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Monday
May252015

Custom Birdhouses with Repurposed Elements

Hello again friends!  Very recently I made a series of custom birdhouses with some repurposed parts and pieces on the front for some added character.   You can see them in person at Timeline Antiques Mall in Shreveport, LA (HERE).  Enjoy!.....

Thursday
May212015

Overhauled Long Drawer Dresser with Vintage Yardsticks and Original 1930s Coca-Cola Factory Blueprints

Hey friends!  I've been trying not to get behind on my posting and showing more of what I've created as it rolls out.  I'm starting to catch up!

Here's a recent creation that is very similar to the style of the dresser I did a while back (HERE).  I liked the style so much and got so many compliments on the dresser that I wanted to do another take on it once I found the right piece.  My grandmother bought this long drawer dresser a good while back because she liked the long, flat drawers and she could store away a good bit in it.  She passed at the first of this year and I definitely wanted it so I could give it the same style treatment as the dresser.  I know she would love this one if she could see it now.  If she were alive, I'd give it right back.  

Check out those drawers!  It had some dull, fake bronze knobs on it and I changed them out to these handles that complimented the long span of the drawers.  Plus, it reminded me of the old handles you'd see in the school science labs of the past.

I roughly laid out the plans for the yardstick boudaries and cut out the blueprint pieces to fill the spaces.  Then I marked my dead spaces where the yardsticks would be inlaid and got to carving and routing out the gulleys for the yardsticks.  Lots of dust and shavings but I was proud of the tight lines and perfect surface.  My buddy, Bill, had these blueprints when I put the word out I was looking for original blueprints a while back.  These are definitely cool.  It features details of the Syrup room and more!

It's no secret that a deep, nice blue works so well with oranges.  And the orange in the vintage yardsticks really came out.  

I've still got a little bit of the new/old stock of original vintage metal furniture trim so I threw some of that around the top edge to set things off.  Love that stuff and wish I could find some more!

Measurements:  26.5" tall; 31" wide; 21" deep.

This custom one-of-a-kind creation can be seen in person at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA (HERE) OR in my Etsy shop (HERE) very soon (or already bythe time this goes live).  Thanks everyone and stay tuned!!!

 

Monday
May112015

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.

And...........here'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....

Monday
Apr202015

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!!

Thursday
Mar262015

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!