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Large Vintage Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Blueprint & Custom Color Board Wall Art

My oldest son actually did most of the leg work on this one since he did the first one that sold.  The new owner bought the smaller one and asked for a much larger one to compliment it.   Here's the first one...

And here's the larger one that was just finished and shipped....

We ran across some vintage blueprints from a friend of a 1930s Coca-Cola Bottling Plant.  I had them all digitally scanned so I could save them before we used some of the pieces.  The piece is about 46" wide by 24" tall.

Outside of the blueprint panels are custom painted, distressed and waxed pieces of wood.  

You can see the "Bottling Room" referenced in the piece above.

And below you can see the bottom blueprint information with reference to the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant...

This piece now resides on a campus in Talahassee, FL.


1940s Wooden Gameboard Repurposed Table

Hey folks!  I just finished a table that I really enjoyed putting together.  It started with a fantastic Carrom brand #95 wooden board game.  I removed the other side design to give myself a flat surface to build my table leg foundation.

All the netting in the corner pockets is intact and the table legs have a naturally-chipped patina that you just can't replicate without a lot of patience and torture!  Haha.


I did some custom wood work underneath to give the table legs strong support and I cut into the 2x4 framing pieces to offer more leg room height underneath.  I also reinforced the legs with some metal angle brass hardware.

This newly-created table is ready for a second life of more games or simple enjoyment as a side table or party table.  GAME ON!!!

Measurements:  28.5" wide;  28" tall.

FOR SALE!... This custom creation along with all of my others is available in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


Dominoes! Mexican Train and Chicken Foot Center Starter Hubs!

UPDATE:  The three I initially made have sold already.  I plan to make more very soon.  If interested, please contact me!

Hey folks!  It's gametime!  My family enjoys getting together as often as possible to play dominoes.  We always have a center starter piece to start out "trains" (of dominoes).  Instead of the plastic ones you get these days, I thought it would be fun to make some out of found items and scrap wood pieces.

This custom creation along with all of my others is available in the GADGETSPONGE ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


GadgetSponge @ Home: Custom Bookcase with Vintage Lockers & Wire Baskets

Hello again folks!  It's time for an update on where one of my creations ended up going with its new owner.  You may remember the custom bookcase I made not too long ago that incorporated vintage lockers and wire baskets (HERE).  Well, now that fine piece belongs to Benjamin in San Francisco.  He was kind enough to send a picture of the bookcase in its new setting.  Thanks Benjamin and I hope you enjoy it for many, many years to come!

If you have a GadgetSponge creation and want to send a picture of it in its new home, please do and I'll feature it here on the blog!  Just contact me with the "Contact" button at the top of the page and I'll send my email address.  


GadgetSponge Holiday Lamp Winner Published in LampsPlus.com and HomeTalk.com Holiday Catalogs!

Hey friends!  Excuse me for tooting my horn a little but I wanted y'all to be on the lookout in your mailbox for the LampsPlus.com holiday catalogs.  There's two of their catalogs in circulation.  If you get one, the three winners in the Holiday Lamp Challenge are featured on a two page spread.  

Thanks again to LampsPlus.com and HomeTalk.com for serving up this great contest and allowing me to particpate.  


This custom creation is available at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.