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Wednesday
Jul172013

Repurposed Twin Bird Silverplate Platters Bird Feeder

Hey folks!  It's been a while since I made a bird feeder.  So here goes!

I've been wanting to use this partitioned silverplate server for a while and finally got after it.

The ends of spoons make for perches and some serve as the support points for the suspending chains.

The small candy dish made a great top and the birds came from some ornate napkin holders.

This one has the option of putting out two different bird seed varieties with the partition in the middle.  Small holes were drilled in the bottom for any drainage needs with rain.

This bird feeder already had a home before I finished creating it!

Saturday
Jul132013

First-Ever GadgetSponge Summer Etsy Sale

That's right folks!  I'm having a 20% OFF SALE RIGHT NOW on Etsy and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA. I'm not sure how long so grab what you like while you can!

COUPON CODE:  TAKEOFF20   GADGETSPONGE ETSY STORE

Sunday
Jul072013

Domino's SecondHandLogos.com GadgetSponge Repurposed Side Table REVEAL

Hey again!  I've got my final photos ready now of the Domino's Pizza Repurposed Storage Side Table.  If you haven't read the earlier posts, Domino's recently changed their logo, and rather than throw all of the old ones, they've asked independent craftsmen and artists like me to upcycle them into creations like this one. See all the pieces and artists at http://SecondHandLogos.com.

Below is my first of three different projects I'm doing in association with Domino's.  Stay tuned for progress and final pics to come of the other two projects.  But for now, here's the first project....

After a lot of cleaning years of dust and grime away, the sign polished up pretty nice.  I've had these vintage stainless steel table legs for a while just waiting for the right project.  Found it!

When I started, I had just planned on the Domino's Pizza sign to be just a table.  As soon as I started working on it, I realized it would be a shame to waste all of the space on the interior of the sign.

I had this pair of vintage chrome handles in my stashes and they worked perfectly with the industrial, metal vibe.

Even after thoroughly gutting and cleaning the sign, it still retains all of the subtle blemishes from years of service.  I call it "character."   I used some vintage 70s automotive trim to accent the base of the sign/table.  Some fabrication was involved to create the corner protector pieces.

The vintage table legs have self leveling foot pegs to match your surface perfectly!

Ironically, I found as I was working, I found that the new led for the storage opens like a pizza box!  Go figure!

There's all that space for storage now!  It's about 25" square inside.

If you follow GadgetSponge, you know I've got to sneak in yardsticks or measuring sticks whenever possible.  I thought they worked great to floor the base of the storage area.  I framed up the interior measuring sticks with some more of that vintage automotive trim.  The MEASUREMENTS are:  36" tall by 26" wide and 26" deep.

I always put one of my custom plaques on each creation I make so folks can look me back up.  The piece is also signed and dated on the bottom.  In closing, it's a rock-solid table that will provide years of service and conversation.  Stay tuned for my other Domino's repurposing projects coming up!

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

 

Friday
Jun142013

Series of 8: Repurposed / Upcycled Vintage Wooden Water Ski Beer & Soda Bottle Opening Stations

Hey junk builders, collectors, admirers and more!  I hope you've had a decent week.  Just before the weekend, I've finally been able to work up and launch my series of eight different vintage, wooden water ski beer and/or soda bottle opener stations.  You can sit them on your counter or mount them to a wall indoors or outdoors.  

The metal, repurposed basket at the bottom of each station is removable to "take out the trash"!  "Pop the top" with the top mounted metal opener or use the chrome handheld one that is housed on a chain in the metal basket holder.   

So, here we go with the launch.  If you like one, you'd better grab it.  You know me, once I make them -- that's it.  No more.  I like to keep things fresh.  I'm shocked I made eight of these......

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

This one along with the other seven might still be available either in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOPor at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.

Wednesday
Jun122013

Repurposed Upcycled Vintage Water Ski & Flashlight Table Lamp with Storage

Howdy folks!  I'm still on an all-consuming journey on how I can continue to reuse all the vintage, wooden water skis I have.  I've still got another couple of ideas I'm wrapping up and willl show you very soon.  But for right now, here's the latest!........

I had a blast making this one-of-a-kind custom lamp.  It started with two great water skis that all had the same style and arch up top to make the sides and a really classic water ski with worn out white and red paint lines.  It even had the word "CUSTOM" that I incorporated into the bottom board.  

I don't know why but I knew I wanted this really tall retro, chrome flashlight to be the center of the lamp.  And below is a great place to store things away like a jar of small items, or the remote controls, home phone or just about anything that would be nice to have for quick access.

And, you know that I have to incorporate old measuring sticks or yardsticks whenever I can.  They go with everything!

Up above the flashlight I used some vintage colored wooden building blocks for an extra bit of character. The worn and aged surface of the colors played into this piece perfectly.  

The new, finely textured lamp shade played right into the whole vibe I was looking for.  Check it out or better yet BUY IT! and have the only one on the planet like this -- only from GadgetSponge.com!

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