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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!  

Monday
May202013

Repurposed Vintage Water Ski & Sewing Machine Drawer Book Ends

Hey there GadgetSponge fans!  Sorry for the delay in posting recently.  Had to get over a little mishap with my miter saw.  Let's just say that it "forced" some respect.  My hand is healed enough to get back in the garage FINALLY!

So here's the latest creation from the garage.  I have a gabillion vintage water skis that I constantly figuring ideas for, just like the beer and soda bottle opening station I just release (HERE).

This creation features parts from a vintage water ski and a couple of modified parts from some antique Singer sewing machine drawers.

How handy is this!  Functional in more than one way.  Store those little, loose knick knacks sitting on the table or in the bookshelf inside the sewing machine drawers.  

The size of each book end is 9" tall, 6.5" wide and 8.75" deep.  So they are plenty big enough to hold several books together.  For larger books, you can add a few, small rubber stick-on feet to grip even better.

Did I forget to mention all the yardsticks and measuring sticks!?!  You know me, I've got to add them somewhere.  They are so much fun to look at and they add so much architecture to each piece.

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

Friday
May102013

Vintage Water Ski Beer & Soda Opener Station - "Beer 30"

Hey folks!  In an attempt to use vintage, wooden water skis in as many different ways as possible, I have another solution!...

How about this opener station to pop open those beers or sodas!  It's got a top mounted opener and two hand-held openers stored in a couple of very old water chain small buckets.  At the bottom is a waste can that can be removed easily for removal of caps and other trash.  

Mount this opener station in your game room, patio, pool house, recreation room or even kitchen.  Great for family get togethers and parties.  And you'll be sure this is the only one in existence!

PARTY ON!!!

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

Thursday
May022013

Louisiana Map & Vintage Yardstick Writing Desk

Hey folks!  Sorry for the break in posts, but I was on hiatus for a brief bit and catching up on things.  I've got a humdinger to post today.  

How about a vintage, deep writing desk adorned with Louisiana map pieces and vintage yardsticks!?!

It started with a big, honkin' writing desk (heavy too!).  I custom painted it and gave it some detailed distressing and then started with the vintage yardsticks and map applying.  The desk measures 60" wide by 32" deep by 30" tall and is available at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.  Enjoy!

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