Family Creations: repurposed, old and new come together to make useful objects

When I find random metal or wood things, I like to turn them into something useful. My goal is to make about 45 and then sell them. It will take some time because it is my plan that no two will look alike.
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This is a combination of new and old.  Alex Barrie machined the brass fittings and Scott Barrie polished aluminum tubes and created a wooden base.  The working thermometer is old, but the lamp bulb is new.  I LOVE it.

Alex Barrie machined the brass fittings and Scott Barrie polished aluminum tubes and created a wooden base. The working thermometer is old, but the lamp bulb is new.

When I found a decrepit  old barrel stave, I had to have it.  David Simpson made polished aluminum ends and it is perfect for my favourite scarves!

When I found a decrepit old barrel stave, I had to have it. David Simpson made polished aluminum ends and it is perfect for my favourite scarves!

When my husband and I found these in a dusty old antique shop, there was no base and they were broken and covered in dirt.  I stripped them, used analine dye and made bases out of oak.  We had some old leather that looked a bit beaten up and that was used for the seat.  I wanted them to appear original and now I love the look!  I wish I knew where they came from.  Someone said Kresge's but I cannot find anything like them online.

When my husband and I found these in a dusty old antique shop, there was no base and they were broken and covered in dirt. I stripped them, used analine dye and made bases out of oak. We had some old leather that looked a bit beaten up and that was used for the seat. I wanted them to appear original and now I love the look! I wish I knew where they came from. Someone said Kresge's but I cannot find anything like them online.

When a friend was cleaning out the rafters of his garage in the Toronto Beaches, he found an old cradle.  I stripped and cleaned the detail of the headboard and then added wooden pegs and a leather strap which can hold earrings.

When a friend was cleaning out the rafters of his garage in the Toronto Beaches, he found an old cradle. I stripped and cleaned the detail of the headboard and then added wooden pegs and a leather strap which can hold earrings.

I found a tiny metal object in an antique store in Deseronto, Ontario.  When I polished it, I found it had "Brown's Fisheries" inscribed on the side. It is a tiny fishing float.  I had some lacewood and used it for this jewelry display that I designed.

I found a tiny metal object in an antique store in Deseronto, Ontario. When I polished it, I found it had "Brown's Fisheries" inscribed on the side. It is a tiny fishing float. I had some lacewood and used it for this jewelry display that I designed.

At The Timeless Material Co. in Waterloo, Ontario, I found some metal fence toppers.  They were covered in rust and old bits of (probably) lead paint.  I stripped them but left a bit of grunge on them.  They are mounted on a board with decoupaged fabric and wooden blocks.  It is a great piece to display scarves and jewelry.

At The Timeless Material Co. in Waterloo, Ontario, I found some metal fence toppers. They were covered in rust and old bits of (probably) lead paint. I stripped them but left a bit of grunge on them. They are mounted on a board with decoupaged fabric and wooden blocks. It is a great piece to display scarves and jewelry.

I always love it when I find old store displays.  This one polished up beautifully!

I always love it when I find old store displays. This one polished up beautifully!

I loved the corner moulding from the trim around an old door but it wasn't wide enough.  I used old pine and a Forstner bit to mimic the existing piece.  The two new pieces are on the left and right.  An interesting ceramic button was added by countersinking it at the bottom center.

I loved the corner moulding from the trim around an old door but it wasn't wide enough. I used old pine and a Forstner bit to mimic the existing piece. The two new pieces are on the left and right. An interesting ceramic button was added by countersinking it at the bottom center.

These three corner moulding blocks were joined together and old wooden knobs were painted to contrast with the grunge look.

These three corner moulding blocks were joined together and old wooden knobs were painted to contrast with the grunge look.

I found this lovely washstand back several years ago and decided not to strip it.  I did add a bit of yellow paint to the areas that were worn away.  To contrast with the old, I bought some crystal knobs and these just sparkle!

I found this lovely washstand back several years ago and decided not to strip it. I did add a bit of yellow paint to the areas that were worn away. To contrast with the old, I bought some crystal knobs and these just sparkle!


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