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Sunday
Oct012017

Repurposed Vintage S & H Green Stamps Stamp Dispenser Lamp

Hey friends.  You know I love making lamps so I had a blast with this one.  It carries a lot of childhood memories for me.  My mother and grandmother would go by the green stamp store after collecting the stamps in the grocery store and would trade them toward household goods.  I told myself if I ever ran across one of the stamp dispensers, I was going to make a lamp out of it.  Well -- it happened!  

I even freed up the gears inside so the black rings could spin that once determined how many stamps were issued.  

See it at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA or in my GadgetSponge Etsy Shop!

Measurements:  Height 30"; Width 9" (16" with shade); Depth 8" (16" with shade).


 

 

Monday
Sep042017

Customized Antique Victrola Cabinet > Video Game Console Cabinet

Straight out of GadgetSponge Garage I bring you a totally customized antique Victrola record cabinet.  One of my repeat customers (Micah @ Red Handed Tattoo - Shreveport, LA) needed a cabinet to organize their video game consoles and accessories.  It just so happened that I picked up this Victrola cabinet from my buddy Justin not too long ago and it turned out to be the best solution I could have hoped for.  

The cabinet was far from working so I gutted it to start to give it a new life.  From there, I totally rebuilt the interior walls, and added custom shelving using black and metallic paint on all the new wood construction.  Up top, I used some antique ceiling tin by repainting it and clearcoating it.  It's surrounded by vintage furniture trim along the edges.  I placed the interior Victrola badge on the outside after going to town on all the custom paint, distressing, and waxing.  I hope you enjoy the transformation!...

 

Monday
Dec052016

Repurposed Industrial Gizmo Custom Lamps

Hey friends.  Below are some lamps I recently did under the Shreveport Salvage umbrella of custom work.  You can see/purchase them in person at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA or you can purchase them in the Shreveport Salvage Etsy Shop!  More photos are viewable in the Etsy shop.

Sunday
Jun262016

Repurposed Lamp #19: Vintage Toy Safe & Flashlight Lamp

I've been itching to make another lamp recently so I had to crank one out.   This one features a working vintage toy safe!

Measurements:  Height 36"; Width 13"

Sunday
Jun262016

Upcycled Nightstand Record Cabinet w/ Light

Hey folks!  Been busy working in the garage and with Shreveport Salvage but I do have a few creations that are new to post.  Here's one of the latest.   My wonderful daughter wanted something to store her record collection in and I knew exactly what to do.  She had limited space so I remembered doing a design before that was very vertical and didn't take up much space (HERE).   But, of course, it had to be different and totally unique.  So here's what I came up with....

I started with a great, little vintage nighstand and went vertical from there....

An old car emblem adorns the top of the nightstand.  Ties in well with how my beautiful daughter has transformed into an awesome young woman.

A record collection is all about displaying your favorite albums at certain times and enjoying the album art.  So, I made these side display racks with old toy train tracks and building blocks.

Up top, a vintage tail light housing serves as the location for the light switch.  Behind it is a vintage wood clock body, a vintage flashlight and finally a lamp body piece route the power cord to the back.

I had been saving this awesome glass rod light for a special project and this was the perfect project.  On the back I mounted some vintage tin.

I left the drawers to the nightstand natural for some great warmth and contrast.

Some decorative, punched tin surrounds the light canopy.

A new LED bulb that looks like a standard bulb lights up the piece.

Measurements:  Height 78"; Width 18"; Depth 23"