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Repurposed Children's Book Toy Lamp

Hey folks!  Here's one of my latest projects.  I, by no means, am the first to do this style of repurposed lamp but I've always wanted to do one.  So here we go!...

I pretty much have duplicates of all of these books so I used the ones that have seen more "action" in their lives.

I've had this vintage spin toy top for a while and I figured it along with the vintage aluminum party glass would compliment everything.


Measurements:  29" tall and 16" wide.  

BUY IT NOW!  In my ETSY SHOP (HERE).  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


Custom Industrial Bookcase with Surveyor's Stick

Hey friends!  Hope everyone is finding some good junk these days.

I just finished this custom bookcase.  I picked up the flat boards at an estate sale and put them all together and then added the custom pieces.  

As you can see, there's some vintage surveyor's sticks on each side that are notched out at each shelf intersection and covered with a custom distressed piece of trim.

I torched the wood instead of staining it.  Just trying some different things out.  I sanded it all afterwards.  I added some vintage locker number tags because I thought it would go really well with the style.

I used some watered down chalk paint on the sides so it would still retain the woodgrain. 

The solid wood bar going across the middle is part of a handrail that was in an old church that went on the wall down some stairs.  I notched out the back so it would rest on the shelf.  I then cut some complimentary pieces to go on the sides and tied some vintage black hinge pieces to the whole look.

An extra piece at the bottom to extend the lip of the bottom shelf finished things off really well.

And here it is in my Shreveport, LA booth (Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall) with the vintage wire gym baskets.  


Little Libraries #5: Repurposed Little Library Projects Wrap Up!

Hey friends!  After a few hurdles and getting everything in line, Justin & I (GadgetSponge & Muddy Water Resurrections) finished installing our repurposed little library creations!  One is in Minden, Louisiana and the other is in Springhill, Louisiana.

We went the extra mile and created a raised platform with a long bench and step up for the Minden location with a lot of extra wood they had laying around from a previous project.

In Springhill, we were able to use some more of that wood to create an awning/roof for that location.

The Minden location is right at the corner of a busy intersection for lots of exposure.  And it's also at the corner of "The Farm", which is the home of the annual Spring Arts Festival / ChickenStock produced by Cultural Crossroads.

The Springhill little library is located right next to the recreational building in West Side Park.  The area children enjoy playing basketball inside the building along with community activities.  This building is also the home of an eager children's reading program that is growing quickly.

"Take A Book - Leave A Book!"  The Minden little library was created to resemble the Minden branch of the Wester Parish Library system.

...And the Springhill little library was created to resemble the Springhill branch of the Webster Parish Library system.

Here you see Justin (right) and I (left) at the Minden location wet from the rains and sweat but relieved the journey is complete.

As we finished the Springhill location little library, area children were walking by with curiousity and others were sitting outside checking it out.  

We were so proud to participate in this very rewarding project and we hope these little libraries serve the area community for many, many years to come.


Repurposed License Plate Wall Organizers/Storage with Reclaimed Wood

Hey folks!  Fresh from GadgetSponge Garage are these creations using over 50-year old barn wood, license plates, and other small knick knacks.  The idea isn't new -- I was inspired by the amazing Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors.  If you haven't visited Donna before, stop what you're doing and get over there.  She's a tornado of creativity, energy, and fun. (HERE) is her post featuring her license plate wall box.

In a previous post, I was able to get some really old barn wood (HERE) and used some of that for these boxes.  Each piece was cut to 12" to match the width of most license plates.

When I start a project, I like to create in bulk if I've got enough pieces.  And usually because I love to buy old stuff in bulk, I've got the pieces!

I decided to put some old locker tags at the top (because I have them in bulk!).  And I've got many license plates to work with so I used a variety of colors.   These would be great in a bathroom, just like Donna posted.  I added a bottle opener on the side of each one so that it could be used in other rooms as well.

For handles, I try to use whatever I have laying around and I try to be creative.  These storage boxes features vintage glass handles, old water ski clamps and I used a kitchen hand sifter for another.

BUY THEM NOW at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.  OR holler at me directly if there's one you'd like to have.  And I'll see which ones I have left.


Repurposed Speed Limit Sign Cornhole Board Games!

Hey friends!  Got a couple of similar creations fresh out of the GadgetSponge Garage. 

I've had these two used speed limit signs for a while and, like most things in the garage, I couldn't think of anything to make out of them.  All it takes is time for parts, pieces and objects to stew around in my head until they make soup that makes sense.

I first cut the holes out where I thought the bean bags should go through and then used some leftover wood pieces to frame them up.  I custom distressed the wood with a blue gel stain base.  

I created some stands with some more leftover wood and torched them for a worn look.  The green handles came from the recent fort I built in the backyard.  I built a bridge between the two forks so the rockwall didn't have a place to call home.  These handles came from that side.  They work perfectly for carrying these boards around!

Each board comes with 12 bean bags with four color groups of 3 in each set.  

These cornhole boards are built to last, one-of-a-kind, and should provide many, many years of enjoyment!

BUY THEM NOW!  In my ETSY SHOP (HERE).  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.