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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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I’m closing in on their finish!

But yesterday I discovered a correction that needed to be made.

I made a miss-cut dividing the tall dresser in two.

the Craig's list dresser, #3

I needed to deconstruct much of the center section of this dresser because of that APPLIED/WRAPPED external center rail system.

Lost in this ODD PUZZLE of construction,

eventually, I forgot about that bottom rail that is necessary to opening the bottom drawer of the NOW bench!

You can see in the picture below my assumption that it was supposed to be the TOP rail of the dresser–WRONG.  And now I’ll have to make some adjustments before I can attach the dresser TOP.

Craig's list dresser #3You can see that I chose a very clean look in this project.

“lacquered”  look for this ’60′s SET!

Another part of this project was to re-create that undulating toe-kick from the dresser for the new bench—I found a  2 x 4  to be perfect in this endeavor, simply lining it up to the dresser toe-kick and tracing out the shape.

Since I still don’t have my own band saw, I ran over to my friendly strippers-  ; D  -to borrow theirs!  Their saw/blade was in desperate need of replacement and didn’t make the cleanest cut so I had a lot of clean up to do with the belt sander.  *But beggars can’t be choosers.

creating an undulating toe-kickprogress on the Craig's list dresser #3

You can see a bit of the finished undulating toe-kick under the bench, and where I left off for the day.  Clearly–I still have some work to go before all is said and done, but things are coming along!

I got a very slow start to my work day because I first headed off to pick up that INCREDIBLE table I’d told you about and got that FAB Louis chair too!  As much as I can’t WAIT to get on them—I’m already ricocheting all around here on several projects and need to keep some focus—

but here’s a sneak peek!

Catherine

the architectural dining table and SQUARE-backed Louis chair

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I feel like that “hump day” camel. . .

“Guess what day it is–guess what

DAY it is?!?”

Whoot-whoot!

Craig's list #3

Some one~has been touched by some Spring feev’a apparently

and listed some gOOd stuff of Craig’s list!    ~At last!

So I drove the 45 minutes to capture one ’60′s styled, undulating front, dark-blonde dresser–$20!

Ha! Guess what I’m doing with to it?  ; D

It’s a little rougher than the posting showed–nothing I can’t handle.  In fACt–I’ve already taken it apart and cut it into the two projects!

See?!

Let the FUN begin!

Omg–wait till you see the other finds!  An AWEsome architectural dining table, a cabinet, and fingers crossed–a square-backed Louis chair!  I feel giddy!

Catherine

Craig's list-- #3

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putting 2013 behind us I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!

I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!

antq mall display cabinet

So I thought it might be fun to

RE-share them with you too!

But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL.  What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled!  Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!

January~

~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma  before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway!  Woo-hoo!

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year in review projects- 2013

In February~

I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend!  It started with a fire place

Mom's surprise!

During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~

my lighting projects- 2013

  1. My vintage White Globe sconces
  2. Princes Aleigha’s lamp
  3. A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
  4. A lace-y chandelier
  5. A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned

my chalk boards and mirror projects- 2013

  1. the Atlanta trip windows
  2. my auction mirror
  3. making a mirror from cabinet doors
  4. a decoupaged chalkboard
  5. two more decoupaged chalkboards

And there were lots of  miscellaneous projects….

misc projects of 2013

But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!

Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches   ; D

my bench projects- 2013

  1. The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
  2. The neighbor’s curbie
  3. A quilted slip-covered curbie!
  4. The ReStore “bench”
  5. Saving history!
  6. The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
  7. The sewing cabinet bench
  8. The Christmas built-in banquette

And furniture~

furniture projects of 2013reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,

And of course–charity projects.

charity projects -2013

2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubbyAnd one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.

It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50′ish projects!

I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…).  There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…

like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!

Which you can neVer do enough of!

Catherine

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20130918_084840-1I’m out of state!

I’ve come to help my bf reorganize and redecorate her beaUtiful new office (play) space,

AnD, re-work and redecorate the adjacent guest bedroom.

She mAy have to pat me down when I leave~ ; D

Catherine

The guest bedroom gives you a glimpse of new paint color–the foreground is next!

More to come, but my rollers are calling~

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Long story short—I bought this dresser, night stand, and bed in the 90′s.  It had a sUper dark stain, I painted it a pale celery green, an artist-friend added the touch of pansies and strawberries!

I bought it for resale—but it didn’t. :’(  (Actually, the night stand did!)

*My bf and I were working the flea market hard–4 summer shows each season and making mAd money during the rEAlly eARly Shabby Chic-craze!

~We took a lOt of flack at times for painting “good wood!” and liked to experiment with all kinds of color–not just the standard white.  I had to do some DiGGing just to find this–can’t find its darkly stained original look.
*Did I mention we were in gRADe school when we started doing this!?!

flea market in the 90's

Since the bedroom set didn’t sell, it rotated in and out of storage and being lent out to family.  Last spring I completely re-fashioned the bed for mom’s guest bedroom—reupholstering the headboard and caning the foot board-

~remember this project–?!?

The finished bed!A great-niece was the last to use the dresser, and just recently gave it back to me. . .so,

~I think it’s time to give it a new life once and for all!

green dresser makeover

After scraping some of the rough and bubbled paint, and priming out some stains–I began painting it alabaster white, which looked fresh, but the painted top wasn’t WoWing me.  So I stripped it—BeTTer!

Wanting to decoupage the drawer fronts with old sheet music and pages from old books~ just to balance out the “colors,” I painted the side panels my fav-Revere Pewter.

making over the green dresser--

I sanded off the excess of the pages, and then waxed the sides and guides of the drawers and dresser so eVerything would open and close really smoothly!  What a workoutLastly–I changed the hardware to something “chunkier!”

making over the green dresser--

a makeover for the green dresser--

Yes~ my work space is OuT of ConTRoL!

~And THaT’s anOTHer project!

The dresser is at the store now, looking for a new home!

Catherine

a makeover for the green dresser--I’m sharing this project with these FABulous linky parties!

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continuing work on the other half of the Craig's List dresserI peeled off the tape-clamps, sanded EVerything rEAlly well, and got busy painting!

It seemed to take forEVER to paint.  To my satisfaction.  All those detailed areas.

I decided to return to my neutral palette of Revere Pewter and Alabaster White againAnd it looks rEAlly gOOd!

It took forEVER picking out hardware–so many choices, and several things looked gOOd!  I selected 3 oLD drawer bin handles I found in the flea market a couple of summers ago.

~The top, left view, shows the drawers in progress, and the bin pulls I chose.

~And you can finally see with clarity, how the table legs were attached–changing the design comPLETELY away from French Provincial!

the new design!I ran out of daylight to take a picture of the finished

Night Stand~Little Dresser~Commode.

I’m taking it to the antique mall tomorrow, so I’ll get a picture to share after I reset my space!

But, y’know, even without a top–

I think you get the idea of the finished piece!

No. more. french. provincial.

Catherine

All done--but no top on it yet!I’m sharing this project with~

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Craig's list dresser #2--

A fast recap~

Found this ugly thing on Craig’s List, $30

I cut it in two,

made a bench with the bottom.

another Craig's list dresser--

the remains of the cut up dresser

 

 

And this is what I’m doing with the upper half.

I decided to make it a smallish night stand, dresser, commode.  But I wanted to completely manipulate away  that french provincial style!

creating a new look for the Craig's List dresser

I pulled 4 legs from my hoarding stock supplies (that had been cut off some table in a former project)!

I ran 2 through the table saw jUst enough to create a “flat” back to attach to the dresser front.

A 3rd leg was ripped in half to attach to each side near the back.  However~I cut the “foot” off first, and had to cut a foot off of a forth leg too.

I attached each of the new “styles” with glue, and nailed them from the back side.

Those back styles/legs—I drilled a hole for a dowel to re-attach their feet.

I also re-faced the curved rails to edit out those tell-tale routed grooves that aLL those dressers seem to have.  I glued on the thin strips, and used painter’s tape -like clamps- till they are dried.

AnD–I pried off that stUpid applied panel from the top drawer, and cut a new -plain- apron for the dresser bottom!

a new look for a Craig's List dresser

You can see that I also wrapped the top with some wood.  Primarily to fill the gap from the shortage of the table leg-new style, but also, to add another element that changes the original design!

And this is where I left construction at end of day!  Tomorrow, I will finish a few details—and begin painting!

I haven’t made a final decision on the new top yet~stand by!

Catherine

a new look for a Craig's List dresser

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the Craig's list dresser #2

     Yes.  I hAd plans.  They didn’t qUITe work out.

     But I Am back on track, and have finally managed to finish this 2nd Craig’s List dresser.  I was strUggling to find the perfect fabric for the seat.  I had a lOt of  -NicE-  choices, but nOthing looked awesome—and I rEAlly felt like it hAd to look AWEsome!  ; D

So let me back up for just a minute and tell you—when a friend weighed in on this issue of fabric, she also asked if I was

“. . .going to paint the bench–??”

I said “I DiD already!”

“Oh!  It’s that Provençal style!”

Not actually!  But I wanted it to lOOk “auTHENtic!” I wanted it to lOOk completely NATURAL!  Like I was just lucky enough to find something “just as was!”

“Well, yOu DiD it!”

Although it was painted some nasty blue, underneath, it was that yellow-y, splattered finish.

the paint scheme--

You’ll have to take my word for it, it looks sO much mOre fAbulous in person, and I’m tOtally in love with the finish.  I primed the whole piece with a little darker shade of BM’s Revere Pewter, before actually painting it with this longtime, favorite (that I haven’t used in quite a while).  ~It’s a really easy shade of a gray-beige-taupe.  *Note that waxing reduces the gray.

You can see that I painted the drawer fronts, apron, and legs an Alabaster white.  And I used a gold leafing paint to emphasize key areas.  Then I distressed the whole piece, and waxed it clear aNd dark.

the paint scheme--*Another view of the gold leafing, although it IS further along with a finished attached top.

So, back to the fabric choice.  I decided to give up a special fabric I bought at Forsyth Fabrics when I was in Atlanta in January.  I figured I could pick up more next week while I’m back for Haven!

a choice of fabric--

a choice of fabric--

I bought two of these fabric panels to make pillows (in different colors and phrases)—but I hadn’t done it yet.  And it seemed to be the PERFECT choice!  Except that it was square  -for a pillow-  and the bench top was 15″ x 31″.  So I cut off the excess from the top and bottom, and sewed them to the sides!

It barely fit  -but it DiD-  I made it work!  And now it’s heading off to the antique mall for sale!  Ha! I actually like the sewn on sides!

Catherine

The 2nd Craig's List dresser/reinvented bench!

the new top to the reinvented Craig's list dresser!

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All the kiddos (at one of my big brother’s house) shuffled around to new bedrooms.  Now we need to do some individual re-decorating!

~enter Auntie!

Starting in my little princess Aleigha’s new room—

You saw her chairs!

a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha

And you saw her 1st selection new lamp!

Aleigha'a bed side light!

the leftovers that will be usedNext project is the first of two very tall bookcases to be worked over.  This one into a. . .

bookshelf-dresser combination!

And thAt’s what I started working on when my little health issues erupted.  But I’m back on it now!

Use what you’ve got.

The tall bookcase is the foundation of this piece, and I’m adding the leftover section of the dresser from the neighbor’s curbies.

Joe's dresser

Make what you need.

1. I wanted to slip the “dresser” into the lower part of the bookcase.
2. I reduced the depth of the dresser to that of the drawers–

Aleigha's bookshelf-dresser

3. I also needed to reset the depth of the drawer guides.

Aleigha's bookshelf-dresser1

4. The cantilevered dresser gave me an opportunity to add bun feet to the design, and,

5. I needed to rebuild the sides of the dresser to marry into the bookcase.

6. The last task was to cut a new dresser top.

Aleigha's bookshelf-dresser2

I’ve been busy painting since yesterday, here’s the jist of how things are going so far~but there’s more to come!

Catherine

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