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Omg this dresser was a high maintenance, needy little project!

Thank goodness she’s ready for her Coming Out!


To recap—I cut down the rails for the 2nd and 3rd drawers, and cut a new face for each.  I also added wood to the top and bottom of each side panel.

The bulk of work was rebuilding and repairing all the drawer sections and guides.

a recap of initial work on "Plain Jane"

Then I got busy painting and “decorating!”

◊I base coated everything in white and dry brushed an accent of Revere Pewter.

a base of white and an accent of Revere Pewter

◊I decoupaged vintage sheet music to parts of the drawer faces (still drying), and you can see I decided on the Madonna-like image, which is–

The Virgin with Angels (1900)  by Bouguereau.

I LUV this Master and thought the image felt appropriate to the season.

--adding the decoupage

◊I changed the hardware to something more “frenchy” –and changed their finish too.  Those new drawer faces made it easier to relocate and position the new hardware.

◊I used a gold leafing pen to draw the accent lines, and

◊very lightly dry brushed over the decoupage to dull it down in part.

--changing the hardware and its location on the new faces

◊I painted the drawer boxes inside and out, but someone replaced their bottoms with OSB and no amount of paint was going to make that look pretty, so, I wallpapered each with a subtle metallic printed paper.

◊I got lucky with the dresser’s top–which had an interesting wood tone and patina, and seemed to only need a good cleaning!

wallpapering the drawers--

--details of my reFAB'd Plain Jane!

--details of my reFAB'd Plain Jane!


I finished everything up and ran it right out to the antique mall.  Crossing my fingers for even more sales to help pay for that new furnace.

Anyway~here’s my finished piece!


No more "Plain Jane!"

Plain Jane---before & afterI’m sharing this little lady with these linky parties!

PhotobucketFurniture Feature FridaysSavvy Southern Style

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I'm strong enough now--thanks.

I have been chasing in

-what feels like-

a hundred directions of things that all seem to be needing the most  immediate attention!

AND, I’ve got a sinus infection.  Swell.

So once again, I have a pounding headache, continually blowing my nose & coughing my head off.  Geeeesh.

But even in the craziness–blessings have come!  Thank you Lord.

One came with sales of several big pieces of furniture at the antique mall!

Perfect timing to help pay the tab for adding a gas furnace out to my work studio  ~aka the garage.  No more exPENsive, INconvenient, & smelly propane heat.

One project after another has -literally- “domino’d” into another and the house, grounds, and garage look like we’ve been hit by another tornado—no kidding.

And Christmas is a mere 7 weeks away–YIKES.

*Prayers for stamina and strength of back welcomed.


a facelift for a "plain Jane"At last I’ve found my way back to my

Plain Jane.”

You do remember her, don’t you?  The one I’m adding a new face to!

O M G ~the time it took tinkering to rebuild those danged interior drawer guides and stops…aaack! (it’s nOt pretty–or it just looks that way through my foggy head!)  This is when I wish I had a sprayer to paint the whole dresser–inside & out- for sake of camouflage!

Finally, getting to move on to something more FuN–

I was just noticing how plain and stripped-down the style of this dresser is.

Like the sides.  It has some.  That’s about all you can say for it, so I decided to add wood to the top and bottom for a bit of a framed panel look.  I searched my scrap wood for something ³/8″ thick and ripped it to 1¾” –a match to the thickness of the legs/frame of the dresser.  Then applied, caulked, and painted.

adding wood to give a paneled look

I also started to get serious about a plan for the finish.

  • I mulled over some inspirational photos for painting
  • -with just adding an arched applique I have
  • -even with adding decoupage. . . ???

some inspiration--

I think I’ve decided to decoupage with a focal “painting” in the bottom drop. But now which “painting?”


embellishing the PLAIN JANE dresser




veteran's day

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a recently given "gift"Old friends of my mother were moving— “Would [ I ] like this old dresser?”

Yes -and- Thank You.

It’s very solid, simply styled, and sadly, not without issues needing attention–but nothing I can’t handle.

The drawer tracks and guides are the biggest issue, and one of the wooden wheels is broken~ c’est la vie.

a "plain Jane" gets a makeover!Sure, I could just  do some repair and a paint job,

but where would the fun be in   just that?


So I pried out the rails for the 2 larger drawers and ripped them down at the table saw, and then re-installed them at a shallower depth.

In the original style, the face frame and drawers were all flush—but I thought it would be fun to create Full Overlay Drawers and something more architectural !!!

I grabbed a 2×4 sheet of birch veneered plywood and the jig saw…

a facelift for a "plain Jane"

…and applied a new face to each of the drawer fronts!

a facelift for a "plain Jane"

But wait, there’s more. . . !


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Talk about getting blind-sided.

I was SO busy plugging away on multiple things. . .I have NO idea where that flu bug came from.  But, as soon as I’m totally well  ~I’m getting a flu shot~ so I don’t go through that again!  Thanks for all the well-wishes!

Unfortunately, something seems to have piggy-backed onto that flu bug -fABulous- and I’m still seriously dragging around.

Yesterday I decided enough was enough and headed outside.  Barely 60° and a BIG ole mess of fallen leaves and debris from the squirrels & walnuts because of no daily tidying, and the grass was sO overgrown–you see where this is going.

doin' some fall clean up--

doin' some fall clean up--~Felt like I was moving in s l o w motion and took WaY longer than normal, but I pressed on—and think the physical workout and fresh air was good for me.  And, things look nice again—even with things dying, (the reason I’m not into Fall).



I was so happy to look back in on my projects and am pretty anxious to get back to work!

This is where I left things,

*before my nieces and Oktoberfest and the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the flu–

I need to stand back, take another look, AND APPROACH.

I’m not diggin’ it -yet- but it will come together.

And–here’s the base of the library table stripped, plus an old dresser that was just gifted me–and needs some “beautification.”


. . . -I’ll just pace myself-

the base of the Library Table stripped


a recently given "gift"

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the old record cabinetThe old record cabinet may be finished~but it  still  seems to have no clear identity.

Sure, all the slots are gone that made it a record cabinet, but it is just a bit too tall at 37″ to be a good side table or night stand (even with a high bed).

Well, it’s going to the antique mall for sale–and someone else can figure it out!

   ~  ~  ~

I cut shelves to slide into those slots.  If you look closely you’ll see the slots are DADO’s and the ends/sides of the shelves are RABBETs!

I finished painting, and after lightly distressing the outside to reveal a bit of the undercoat of white primer–I LIKED IT–so I left well enough alone and just waxed it.

The final touch was covering the door’s cut out with 3/8″ chicken wire.  Tomorrow I’ll apply trim to clean it up.  *I wanted to router a rabbet to sink the wire but the curved door would require a trim router–which I don’t have~yet.

Wait till you see my newest project–I’m cutting things up again!

See you tomorrow-


the old record cabinet--making the shelves

the old record cabinet--adding chicken wire

the old record cabinet--the refinished top

the old record cabinet

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arch enemy #1

It alternated between

raining & dreary

and just plain ole’ cold.

Bone-chilling damp-cold.

Mother Nature teased us once or twice with some deceptive sunshine, so I mostly parked on the sofa with the laptop and remotes.

The Cat & Mouse game with my arch enemy continued too.

8 down—1 wrascally wred wone that runs away quick as I come in view still on the loose. Probably more.
Below is just a sample of damages and treasures they leave me daily, and the neighbor’s walnut tree that fuels them.
red squirrel damages---In the next few weeks I’ll have a couple of guys helping me make repairs to the garage ceiling.  My arch enemies have stock-piled SO MANY walnuts in my insulated ceiling that parts of it have caved under the weight.  You’re suddenly startled by the horrendous sounds of a raining hail of walnuts and breakage for anything that can’t take the pummeling.  *Add 1 more notch to my board above.

So–I parked on the sofa with the remotes burning some incredible design shows to discs to keep!  Like The Bronson Pinchot Project.

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

We’re ditching the “practically a mortgage payment” of bundled cable for a “can’t say NO to” deal from AT&T U-verse.  Sure hope we like it–anyone already have it, and some opinions-??

I architectural millwork- elements- fragments!

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

See what I mean–?!?

So it looks like we’re supposed to have a beaUUUtiful week ahead &

I. can’t. wait!

I have a LOT to do!


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Well, it still has no clear identity, but you see I’m plugging away with paint and putting it back together.

And this is it’s current state.

the old record cabinet---inspirational--

To do:

~I’m pretty sure I’ll add 3/8″ chicken wire to the door’s cut out, so I’ll use my hand router to create a rabbet and counter sink the application.

~I need to get crackin’ on an adjustable shelf  (or 2) for the interior.  I’d like to take advantage of the slots from the former the old record cabinet--thus fardividers…….

~Paint the backboard and actually apply properly.

~Still not keen on the finish–guess I’ll be playing with that too…..but I do like the Tiffany-blue interior!

Sooo~ back to work. Even in an impending thunderstorm…?


Under construction!








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