Friday, April 17, 2015

Upcycled Bicycle Wheel

Happy Friday everyone!  The weekend is upon us again and it's going to be a busy one for me. I'll be heading over to the Placer County Fairgrounds to set up for the Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show this morning.  The show is from 6-9pm tonight and 9-3 on Saturday.  It's so nice to have all day long to beautify our spaces and not have to deal with a grueling 3am street fair set up. I've been busy all week cleaning, pricing, packing, and trying to put the finishing touches on several little projects including this upcycled bicycle wheel.

Upcycled Bicycle Wheel
As long as I'm bringing it to the show, I might as well use it to display some of my jewelry.

repurposed bicycle wheel and lamp base DIY picture holder
I started with an aluminum wheel (darn, magnets won't stick) and a very old, very heavy, and very dirty cast iron floor lamp base.

attach wheel to lamp base DIY upcycled bicycle
See that bolt?  I found one just the right size to fit through the valve stem hole and the hole in the lamp base.  I cleaned up the base with some fine steel wool, then sprayed it with one coat of clear matte sealer.  It's almost like they were made for each other.

bolt lamp base to bicycle wheel DIY
It's all held together with one washer and one nut.

DIY how to upcycle a bicycle wheel picture holder
What bicycle wheel would be complete without a glass door knob?  After removing the ball bearings and wiping off the greasy goo, I used E6000 to attach the door knob.

DIY picture holder from old bicycle wheel
This reminds me of something we used to do when we were kids.  Do you remember using clothes pins to attach playing cards to your bicycle spokes?  We thought we were so cool!

Jewelry holder from bicycle wheel
I just realized that it was the same time last year when I shared my last upcycled bicycle wheel project.  I brought that one to Mes Amis and it sold right away, so hopefully this one will roll along to a new home too.  I wish I could keep everything.
Happy weekend!


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25 comments:

  1. Another beautiful wheel/lamp base marriage, Betsy. I'd be amazed if that piece would come back home with you. Have a successful and fun fair and a great weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  2. I remember when you did the other one and it overwhelmed me -- this does the same. I adore it and if no one buys that they're nuts! Still looking for a good bad wheel to do my own! Good luck at the show!

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  3. message from France ! you have very good ideas ;-)
    have a great week end
    (sorry for my English..)
    barbara http://quelquesbricoles.canalblog.com/

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  4. Wow Betsy! This is really cool and unique! I love it!

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  5. I love the addition of the door knob!

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  6. Oh holy moly, this is the coolest thing! Only you could make an old bike wheel so damn elegant!

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  7. Hope you have a very successful show/sale.
    Enjoy the weekend!

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  8. Love your sweet wheel you put together, I'm sure someone will give it a new home!! Hope you take lots of pictures, so wish I could come!! :) Wishing you a lovely and successful weekend!!! xo Holly

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  9. Oh, this is wonderful - I know someone will love this! I wish you success at the show! xo Karen

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  10. I've seen bicycle wheels hanging on the wall but you went one up with the clever stand. And, of course, the door knob! Very clever.
    Amalia
    xo

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  11. Betsy, you knocked it out of the ballpark, once again! Good luck with the sale!

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  12. What a great idea!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  13. Wonderful! I love how these look. Wishing you a good show this weekend! I'm enjoying Grandma time with Tiger and new baby girl...Rosemary Scout Tabb! So happy.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  14. Beautiful...love the combination of rustic and shiny! Hope you have a wonderful sale, Betsy!

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  15. Absolutely fantastic. I adore that lamp base. Just the sort of thing I would rescue for a future project.

    Good luck at the show....not that you need any. :)

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  16. LOVE this! Thanks for your constant inspiration & hope you have an amazing sale! Blessings, Cecilia

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  17. Hi Betsy! I'm up to join some upcycling challenge in my country. Up to this day, I'm still clueless of what to do. I have a confession to make though, I've been backreading your posts to be inspired. :) I'm hoping that at least for a day, I will be infected with a drop of your superb wizardry!

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  18. I'll bet that wheel didn't last long! Or your jewelry -- looking forward to hearing about your weekend. I must make it to that show one of these days!

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  19. I have a bicycle wheel that I love using. Adding it to the base is a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  20. Beautiful as always! I am still looking for the perfect bicycle wheel! It will come along someday...:) Have a beautiful week.

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  21. Always so clever! Hope you had a wonderful show!! It was a warm one this weekend!!

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  22. Betsy, this is fabulous. I love it. My husband and I just went on a bike ride with a bunch of our friends and we borrowed bikes and now we're going to buy some, but this is fantastic. You are so creative my friend. Thanks so much for sharing at our Something to Talk About Link Party and have a great week xo Lisa at Concord Cottage

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  23. Absolutely LOVE this!! It brought back memories of a wagon wheel that my Dad used to have in the garden in the back yard....

    Thanks for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  24. This is brilliant Betsy !
    I love that you added a little glitz with the doorknob !
    Pinning :)
    xxx

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