Archive for December, 2012

*I was really eager to get back to Brody’s  dresser, so I worked on it much of the day.  It’s taking great shape and I’m pretty happy with the outcomeconsidering it’s a “plastic” dresser.

What a long way to spend New Year’s Eve day.

I had spray painted the dresser black, & gave it the night to totally set up.

So today, I started with figuring out some “new hardware,” the white knobs just weren’t doin’ it for me.  I found the 6 drawer pulls on a trip to the ReStore –I’m still trying out knobs for those top 2 drawers.

Next, I moved on to creating a new top from a thrift store side tablethat I bought for the legs.  *But held onto the top–just incase.

After figuring out the placement, I marked and cut off the excess on the chop saw.

–I’ll be using that part too–you’ll see!

The side table originally had a glass top, so I ripped a piece of ¼” plywood to fill the void.

Then I built a simple 3-sided box for the top hutch,

and attached it from the bottom side of the new top.

You can also see that I glued a band of oak around the original top’s edge,   just under the new top to visually tie the two together.

  • I cut a frieze board, and the remaining table top to form a valance,
  • added a large profile crown-cove molding,
  • and clamped one of my own flea market antlers to see how the form was taking shape.  Brody’s new daddy will be providing one of his own larger “trophies” for a personal touch!

I was planning on using live-edged wood for the shelves.  I thought someone had secured some for me, but the bark edges were cleaned.

Is it still considered “live-edged” if the bark is gone but the     edges are not properly milled–??

The boards were cut thick, which I LUV!  I cut them to length, sanded them, and used two stains for some variation.  I also stained parts of the rest of the hutch.

The overall finish will be a combination of stain and paint to bring the disparate pieces together.  The final picture collage shows you how I left it until tomorrow–when I should finish up!  YaY!



Happy  New Year


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Our newest little baby bundle -Brody- was gifted a “new” dresser. 

“Could great-GREAT auntie do something more with it~please?”

Okay– I’m pretty creative, but what am I supposed to do with a plastic dresser–??

Seriously.  The new dresser is plastic-coated.  Inside and out.  I can’t re-skin plastic, how do you put a nail in it?  And I think it would be tough to paint~~oy.  All I can think to do is use spray paint.  **Guess it’ll be faster to paint.

The new parents in the first few days—new babies are really tiring, huh?!?

They’re young, students, not a lot of money, it’s a gifted dresser.    So to make the most of the situation, here’s my plan~~

They really like all this country, hunting, outdoors-y stuff, so I’m spray painting the dresser black to begin with.  I’ll build a top for it (you know I love to build up).  The baby’s room is small’ish, and building up will give more storage without taking aditional floor space.  But there will be a twist—

I’ll integrate the top from a side table,

some live-edged wood,

and antlers!

Stay tuned!


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. . .gosh. . .Christmas was just on Tuesday, but somehow it feels SO long ago already.  Perhaps I was more worn out than I thought.

In any case–

I poured a nice glass of red  D

and sat back to relax and – finally, truly - take in all the decor.

It was just SO incredibly hectic this year, I found I only did the “minimum” of decorating.  Since my mom typically lets me go wild each year at her house – I think she was a bit disappointed, but she understood.

This is one of the vintage angels I found in the antique mall.  I still can hardly believe–$18 for the pair (left and right)!

~I guess I DO have a bit of passion for RED—at Christmas!  And glitter!~

I flocked the main tree with magnolia-scented baby powder again this year!  If you remember, I did it last year because there was the faintest musty’ish scent I didn’t like- it was a quick remedy that made the tree look flocked!  And–it smells SO good!

I used my [favorite] hydrangeas from mom’s garden again.  But– I didn’t get to them in a timely manner, and they all turned that ugly brown.  BUT, I remembered Gail’s post on dyeing hydrangea heads with Rit Dye and created my own “red heads!”  It took me 3 and 4 dunks to get the color I wanted, but it was incredibly E A S Y to do!

(The baby powder seems to have kind of blanketed the red.)

There’s a “constant foundation” of greenery above the curio–

I just add and subtract according to season or holiday!

The mirror (to check yourself) by the front door!

Even the drapery rod in the guest bath!

Just little touches–

The chandelier over the breakfast table, and in the lower level dining–

Bits of red everywhere!

Since there’s not the usual, over abundance of decoration  ~everywhere~    I guess it won’t be so daunting a job taking everything down.

~See, a silver lining!


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Oh Christmas Tree–

I didn’t get to my kids’ Christmas tree project until

Christmas Eve & Christmas morning.

–I had a lot going on.

the kids' Christmas tree 2012

Trying to come up with a fresh and fun idea for each year’s tree is a challenge–but the kiddos like it!

This year I was thinking “jack in the box,” but the tree will come out of the box instead of a clown!  Okay~~so the ornaments should be candy and toy-based then–right?!?

12-27-12 post-Christmas blog post

Problem was, that I had an exceptionally busy month (or two) leading up to Christmas.

I didn’t get to build the “box” until 8:30 Christmas EveYikes-ies.

While the box was setting up (paint), I went back to getting the names on the stockings — finished at 10:30.

The tree didn’t get put up and decorated until Christmas morning.

Nothing like working under pressure!

I was going to steal some matchbox cars from a couple of the boys, and spray paint them all one color – but that didn’t happen, so I focused on more CANDY!  Wish I had found more of those big lolly pops!

Any way, I built the “box” from a crAzy variety of scrap wood laying around Page 10, and used a pair of super old door hinges at the lid.

The box didn’t need to be “fabulous,” just something for the moment.  I can take the whole thing apart, or rebuild it better for some other use later ~ no worries!  My kinda hurried-harried project!  ; D

Sure hope you all had a much more relaxed Christmas!



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Christmas wishes–

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas





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There’s SO much to do,

and not enough time in the day—

(if you can’t laugh. . .)


Christmas group therapy!

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Thank You!

Fail--Thank You–

to ALL of you for the encouragement and generous offerings of help along the way!
Don’t be surprised if I take you up on it!

2½ years ago, I didn’t even know what a blog was—and it would be accurate to say I was nudged pUSHed into it rather reluctantly!  There’s definitely been a LEARNing curve, but very interesting!

The singular BEST part of this path has been—FINDING ALL OF YOU!

-My fellow, creative, archi-types!

be awesome!

-People I can share my crazy imagination with—WHO GET IT!

-And don’t think I’m a bit nuts.          **Well, hopefully you don’t. )

When I try to explain   what blogging is   to the “old me’s” still out there,

it’s really cool to cap it off with “how incredibly generous and giving” this blogging world is!

You are some of the most inspiring, motivating, AWEsome people!  I’m blessed to know you—I give Thanks!


my blogging friends!

btw—at 11:22p, on the 16th, I became a really great-GREAT auntie to little Brody!

dear God--


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Well, the NEW display cabinet is IN! (yay!)

The radio cabinet is OUT.

It’s loaded and ready for delivery to its new home tomorrow morning.

It’s great to see things getting sold, but—just as I was finishing setting up my new display,

Someone asked “how much?”  –With great interest!

Oh, maaan.  That could have been gREAt, but—I sort of need it right now since I don’t have the time to build another immediately.


Boy, I really have to re-address this corner!

Anyway, here are some of the details of my new cabinet!

–Of course it all started with that great chair bottom!

–If you recognize the applique, you’re good!  It’s the extra one I ordered for the upper window frieze boards in a guest bedroom of my mom’s house.

–The crown molding–ha ha–is actually picture frame molding!  You have to look at some of those large vintage picture frames with a different eye!


I added a rail underneath the top– 1. to “thicken” the visual and give it more weight, and, 2. it’s now prepped for a door and lock I will add after Christmas!  My mother would really like to add some very valuable Wizard of Oz books and memorabilia left to her from my uncle’s VAST collection.

On a side note—My beloved late uncle is the FREDDY of Freddy & Petunia.  And he was the secretary to the Oz club (for as long as I can remember), and knew many of the actors from that much-loved movie–even corresponding with them over many years!  Their letters and other important documents have been donated to Syracuse University.

Here’s the updated visual of my current space—from both directions!  Changes abound!

I feel so lucky for how well things have been going so far!


my current space

I’m sharing this project with these FABulous linky parties!

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progress on the display cabinet!A delay on the delivery of the radio cabinet gives me more time to– uh, make changes to the paint finish.

It’s my first foray into chalk paint.  And it’s NOT GOING WELL, shall we say.

Everything you guys are always saying about “great coverage, spreads well, a little goes such a LONG WAY,”  I’m NOT FINDING.  Sure, I didn’t see a demonstration or take a class—but I’m no novice painter!  And I’ve read more of your posts about using this paint than I can count.  So, I felt pretty armed with knowledge.

Although I now have to abandon my TOTALLY CHALK PAINTED project to get this finished and swap it for the Radio cabinet in the antique store—I’m not giving up on using chalk paint.  But, clearly, I don’t understand this paint, and will pursue some “training.”

All is not “negative.”  I really love the color!

Btw–this is not all of the finished color pallet!  AND, I added the lines to the picture to help decide on

the total amount, and spacing of shelves!


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the bottom of the chair getting cleaned up--Since my radio cabinet has sold ~that I was also using for display~

I need a new cabinet.

So I’m finally using the bottom of that chair I luv so much!  But, gOOd grIEf, it took forEVer to pull ALL those tacks, and clean up the frame.

Once it was finally done, I needed to cut the depth and re-locate the back legsThe chair narrows at the back, which you can see in the picture to the right–I thought it might be interesting to leave that element in the design.

*But it made extra challenges creating and constructing the new cabinet.

I cut some 5/4″ board to the odd angle for the deck, and routered a very small detail to its top edge.  Then I began building the box (or carcass) of the cabinet.

The overall height comes in at a tall 7½ ft,

26″ wide, and will have 5 adjustable shelves.

working on a new display cabinet

Wanting to jazz up the face, I opted to cut down some classicly-styled balusters, making them into pilasters.

It’s really not hard to “flatten” or even cut posts in half.  Just secure hard wood from end to end on one side to have a consistent flat side to ride the fence of your table saw.  But if you’re cutting something particularly thick, cut half the thickness, then flip it, and cut the other half of the thickness–it’s safer!

cutting down balusters to make pilasters--

A fixed top for the mid-section (with a decorative routered ogee edge) will stabilize the tall cabinet.  But when I couldn’t achieve a tight fit with the two pieces that make the top—I used an old trick for filling the gap.

Do you know this trick?  Generously pour wood glue into the gap, then push saw dust into it, rubbing it in really good.  Sand it flat.  You can repeat the process if you missed any areas.  When it’s thoroughly dry and cured, it makes a strong connection and stains like the wood, itself.

I added some ornamentation at the top, as well as crown molding—and even began painting the interior before I called it a day (at 8:30).  Tomorrow I’ll finish painting, and by late day–I hope to get it to the antique mall, where I’ll take pictures for you to see!


a "no-putty" trick to fill gaps!

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