For over forty years I have used antique, vintage and flea market finds within my furniture creations. Each piece is handcrafted with an eye towards balance, color and uniqueness. The distressing of the paint must take into account how an actual antique would wear from years of touch and the aging of the steel must form the perfect patina. The end result combines furniture design and painting techniques to form one-of-a-kind lamps, signs, furniture and displays.
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THANKS...Jim Healy, AIA
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An old orange toolbox, mums, pumpkins...it's fall!
Simple pieces can make a dramatic statement.
My latest piece was created to showcase a friends collection of Cloisonne.
Deck the Halls with Ball Jars of Holly...falalalala...Sorry, I couldn't help it.
Let's see who can solve the mystery as to what this piece of industrial equipment does. And, there's a little festive prize for the first person to give the correct answer!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone that brings so much talent and creativity to Junk Market Style each day.
Here's the front of my little Cape Cod home decked out for Halloween.
Visualizing back 100 years to build in the present is how I came up with my latest creation.
Check out this cool way to repurpose a vintage metal clothes hanger.
Well it might not be its original intended use but this old corbel makes a cool wall sconce.
This American Flag has been in our family since my grandfather purchased it at F. W. Woolworth's in 1960.
I don't want the kid to forget about me when he's away at college.
Check out the cool graphics on this vintage cottage cheese tin!
My approach to building lamps is: if it's old, rusty or industrial, it can be transformed into lighting.
Check out a few of my concept sketches.
I've created tonZzz of portfolios but this is the craziest one yet!
This isn't even half of what was in my "Junk Care Package".
I've created an album that will not only hold Valentine's Day cards but is also a treasured keepsake.
It's a place to hold and cherish memories and dreams.
Now here's a rare vintage find...!
I was asked to create a vintage necklace using an old Santa Claus pin, except there was a catch.
An old wallpaper display is transformed into a conversation piece, I hope, with the addition of a mirror.
This stunning antique foundry pattern adds an industrial touch to a collection of vintage frames.
Reclaimed historical relics come together to create a perfectly rusty and crusty lamp. It's just what my remodeled breezeway needed!
A stitch...back in time.
A collection of repurposed bits & pieces, some dating back to the 1920's are united into an album to hold your babies precious photos.
Here's an easy way to add a little industrial without going overboard.
I have amassed this out-of-control collection of vintage Soda Bottles. The madness started with three bottles I found at a tag sale.
Numbers can add just the right detail to any setting.
A junk-taposition of old wooden relics complete a lamp that's all vintage architecture.
An assemblage of precious keepsakes come together to create an album that holds a lifetime of memories.
Use your imagination to create a life without limits...full of love, beauty and happiness.
Lace, paper, silk and vintage bits & pieces are bound together to keep your loving memories alive.
A portfolio created with junk to show photos of even MORE junk.
Just enough light so Santa doesn't stumble, fall and whack his head.
Eclectic and sculptural with a slight touch of trashy class.
Shabbiness with a touch of European elegance.
Reimaging an old milk box.
Reclaimed shelves from a 100 year old kitchen pantry and an old picket gate are reimagined into a shabby flowerbox.
"all" lit up and ready to brighten even your toughest loads.
Here's a creation I just felt like making. No client, no pressure and no clue what to do with it now that it's finished.
This has to be my most unique commission yet. I was asked to design a frame for a 1960's Howard Johnson's menu.
Back in 1988 I realized my dream, by opening a home store named NEW FRONTIER, which featured my furniture and junk creations.
Junkin' is definitely genetic.
Beautiful, white scruffiness.
I went waaaaay back for inspiration.
Well-worn woodiness with an extreme burst of color.
There comes a point when you just love someone. Not because they're good, or bad, or anything...you just love them.
Straight from the chicken coop to your living room. Yes, I did clean it first.
It's starting to feel a lot like spring...somewhere!
OK, don't make fun of me but I built ANOTHER lamp.
Junk Architect Jewelry~
Crafted from a vintage, wire basket and a salvaged lamp shade frame, this one-of-a-kind lamp glimmers with rusty radiance.
I was commissioned to create several awards for the employees of a Construction Company that specializes in Historic Restoration.
A vintage, galvanized dog food dispenser is transformed and now displays the colors of fall.
A suspended Megaphone throws just the right amount of light to create a cheery atmosphere.
Here is the latest piece of furniture created from my debris field...check it out.
This is what you build when you have more "all" Buckets than you know what to do with.
This rescued rusty lawn chair gets a fresh lease on life as the perfect base for a vintage bucket filled with sunflowers.
A delicate wire grocery store display creates the framework for a lamp with an industrial edge.
There's no hard-edge uniformity to this Kitchen Pantry, just lots of usable space.
A 1950's cheerleader megaphone is combined with discarded wood shelving, an old tin lid and some vintage finds.
An old abandoned factory is where some of the components used in this lamp originated.
Here are a couple of things from the HUGE box of junk I received from my junk swap partner "auction junkie".
WRECKAGE is the name of my line of furniture and creations entirely assembled from salvaged wooden doors, shutters, planks, scraps and hardware.
Vintage cards, rusty metal and verdigris copper all converge into a Valentine's Day montage.
Who would have thought that with a little sheet metal surgery a rescued Coca-Cola cooler would be given a second chance at life.
I decided to start out the new year with a totally green
A box of scrap copper pipes and fittings becomes a more avant-garde approach to the typical Dining Room Table.
I'd really be OK with just a pile of junk for Christmas.
Old travel pennants of the past wrap this Christmas tree in nostalgia.
This beautiful pair of antique skates, little vintage candle sticks and dominos create a Christmassy glow on a cold stormy night in New England.
I believe this is a first for me. I have built something out of junk to hold more junk.
Here's a creepy project that was brewed up by combining vintage Halloween memorabilia with some estate sale treasures.
This vintage shopping cart is a recent flea market find that was destined to hold falls harvest.
A couple of vintage Skirt Hemming Rulers never thought they'd get pinned into becoming stands for displaying photos.
A rusty old Barn Door Roller becomes an unusual way to hold candles.
But if you are afraid of the dark here's a Nightlight made out of an old Chicken Feeder.
This old tobacco tin had been in a Connecticut barn for the last 50 years.
An old bead loom, rusty hanger and vintage clip come together to make an unusual picture frame.
Old Sears Roebuck & Co. thermos was disassembled and the shell transformed into a Lamp Shade.
A days worth of junk discoveries turns an old Badminton Racket into an unexpected Clock.
Old, crusty and rusty is just how I found most of the components for this Lamp. I combined an old Gas Can with a crusty vintage Hose Reel and out popped a Lamp.
Here is a nice old Wheelbarrow with great colors and rust that's been turned into a Planter.
I'll tell you what's new Pussy Cat, my Contributor's Challenge project is done!
Good thing Mom likes junk because junk is what she got for Mother's Day.
Salvaged galvanized Turkey Feeders, plywood and some rusty metal straps combine to create a two-tiered Flower Box.
With there bright colors and cool graphics these old Soda Crates are a quick way of creating a simple junk table. They are always available at flea markets and usually inexpensive.
All the components for this lamp came together in about 15 minutes at last Sunday's flea market. Galvanized funnel, old glass jug, broom handle and a box full of lamp parts.
Everyone needs a Theme Floor Lamp
A galvanized Funnel and a dismantled Hose Reel pair up to form an industrial lamp. To really give it a factory appearance the cord is a section of BX electrical cable and the plug is from a washing...
There are many ways to give an old suitcase a new life. So when I needed to raise a bedside lamp the suitcase worked out perfect. By layering a vintage book on top of the suitcase it brought the lamp...
My daughter Vicky put this together for Valentine's Day.
Old memories came back as soon as I opened the box containing the piano music roll. I saw myself sitting in my second grade classroom on Valentine's Day with my bag full of little cards all...
With a great weathered patina from years on the farm these vintage Berry Baskets make a quick picture frame. What better place for the Basket then on a vintage Grocery Cart turned into an End Table...
Vintage clear glass Insulators and wood pulled from a construction site dumpster become Sconces that give off a very relaxing glow. I did a small sketch of what I wanted the Sconces to look like and...
Rusty Urn and a collection of tag sale Whisk Brooms becomes a nice arrangement that needs no watering…ever.
Believe it or not they still make this cleanser.
Flea market soda crate turned into a Shadow Box Side Table.
Laundry Basket from an estate sale becomes a great side table with the addition of a glass top.
This project started when I found a pair of vintage skis tossed out for thrash pick-up.
Picked up this antique Christmas Tree Stand over the weekend and turned it into a Floor Lamp.
While driving through the Berkshires in Massachusetts I came upon an estate sale at an abandoned dairy farm.
The shape and patina of this old Red Bucket was calling out for some kind of Christmas creation...like a lamp shade. So without buying anything new and just using the junk in my shop I put together...
I just found this Little Wagon at a garage sale and filled it with some old ornament and lights for Christmas.
When I was kid my mom would take my brother and I to Santa's Land in Vermont. There were these strange little cabins painted bizarre colors and built to some odd scale.
I found this great Glider at a flea market for $10.00.
I've been collecting vintage travel pennants for years. I decided to use one as a tree topper and thought it looked so cool that I covered the entire tree.
I built, painted and distressed this Mantle as an alternative to a real fireplace, which would have cost $30,000. Adding up all the wood, paint, etc. this project cost about $25.00 I picked up the...
I found some twigs (Doesn't take much) that inspired me to build a Christmas sign.