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
Industrial Themed Cards
During this long, hot, dry summer, its been a respite to stay cool inside and keep creating. I have been working on a few projects this summer. Mainly making lots of hand made cards. Here are a few of my newest creations with our signature industrial look.
I know I am suppose to be de-cluttering and organizing my studio space, but every time I try, I find a project that needs to be finished (and boy do I have a lot of projects to finish). There is no excuse this time though, because these cards are made from the brand new Kaisercraft paper just released. The line of paper is called Factory 42 and I couldn’t resist the industrial theme to make these cards.
Hope you enjoyed! Val
Stay tuned for more organizational inspiration from me. LOL
It’s been a while since I have posted. I have been busy creating for an upcoming Vintage Market. It will be our first adventure – should be fun. Reinventing lots of vintage and rusty treasures. Here is an art piece I made from an old picture frame. I call it Heart with Wings. I have entered this piece into SanDee & amelie’s latest Steampunk Challenge.
I started with a salvaged frame that had seen better days. I liked it because it was one solid wood piece, with a raised centre where an old print had been glued on. After striping the print off the centre, I painted the outer frame with chalk paint, sanding the surface back to show some of the wood before I waxed it to seal it, (being careful not to get wax where I was going to glued down the music sheet in the centre raised part).
Years back, during one of our “junking” trips, I found some awesome sheet music that ranged from 1902 – 1938. I used gel medium to decoupage the sheet music from 1935 onto the centre raised area. I used Distress Ink to age the edges of the music before gluing it down. Even the song title resonated with me; “I’m in the mood for love”.
Now it was time to add a focal point to bring the piece together. I combined Sizzix’s Tim Holtz – Feathered Wings die with Prima’s Sandra Evertson’s – Relics & Artifacts Heart and Flame. (did I mention that I love her stuff – and his too!)
After gluing the wing layers together, I painted a few coats of gesso on them. Then I painted them using tips I had learned from Andy Skinner (Easy Rust Painting tutorials). First I painted the wings with Paynes Gray, then a coat of Quinacridone Gold. I found it too light and a bit too yellow, so I sponged on some Transparent Red Iron Oxide. To bring back some of the Paynes Gray; I gave the wings a wash of the gray watered down. I hi-lighted the tips of the wings with Red Oxide because it is very opaque (I used Golden paints – my favourite). I did the same for the flame, and I rubbed on some Inka Gold (yellow gold) on the tips of the flames and feathers for more layers and hi-lights.
For the heart, again using some of Andy Skinner’s tips, I painted on sand texture (pumice gel). A layer of Payne’s Gray was painted before sponging on Quinacridone Gold. I love Ranger’s embossing powder “Brick” for rust effects, so I sponged on some embossing gel ink, sprinkled on the powder, and embossed it. I was worried about using a heat gun on the paint – but it actually worked! I found the powder too dull without enough texture, so I experimented again. I put on a layer of Deco Media Ultra-Matte Varnish, sprinkled some Brick embossing powder over it. After it dried, I painted on another layer of the matte varnish to seal the powder.
The pieces were arranged and glued down with Golden Extra Heavy Gel Medium – and it was done. I loved how it turned out! Thanks again for tuning in.
Hello again. Lately I have found myself altering 3-d pieces, much like this old simple white lamp that my hubby asked me to “Steampunk” for him. So, inspired to make something industrial, I transformed the lamp with gears, metal, and rust looking finish to make it my own Steampunk Lamp. Here are the before and after photos; and below you will find a few photos of the steps I took along the way.
First I wrapped the lamp with metal foil tape that had been embossed with rivets (Sizzix Texture Fades), then painted it with black paint (Ranger – Distress Paint). To give the lamp some dimension, I cut out gears and sprockets. Since the Spellbinders Sprockets are thinner, I glued 4 together that had been cut from 130 lb. card stock. The Sizzix Bigz Gears Die were cut from Grunge board, so one layer was thick enough. After gluing those onto the lamp, I rubbed a variety of Inka Gold to give it a metal/rusty look. I finished it off with a few coats of Workable Fixative to seal the Inka Gold and painted surface. My hubby added his Edison Vintage light bulb, and now we have a working Steampunk Lamp!
Foil tape embossed with rivets
Sprockets and Gears painted with black acrylic paint
Inka Gold rubbed onto lamp base
Close up of front of lamp
Close up of top of lamp
Have a great day! Hope you enjoyed my piece.
Galvanized Pipe and Glass Insulator Wall Sconces
Vintage glass telephone insulators, black galvanized 1/2″ pipe and reclaimed Douglas Fir boards were used to make these unique industrial wall sconces for your home.
- Glass Insulators
- Reclaimed Douglas Fir
- 1/2″ Black galvanized Pipe & Fittings
- Vintage Style Twisted Cloth Cord and Plugs
- In-line Toggle Light Switch
- Candelabra Light & Fixtures
- Flush-mount Wall Hangers
Accent Lamps with an Industrial Touch
A few new additions to our industrial style accent lamps. This lamp started as a concrete block. Paint, embellishments, and textures were added to give it an industrial look. This will make a unique accent lamp for your home décor. Visit our blog for a tutorial on how it was transformed. Then a few alterations with distressed gears adds a touch of industrial to an otherwise plain accent lamp.
- Concrete Light Base & Fixtures
- wooden Light base with fixtures
- Die Cut Gears Painted
- Texture Paste
- Rust Paint Palette
- Chipboard Letters, Painted Red
- Edison Style Light Bulbs
Denim Pine Singer Table
This beautiful table was created using an antique fully functioning 100+ year old Singer Sewing Machine base with nice original paint and a tabletop made from an amazing live edge denim pine slab (reclaimed from Okanagan, BC, Canada pine beetle wood). Makes a great unique entryway or display table. Table dimensions are 40″L x 20″ W x 30″H.
- Singer Sewing Machine Base
- Hand scraped denim pine plank tabletop
Barn Pulley Swag Light
This hanging swag light was created using a repurposed barn pulley from the 1920s to 1940s. The pulley was cleaned and covered with a UV safe protective coating ensuring it will look fantastic for many years to come. Edison globe style light bulb and a vintage style industrial light cages round out the vintage retro look and feel.
- Barn Pulley
- Edison Globe Light Bulb
- Cast iron wall hook
- Ceiling Hook
- Vintage industrial light cage
Hudson Hay Trolley
This is a vintage 1930’s Hudson hay trolley that came out of an old barn in Lynden, Washington. (It was really well weathered at the time.) A lot of elbow grease with a wire brush and a couple coats of clear Rust-Oleum cleaned it up nicely. These trolleys were used to lift the bales from the hay wagon up onto the top of the haystack or to the loft of the barn. A piece of reclaimed timber was used for a base in order to properly display the trolley.
- Hudson Hay Trolley
- Reclaimed Timber
- Rust-Oleum Clear
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