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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
When I bought this, it was tired and broken and I had no idea what it was. Several years later, I saw another one and it was labeled "wool winder'. Obviously pieces were missing from mine! I repaired what I could, removed the legs, stained and lightly coated it with satin urethane. David Simpson made the stainless legs and stainless and copper base. The whole thing sits on plexiglass legs so it looks like it floats. The metal makes it very heavy!
Knitted sideways, these cup cozies' old buttons were sewn on closer to the edge at the top so that there is ease when inserting the cup. Craft cotton was used.
I love art deco so painted this design on a piece of pine. Crystal knobs were added.
I found the ceramic insulator in an antique store in Deseronto Ontario and knew it would serve as a jewelry hanger. Two pieces of walnut were cut for the stand and two stainless pins were made to hold the insulator on the poles. The insulator can be pulled up to access necklaces. The whole thing is mounted on a maple plank. This was the most difficult project yet because the angle was crucial to the functioning of the pins holding the insulator correctly.
This was made from a set of old table legs. A top was added for the shelf. It is in the guest room for guests' towels and toiletries.
A while ago, I found a book holder from an old pew and then I located some antique knobs. They seemed to belong together. I wanted an old/new look so I polished some aluminum bars and made a wooden back for the pew part. All are held together with brass bolts.