STRANGE CARGO CONTINUED....

January 3rd, 2009 in member junk     
StrangeCargo StrangeCargo, member
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When we were first married, my wife bought this cool antique butter churn from Vermont.  Over the years, as our taste has changed somewhat, this piece was rotated out of our room design and into the garage.  Now years later, this piece has re-emerged into our living space again, but only this time, as a pub table.  Coupled with a 4 foot round glass top and 4 bar stools, we now use this piece in a more functional and conversational piece fashion.
Garden pieces are so great.  I found this cement hand at the back of a garden center and got it cheap.  I use it presently in the house holding a glass ball float.  (Sometimes a candle, sometimes an unexpected snack when we entertain)....
Found this door curbside one day waiting for an uncertain life in the town dump.  Of course I had to stop and somehow squeeze it into the car.  Got it home and peeled some layers here and there only to find that perfect distressed layered finish.  Now supported by 2 wrought iron sewing bases & covered in a glass top, it seats 6 to 8 in our kitchen.  (Also made a desk for my 15 year old aspiring junker....)  The fruit doesnt fall far from the tree!
Love sewing bases too!
Ever come across spent garage door springs?  I had to replace mine and couldnt bare to toss the bad one.  I eventually used it to hang a candle chandelier in our family room.  Its fummy to watch our guests expressions when they try to figure out what crazy stuff this is.  To me, thats whats is so interesting, challenging, and just fun about the whole junking experience.
Thanks for reading and also sharing your projects, too.
Inspiration is a beautiful thing....
When we were first married, my wife bought this cool antique butter churn from Vermont.  Over the years, as our taste has changed somewhat, this piece was rotated out of our room design and into the garage.  Now years later, this piece has re-emerged into our living space again, but only this time, as a pub table.  Coupled with a 4 foot round glass top and 4 bar stools, we now use this piece in a more functional and conversational piece fashion.

When we were first married, my wife bought this cool antique butter churn from Vermont.  Over the years, as our taste has changed somewhat, this piece was rotated out of our room design and into the garage.  Now years later, this piece has re-emerged into our living space again, but only this time, as a pub table.  Coupled with a 4 foot round glass top and 4 bar stools, we now use this piece in a more functional and conversational piece fashion.


What a fun, inspirational, and great website.  Thanks for this opportunity to share!

Ken


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - s t r a n g e c a r g o !!!
posted in: member junk, tabletop, centerpiece, artwork, plant holder, furniture, candle holder, table

Comments (19)

pofolksdecorator1 writes: What a kool chandelier. I have been really into making them lately. The one you made is very kool. I also love the colors you painted your house. Would love to see more of your house! Annie The Po' Folks Decorator Posted: 2:22 pm on October 18th
StrangeCargo writes: Cirlam, the glass part was obviously the most expensive, about $100 for a 31" X 78" X 1/4" tempered piece. But I rationalize that I can sit 8 guests at once at this one-of-a-kind table. I have placed two sewing machine bases underneath and secured with wood screws. It's funny to watch our guests trying to figure out what and how this all goes together. I look for their experience at my house to be FUN!

Additionally, I made my 15 year old son a desk utilizing the same concept, so he can spread out his school work, projects, as necessary. I even have started to see some "junk creativity" from him!

Thank you for your kind comments.

Ken Posted: 7:01 pm on January 12th
cirlam writes: I didn't look at the next pic to see what the base looked like, so disregard that comment on seeing another view!! Love the idea, sooooo stealing it! Posted: 10:45 am on January 12th
cirlam writes: I would love to see the bases of the door table, as well. I have an old pocket door that I am planning on turning into a table for my dining room. I was wondering how expensive it was going to be to get a piece of glass to fit it? Posted: 10:44 am on January 12th
ShaeLeigh writes: Some wonderful stuff...that door table is especially awesome. Would love to see it from an angle that shows the bases. Great stuff! Posted: 7:11 pm on January 8th
shabbychick writes: You've re-used and created some great pieces. I love the table with the sewing machine bases and, of course the spring chandelier holder!! I'm sure your guests are amazed at what you come up with!

Welcome to the JunkMarket and thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 8:21 am on January 7th
junkermidge writes: Everything is great! Love the butter churn pub table. Love the door kitchen table. And LOVE the spring in place of a chain. Awesome job!
Midge Posted: 1:59 pm on January 4th
csudderth writes: Great use for the springs--very creative. I love when someone has a great idea using something that I already have on hand! Butter churn is amazing too!
Christy Posted: 9:18 pm on January 3rd
kopykatkim writes: You have made some incredible junk pieces. I love old doors and making tables from them, they have many uses. You have some incredibly good ideas. Thanks for sharing, and another man in the junking groove! Got to love it!


Kim Posted: 8:22 pm on January 3rd
CottageElements writes: Strange Cargo, these are all great projects, but my absolute fave is the butter churn table with glass! Love, love, love it! Also, glad to hear you raising some junkers of your own. Welcome to the site!

Lani Posted: 4:46 pm on January 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Great stuff, Ken! Your wife's mult-use butter churner is amazing and I love all the churning mechanisms left intact. Like the others, I love that garage door spring. How perfect is that for a chandelier!

Awesome decor. Thanks for showing us around your home.
Candy Posted: 3:42 pm on January 3rd
StrangeCargo writes: Hey Sue, thanks for the kind comments. Just for the record, I have 2 boys, Tom 15 & Joe turning 8.... Both natural born junkers!

Springs do rule! Posted: 2:07 pm on January 3rd
FunktionalJunk writes: I love all of these, especially the old door turned table. The distressed wood against the cast iron bases is such a cool look. I bet your guests love coming to your house to see all the neat things you've created!

Leah Posted: 1:58 pm on January 3rd
junkpainter writes: That table was a nice find. Great job! Posted: 1:45 pm on January 3rd
MimiToria writes: I really liked all 3 of your projects you shared. The pub table is so one-of-a-kind and a perfect way to use a forgotten beautiful antique. The door table with the chipped away paint has incredible patina and it is so fun that you used the vintage sewing machine bases to support it. I also love the garage door spring idea for hanging your chandelier. I will have to be on the look out for one of those now.
Gretchen Posted: 12:02 pm on January 3rd
rebeljunker writes: Hi Strange Cargo.
I really like your kitchen table! I also like iron sewing
machine bases,and old doors!! keep your ideas coming.


Posted: 11:53 am on January 3rd
plumberdaughter writes: I love the tables, what great ideas. They are fun conversation pieces. Posted: 11:11 am on January 3rd
suewhitney writes: All very cool stuff Strange Cargo. I love them all, but my fav is the chandelier hanging from the spring. I have a thing for springs. I have a box of trampoline springs in the garage and they come in handy all of the time! I'm glad to hear that your daughter is a budding junker. Get 'em started young. Great job!

Take care,
Sue

Posted: 10:35 am on January 3rd
LuAnn writes: All of these projects are great. I especially love the door/table. Oh to do that would be a dream come true. You do good work!!

LuAnn Posted: 10:09 am on January 3rd
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