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the LIBRARY wicker tableI still love this table -but- we don’t need it anymore.

I thought painting it white might help it look more attractive to get re-sold (fingers crossed).  And I think it actually looks really pretty!

*It got the boot in a crazy furniture shuffle, poor thingMom’s old vanity went in the alcove-

-the vanity it replaced went to the Mstr Br-

-displacing a table that went to the library-

-which left this table out in the cold.

the LIBRARY wicker table

This is no antique, not even vintage—it’s just OLD!  But it’s cool and I can’t find another spot for it. : (   So it’s out.  Again–I thought it might help it get sold quicker with a paint job–

the power of a paint job!

the LIBRARY wicker table--painted!I’m torn—

I love how the white brought out its details,

but,

I think the top looked WAY cooler brown….

Catherine

the LIBRARY wicker table--for sale

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one of the Great Aunties' dressers--Tough decisions are ahead.

There’s just not room enough to hold on to everything.

Since I have many other things from my Great Aunties, I’ve decided to let this dresser go.  HOWEVER–I kept its fabulous beveled, oval mirror and offered up a free-standing mirrored, drawer ensemble as a replacement.

the orphaned auction mirror---I bought this mirror at a big furniture store auction, and intended to use it in the LL-bathroom during renovations of mom’s house—but that project went in a different direction and the piece became orphaned–again.

It actually married up to this dresser really well!

*Yes, yes–only -HALF-  dressed for the day and bed-head!  ~Just focus on the pretty mirror!
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I had to hustle on this project (space and the weather) and didn’t get a picture of the mirror before painting(sorry)it was just a medium brown-stained piece that had a “Shaker” look and I always intended to paint away that “style.”

As for the GOLD the dresser was finished in—it looked really beautiful in my former Mstr-bedroom (wish I could find where my pictures are packed to show you)I painted the room a shade of taupe-y brown that is best described as a cup of coffee with lots of cream in it!

Since my Master bedroom was at the back of the house, east-facing, and over-looking the small lake I lived on, the saturated color was very peaceful and the gold dresser looked very rich!  BUT–I didn’t think a new buyer would necessarily understand or appreciate the gold, soooooo. . .

OUT WITH THE gOLD and IN WITH THE NEW!

--talk about ReVitalized!

Here are some of the details—

I thought the dresser would look better with simple wooden knobs.

The paint is a very pale blue’ish GRAY and white–

-Ben Moore’s Wickam Gray and Alabaster White-

And now it’s off to the antique mall. . .

Catherine

a pale blue'ish GRAY with white accents!Great Aunties' dresser--revitalized!I’m sharing this with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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They’re finished and ready to go to the antique mall–YaY!

the newest finished Craig's list projects!I made a pair of matching pillows to go with this ’60’s setI sure hope they sell together….and they’ll want some pillows to coordinate!

 the '60's styling of the '60's bench!

The picture above shows you how the new undulating toe kick turned out for the bench.

I bought this fabric for a “little nieces-project” that ended up going in a different direction.  I’m so happy to still have it for this project and LOVE IT!

I have some construction Craig's list #3stuff to share with you too….tomorrow!

Catherine

Remember where I started?

I’m sharing this project in a few of my favorite linky parties!

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Yes, I have a full plate of priority projects -but-

make anything a chalkboard

when I saw this product recently,

I thought it was a really awesome idea-

TRANSFORM EVERYDAY SURFACES

INTO A CHALKBOARD

-and I was eager to try it out!

I tested it on a thrift store over-sized pizza board I really didn’t want after all, deciding it might make an fun message board instead!

The board’s finish was a bit “fuzzy” so I gave it a thorough fine-sanding.

*When I’m using regular chalkboard paint I always give a very light sanding between coats to lessen the brush strokes  -to get the smoothest end finish.

the FAIL--That being said I brushed on a first coating of this product -per their instructions- all in one direction, waited an hour, and brushed on the second coat in the opposite direction, then let it cure for 24hrs.

Okay, NOT liking those brush strokes, I admit to lightly sanding the project before applying the 2nd coating–which did NOT go over well, peeling in a few areas.  So I tried to feather it out and I suppose I over-compensated for it with the 2nd application.  Again–I let it cure over night/24hrs and tried to soften the brush strokes with another light fine sanding–this time it peeled a little in other areas.

“Priming” the board with chalk seemed to exacerbate the issues, and, it actually scratched more of the finish.  To me, this was a project FAIL.  I darkened the picture above so you could better see some of the scratches, and the “blotch” below the 10″ was one of the areas it peeled.

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my pizza board chalkboard-001I turned over the pizza board for a Do-Over and took a different approach.

This time I poured out a small amount and used a cloth to spread it around evenly.  This approach was so much more EVEN and SMOOTH and I applied 4 thinner coatings.  I still gave an hour between coats and 24hrs cure time.

It looked WAY better, and there were no problems when I primed/coated the board with chalk–YaY!

It was really nice writing, erasing, and re-writing on this side of the board!

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I still think this product is an awesome idea  -but-  I also think it’s going to take some “practice makes perfect” to find the best application/outcome.

I love that you can now create a “non-colored” or “clear” chalkboard over an original wall color, door color, glass. . . fabric maybe–?

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Playtime over . . . . . . back to real work now!

Catherine

DSC06512-On a BTW foot note–

that glimpse of blue stove you see is my mother’s 1954 GE slate blue stove.  The only one she’s ever had.  It too has traveled all over thanks to the Air Force!

The little chair (1900) sits beside the stove in memory of our beloved great aunties, just as it always sat beside theirs in the old farm house.

*The kitchen is the only room not renovated-

sOOn,

I hope!

; D

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my chalkboard globe-
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I’m finished and totally LOVE

my chalkboard globe!

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A wooden lamp base from one of last season’s flea markets. $3

A Meridian ring orphaned from another globe project.

A $3 thrift store globe.

A hot glue gun,

and some spray paint Chalkboard paint.

Finally, I ran off to the hardware store to buy a $2 double-threaded screw to join the globe’s meridian ring to my flea market lamp base–and a little 2-part epoxy for extra strength.

my chalkboard globeMade from misc. parts and a pretty good imagination!

Catherine

my $3 thrift store globe-

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The end of the plastic–now a metal Meridian ring and wood!

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my chalkboard globe and stand

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my $3 thrift store globe
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This is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time now, but I kept finding really NICE globes–and I just couldn’t do this to a NICE globe.

Then I found a great candidate in this $3 thrift store globe (months ago).    But then I had nothing to give it a better base.

I forgot all about my $3 flea market lamp base!  Oooops!

Anything would be better than this cheap plastic base–right?

my $3 thrift store globe

I know it’s probably difficult to see what I’ve done, but—

I used a hot glue gun to OUTLINE

just certain parts of the globe.

The United States, Canada, places our family has lived, places I’ve lived, places where other parts of our family live.  Places we’ve traveled to and places I’d like to travel to!  -ooops…looks like I’ve left out some places.

I was just having a lotta fun!

And then I painted my outlined globe with chalkboard paint!

Now can you see it–?!

my $3 thrift store globe OUTLINED and CHALKBOARD PAINTED!There’s the new base that will be used above!  (no more plastic)

I need to make a few modifications to join the globe and wood lamp base together, and then I need to “prime” the chalkboard paint so the globe has some patina to it—

quick as I finish, I’ll share the finished picture!

I have numerous projects going on simultaneously so be patient with me, they’re almost finished!

Catherine

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DSC01345I walked in on a fluke to ask about a space thinking that maybe it would give my children’s cabinets some exposure over the 2013 holidays.

I’m still there -and- have taken on a second space now.  Didn’t see any of this coming–interesting how things unfold sometimes.

So anyway, and long story short~

I’ve spent the week reWorking & reSetting BOTH spaces.

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I’ve moved everything Oz to my original 5×11 space and dedicating the new-neighboring 10×11 space to furniture, lighting, and misc. projects!

I’ve had some interesting things in my queue beGGing for my attention–

but first I really need to finish the upstairs hall!

Here’s how things are looking all moved and shifted about to look “full,” but it’s mostly illusion.  Ha! Like teased hair–just LOOKs fuller and pretty!  As I finish some of the new projects I’ll be able to fit ‘em in with little trouble!

Catherine

The Oz space– still not totally satisfied and will be making more adjustments.

original space--

original space--

The New space– not ideal, but new stuff is coming!  ; D

the new space--

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Feeling like it or not–the energy for it or not,

I spent a much-needed day at the antique mall.

I’m absolutely shocked at just how well it’s done considering I’ve all but abandoned it of late.

*As it was getting set up in November……(looks so sparse at that moment)

antq mall new space

I’m resetting BOTH sides COMPLETELY. . . and painting.

I was there until they turned the lights out on me, and I’m heading back shortly for the rest of the day.

But as I began to write this post look what suddenly appeared….

a Bald Eagle.

I’ve never seen one so close up before—and it was HUGE!

Amazing!

And just to give you an idea of its size—
he’s behind the branches of that enormous (about 5 stories high) tree.

the Bald Eagle in our neighborhood this morning--Another size reference–one of our monster ravens in the tree by the eagle.

some ravens with the bald eagle

More soon~

Catherine

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WoW–you guys are good!

Yes–I’m making light sconces!

corbel sconces

I’m also working on their half shades.

I’m covering this one with anaglypta paper.

I’ve just begun painting the corbels…

And I’m working on some other cool lighting too!

Catherine

covering this half-shade with anaglypta paper--I’m sharing with this FAB linky party!

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no more lamp--my new trophy urn!Running errands all  around town a little earlier today, I happened to be close by the very same thrift store where I found the Urn Lamp I turned into a trophy just recently-

-so I detoured for a quick  pop-back-in!

I don’t go there very often because it’s rare I find anything– –or a price tag I’m willing to pay-!!

But look what I found there!  AGAIN!

And for chEAper this time!  It sucks they didn’t put both out together that might have both had the cheaper price (?).  Oh well

So, I really don’t think I need two of these, and will probably put it directly in the antique mall for sale–as quickly as I alter it too!

Catherine

URN lamp to trophy urn

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