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Vintage Decorative Birdhouse


Sep 25, 2018 Home Decor, Industrial, Steam-punk, Vintage Comments are off

Vintage Decorative Birdhouse

Reclaimed barn boards were used for the walls and a slab of old growth Douglas Fir for the base (both sourced from the nice folks at Western Reclaimed Timber). The attached birdhouses are made from old 2×6 boards that had been used as garden edging in another life. The bits and pieces used to accessorize the piece are vintage finds we have collected over time. All the screws and small hinges used are from vintage Singer Sewing machines we repurposed into tables. The large hinges are antique door hinges. Couldn’t find any old tin for the roofs, so I had to artificially “age” some.

Materials Used

  • Reclaimed Barnboard
  • Weathered 2×6 lumber
  • Vintage drawer pulls
  • Antique Singer screws & hinges
  • Antique door hinges
  • Assorted vintage bits and pieces


Steampunk Altered Window


Jan 21, 2016 Altered Art, Home Decor, Steampunk Comments are off

Happy New Year (although somewhat belated),

I hope that everyone is having a great start to the New Year. It’s that busy time when there is lots of planning for the year to come; and a bit challenging to get the creative juices going after all that turkey.

After seeing my Steampunk Altered Window Blog, a lovely admirer asked me to make an altered window for them as a Christmas gift (what a nice compliment). I was thrilled to find that Steampunk was also their style. So, I was up for the challenge and found the time between all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to create one.  I hope they are enjoying this piece….

Rustic Window Picture        hinge

white window  wheel

So…. to start my year off and to get the creative juices started for the year, I did yet another Steampunk Altered Window similar to the one I made a few months back.  The vintage window pane has a lovely patina with a hint of green paint showing through . This is really highlighted with the green steampunk paper (Graphic 45). I love transforming a salvaged window and taking it to the next level, making it a new piece of art. And of course it has to have gears and hinges!  Hope this one finds a home soon…

green window green window side

green window full length  green window gears

green window gears  green window bracket

This was a great kick start to the year – can’t wait to share some more soon!


Altered Window Pane


Jul 20, 2015 Altered Art, Home Decor, Steampunk, Tutorials, Vintage 4 Comments

Today I wanted to share with you a home décor project I designed from an old salvaged window pane.  At first I was content to simply hang it on my wall, enjoy the patina, and wonder about who had looked through that window for all these years, and what view did they gaze at. But alas, I had to do something to make it my own…

So, again inspired by Sandee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge Blog, I altered the window panes with some distressed Vintage/Steampunk/Industrial paper, made some rusty gears, hardware, pulleys, and generally distressed the look a bit more. I used quite a few of Tim Holtz products to distress and alter my piece.

This challenge was unique because you had to choose 3 ingredients from a tic-tac-toe grid. For this project I used; Rust, Top Hat, & Metal as my 3 ingredients. Here are the steps I used to alter the window pane…

1. I started with a vintage window frame that I had salvaged, cleaning it up just a bit.

window pane

2. I used vintage, steampunk papers, tore the edges, and inked the paper with a variety of Ranger Distress Inks. I love this paper from Tim Holtz and was happy that I found a way to display the Industrial images. The paper was adhered to the back side of the window panes (facing forward), I brushed on a very liquid decoupage glue that was safe for glass surfaces. Because it was very fluid, there was only a thin layer on the front of the paper – which made sure that the image wasn’t clouded with the glue between the glass and the image.

distressed papers

3. For the gears & hardware, I used Sizzix Gadget Gears and Hardware Findings die cut from grunge board. Then painted, embossed, and inked the grunge pieces (using Distress Embossing Ink & Powder, Acrylic Paint, Distress Inks) to look like rusty pieces of metal. I glued the gears and hardware to the wood using Glossy Accents.

Die-cut Gears

Gears rust effect

Gears on window

4. The rope was aged by soaking it in freshly brewed coffee and the grounds (oh, the sacrifices we make for art).

rope coffee stained

5. I used Tim Holtz pulley wheels (Idea-ology pieces) and distressed the color them with Alcohol Inks. I fastened them to the top of the window frame (I am a bit handy with a drill) with screws. The rope was used to loop around the pulleys and attach them to a salvaged small barn pulley that was cleaned and polished up.

pulley & ink

Pulleys before and after adding Alcohol Ink

pulley & hardwar

Pulley screwed into top of window

Altered window pane

Finished altered window pane

And Voila! the newly transformed window has found a new home on my wall. It enjoys a view out of my windows, and hopefully many will enjoy viewing it!

Rusty Bed Springs


May 14, 2016 Home Decor, Industrial, Vintage Comments are off

Rusty Springs

These rusty bedsprings have been mounted onto nicely weathered boards using vintage screws salvaged from Singer Sewing Machine tables. The springs have been given two coats of clear rust paint.

Materials Used

  • Rusty Bedsprings
  • Weathered Boards
  • Rust-Oleum Clear
  • Antique Singer screws


Antique Insulator Tea Lights


Nov 10, 2016 Home Decor, Industrial, Vintage Comments are off

Antique Insulator Tea Light Holders

These metal candle holders are re-purposed with a little rust effect and then vintage glass insulator are inserted to transform them into unique tea light holders.  An assortment of insulator colours in blue, green, and white are dressed up with a little ribbon to make them gorgeous and rare LED tea light holders. The light green antique glass insulators make a lovely matched set and are dressed up with handmade snowflakes. A handmade paper poinsettia at the base of the tea light dresses them up for the holidays.


Materials Used

  • Antique Insulators
  • Assortment of Rusty Candle Holders
  • Ribbon
  • Handmade Paper Embellishments


Air Horn Table Lamp


Nov 17, 2015 Home Decor, Industrial, Lighting, Steam-punk, Vintage Comments are off

Air Horn Table Lamp

This rusty vintage air horn was turned into a truly unique table lamp. Vintage style wire, plug, steampunk on-off switch, screws from a Singer Sewing Machine table and Edison light bulb were used in this project. The air horn has been protected with UV safe Rust-Oleum semi-gloss clear. The base was sanded then a natural stain was applied and several coats of hand rubbed antique oil were used to complete the look..

Materials Used

  • Vintage Air Horn
  • Vintage Style Twisted Cloth Cord and Plug
  • Steampunk On-Off Switch
  • Edison Style Light Bulb
  • Antique Singer Sewing Machine Screws
  • Rust-Oleum
  • Natural Minwax Stain
  • Minwax Antique Oil


Singer Serving Tray


Aug 24, 2015 Home Decor, Retro, Vintage 0 Comments

Singer Serving Tray

This great looking serving tray was created using the flip top from a Singer Sewing Machine table. It was decoupaged with antique sheet music and vintage drawer pulls were added making it both a beautiful and practical piece.

Materials Used

  • Singer Sewing Machine table top
  • Antique sheet music
  • Vintage drawer handles


Singer Wine Rack


Aug 24, 2015 Home Decor, Vintage 0 Comments

Singer Wine Rack

This Singer Sewing Machine drawer case gets new life as a wine rack with a top that has been decoupaged with antique sheet music.

Materials Used

  • Singer sewing machine drawer case
  • Antique sheet music
  • Wood top with routered edge

Singer Bistro Table


Jul 23, 2015 Home Decor, Industrial, Steam-punk, Vintage 0 Comments

Singer Bistro Table

This beautiful bistro table was created using a 100+ year old fully functioning Singer Sewing Machine base and a tabletop out of a old Bistro up at Whistler BC. The base has its original paint and gold leaf in wonderful condition. This is a fabulous conversation piece as well as being truly functional as an entryway or laptop table.

Materials Used

  • Singer Sewing Machine Base
  • Refinished Bistro tabletop


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