How to: Steampunk Light Switch Plates

created at: 12/05/2011

We have a ‘no brass’ rule in this house, so I have no brass switch plates on hand. If I did, however, I’d be steampunking them up using The Steampunk Workshop’s tutorial. The transformation from what they looked like before to what they look like now is rather shocking.    

created at: 12/05/2011

TSW used some salvaged brass components and ammonia to get that rich patina. Pictured below are more creations using the same batch of switch plates, all of which were made using the same techniques. Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Make a Steampunky Pipe Book Shelf

Bookshelf Industrial Lighting Level 3

When I see stuff like these bookshelves, I am overcome with the desire to dismantle my office and steampunk it up. From Etsy seller Stella Blue Designs, the bookshelves are made of iron pipes and, in the case of the style above, Edison-type light bulbs. I particularly like how together with the books they create an art piece. To check out all of Stella Blue Designs creations, visit Stella’s shop on Etsy.

Bookshelf Industrial Pipe 2 Way


Desk-a-Day: Steampunk’d

Personally, I don’t know why people get so excited about steampunk; I’m not digging it. But I can respect all the work that must’ve gone into making a desk like this one:

It’s from the home of Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum, which we wrote about back in 2009. Check out the detail here; even the USB sticks are done up:

If that’s not enough steampunk for you, how about this desk in a steamer trunk we posted about a while back:

Or, for the more mobile-inclined, this steampunk laptop:

Whew; now I can return to the current century.

Boys Love Tree Forts

Sean Orlando and crew decided to build a Steampunk treehouse at The Burning Man Festival. Aside from all of the artistic implications, who could them for going to a little extra trouble in order to have some ‘downtime’ from the chaos of 25,000 artsy partiers? created at: 08/06/2010

“The House component itself is built of recycled wood, clockwork components and steel, styled after the Victorian age of architecture, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne.”

Sean further explains:

The Tree House may indeed remind people of a simpler, more innocent time. Continue Reading

Suitcase Side Table


One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970’s suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we’ve come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director’s chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel. 

If you wanna see Chris’s version, you’ll have to snag a copy of Make It! Continue Reading

Steampunked Home

ModVic - The Modern Victorian Steampunk HomeBruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Sharon, Massachusetts took their 1901 Craftsman-style Victorian home and steampunked the heck out of it. The outcome is one of those that make me want to scrap everything and start over, decor-wise. Well, it would help to start with a dwelling of this era, of course. But still….the couple’s home is like walking into a dream existence, somewhere between the present and the past.

ModVic - The Modern Victorian Steampunk Home

These pictures come to us from Jake over at Trendhunter. Continue Reading

DIYable TV Easel?


I love the look of wall-mounted televisions, but every time I see one I can’t but help think that the homeowner who chose to do such a mount is stuck with it. That’s why I’m really groovin’ on this tv easel from Restoration Hardware. You get the minimal intrusion of a wall mount but with the movability of a traditional tv cabinet. Plus, it has a great steampunk quality about it. Its $995 price tag started me thinking about a DIY easel alternative. Continue Reading

Steampunk Office (in a Steamer Trunk)


Restoration Hardware’s Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk may or may not be the most practical solution for a small office space, but it’s hands down one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen! Duuude! It’s an office…in a TRUNK!! Expensive? A little. It’s just shy of $4K, but that includes a distressed vintage cigar leather finish and 3,000 hand-hammered brass nails. Overall the secretary measures 39″w x 29″d x 76″h. For more information, head on over to Restoration Hardware. Continue Reading

Dandelion Light Sculpture

Lonneke Gordijn’s ‘Fragile Future’ is subtitled ‘electronics and dandelions’, which is the perfect description for this marriage of technology and nature. Made of a collection of LED’s, phosphorous bronze and dandelion seeds, the light sculpture has a fanciful steampunk-y quality about it. If it wasn’t fabulous enough, the piece automatically shuts off–sort of like a defense mechanism–when people come too close to it. Via.