signboard up top was from some old wood I found curbside.  And the shelf I built into the bottom of it on the backside was a large board from a piano that I dismantled several months ago.

Busting up old shipping pallets can be quite the chore without the proper tools.  I now have a GREAT tool for this exact purpose called a "Pallet Reclamation Bar", but I'll get into that fine product a little later on.  The boards around the perimeter were just standard boards that had the same width from several pallets.  The boards on the top surface were larger boards that were all uniform size from one larger pallet.  I trimmed off the extra length of each board with a circular saw once they were all nailed to the exterior structure.  

The inside structure was built using the three center boards of the pallets.  The lengths of the stand are the length of a pallet support board.  I cut one in half to create the depth on each end.  That made the square for the top and I did the same for the bottom.  I then used some more of those boards to connect each square frame vertically.  At that point, I had my frame to start slapping the boards on. From that point it was just cutting off extra length of boards, sanding and painting.

One of my new best friends is Kilz brand spray paint (odorless).  It dries like powder and is easy to sand back down to a desired effect.  I sprayed the whole stand in the Kilz white spray paint first.  I then masked off the parts that I wanted to spray paint yellow.  After sanding the whole stand to the desired effect, I then did some aging to the boards to give it a little grit and age.  The sanding was a breeze with the powdery texture of the Kilz spray paint.  A couple of layers of spray polyurethane on the top gave the surface some protection from future scratches.  I had some stout casters that I mounted on a support board across both ends.  The casters were left over from a storage shelf structure that I used permanent screw-in bolt/feet for instead of the supplied casters.  The only purchase made in this project was the Kilz spray paint and the yellow spray paint. Everything else I already had on hand!

The quick vinyl letters that my wife cut out make a quick sign out of the top that can be taken off and a new one for a different event can serve the next get together.  This would make a fun weekend project for sure!