Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I suppose I could have done a candle holder. I am sure you were hoping I would unleash my creativity and design an incredible, never seen before, candle holder. Sorry. You don't really need another candle holder...do you? I call this project read it & wipe.
Yep, free bookends. Good thing I had quantity!
I lightly sanded, wiped clean, primed and drilled my holes. (1 for the tp roll, 2 to hang and 2 matching holes in each bookend where I attached them to each other. I wasn't sure how the bending would go...it was surprisingly easy. I just inserted the bookend in my vice and bent away. No problem. I then applied the final coat of gloss white spray paint.
I attached the two bookends to each other with short bolts and nuts. I predrilled a hole in the salvaged croquet mallet handle, cut to size, and attached to bookend with a screw.
Two screws attached to wall. Be sure to use anchors if attaching to sheetrock.
Add reading material,
a roll of toilet paper,
and you have it! Read it and Wipe. Now I've never been one to promote reading in the john...but I know it is a common practice. Way better than a candle holder, don't you think?
Thanks for hanging in there with me through all 5 projects. It does prove my point...Inspiration comes from the 3 R's. Rescue, Reuse & Reimagine. I'm sorta feeling like I should have done a candle holder....
Peace, Love, Junk.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I know you have been thinking all along...shelf brackets... and didn't want to mention in a comment I was forgetting the obvious. I just needed some time to figure out how to give them a little extra kick. I am now satisfied with my bookend shelf brackets, so here goes!
Same old crummy, but free bookends.
After lightly sanding, wiping clean, and priming...I drilled 2 holes in each of the two matching bookends.
I love Rust-oleum's hammered metal finish paints and have been anxious to talk about them. It is perfect for junk since it has a bumpy distressed texture. I used it in our last book Junk Beautiful on an old wood sewing cabinet and it turned out spectacular. For this project I used dark bronze. (It has a very subtle metallic finish) Remember to final coat after drilling your holes.
Someone gently reminded me that the bookends are metal and work really well with magnets. Suddenly, I felt the urge to use magnets in at least one of my projects. I got the really strong round magnets from the home improvement store and super glued them to small chess pieces. Notice the Gorilla super glue. Now I can give you my 2 cents on super glue...Gorilla glue is the only product I have found that actually stays fresh in the bottle, so I am not having to throw out those dried up tubes after opening and only using a drop. I hate waste!
I attached self adhesive clear surface protectors to each bookend for my glass to rest on and keep from sliding. I attached the bookends to the wall with screws as shown above. (Be sure to use anchors when hanging on sheet rock.)
This photo gives you the idea of the proportions of glass to bracket. I had this small thick glass shelf already, so I used smaller matching bookends.
The magnets attached themselves! If you get bored with chess pieces you can continually change them out during the year. How 'bout little bottle brush trees for Christmas? (As long as your embellishments aren't too heavy for your magnet to hold, of course.)
Are you a believer yet? Junk is good! And very fun!
Check out Junk Revolution's exclusive tee shirt printed with a vintage typewriter graphic. Perfect for your blogger buddies! (Or is it blogging buddies? I'm not sure.)
I promised you 5 bookend projects, only one more to go. I have already started on my 5th and have a few other ideas floating in my head...I have to stop! I can get carried away with this stuff!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I bet by now, you are kicking yourself for passing up all those seemingly useless metal bookends. Project #3 is called modern bathroom wall hook. Can't find this item at Pottery Barn!
Drill 3 holes, 2 for hanging 1 for the nob. Be sure to drill before you apply your final coats of gloss enamel. (So you don't scratch up your finish.)
I had this cabinet knob, but needed to find a shorter bolt at the hardware store to attach it to the bookend. (Be sure your knob is large enough to do the job.) Don't you just love challenging the salesperson at Home Depot with your junk projects! I do.
She's ready to go! Be sure to use anchors when hanging on sheet rock.
Simple and classic junk.
Imagine this...put a row of them in your kid's rooms, at kid height of course. Paint them with chalkboard paint encouraging them to be creative...and pick up their clothes?
This project is definitely an example of looking at a piece of junk, forgetting what is was, and imagining what it can be. Do you see what I see?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I will call this project chalkboard frame. I must admit, it didn't take too many brain cells to come up with this idea...but it is still a good one!
Sanded lightly, wiped clean, and primed.
Painted with chalkboard paint. That's it! Oh, way too easy!
I copied an old photo to card stock paper and cut to fit. Using photo sticky squares, I attached to the back of the bookend. If you wanted to go all out, you could glue 4 plastic mirror clips to the back of the bookend (2 on either side) and slip a photo and a mat board inside the clips. I chose the simple, more casual route.
The hardest part of the project is writing the names in chalk. I hate my handwriting! I would love to see a bunch of these lined up on a shelf. Your kids can write their own captions!
I almost forgot...what makes this so much fun is that you can write anywhere on the frame! I may have to give this project to our good friends the Stickneys for Christmas! They can just erase the chalk, attach a new photo and re-gift it back to us next year.
Be sure to add your name and email to Junk Revolution's mailing list if you haven't already. We will be sending some great promotions to the online store throughout the month.
Next up in the quest for bookend re-purposes...something for your bathroom!
Monday, November 17, 2008
I started by spray gluing the bookend and dumping glitter over it. (Be sure to catch the excess in a piece of paper so you can reuse.) I covered the deer's body and did the same with his antlers in a rose gold color. I chopped down a bottle brush tree I scavenged from a box in the basement and gave it a thimble base.
Rummaging through my tub of vintage jewelry scraps I found a bracelet, a clock face, and 2 earrings. I glued part of the bracelet to a permanent wave clip and attached one of the earrings to the top with super glue. Note: Wear gloves during the glue process. I didn't. Ooops!
I wrapped Mr. Deer's neck with a fuzzy green pipe cleaner and a metallic silver string then embellished with the 2nd clip earring. I added a touch of ric rac to the edges of the bookend with craft glue, threaded a watch face on a piece of metallic ribbon and clipped it on with the permanent wave clip crown. The final step was to glue the tree and the deer to the reimagined bookend.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
With the opening of Junk Revolution's online store I have been spending way too much time at the keyboard and taking photos. I decided to challenge myself this week with this pile of junk. These not terribly exciting bookends were given to me (love that free stuff) by a flea market vendor that was tired of carrying them around.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
My husband has hung in there through the mess. He wishes I could keep it to just one room. I have to move fast with the cloudy days and shortage of daylight...no time for cleanup. (I must learn to photograph without sunshine.)
Remember the tie pillow my sister and I were working on? Well, we never got it up to junk perfection so we designed this wonderful handbag instead. I love it! We are naming it after her horse, Fillip. We named all the bags after our animals. The Rigley bag is made from a vintage Belgian gas mask bag, and it is named after my daughter's dog. She wanted to name it the Rigley has gas bag. I said No!
First, Tieran and I create our original junk designs. I pick tee styles and colors and order samples so I can check fit,color, and quality. (My husband gets to play the role of male model, trying on a dozen different tees at a time...not his favorite way to spend an afternoon) Tee's are ordered and shipped to the printers along with final art and ink color choices. Day of printing, I take a hike to the screen printers to proof and tweak inks.
Ink color selection is crucial for a tee to become a best seller.
Women's garbage can design tee shirts waiting to go to print.
Vintage typewriter shirts hot out of the dryer.
We will be adding lotsa stuff over the next few weeks to be ready for an official Grand Opening. New tee shirt designs, sweat shirts, hats and home accessories will continue to show up daily.
I better go put my lipstick on now...guests are about to arrive!
Enjoy the store!