Entries in Upcycling Blog (243)


Repurposed Vintage Philco Radio Bookcase

Hey folks!  Got a new project just finished and fresh from GadgetSponge Garage!  I get a lot of flack for heavily modifying these old console/wall radios but true is when I get my hands on them, they are most of the time just the shells of the radio in poor condition.  So all the haters out there move on because this won't be the last one you see from me.

This particular one was missing the top radio dial and guts along with pretty much everthing below as well including the speaker.  So it was a fresh canvas for me.  I started by building the housing for the bookcase.  I used old salvaged shiplap boards for this.  They still had the old short nails that held the fabric wallpaper to the boards on them.  After polishing up the bookcase with extras like the finished off yardsticks and such, I moved on to the compartment up top that I created using an old exit sign facing.  A vintage window lock clasps the "exit" door securely.

Lastly was a ton of custom metal work all over the piece.  I used some new/old stock of vintage furniture metal corner bead.  It was a lot of work but was also a lot of fun with all the detailing.  It really makes the whole creation pop!  Everywhere you see metal on this is custom work since there was no metal before.  




Height 36"; Width 33.5"; Depth 13.5"

See it in my ETSY SHOP or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport!


Bird Feeder Station Repurposed Door

I was asked by Cultural Crossroads of Minden to create an artpiece using a vintage door for them to display during their upcoming Spring Arts Festival / ChickenStock event on April 16th.

I knew I needed to knock out the glass up top because I was leary of painting on it and it getting accidentally broken.  The chicken/rooster is kind of a mascot for the ChickenStock (Spring Arts Festival) each year so I made a custom one for the window opening.  I wanted to give it some added support so I put yardsticks behind it going across the back.  I custom painted the rooster a bright red and painted the door in several shades of bright yellow/orange.  I then distressed everything to give it some instant age.

The rest is a mix match of different vintage parts and objects to serve as individual bird feeding stations.  Each one features drain holes to allow water to drain if rain should come by.  


Another Fine Spotlight -- This Time From!

I wanted to thank for the fine article published today.  It focuses on things that I like to find specifically at estate sales and the importance of not throwing away items before the sale as the homeowner because there's a potential market for even that stuff.   Check it out (HERE)!


Repurposed Vintage Water Skis Floor Lamp & Coat Rack!

Hey folks!  I still love making things with vintage water skis and this one is another creation I'm very proud of....

I had put the water skis in the triangle pattern almost a year ago and never knew which direction to take it from there as far as the lighting.  Inspiration finally hit and I was able to complete it.

I had the vintage barber-style globe up on a shelf and I guess I never gave it much thought.  It sits on top of a vintage heating lamp shade.  The on/off switch sits atop a great, vintage toy car.  

I thought the vintage (unused!) mouse trap would be a great piece to hold receipts, notes, biz card, or anything else that needed to go with you on the way out the next day.  The vintage toy rocket ship piece is a great place to throw those keys at the end of the day so you know where to find them.

I finally got to use some of these retro hair curler parts on a project.  As you can see, they either hold the umbrella or give it a place to hang on to.  There's three around the perimeter of the body.

I kept the ceramic cone intact on the vintage heater body.

Beep!  Beep!

A nice, round wood base completes the piece with custom distressing and painting to give it a solid foundation. Notice the tinker toy hub piece at the cord exit!  Beat up hinges hold things firmly in place.

See/purchase this one-of-a-kind creation at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA or in my ETSY SHOP!

Measurements:  Height 84"; Width 24"; Depth 24"


Reclaimed Wood Display Organizer with Mixed Elements

It was time to get GadgetSponge Garage a little less dense of items not too long ago so I started thinking about how I could put a lot of small items together in one piece.  And that's how this piece was born....

I had these old fence pieces from a good friend and the rest of the wood bits were leftovers from previous projects.  From there it was about incorporating different items into the grid design of the wood.  

A Scrabble gameboard and old records were great backing for some of the cubbies.

Some vintage tin doolhouse pieces were fitting for others and even a vintage Vornado fan face plate for another.

I've got an assortment of wooden blocks, figures, and general pieces for days and these specific ones spoke to me for this creation.  The vintage kitchen container was a great fit to hide or store away other items.

The vintage Prince Albert tin can hold pens and pencils.  The small measuring cup can work to hold even the smallest of items.

I couldn't resist adding the little vintage tin mailbox on the side as if the side of this creation was a tall building and this mailbox sat at the corner of the intersection.

A front drawer from an antique sewing machine cabinet sits in front of the cubby with the Vornado fan face plate.

You can see this item in person at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA or in my ETSY SHOP.