gadgetspongeBrian Carlisle, Shreveport, LA, US
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Two repurposed lamps I put together most recently.
This custom mantle started with a discarded mantle skeleton of only the supporting boards.
I had to repurpose some decommissioned parking meters and the idea finally "bloomed" in my head!
One of those projects that you just have to build to get it out of your head!
These old speed limit signs had just been sitting in storage.
We had an outdoor (and indoor) Spring Market Sale at one of my booth locations (Shreveport, LA) and on Friday I saw a neat nightstand for sale and had to have it.
In my pursuit of making all that I can think of with vintage wooden skis, I bring you a beer and soda opening station!
It all started with a vintage horizontal locker row.
Had a bit of fun the other afternoon playing with different parts to see what would make a whimsical lamp.
It's made from a copper bundt cake mold and a vintage enamel white with red stripe pot lid.
I've got a serious problem of loving to work with vintage water skis.
Overhauled Long Drawer Dresser with Vintage Yardsticks and Original 1930s Coca-Cola Factory Blueprints
I was dying to make another blueprint themed piece of furniture.
I bought this piece from the antique mall my booth is in and it needed a lot of help to get back strong and in order.
I love working with water skis so I had to try for something new and repurposed again.
I had some leftover vintage doors that I rounded up creating a new booth space in a new antique mall and they were taking up too much room.
Until I run out of these old baseboard slices and door plinths, I really enjoy making these wall hangers for hanging coats, scarves, keys, etc.
Here's a couple of repurposed holiday creations using some antique sewing machine drawers, vintage yardsticks, old keys, and wooden alphabet blocks.
I got this great, industrial fan cage not too long ago and knew I wanted to make some sort of shelving unit with it.
I ran across some 50+ year old barnwood not too long ago and made a dining table with some of it httpwwwgadgetspongecomposts20141022custom50yearoldbarnwoodpartydiningtablehtml...
I ran across this old locker set a while back and the doors had a fair amount of rust on the bottoms and they wouldn't release to let me open them.
In my pursuit to use every individual piece of your typical antique sewing machine base, I found a way to use the center piece that stretches across to each side panel.
I started this birdhouse with a 1953 Texas orange old license plate. I immediately got the sense that this one needed to be inspired by Halloween and witches. From there I used several different...
All I had to inspire me to start this project was an old locker door with the door facing.
This was the first carved table that I've done so far.
I had been wanting to use this vintage Duncan Phyfe table base for a while and I decided to grab a 36" table round from Lowes to get it going.
It started with a great vintage nightstand.
I ran across this large, vintage desk drawer that I knew would be the perfect frame for something to hang on the wall.
It's party table time!
This table started off as half of a table top I found at an estate sale.
I'm not the first to repurpose books to make a lamp, but I've always wanted to make one.
I picked up the bookcase pieces at an estate sale.
I ran across this vintage crib while out junkin' a while back and knew immediately what it would be.
Here's my latest lamp using a vintage Sears fence charging station box.
A fellow junker and I went jukin' and pickin' last weekend on the invitation of a friend.
A couple of my good friends had an accident while moving a glass and chrome shelf unit and things went to pieces.
Hey friends and fellow junkers!
The biggest question is, "What is it not!?"
Hey friends! I just finished this vintage game board table.
A fellow junker buddy of mine and I went out pickin' a little while back.
I had been wanting to use this vintage Simplex timeclock for a while now.
I just recently participated in a lamp challenge hosted by HomeTalk.com and LampsPlus.com. Each participant was required to work with the Fillable Clear Glass Ovo Table Lamp.
I got the urge to make another repurposed birdhouse art piece. This is probably my 90th one or so. I've only got about six left on hand in my Etsy shop if you're looking for a great gift for yourself...
Here's the completed repurposed community birdhouse I made in association with Domino's Corporate (SecondHandLogos.com).
I've been wanting to use this partitioned silverplate server for a while and finally got after it. The ends of spoons make for perches and some serve as the support points for the suspending chains...
I just finished this overhauled vintage low dresser.
I think this is the last of the repurposed water skis projects for a while now.
This is my first of at least three different repurposing projects I'm doing in association with Domino's with their secondhandlogos.com campaign. After a lot of cleaning years of dust and grime away...
In my "parade" of repurposed vintage, wooden water ski projects here yet another one!
I've finally been able to work up and launch my series of eight different vintage, wooden water ski beer and/or soda bottle opener stations. You can sit them on your counter or mount them to a...
So here's the latest creation from the garage.
Just finished this large, heavy writing desk "in my style".
This repurposed metal birdhouse started with an attractive vintage porcelain / enamel coffee pot.
I've actually been working on this one off and on for several months now.
I created this one-of-a-kind storage table mainly out of the need to get some of these sewing machine bases and wagons out of my workspace!
I've made it to 10!
After cleaning up the very dirty trunk, I gave it several layers of CeCe Caldwell chalk paint.
I picked up a small lot of old galvanized vent hoods from a
When I complete a creation it goes directly to Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport.
It's been a while since I've tackled something and gave it some yardstick love.
I've been wanting to use vintage playing cards in some kind of art for a while now.
I recently had some more fun with vintage water skis. This one turns a pair of matching skis into a lighted storage organizer using a vintage Tiger Tobacco tin and some vintage wire gym baskets.
For a while antique sewing machines were stacking up around me.
Here's a couple of repurposed metal birdfeeders I just finished.
I picked up these wooden panels a little while back at an estate sale.
This vintage chest of drawers needed a lot of love when I found it.
I didn't reinvent the "wheel" on this project.
This vintage sewing machine cabinet had so much fine detail in the woodwork, I couldn't wait to start this transformation.
I haven't had as much fun on a certain piece in a while as I did with this one.
This military suitcase was used in WWII and then helped send a daughter off to college and back. I created the custom "First Aid" graphics on the top and painted them. After a little distressing I...
My daughter needed a clothes hamper for her room so I converted this vintage, non-working Philco Am radio and turntable into one for her.
I had a blast working on this new yardstick project.
A quick little project I've been wanting to do for a while.
My wife found this great retro chrome kitchen flour canister while we were out junkin' a few weeks ago.
I had a blast making wall hangers a while back.
I was lucky enough to run across another vintage Alvin space heater.
I've had this electric burner base for a while now.
This is only the second "square" license plate bird feeder I've made to date (the first one I use). It's a very tedious process getting the frame just right. I use a vintage silverplate spoon to make...
This table was given to me by a great friend.
I had a lot of fun with this project.
I always love getting my hands on vintage metal tins. That's the way this custom piece started. Once I found this vintage silverplate casserole lid for the "roof", I had to find a good base. This...
I've been wanting to create a water fountain for a while but was waiting for a good basin to catch and return all the water.
I really went "sky-high" on this one-of-a-kind birdhouse. It's got a beautiful silverplate ice bucket topping a tall brass pedestal candlestick. Tons more silverplate, a glass door knob, hand carved...
I did a lot of custom cutting, grinding and making things fit properly to bring this wonderful bird feeder to life. Space heaters are one of my favorite things to work with because of their quirky...
It's been a little while since I've created one of my metal, decorative birdhouses.
A friend gave me this old light fixture recently that was originally a "spatterware" finish with a blue base and white splatter.
My wife has a growing collection of washi tape she used in her scrapbooking and crafting projects.
Old metal meets old yardsticks to create the industrial sheen of this upcycled console/hall table.
In keeping with the rustic/industrial vibe we were going for in our son's room, here are some things we pulled together or created to bring the whole room together.
Here's my take on the yardstick topped table genre.
I had the great fortune to be able to dismantle an piano manufactured in the 1940s/50s.
This particular birdhouse was a long time coming. First I created the two birdhole entrances and it sat for a while on one of my work shelves as the creative juices stirred on it. Finally I picked it...
Here's my twist on using an old tennis racquet for wall use... The hardest part of the project was connecting everything without severing the tennis string. It's all intact! The top features a...
Here's a visual Top Ten list of the groups of things that always get my creative wheels spinning and offer up plenty of avenues for creations.
I ran across some good baseboard pieces so I went to town with different colors, heavy sanding and aging.
This upcycled lamp was a blast to make. The vintage minnow bucket on top really sets things off with the nice graphic in red on the side. I modified an old aluminum commercial strainer and a copper...
More upcycled bird feeders using old plastic, municipal traffic light lens (12 inch!!) and some old muffin pans.
We are redecorating my son's room into an industrial/weathered style.
Some more recent upcycled bird feeders!
Here's a couple of birdhouses that I created recently.
Here's a coat rack I put together recently with a lot of found items. The only thing new is the flatboard on the back that I painted red and sanded down pretty good. The rest is a mix of...
These old heaters are always so fun to work with. The great porcelain/enamel finish offers such a neat surface with the chips, rust and hazing that naturally happens over the years. I pulled out all...
I ran across a great vintage light fixture that had this piece of glass in it. I took it and custom painted the inside a beautiful deep blue and used several other found parts and items to pull this...
I found this great copper and brass bowl/basin and knew immediately what it needed to be turned into.
I wanted to make a special Christmas present for a dear lady that knew me all the way back to when I was a child.
These are a couple of the latest upcycled bird feeders I've created. The first was a pain bending and molding the license plate into a square. Might be my first and last square license...
I started this truck with a vintage Structo truck cab I was lucky enough to run across. I built a false floor brace to mount it to the roller skate (old Chicago brand). I matched it up with a heavy...
I began this decorative birdhouse with the bottom of a silverplate ice bucket and a top from a silverplate serving dish. A vintage brass candlestick gave it some height along with a casserole dish...
I ran across an old sewing machine with an iron base that was in pretty rough condition. I busted up all the rotten wood (kept the drawers!) and went to sanding the iron base. nbspAfter...
I had a great time creating this first for me. It all started with the heavy, tall brass candlestick and then all the other parts came in a slow avalanche to make this one of a kind side table...
I've been busy in junk central making new decorative birdhouses. Here's just a couple of the new ones that I've done most recently.
Good evening creative compadres! This is my first double decker license plate birdhouse. I tried to keep the metal parts in copper. I hope y'all like it!
I had been saving this old yellow pitcher for a while until the style I wanted to go for hit me. I dug around and found out I had an old porcelain dish that was pretty close in color so it was...
Here's the latest junkreation that started with some old Chicago roller skates. I call this one the delivery truck. I custom formed the front cab from pieces of a brass planter and the...
This is my first birdhouse that incorporates stained glass. I hope to make some more exploring ways to use stained glass in the near future. This one started as a housing box for a...
I was lucky enough to find this license plate in sich a great color. I had plans for it before I even paid for it! All the silver tones ended up complimenting the blue perfectly I think.
I've gotten into upcycled light fixtures. I've enjoyed modifying items for the exterior that cast interesting light patterns at night.
Another fun "roller skate upcycled truck"! This one started with the base of an old skate and a copper plated tin "Coffee" canister. Next I had to find a cab, so I found an old brass wall hanging...
Shedding some light on upcycled bird houses!
I really like copper so I started with a copper-plated kitchen sugar canister. I used a brass napking ring to surround the bird hole (1 1/2") and used the end of a vintage silverplate fork for the...
It was really fun putting this one together. An old cake/candy box tin was used for the back and I added the pull knob on top to be able to use it to store things in it. A copper plate...
I picked these up at a bargain and can't for the life of me think of what to do with them outside. I know I could make mounted shelves out of them stacked, but I was wanting to do something...
I spent a lot of time on this particular birdhouse with the detailed custom work. I started with a copper-plated vintage Flour canister. I mounted a silverplate napkin ring around the hole 1...
Welcome to my birdhouse experiment. I have a lot of extra vintage children's book and I was wondering what to do with them. Well, I might have found a fun solution. I gave the book...
Here's one of my recent great finds. An old cast iron farming seeder. I wanted something around the fountain that the birds could perch on and look good with all the other "junk" in the...
I cut and flattened an antique tin canister for the artwork on the back. Some numbers from an old license plate make the "73". A metal star from a napkin ring sits up top. And some...
I needed some planters to hang from a leftover yard stake/pole/hanger. I can't think of the name because it's been a long day. You get the idea. So I started digging in the...
I started this piece by wanting to create something with a cajun flair centered around the crawfish/lobster copper mold. I used a large vintage metal film reel as the base. From there, it's a...
I found this great vintage space heater in an antique shop and just knew it was going to make a great birdhouse. I started with cutting the front circular plate off for the bird hole and gutted...
I ran across this vintage coffee pot and knew it would make a great birdhouse. I started by cutting the birdhole and using a silverplate napkin ring as the awning. I then used part of a fan piece...
This birdhouse was the most intensive for me to create out of all of the birdhouses. The structure is a vintage Brumberger film strong box for film storage. IT OPENS UP!!! This is great because...
I started this birdhouse with one of my favorite objects -- an old galvanized gas can! I use some copper segmented to wrap the inside top of the birdhole. I then modified a paper plate/face of an...
This birdhouse kind of slowly started to resemble the structure of a trophy as a continued building it. I started with an antique silver base to a Svea (of Sweden) No. 121 camping stove. It's got...
I started this birdhouse with the intention of keeping everything silver in color. It started with an International silverplate teapot. From there I used two antique skelton keys to hold a 1...
I had fun with this one. It started with a vintage Flour Canister Box. From there it was a mix of silver tray pieces, typewriter parts, industrial light indicators a temperature gauge, copper...
I started this birdhouse with one of my favorite objects -- an old galvanized gas can! After cutting the birdhole out (1 1/2"), I gave it an awning made from some old birdfeeder tray parts. ...
It's easy to see why I picked this great old blue teapot. The porcelain enamel swirl design is very pleasing to the eye. After cutting the birdhole out, I started looking through the piles for a...
I was really happy the way this birdhouse turned out. It started with an antique white enamel/porcelain metal gas space heater shell. I then fabricated some metal flashing to cover up the holes...