Archive for March, 2011

I’m on strike today.

When I woke up at 7 this morning, it was clear that Mother Nature was throwing an attitude—two can play that game.  Today’s agenda?  No shoveling, no projects, no work. Instead, I had a self-imposed (DIY) Spa Day!


I deep-conditioned my hair!  Gave myself a fresh manicure and pedicure!  Which left me melancholy for summer high heels—I can hardly wait for warm weather!  I’m sick of being bundled up in multiple layers of clothes to stay warm.

Mostly, I’m sick of changing out propane tanks to heat my work studio.


Especially after an accident a couple of  days ago.  I didn’t realize the newly refilled tank had tipped, and when I opened the tailgate, it fell out–on my leg.  OOOuch!  See?

Well– at least it wasn’t my foot…..!!??

Okaytomorrow’s another day and I’ll get back to work.  But for nowI feel so much better!


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The 1st project—

My sister-in-law sent me an SOS.  Her laundry room just doesn’t have enough storage OR organization.  Could I do ANYTHING….?

Sure–I always have a few tricks ideas!

1st— I’m building a customized cabinet to fit between the dryer and wall.  Tomorrow, I’ll get a few pictures of the space, but for now, here are a few shots of the cabinet in construction.

Her storage needs dictated the shelving height, the space constraints meant it had to be tall and narrow.  There’ll be a drawer at the top, with 3 taller open shelves.





Here it is puttied, sanded, and primed.    I removed the drawer face to cut down the box, which was 1/4″ too wide, then added extra material to the interior side of the box.  Clamps are securing it overnight, as well as the re-attached face.  I’ve become a master at modifying drawers..!



Uh-oh. In writing this post and looking at the pictures—I just noticed that the drawer is going to sit too high (aesthetically) and I’ll have to adjust both top rails tomorrow.  Oh well…..

Till tomorrow,


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How cool—someone is giving one of my projects extra recognition!

I love their blog–I’ve spent hours reading about their many remodeling projects!  I hope you’ll go check them out, and that you’ll enjoy it just as much as me!

Cassity and Justin at The Remodelaholic!





This header + this old dresser =   —>






Yeah–there was a little more to it than that!  My original post was  “I had a dresser–but I needed a bookcase!”

Hope you like it!

Thank you Cassity & Justin!


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Flea markets–you just never know what you might stumble on to…!!

I found the deer head and cross rifle from an old cuc koo clock—and I just knew I could do something with it!

What to do , what to do…..

I started pulling “parts,” laying them on my work table.  Looking at textures, wood grains, shapes and profiles.  I was still thinking about that elusive boy’s armoire I wanted to build.  Hmmmm. . . .

I’d been sitting on one last board of sUper grainy old pine.  I could use some old, louvered, window shutters for doors.  I still had some salvaged door casing from an old house my cousin and I “toured.”  (The owners donated the house to the local fire dept for a practice burn, but said we could take anything we wanted before the burn day….wow!)

Seems like I have enough things to formulate a plan….!

Sorry—I have no mid-project pictures to share…..

This is my cabinet.  And I like it. . . but. . .

Something’s just~~off.  It needs something~~? It just looks–pLAIN.  Kind of stripped down.  So I got out the black paint.  I was about ready to paint the whole thing black~~but I really hated the idea of covering up all that inCREDible grain.

With nothing to lose, I grabbed a small brush and started to “dirty it up!”  When the brush wasn’t getting me what I wanted, I used my fingers.  That was sooooo much fun, and I was liking the outcome!  It looked sort of “burnt.”  And THAT was working for me!

I found some “birch bark” wallpaper for the backboard, and some really simple cast iron hooks for each side of the interior.  The handles were found at a ReStore digging through bins of filthy. old. hardware.

I liked the idea of re-using the old shutters.  It’s a moving part~~and boys like to open and close things!  Right?

A little side note on the deer head.

The antlers were missing when I bought it, which to me, made it look more like a baby (doe?).  But that meant I needed to fill the holes.  Nothing would stick to the resin of the head.  Then I couldn’t get a color match so the holes would blend away.

So I had to re-paint the whole head.  Like six hundred-thousand times to get the brown right.  And then one of my big brothers insisted it looked like a cow head.  Now I keep looking at it scrutinizing–Deer head. Cow head. Deer head. Cow head.

I want to beat up my big brother.  We’re still growing up… :  /

      I like to give proper names to my little creations.  And, since it made me think of the carpenter who worked with me on the renovations and addition of my mother’s home–it’s named for him!  (he liked to aggravate me too–boys)

John Thomas


21″w  x  49″h  x  13″d

You can find this in my Etsy store!


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