Entries in Upcycling Blog (171)

Saturday
Dec222012

Visitors on a GadgetSponge Repurposed Bird Feeder

I thought I would share some pics of some great birds frequenting a GadgetSponge bird feeder.  This bird feeder found a new home with Phil in NE Louisiana a little while back.  Hope you enjoy the great pics he sent.

If you would like to share pics of your GadgetSponge creations in your home or backyard, be sure to send me some pics!  Please make sure they are of the higher resolution when sending.

Wednesday
Dec192012

Repurposed Copper & Chrome Dust Pan Feeder w/ Thermometer

Hey folks!  Sorry if any of you have missed me lately.  I was attended a local artists' show most of last week and I'm just now catching up. 

Anywho, here's one of the latest creations.  More to come later on the others.  

This one started with a great vintage dust pan with a copper finish.  Lots of little GadgetSponge twists and Voila!!!

You can find my creations in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop, at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA and C & C Electric Co. in Shreveport, LA!

Tuesday
Dec042012

Repurposed Metal Custom Lamp No. 9

Here's the latest one-of-a-kind lamp fresh from the garage!  I've been wanting to use this vintage tin and the metal top for quite a while on something and a lamp made perfect sense.  Don't miss the two vintage faucet/valve handles toward the top!

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

Sunday
Dec022012

Repurposed/Upcycled Singer Sewing Machine Drawer Twin Wall Organizers

Howdy GadgetSponge followers!  Thanks for checking back in.  Your support is truly appreciated.

Today, I'm posting a just-finished project including a new way to use vintage sewing machine drawers.  I've used them as tape dispensers, roller skate-wheeled cars, and more.  I'm hoping they continue to provide so much versatility.  Mainly because they are stacking up in the garage!

These wall organizers started off with two very nice, vintage furniture doors.  I'm guessing they might have been doors from the top of an armoire maybe.  They display great age and even have some roughed up sides, but they are definitely beautiful.

The bottom of each repurposed/upcycled organizer features the small flip-out drawers in the front of a sewing machine cabinet.  

Around the perimeter, you see some vintage cloth measuring ribbon/tape.  Love these old measuring tapes.  On top, I reused some of the hinges from the sewing machine to use as the hangers.  This will allow the new owner an easy way to align them and hang them straight with each other.  I like to use self-drilling wall anchors.  They are recommended for drywall only but I've used them in soft woods also. When used in drywall, they are reusable.  They can hold many pounds.  Some up to 40 to 50 pounds.


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

Tuesday
Nov132012

Repurposed Upcycled Bicycle Rim Pendant Hanging Light

Hey folks!  Sorry for the delay in posting lately.  Graphic Design work has been keeping me too busy and the garage is piling up with lots of parts, pieces and (awesome) junk.  

In the meantime, here's a recent creation from GadgetSponge Garage.  I didn't reinvent the "wheel" on this project.  Others out there have tinkered with using bicycle rims as lighting in some form or another.  But this is my take on the subject because I had the parts to do it!  Haha.

Let me know what you think...

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