Clocks, Commissions, Fill Your House for Free, kitchen, lounge, restaurant or bar, Salvage, Up-Cycle, woodwork
It’s as simple as finding an unwanted, and hopefully damaged or unplayable piano (I’d hate you to smash up one that can be played!) and removing the keys.
You need to decide how large you want your wall clock to be as this will govern how much you chop off the keys. You might want yours longer or shorter than mine – it all depends on the wall space you have, clock inner you are using and the size of the room. So once you know what length you want – chop ’em down!
I used my table mounted circular saw – or chop saw to cut them to the required length, you could use a handsaw if you don’t have one.
I then took my level, a length of string, a piece of chalk and a drawing pin. With my level and the chalk I drew a horizontal line where the middle of the clock would sit, and did the same with a verticle line – where the two lines cross is the centre of my clock. I used the string, chalk and pin to create a large makeshift compass.
Drawing these lines inks in chalk means they wipe off easily afterwards, yet they make it so much easier to get the keys in the correct position. I used instant grab adhesive to attach the keys to the wall – which means they won’t come off easily, so you really don’t want to bodge this up!!
The clock inner I have used here is actually my old kitchen wall clock, I have one I’ve made out of an old 1950’s hubcap now so it was demoted to the junk pile – I knew it wouldn’t be sitting there […]
I used old tea crates to create this rather fab bath panel.
First I cut the sides of the tea crates out using a grinder. When I had enough I attached them to the original (and rather nasty) bath panel and sealed them with an outdoor weatherproof varnish to make sure all my hard work didn’t go soggy!
I then fitted the bath panel, attached the end piece and used one of the metal straps from the tea crate to seal the corner.
Now I want one for myself!
Find yourself a vintage suitcase and get busy! The one I have here is pretty sturdy and has a hard backing, so there was no need to strengthen it. If yours is too flimsy to hold the weight of the shelves you may want to think about a hard backing.
I used some offcuts of wood to make shelves that fit snuggly inside the case and some ‘ski’ brackets.
I worked out where I wanted the shelves to sit and made sure my wall fixings would be covered by the shelves. I fixed the suitcase to the wall by drilling holes in the wall & using raw plugs and screws, I also put metal washers on the back over the screws to strengthen the hole & make sure the holes in the suitcase would not have too much pressure exerted on them.
Once my suitcase was on the wall I took my ready make shelves & brackets & then fixed them in place using brass flat head screws which complimented the look of the vintage case.
Commissions, Fill Your House for Free, kitchen, lighting, lounge, restaurant or bar, Salvage, Up-Cycle
The Jam jar chandelier made for Louise on Channel 4’s Fill Your House for Free series 2.
I’m sure you have a house or recycling bin full of old jars. They are great for a variety of uses, I use them for sorting screws & small items in the workshop & occasionally I use them to make beautiful light features. They come in all different shapes & sizes, so before you start up-cycling work out how large you need your jar – remember you need to fit your light fitting in there & your bulb with enough space around it.
Once you have your selection of clean label-less jars you need to make a hole in the lid (using jars with metal lids is best, plastic cracks & metal also looks better) ready for your light fitting. You can buy light fittings & cord online, make sure they are certified under UK/EU regulations. The light fittings unscrew so you can wire them up & then screw them together to the inside of the jar lid. Always make sure you are wiring the fittings responsibly & correctly, and make sure you get a qualified electrician to install your chandelier and use a rubber grommet or washer to protect the wires going into the rose. I also used metal washers on the underside of the jar lid to displace the weight across more of the surface area of the lid.
You will need a hook into the ceiling to take the weight of the chandelier as well as a ceiling rose to house your wires. Our hook is concealed behind the ceiling rose.