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

Collection by Karen Brooks Nelson

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This is a compilation of things I have made. Some are from new materials but some are not. 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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SOLD 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. Brass Fittings, Lamp Bulb, Architectural Salvage, Mason Jar Lamp, Lamp Light, Repurposed, Objects, Base, Antiques

SOLD 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.

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! Perfect For Me, Architectural Salvage, Old And New, Bathroom Ideas, Barrel, Repurposed, Scarves, Objects, David

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!

These three corner moulding blocks were joined together and old wooden knobs were painted to contrast with the grunge look. Corner Moulding, Grunge Look, Some Times, Architectural Salvage, Old And New, Repurposed, Contrast, Objects, Display

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

SOLD  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. Old Antiques, Antique Shops, Architectural Salvage, Old And New, Repurposed, Objects, Husband, Base, Metal

SOLD 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. Wooden Pegs, Architectural Salvage, Old And New, Beaches, Repurposed, Toronto, Hold On, Objects, Garage

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.

Found a small metal object in an antique store in Deseronto, Ontario. When polishedthe words "Brown's Fisheries" were seen inscribed on the side. It is a tiny fishing float! Using lacewood, I designed a holder for the float. Architectural Salvage, Antique Stores, Jewellery Display, Old And New, Ontario, Repurposed, My Design, Fishing, Objects

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. Waterloo Ontario, Lead Paint, Metal Fence, Wooden Blocks, Architectural Salvage, Old And New, Rust, Repurposed, Grunge

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! Store Displays, Some Times, Architectural Salvage, Look Alike, Old And New, Repurposed, Objects, Antiques, Metal

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. Corner Moulding, Some Times, Architectural Salvage, Old And New, Repurposed, Pine, Two By Two, Objects, Ceramics

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.

Under some silver paint, gorgeous red and green paint emerged on two halves of a pattern. A removable dowel was added to hang many pieces of jewelry. Silver Paint, Old And New, Repurposed, Objects, Metal, Green, Pattern, How To Make, Jewelry

Hold It!

Under some silver paint, gorgeous red and green paint emerged on two halves of a pattern. A removable dowel was added to hang many pieces of jewelry.

I had used this board under pieces I was drilling so their wooden backs didn't splinter.  It had spilled paint and numbers on it so a bit more colour was added along with an antique hook.  This would be great for hanging your dog's leash or perhaps a keychain. Dog Leash, Butcher Block Cutting Board, Old And New, Drill, Repurposed, Numbers, Objects, Scrap, Colour

Scrap? Not on Your Life

I had used this board under pieces I was drilling so their wooden backs didn't splinter. It had spilled paint and numbers on it so a bit more colour was added along with an antique hook. This would be great for hanging your dog's leash or perhaps a keychain.

This is an old pattern that was used to make a part for a machine of some kind. It was stripped and refinished and then it was mounted on steel grid with protective edging. Perfect for one piece of special jewelry! Some Times, Old And New, Repurposed, Grid, Objects, Steel, Pattern, How To Make, Jewelry

Pattern Renewed

This is an old pattern that was used to make a part for a machine of some kind. It was stripped and refinished and then it was mounted on steel grid with protective edging. Perfect for one piece of special jewelry!

I found this antique bedknob and was gifted some walnut. After some shaping and sanding, a coat of polyurethane gave the wood a lovely glow. Look Alike, Old And New, Repurposed, Glow, Objects, Antiques, Metal, Coat, How To Make

Bedknob meets Walnut

I found this antique bedknob and was gifted some walnut. After some shaping and sanding, a coat of polyurethane gave the wood a lovely glow.

The cogwheel came from a machine of some kind but it was in sad shape. After a diligent attack with a wire brush, it was attached to the base of some wooden dowels. These were painted to match the lacewood base. Topping it off is an old ceramic knob. Ceramic Knobs, Wire Brushes, Old And New, Repurposed, Objects, Sad, Shapes, Ceramics, Metal

The Cogwheel Enjoys its Retirement

The cogwheel came from a machine of some kind but it was in sad shape. After a diligent attack with a wire brush, it was attached to the base of some wooden dowels. These were painted to match the lacewood base. Topping it off is an old ceramic knob.

A small broken cabinet was repurposed by cutting out the centre for a glass viewing area, painting a design, adding hooks for jewelry and using an antique knob for the opener. Some Times, Old And New, Knob, Hooks, Repurposed, Centre, Objects, Cabinet, Antiques

A Bathroom Cabinet in Disguise

A small broken cabinet was repurposed by cutting out the centre for a glass viewing area, painting a design, adding hooks for jewelry and using an antique knob for the opener.

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