Sunday, October 24, 2010

Retropolitan: The Shop

So, I briefly mentioned a few posts back that I had opened up a little shop with a good friend of mine.
It's really no big deal... just a way for us to showcase some of our work and hopefully be able to support our habit.
Our shop is unique in that we carry a little bit of old and a little bit of new...and little bit of old made new.

We are located in Sandy, Utah...688 East Union Square.
Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite things in the shop right now. I have a few special projects I'm working that I can hardly wait to show you, so stay tuned. And now...

Retropolitan, The Shop

My knock-off Anthro lamp, of course.
And another knock-off Anthro lamp my friend made. I love the shiny, silver base.

I absolutely love this dresser. I was a little depressed when it sold.

I love the wrought iron knobs

and subtle details

I love this dresser too. Not as much detail, but aren't the wrought iron pulls gorge?

And, of course, I had to incorporate something with numbers.

Of course, we had to have some vintage platters on hand for picture frames.

I love this vintage teaspoon rack. If she doesn't sell soon I might take her home.

I was drooling over this old trunk. It already sold. Another piece I was sad to see leave.
I hope you enjoyed your tour. If you are ever in the neighborhood, we'd love to see you.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Teacup clock tutorial

I mentioned in my teacup lamp tutorial that I made a teacup clock awhile back. I've had several people ask me to post my tutorial on making a teacup clock. And I am happy to oblige.

The love affair began when I came across this picture by happenstance.

I thought it was pretty amazing. I loved the idea of using old tea cups and giving them a new purpose. Then I looked at how much the puppy was selling for...$350. Ouch!!!
I knew that I could make a clock that would be just as attractive and better yet personalized to my liking, for a fraction of the price. So I got to work.

I will apologize now for the lack of pictures. I made my clock several months ago...before this blog was even a twinkle in my eye. Hopefully you'll be able to understand my intructions. If not, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Here's what you need:
4ftx4ft piece of underlayment $6 (available at any home improvement store)

12 cup and saucer sets (I spent around $25 total for all of mine)

1 clock movement and hands (you can buy movements with or without hands. I bought a kit without as I already had hands I took off an old clock. Price will vary depending on brand and size of hands...somewhere between $5-$15)

paint/stensil/stamp (or whatever you want to use to decorate your clock)

Epoxy $4 (make sure it's for glass and porcelain)

A couple nuts and bolts

Photo wire

I went to my local thrift store and purchased a majority of the cups and saucers sets. (I found one set at TJ Maxx and two at Tai Pan...a local interior decorating store).
I purchased a piece of half inch thick underlayment for the base of the clock. (Note: underlayment is not the best quality wood. It splinters. But, because I knew the clock would be hecka heavy after gluing all of the tea cups and saucers on, I wanted the board to be as thin as possible. Plus it was cheap...six dollars for a 4x4piece. If you want something a little better quality that's totally fine, just bear in mind the weight of the completed piece.)

I marked the center of the 4x4 board and hammered in a nail. (I don't know about you, but I don't own a compass large enough to accomodate a clock of this size, so I had to improvise.) I cut a piece of string 27 inches long (note: the actual diameter of your circle base will end up being twice the length of the, my clock base ended up being 54 inches, or 2 1/2 feet in diameter. It is completely up to your discretion how large you decide to cut your circle (I placed my cups and saucers on the wood prior to cutting it and measured to come up with the number 54 inches...not very scientific, but it works.)

Then, I tied one end of the string to the nail in center of the board and a pencil to the other end. Pulling the string as tightly as I could, I traced a large circle on the board.

I removed the string and nail and cut the circle out with a jig saw.

Next, I drilled a bigger hole in the center of circle to accomodate the clock mechanism.

Here's where you get your creativity on. Paint and/or decorate your clock face to your liking. I chose to paint mine a light, turquois-y, blue color with black and cream accents.

I found a foam stamp at Michael's for $1.99 and used it to decorate the center of the clock

and around the border.

After the paint was thoroughly dry, I glued my teacups and saucers on (I layed all of my dishes out first before gluing, to make sure I liked the way everything looked).

I left them to cure for twenty-four hours.

Then I mounted the hanging wire to the back. It's really important that you prepare your clock with something stong enough to accomodate the weight. I had my stud muffin drill two holes, on either side of the "10" and "2" (Please note that I purposefully waited to drill the holes until after we had already glued on the plates and cups. It would have been easier to do it before, but I wanted to make sure the holes would be concealed by the saucers so we did after they were glued on).
We screwed a heavy duty bolt into each hole and secured it on the front with a nut.

Then we tied/twisted the wire onto each bolt in the back.

Finally I mounted the clock mechanism to the back and affixed the hands.

I popped a battery in the back and watcher her tick.

I ended up spending approximately $45 to create my personalized teacup clock, compared to $350 for the original. It took a little patience 'and a little work, but it's totally worth it, dontcha think?

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Someday Crafts Feature

I feel like a proud mama right now.
My precious teacup lamp was featured over at Someday Crafts.
*SIGH* Seems like just yesterday I was drilling holes into her whilst comtemplating smashing her in the middle of the road...a labor of patience, to say the least.
So glad I checked myself before I "shattered" her dreams.
Might I encourage you to head on over to Someday Crafts to check out some of her other amazing features...she had an inside out caramel apple that left me drooling like a baby.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 new love. And a tutorial.

Introducing my newest obsession...

I love crates...especially the old, vintage-y ones. I love the color and the lettering on the side. I see these bad boys and my mind goes crazy.
Just look at some of the amazing vignettes you can create with them.

I'd love to get my hands on a dozen or so of them, so I could create my own shelves (how fun would they be in a playroom?), but I've had a hard time finding some and the ones I have found are a little pricy so that dream will have to wait...for now.

I did, however, come across these little guys at Joanne's the other day. They were $9.99 each.

I know...blah. But look at these. With a little stain and some glaze you can turn a drab "new" crate into a fab "old" one.

I started out by staining the crate. The stain I used was ebony (it's all I had on hand), but I would recommend something a little lighter, like walnut.

Next I glazed over the stained crate. I mixed up my own glaze using

After the glaze was dry, I stensiled on some lettering and...of course, numbers.

These bad boys are sitting at my shop currently, but I have my fingers crossed they don't sell. I think I might want to use them in my bathroom as shelves and to replace the boring old towel rack. I'm in the process of revamping my bathroom, so I'll be sure to post the before and afters when I get it done. Could be awhile, but...

P.S. If any of you have used crates in fun and different ways I'd love to see your pics. I'm always up for fabulous decorating inspiration.