Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Repurpose a Wooden Ladder into Linen Rack


In this short tutorial we will take a simple and weathered old wooden ladder and repurpose it into a practical linen rack. 
Considering that wooden ladders are very much a thing of the past,giving ways to the most ingenious metal ladder designs available on the market today, you may have to opt for looking at your local thrift shops for this forgotten relic.
Above are a few close up shots of the spray paint colors used to refinish this wooden ladder. We decided to go with the soft sheen of satin white and the reflective tones of the metallic chrome.
You may also notice that we decided to leave some inconspicuous areas of the ladder where the natural wood tones are shown.  
In the collage of images above you can see how we grouped a series of 7 towels. this particular ladder with an average height of 6 feet could easily rack 10 towels. Not to mention the top of the ladder that could also make way for extra folded towels and or rags.  

In the set of images above we added a few items that can also be displayed ready for use. Amongst these are body wash,sugar scrubs and aromatherapy products. 
You can chose to display any color towels of choice to match your bedroom or bathroom decor taste.    

On the top shelve of the ladder we were also able to place extra towels neatly folded and or bath rags, and glass jar for easy access to bath sponges and soap bars.
As you can already see, this old wooden ladder has been resurrected with new life giving it meaning and purpose. 
We added some gorgeous throws and scarves ready for the picking. You may choose to hang many or just a simple few adding character and punches of color to the your decor theme.  
In the above images you can see how it transformed from a common regular household handyman/handywoman tool to a creative, functional and integral display rack fit for any interior decor. 

Conclusion: It is needless to say that there are things in our living spaces that seem to get old and unpleasant to the sight as time goes by. Nevertheless,with a little ingenuity and "elbow grease" you can turn any old item into a piece of interior or exterior decor item that will be worthy "YOUR" space made perfect. 
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Monday, May 7, 2018

How to Remove Tarnish from Copper Pots & Pans

A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
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What causes patina to form on copper ?


If you are a fan of copper cookware, then you may be concerned at times on how much effort it takes to keep these beautiful kitchen items looking their best.
The patina in copper is simply and less technically, a by-product of the metals chemically reacting to its environment by means of oxidation, hence giving it the tarnished appearance. This process in turn will yield to the change in color of the object, usually a bluish/greenish look.

Patina can also be formed on other metals such as brass. 



Patina and tarnish on a copper saucepan prior to cleaning
Above you will see a before view on how this copper pan and top has garnished quite some tarnish or patina over the last few months. 

A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
Today we will use some simple household products that you may already have laying in your pantry. 
1. Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water
2. Use the ketchup just as is, straight from the bottle. 
3.Spray the vinegar water mix generously onto the desired areas.
4. Apply a generous amount of ketchup onto the area and let sit until you can see the change in color taking place. As seen above you may notice how the treated side already looks a lighter, brighter color than the untreated area.     

A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
Use a rag or towel paper to wipe the treated area clear of the ketchup paste. As you can already notice above, the treated area is beginning to regain its original copper luster tone.  

A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
Another heavy gauge copper saucepan with stainless steel inner lining and handle using the same method used for the cover.

A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
This image shows a comparison of these two  copper cookware pans, one untreated (left) and the other(right)completely treated and washed. The difference is absolutely clear, almost "mirror like" clear if you ask me. 

Please Note: you may have to repeat the steps 2 or 3 times depending on how tarnished your pots are. 

A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
Another image of the same method used on a stainless steel pot with a copper bottom. To our pleasant surprise we found that the paste also brought desirable luster to the stainless steel area of the pot. 
A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
We then proceeded to repeat these steps for each copper kitchen utensil. This included serving utensils, measuring cups, copper moscow mule mugs, etc. The results were an effortless almost new look.  

Please note: the longer the ketchup paste remains on the item the more of the patina or tarnish it will tend to be removed. 

Nevertheless we learned that leaving it more than 30 minutes at a time caused the paste to stick to the surface causing you to use more effort to remove it.Again, don't rush the process, but also don't just forget about the timing factor. 

When it's all said and done,the paste will  avoid you having to use a whole lot of "elbow grease" if you will. 
A Copper base cooking pot and Stainless steel cleaned with conventional ketchup
Some more views of the finished work beautifully hung on a ceiling utensil rack.
If you look closely at the photo to the right of the collage, you will notice we hung an untreated copper pan to the far left.The other two along with the measuring cups were treated only once with the ketchup paste. The difference in color is completely noticeable. 

Also notice how some of the dark patina still remains on one of the treated saucepans, as this was deliberate. 


Conclusion: This is a matter of preference. You may choose to completely remove all the patina or leave a few stains here and there. Just remember that depending on how long you have owned these, the more you will have to repeat the process.

For me personally I always enjoy watching a well aged piece of copper cookware.

The different shades in the patina even if you partially clean them, gives for a more interesting and or vintage look. 

Below we have placed a short video snippet on how this turned out ~ENJOY~

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    By: JoFer Interior_SMP

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Ideas for Repurposing a CD Rack into Floor Lamp

How to Repurpose a Cd Rack by turning it into a standing floor lamp
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In this streaming digital media world, cd's and dvd's are soon to become things of the past, an anthology if you will. 
In this post we will take a simple floor standing Cd rack and re-purpose it into a work of art that will not only provide warm and subtle illumination to your living space, but also serve as an interesting and unique conversational piece. 

For this project we will only need a few simple tools that any beginner Do It Yourself and/or beginner handyman or handy-woman should have at his/her disposal.

Items Required are
1. floor standing CD Rack

2. 60 x 1 inch Pine wood (Pine wood is inexpensive and we love it because its wood grains are very bold and pronounced when stained.)

3. Metallic Spray paint (your choice of color(s))

4. Lamp Pull Chain & Sockets kit (your choice of 1 or 2

5. Sample size can of PolyUrethane wood stain
(This step may be skipped by simply painting the wood)
6. Staining cloth or lint free cotton cloth (if using wood stain option)

7. 8 x 8 x 1 inch square of pine wood 
These are what some of these items look like. visiting your nearest local hardware store should have these readily available. We chose Minwax Poly Shades for the wood stain because it provides color as well as the protection and sheen of polyurethane (2 in 1). 

Tools Required are:

1. Drill, 1/4 inch & 3/8 inch drill bits

2. Wood glue (optional for a tighter bond)

3. Wood Screw 

4. Cable ties and/or strip of cable organizer/management 


Below are some images of what these items look like as we put this floor lamp together


Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
In this mage you can appreciate the metallic paint color used for the rack. The pull chain was kept in its original gunsteel color. The pine wood was stained,but we will see this up close a little later on. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Seen above is the base of the Cd rack sitting on a 12 x 12 concrete paver. This was a personal choice since we wanted the lamp to stand taller.  
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets,pull chain and lamp finial
You may choose to use any style finial. We opted for this round chrome style. 

Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
We opted to use two Lamp Sockets with Pull Chain,a large detachable harp and low wattage LED bulbs. Left(lights off)Right(Lights on).

Make sure your harp is large enough so that when the lampshade is harnessed it sits above the bulbs without making them visible at eye level. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
In the above image we used the 8 x 8 x 1 pine wood and attached it to the 1 x 60 inch long pine wood we used as the support leg for this floor lamp. The square pine wood was attached to the 60 inch leg by lining it up to the back of the Cd rack and applying some glue and a single wood screw.  
Drill to create the  1/4 opening for the pull chain and the light socket harness that comes along with the kit. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain

You also want to drill holes about 3/8 inch in order to make the detachable harp fit snugly into the 8x8x1 square base. 

Note: Since we are creating a double light socket floor lamp, "the steps you do on one side must be repeated on the other side of the top square base".


Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp using pine wood as supporting leg
Here is an up close look of the pine wood used as the supporting leg. We opted for a polyurethane stain instead of painting it to give it a more sophisticated, interesting look. 
The entire Cd Rack was painted in metallic steel spray paint. This blended very well with the charcoal background of the wall.
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp using pine wood as supporting leg
Above is a side view look at the rack near completion. A cable organizer was used to neatly keep them in place and tucked from sight behind the leg of the lamp. 
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp using pine wood as supporting leg
A gorgeous oval shaped,charcoal black, upholstered lampshade was used for the finished project.

Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Notice here that the 1 x 60 inch pine wood used for the leg takes the full length of the rack (top to bottom). We used cable ties to secure it to the bottom of the rack since we did not use wood at the bottom.  
Repurposed CD Rack into a standing floor lamp with double sockets and pull chain
Another image of the finished product. We added a few SACDs and Audio Cd's from the owners vintage collection to give you an idea on how this old played out cd rack could still serve its original purpose, while bringing subtle ambiance lighting to the space.  

Note: As we mentioned previously, take notice on how the lampshade sits high above the LED bulbs.This photo taken at birds eye view,shows you how you can't see the wood base and sockets used for this lamp. Mission accomplished.


How to Repurpose a Cd Rack by turning it into a standing floor lamp
Another close up on how the Cd and DVD Media sits on the top rack. This was used in a living room space and by coupling it with a black lampshade and the black steel metallic paint on the rack, it blended perfectly with the  charcoal colors of the walls. 

If you have a dedicated media room such as a Home Theater, this will be a perfect match for such a theme.

Below we have added a short video snippet of the completed project 
~ENJOY~
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