A Trio of Fresh Ideas!

January 8th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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First up is a clock. I do keep small wood bases on hand for different types of projects, so I found one that fit and painted it. The paint was a problem. It was way to bright so I toned it down with liming wax from BRIWAX. Yep, that was the ticket! After painting, I unearthed some very  cool paper a friend had given me. Its graph paper that was used for designing textile patterns. I cut and glued that on the top, and then applied polyurethane to the entire base.
I cut a circle out of my paper with a scrapbooking circle cutter, and decoupaged that to the center of the holder. I found a clock stashed in my garage sale pile and took it apart to get this battery operated clock piece. I didnt have a hole saw, so I adhered it to the center of the holder with lightweight spray adhesive so I could easily remove it when it needed new batteries. If you cut a hole in the center you could drop the clock in and be able to access the mechanics from the back.
I then screwed the toothbrush holder to the wooden base. I chose to use brass washers to enhance the mixed metal look. Done!
My second idea is a very simple re-purpose. I pulled a vintage glass from the cupboard and went to work. Elizabeth wonders on a daily basis where all the glasses go. I then found an empty wall that needed some junking up and screwed the holder to it.
My jewelry box has a section for broken bits and pieces. This flower was the clasp from one of my favorite bracelets that met its demise during a junking accident. I couldnt bear to throw it away! Good thing becauce it came in handy here. The clasp is magnetic so all I did was pop it on.
Im in the mood for spring, so I went to my scrap paper pile and fished out a bright and happy coral. Im getting into the orange family lately. I love it! I measured, cut the paper, and attached it with decoupage glue. When it was dry, sanded, and steel wooled, I slipped it in the holder and added fresh tulips. Done!
Time for the frame. I prepared the base just like the clock and screwed the toothbrush holder to the base. It was time to head back to my junk pile! I collect vintage miniature photo albums from vacation destinations to remind me of my tavels. This picture was removed form an album from France.
I measured and cut a lightweight piece of cardboard and two pieces of paper. I glued a piece to each side of the cardboard to give it a finished look. I then trimmed the picture and glued it to the paper.
Just for fun I embellised each corner of the photo with a small washer. I the applied glue to the back of the little frame and attached it to the metal pieces in the center of the toothbrush holder. Done!
All that from these!
First up is a clock. I do keep small wood bases on hand for different types of projects, so I found one that fit and painted it. The paint was a problem. It was way to bright so I toned it down with liming wax from BRIWAX. Yep, that was the ticket! After painting, I unearthed some very  cool paper a friend had given me. Its graph paper that was used for designing textile patterns. I cut and glued that on the top, and then applied polyurethane to the entire base.

First up is a clock. I do keep small wood bases on hand for different types of projects, so I found one that fit and painted it. The paint was a problem. It was way to bright so I toned it down with liming wax from BRIWAX. Yep, that was the ticket! After painting, I unearthed some very  cool paper a friend had given me. It's graph paper that was used for designing textile patterns. I cut and glued that on the top, and then applied polyurethane to the entire base.


I love vintage toothbrush and cup holders and came across a pile of them while out junking the other day. I remembered DownHomeDIY's challenge of not running out to a craft store for fresh supplies, but rather making due with what you have at home. While I can't promise to do it for 60 days, this was fun!


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Comments (21)

suewhitney writes: Thanks everyone for all of the feed back. This was definitely an off the cuff project. Purple412...look for vintage soap dishes too. Some of them will wok on you posts to hold candles. Thanks again!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:05 pm on January 11th
purple412 writes: Hi Sue,
Love the projects from toothbrush holders! Like Junkermidge, I hadn't thought much about using toothbrush holders. But wait, while looking at your projects, I thought of something else! In your first book, you guys had a great vintage porch post with car mirrors on it's sides to hold candles. I loved it, I copied it and sold mine. I've been looking for some more vintage car mirrors w/o much luck lately. So your the toothbrush holders would work as candle holders on my other vintage porch post! I'm so excited, now I've just got to go look for toothbrush holders! See ya!
Posted: 8:45 pm on January 11th
paisleypenguin writes: These are great and now I will be on the lookout for toothbrush holders as I am remodeling my bathroom and have been trying to think of "junk" to put in there. Posted: 1:26 pm on January 11th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Sue:
Truly charming - It really is in ALL the details!
Kari Posted: 11:34 am on January 11th
MimiToria writes: Incredible Sue! Truly 3 fabulous projects. You are one clever girl.
Was I with you when you got these holders? Just curious. If so, then I know where I can find them for myself. : )
You rock!
Gretchen Posted: 8:21 pm on January 10th
SnowmanHill writes: These are great ideas, love the junk jewelry embellishment. This is such a great site! Posted: 6:06 pm on January 10th
whiteflower writes: Sue, It is amazing what you have created with old tooth brush holders. I especially love the vase with the white flowers! so sweet. Posted: 9:06 am on January 10th
PinkPigWestport writes: ok now i am really inspired. i collect old clocks and i cant begin to tell you how many i have. i am going to try this. I will report back to you. Thanks! Posted: 7:17 pm on January 9th
eveh writes: What great ideas. You got my head spinning with new ways to decorate these. I love the mixed metal look. And the Orange! I have some jewelry dangles from vintage pieces that is going to look wonderful on these. Posted: 1:37 pm on January 9th
bridiemurphy writes: Aha! Yes, no runs to Hobby Lobby, Michael's or the THRIFT STORES...I'm sure we all have a STASH a mile high, right? However, this use of a toothbrush holder - EGADS, I always pass them up - well, shiny brite - it's Brilliant! Oh, and it keeps time too?

This is why I ordered a *Signed* copy of Junk Beautiful!!!

Posted: 10:08 am on January 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I love these, Sue! The photos are so fresh and beautiful looking! Your collection of miniature photo albums sounds really interesting too.

Thanks for the inspiration once again.
Candy Posted: 7:48 am on January 9th
writes: Sue - this is one of your best projects ever! I want to buy one. LOVE THEM!!

:-) JennyK Posted: 1:32 am on January 9th
JunkArchitect writes: Sue’s Line of Industrial Hygiene. When I saw this post I was ready to order an entire set for my bathroom…I’m not kidding! Posted: 10:30 pm on January 8th
CottageElements writes: Sue, you amaze me every time. To think these were toothbrush holders! I love the graph paper for the base of the clock. Love to see you use it in other projects, too! Now I've got to get my brain working on some projects from items from my home. I have a whole basement to rummage through! Hmmmmm . . . .

Lani Posted: 7:54 pm on January 8th
romancenrelics writes: WOW VERY cool!!! Turn things 'round and 'round and upside down. It's never what it once was.
Marie Posted: 6:17 pm on January 8th
junkermidge writes: These are awesome! The clock is so cool. And of course I'm going to love anything that holds tulips. And I love the detail of adding the washers to the picture frame. I'm going to be on the lookout for toothbrush holders from now on. Who knew? (Well, I guess YOU did.)
Midge Posted: 5:35 pm on January 8th
suewhitney writes: Ah hahaha! Yes I did have fun rooting through the house. You should see the house now....looks like a tornado just blew through it! Oh, and I found quite a few items that had gone missing! Thanks for all of your nice comments.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 4:45 pm on January 8th
shabbychick writes: Sue - these are all way too cute! I especially love the toothbrush holder as a vase holder...it seems like such an obvious use - but soooooo original! And, the clock...that's a keeper!

I can tell you definitely had fun "rooting" through things to come up with these...

By the way...where are you hanging your toothbrushes now???

Thank for sharing your fun with us!!!

Kathy Posted: 4:23 pm on January 8th
fellowjunker writes: Wow Sue..........I love how your mind works!!!!!! These are amazing junk transformations!!!!!!! Beautiful!!
xojanis Posted: 3:21 pm on January 8th
georgiamoon writes: Well, Sue I think that these are amazing. And to think that you did all of these with things that you have on hand around the house. Very impressive! I love the way you can take one simple thing and turn it into three so different projects...simply fantastic my friend. And while I applaud your acceptance of the challenge of not going to the craft store for...well any length of time...I must say again that I find even the prospect of going so long without my fix, makes me break out into a sweat. Good job..now I am off to Michaels! Posted: 2:04 pm on January 8th
junkpainter writes: Oh my gosh, that's what I'm talking about. This is why I wanted to join this site. You are so inspirational to me. I want to create like you do. I can do the obvious, I want to do this. Awesome piece! Posted: 1:35 pm on January 8th
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