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.
- Reclaimed Barnboard
- Weathered 2×6 lumber
- Vintage drawer pulls
- Antique Singer screws & hinges
- Antique door hinges
- Assorted vintage bits and pieces
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….
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…
This was a great kick start to the year – can’t wait to share some more soon!
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.
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.
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.
4. The rope was aged by soaking it in freshly brewed coffee and the grounds (oh, the sacrifices we make for art).
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.
Pulleys before and after adding Alcohol Ink
Pulley screwed into top of window
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!
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.
- Rusty Bedsprings
- Weathered Boards
- Rust-Oleum Clear
- Antique Singer screws
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.
- Antique Insulators
- Assortment of Rusty Candle Holders
- Handmade Paper Embellishments
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..
- Vintage Air Horn
- Vintage Style Twisted Cloth Cord and Plug
- Steampunk On-Off Switch
- Edison Style Light Bulb
- Antique Singer Sewing Machine Screws
- Natural Minwax Stain
- Minwax Antique Oil
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.
- Singer Sewing Machine table top
- Antique sheet music
- Vintage drawer handles
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.
- Singer sewing machine drawer case
- Antique sheet music
- Wood top with routered edge
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.
- Singer Sewing Machine Base
- Refinished Bistro tabletop