Friday, January 30, 2015

Repurposed Vintage Radio Speaker

A few weeks ago I discovered a not-so-pretty vintage radio speaker at one of my favorite antique flea markets.  It was nothing more than a beat up shell, but it had to come home with me because the price was right and I still had a little extra space on the top of my shopping cart.

Repurposed vintage radio speaker night light
I went back and forth about what I wanted to do with it, then finally decided to give it a new life as a night light.

This is what I started with.  There was a fragment of a sticker on the back, so I did some research and found out it was manufactured by Bremer-Tulley around 1927.

I painted it with two different colors of chalk paint, crackled it in a few places with Elmer's Glue, applied clear wax and a little dark wax, then distressed it along the edges.  The vintage doily was attached to the inside with a few staples.

I didn't want to use a plug-in night light and have to deal with the cord hanging out the back, so I used a battery operated scented light.  This one is about 4" tall and turns on and off by pushing down on the top.

Repurposed radio speaker night light
Presto!  Just stick a finger through the back, push down, then watch it glow.

Repurposed vintage radio speaker night light
It gives off a beautiful soft glow in the dark and smells good too!   


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My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can
Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk
The Cottage Market for Junkin Joe
Coastal Charm for Show and Share
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
Bella Rosa Antiques for Let's Talk Vintage


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vintage Inspiration Party


Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party!

Your links will show up on 4 blogs, getting lots of exposure!
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Take a look at what your VIP hosts have working on this week!
Repurposed Vintage Decor VIP Party Host Features

Now let's take a look at some fabulous features from last week's party!
dried hydrangeas

DIY Tabletop Ironing Board

Farmhouse Bathroom

Vintage Card Catalog

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Link Party Guidelines
- You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired. This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale. If it’s been around awhile or just looks that way…share away!! - NO FOOD LINKS - Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog. - Be sure to have a visible link to My Salvaged Treasures within your post (text link is fine). - By linking up with the VIP, you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. You may be included in a round up to PROMOTE the party, or individually with a link back to you. We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.

Now, let's see YOUR Vintage Style!



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Traps to Treasures

Mouse traps, gopher traps, critter traps?  I wasn't exactly sure what I was buying when I found a couple of scary looking traps at an antique store a few weeks ago, but I knew they had great repurposing potential and I'd eventually figure out what to do with them.

I decided to build a better mouse gopher trap and turn my junky finds into a couple of wall sconces/bud vases.

Kind of scary looking don't you think?  I was told they were mouse traps, but they looked too big and too mean for a little mouse.  Talk about overkill!  I did a little research and found out they're actually gopher traps.  Ouch!

 I cut and painted two pieces of a pallet board, cleaned the traps, then sprayed them with a matte acrylic sealer.  Of course every gopher trap looks better with a little bling.

I used a couple of U nails to attach the trap to the pallet board.

The glass tubes were a perfect fit.

They're looking a whole lot better and a lot less intimidating as bud vases.  I'm sure the gophers are a lot happier too.


Sharing with:
Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
The Cottage Market for Junkin Joe

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vintage Inspiration Party

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party!  It's that time of the week again for sharing up to four of your vintage inspired treasures and projects that make you smile.  We're always happy to have you here whether you're linking up or checking out all the inspiration.

When you link up with Vintage Inspiration Party your links will show up on all four blogs!  That's four times the fun and exposure.

This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.      vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

Check out what's been keeping us busy all week....
My Salvaged Treasures Knick of Time Songbird Beyond the Picket Fence

   

       We're looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week, but first let's take a look at the features from last week's party chosen by Marianne.....
    
 A vintage drawer, vintage bottles, and some fresh daisies are a perfect way to brighten up a cold winter day.  Love this fresh and charming idea from Prairie Charm.


 These small pulleys are just perfect in this repurposed jewelry project by Sadie Seasongoods.

 
   Looking for a sweet gift for a sweetheart for Valentine's Day?  Look no more.  These paper hearts are just the perfect gift by Hogg Barn Antiques.

 
  Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson made these adorable Valentine hearts from old vintage linens.  Aren't these just too cute?

    
 When you just can't find that perfect vintage piece you're looking for, then why not just fake it.  If you do it as good as Happy at Home did, no one will be able to tell.  Love these
faux windows.

  
  Junk 4 Joy made herself a truly lovely junk desk lamp.  Love the rust and the industrial vibe.  Great repurposing job.

   
 Valentine's Day is fast approaching and it's time to start thinking about cards and decorations. These lovely printables from Crafty in Crosby might be just what you need.


   Lisa from Wisconsin Magpie has started a new collection of little wooden cabins.  Now that I've seen how cute they look in this wintry scene, I think I'll have to hunt some down myself.

    
 I love the rustic look of this wooden heart from Scavenger Chic.  The addition of the rusty hinges makes it extra special.  

We'd love for you to share the the news if you were featured this week.
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~~~ Please take a moment to look over our link party guidelines ~~~
- You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired. This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale. If it’s been around awhile or just looks that way…share away!!  No food links please. 
- Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog.
- Be sure to have a visible link to My Salvaged Treasures or the other party hosts within your post.
- By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. You may be included in a round up to promote the party or individually with a link back to you. We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.  





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