Monday, March 14, 2011

This ain't no PB knock-off...

Where did my weekend go???  Monday already? and an hour short of sleep time... no fair.

It all started Friday by taking down a mirror to replace it with another one.  The extremely heavy mirror didn't work as I had hoped... the wire broke and down it came.

After escaping the 7 year curse I decided I'd better change course and moved the mirror on the fireplace mantel and it didn't require another hole in the wall... sweet!  Did I mention my house was in TOTAL disarray at this point.  And I still had a blank spot that needed filling. 

Down to the workshop I went and was totally focused committed to making a new prim piece to fill that GIANT space. 

Half way through my original plan, I got  one of those brain zingers and remembered this telephone face and innards that a friend gave me 12 years ago

Now, can you explain to me why at that very minute I thought of this when I was building a cupboard, I haven't laid eyes on it in 5 years.

I forget sometimes that I  have saws  and can make great things happen now.

so I made it a new box
 and that's when it all started...

what was I going to do with it... it is too small to make an impact and as usual I never have a plan...

it started talking to me and I didn't even lift the receiver... lol

off to the wood pile... I used my jig to make the board larger...

knocked the cobwebs off these corner brackets...

made the telephone sign...

made a box to store all my secret treasures...

Note the phone #, I went digging in some of my Dad's old stuff and found our phone number from the 60's... remember when it was letters instead of area codes... the letters stood for Liberty, which was a 54 number... Ja was for Jackson,  for a 52 number and Fe was for Fennel, which was for a 38 number. 
 
now it needed a lid... painted it with chalkboard paint...

where else would you write all those imaginary messages?...

added a knob... because this brain does not compute hinges... did they have hinges in the olden days?

I didn't think so...haha

added an old lamp bracket to hold the chalk...
wrapped the chalk with duct tape to stop it from falling through..

oh and let's not forget the phone...



and there you have it... a one of a kind wall telephone display...
PB eat your heart out... it's mine, all mine.

this design is out of this very mixed up head and all because I moved a mirror.

I still haven't distressed it yet and that may or may not happen. After two days of working on it, I had enough.

 the corner it landed in... and that is not the spot I was trying to fill...
there is now a picture hanging on that.

this is the mirror that started it all...

So what do you think?

Like it, Love it, or Ditch it?

Cost:
  • left over scraps from the board and batten curb appeal project... $0.00
  • thrifted screws... $1.00
  • leftover stain and chalkboard paint... $0.00
  • Phone donated by a friend... $0.00
  • porcelain knob... $1.00
  • corner brackets... $2.00
  • chalk holder... $2.00
TOTAL COST: $6.00

Hope you all have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by... would love to hear your comments.

oops forgot your Mya fix... isn't this the cutest pic...
she is giggling up a storm these days... she is such a happy little baby.

Hugs,

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20 comments:

Connie said...

Oh Deb! I love it! It turned out beautiful! If you ever decide to ditch it...I want first dibbs, k?

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

It is absolutely genius! And all out of your spur of the moment, thinking on your feet, amazing head?!
I love it!
★Linda★
Kisses for Mya!

rachel said...

Love it! Def keep! You did a great job!

Granny said...

I think it looks terrible and should be sent to Indiana so I can dispose of it for you. Okay? :) Okay, I have to say that I love it just exactly the way it is. If you could make more of these they'd sell like hotcakes. We had one of those phones in our living room when I was a kid. It would make my dad mad every time it would ring because as he said, he wanted it so he could call people, not so they could call him. lol

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

everything happens for a reason. If that mirror wasn't so heavy . . .

great job building "around" the phone! It turned out so perfect!

Love the extra little touches.

gail

Brenda said...

Wow Deb, that is awesome! I love it! You did a great job once again. Love that pix of Mya giggling!

Brenda

Denise said...

Another great piece from you workshop! Love the picture of Mya, I can almost hear her giggling. Have a great week.

Teri said...

I think it is fantastic! I'd go light with any distressing.

Little Mya makes my heart smile. Such a sweetheart!!!

Kirsty said...

The box you made for it is absolutely gorgeous! Job well done! Very nice indeed!

Lori said...

Don't you love it when a plan comes together, right out of the blue? They turn out to be the best ones! And this one is great! I love the way it looks.

Coleen's Corner said...

Wowzers - that is one awesome work of art! I love pieces that come to together out of nowhere and are nostalgic to boot. PB should be very afraid of you : ) You really outdid yourself with this one! Thanks for the Mya fixes, she's such a doll - always makes me smile!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Wow I absolutely love what you did with the phone just found your site and enjoying it with my morning coffee!!!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Good thinking as you went! That came out just awesome. Don't you just love it when something inspires you like that?
Now what I want to know is how that phone escaped being disposed of when you went on your clearing out binge!

Firecracker Kid said...

I love it! I want it! LOL. Wow, Deb you are a wiz at coming up with great displays. I want you to come do my house:)
I'm sooo glad that mirror didn't break on you. Phew! It sure looks beautiful on your fireplace mantel.
Aww, Mya is darling and I love the black and white photo. I'm so glad she is doing so well.
Thanks for sharing your creations, I'm gonna show this to hubby. (hint hint)
Hugs & Love~Carol

driftwoodesign said...

Fabulous!!!! I don't think I could survive without those brain zinger moments at the same time they sure can be exhausting.
I also noticed a nice new look to your blog since I stepped out on vacation. Keep up the great work.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

The White Farmhouse said...

Love it and the price! What a clever gal you are! Mya is a cutie! I can just imagine the baby giggle from that pic! So precious!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Girl I tell you what....PB should eat their heart out. This is gorgeous!!! You never never cease to amaze me :)))))

Hugs!! x0x0

Sommer said...

This is LOVELY! I love it! Such talent. I'd love to have you link this to my VIP party today @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-7.html

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