Archive | October, 2011

Upcycled Vintage Industrial Pendant Light Pair

31 Oct

Pair of pendant light made using upcycled vintage industrial work lights, circa 50s-ish. Made from all vintage recycled materials, with the exception of a new keyless lamp socket. Ceiling plate is antique brass nipple design with original patina and complements the pendant nicely. Reproduction Marconi style squirrel cage bulb included, which adds to the charm. Also accepts any medium based bulb. I’ve been having a hard time finding these cages lately and these two match perfectly – one has a little more patina than the other, but that just makes them cooler in my opinion. $140 for the pair. Available for local pickup or in our Etsy shop.

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Digging & Working

31 Oct

We’ve been real busy buying up a bunch of random stuff lately and working on a bunch of new projects – which explains the lack of posts here lately. The lights we’ve been doing recently have been well received so far and we have a few new ones coming soon, as well as a few upcycled household furnishings too. Also working on a couple commission lighting pieces, which I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN ABOUT! Anyway, here’s  few pics of some cool stuff I’ve come across lately.

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Upcycled Vintage Wall Sconce Pair

21 Oct

Vintage metal wall sconce set recently salvaged from an old home. These were repainted a beige / almond color, fitted with new bubble glass shades and Marconi style reproduction bulbs. We pretty much left them as they were found and simply repainted so they still have their character. Not perfect, by any means, but that adds to their charm. Perfect for decorating an old farm house or cottage. SOLD. 

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Upcycled Industrial Work Light Pendant

17 Oct

This is a single pendant light made using an upcycled vintage industrial drop light. Made from all vintage materials, with the exception of a new keyless socket. Safety First! Ceiling plate is antique –  appears to be bronze with original patina which complements the pendant nicely. Black vintage wire original to the light supplies the necessary 120 volts of electricity. We’ve used a reproduction Marconi squirrel cage bulb which finishes it off and adds to the charm. Will also accept any standard medium based bulb. $69 available in our Etsy Shop.

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1938 Zenith 6-S-254 Console Tube Radio Art Deco

12 Oct

Just finished up the mild restoration of this 1938 Zenith console tube radio. It was in pretty rough condition when found at a garage sale. It was lightly sanded touched up with maple stain which matches the original finish. It was then finished with a few coats of tung oil finish and then hand waxed. Grille cloth which was badly torn has been replaced with a period correct vintage piece of NOS grille cloth. As far as electronics, everything is there, speaker is not torn. Radio powers up, static comes through the speaker, but it does not receive signal. Honestly, my appreciation for these radios is all in the aesthetics. I haven’t made an attempt to get it completely working. Everything inside appears to be intact and should be an easy fix for someone with the expertise.

Sold. Looks like it’s headed to sunny California.

As much as I hate Ebay and all, I have no idea how to price this thing or actual value because it’s all subjective, so we put it up on Ebay, starting at $9.99 with NO RESERVE. Check it out if you’re interested.

Here’s an full description taken from

This is a six-tube 3-waveband receiver from 1938, featuring Zenith’s tear-drop shaped dial escutcheon that made it’s appearance for this season only. Also making its debut this year was the famous shutter or “robot” dial, which this model, unlike most of those having 7 tubes and above, does not use. The appealing waterfall-type cabinet would appear to be a progression (simplification?) of the previous season’s model 8-S-154 and the same cab was used for model 6-S-362 the following season.

In addition to the above, the radio features a 5-point tone control, bass compensation, spinner tuning, split second station re-location & “tell-tale” controls. The original selling price was $69.95. As Zeniths go, this is considered a fairly common model but is nevertheless highly collectible.

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Swag Light – Repurposed Chicken Wire

11 Oct

Swag Light. Chicken wire shade with switched socket, reproduction Edison style Squirrel cage bulb and 12 ft. cord. Approx. 10″ high x 7″ wide. Each one is made to order. Custom sizes available. Price break on multiple orders.
$55 in our Etsy shop.

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Pendant Lights / Repurposed Wood & Glass Insulators

4 Oct

Another set of pendant lights made of repurposed materials. We were given this primitive press of unknown origin about a year ago. It was a cool piece, but for the life of me, couldn’t find a use for it. It was probably a hundred years old, rough hewn legs and surface, and it had threaded wooden dowels and wing type handles. Very interesting but it’s footprint was too wide to use as any kind of side table, so we pushed it to the side until now. I was looking for a nice piece of antiqued hardwood to serve as a hanging structure for some pendant lights. I decided I’d put that thing to use finally. I tapped the legs out and removed those. Trimmed the dowels down so they weren’t so obtrusive. Drilled four holes through the wood to run the wiring for the insulator pendants and used some bronze flanges as inserts to class it up a bit. A couple pieces of 1/8″ x 3/4″ steel flat bar were added to accent the wood which was stained with a Kona stain and finished off with tung oil finish.

In these pics, it’s wired up to a lamp cord and hung for demonstration only. It’s designed to mount flush to the ceiling, or can be suspended from hooks as shown here. I’m in the process of building a short valance to cover the wiring above so it won’t be visible if hung. This is a one of a kind piece and would look great over a sink, island or bar.


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