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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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uhhhhhhhh.........*Eight.  l o n g.  days. to get over the flu~at last I feel better.  My mother returned from her trip in the middle of it and in her jet-lagged-vulnerable state–got it too.

When I commented on how I felt like something the cat dragged in, mom added, “…and wouldn’t eat.”  Such sass is lost now she‘s there.  : \

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I’ve been doing lesser-taxing things trying to re-find my energy.  Like finishing some upholstery projects in the hall.

I love the light and shadows cast about the hallway!

mom--upstairs hall built-in bookcase project. . . I recovered the seat of my great aunties’ 1917‘ish wicker chair, and my $5 flea market vanity chair in the alcove—more happening on these later.  ; D

mom--upstairs hall built-in bookcase project-002Sadly, someone cut the button tufting cords on the flea market chair :’ (  ….plus, check out the odd “upholstery job” on this seat.  Besides using safety pins, they stapled the fabric to the webbing-? …Uh…interesting. . ?

the $5 flea market chair seat recovered--

tinting the paint to get it right!

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Now I can head back upstairs to begin playing with paint  -again-  I’ll mix my own color till I get it right.

Once and for all.

Fingers crossed.

Catherine

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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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keeping some humor in a winter storm*I had to interrupt finishing the built-in to get some cleaning and decorating done.  But I stole a little time Saturday night to “create” the seats, figuring I’d work on them during the big snow storm expected to hit Saturday night through Sunday.

After spending most of the day shoveling, last night I finally headed back downstairs to finish.  Although you can see I have a few finishing details ~namely welting or, I’m toying with adding nail heads or wood trim. . ???. .not sure yet, so it will stay like this till after Christmas while I decide.

But another decision is made–to have mirrors cut to fit in the back of the shelving!  I think it will help bounce some extra light around the basement lower level!

the built-in banquette

In addition to hand stitching the front corners of the upholstery closed I’m planning to add picture-frame molding to the built-in like the walls, and I think I will do just a BiT of distressing to the overall piece and wax it.  But it is now two days before Christmas with a laundry list of tasks awaiting my attention ~so the finishing touches will go on hold.

BTW–instead of flip-lids, I added cleats underneath so the seats are firm in their placement and can be completely removed to gain access to the storage within!

the built-in banquettethe built-in banquetteThese are a couple other views, including my faux door!

I hate those horrible awning-styled basement windows, but it just wasn’t worth the EXTRA work and costs to change them out so I had to come up with some creative ways to decorate around them.

FL230003John (the carpenter who worked with me on much of mom’s house) and I glued a vintage paneled door to the wall underneath that stupid window, then wrapped it with a door jamb like an actual door.  We left the hinges on and I glued on a backplate and knob for realism!  I hung the door and “transom window” casing -again, like an actual door- but had to faux paint it all to match the door grain.

I hired a sign painter to paint “Giuseppe’s on the window for fun AND because it actually looks like you could open the door and go over to our late neighbor Joe’s house!

Joe in Italian is Giuseppe!  We miss him.

Catherine

I’m sharing this project in these FAB linky parties–!
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     Tuesday night~

A built-in for Christmas!

     Wednesday morning~

the LL built-in

     Thursday morning~

the built-in

     By Thursday night~

the built-inthe built-in

And you can see I took a little playtime!

A little playtime!

Today~ we clean-clean-clean!  And decorate like crazy!

Tomorrow~ I will work on and FINISH the upholstered seat-

(fingers crossed)!

Catherine

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 WoW–bUsy day.

the LL built-inI ran off this morning to buy wood, chased back to the house to write a post and tell you what I’m up to–and then, jumped right into demo.

I put this half-round up as picture-frame molding the day after the walls were newly plastered-

-about 6yrs ago.

I had no ideas of eVer taking it down, but I also didn’t realize it would stick to the wall so well.  Yikes!  It did nOt come down clean, so I’ll have a bit of repair now too.  The tape marks varying heights of the project and starting point.

the LL built-in

Here’s the end of day’s progress.

I’ll actually take you through the details of this project later–

but for now, some pictures for you to see…….

Catherine

Only 6 days left–yikes!

the LL built-inthe LL built-in

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I’m taking on a Very Needed,

but Very Ambitious project

a week before Christmas.

Yes.  A WEEK before Christmas.  Uh-huh, I’m probably crazy.

Mom's  LL

I’ve said numerous times on this blog how LARGE our family is, and it’s definitely a crowd in mom’s little’ish house at Christmas.  So I decided to remedy at least a part of the storage-seating-spacial issues in her LL and dining area.

A built-in bookcase and banquette!

I pushed the table over to “see” and rearrange the chairs and—I think it will work.  In fact, I think it kinda’ looks like it was ALWAYS MEANT TO BE!

This hair-brained idea hit me a couple of nights ago, but at 11pm last night, I grabbed the only paper on hand to make a sketch, then make a commitment, and today–make the jump.  (God help me)

A built-in for Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for an update!

Or to see just how c-RA-zy  I. am.

Catherine

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a sewing cabinet--I found this old gutted sewing cabinet in a thrift store more than a year ago.  I thought it was interesting and had some potential–but I already had a loooong project list so it got back-burnered.

Well, it’s time has come.

I would’ve liked to come up with some crazy, off the wall design–but I need some quick projects for the antique mall so the easy thing to do was a bench (and they sell well for me).

  1. I detached the top and
  2. removed the front apron, and marked its new lower location,
  3. then I set the table saw fence to cut off the cabinet’s top 8″.
  4. I reattached the apron and added corner blocking for more support to the new seat.

Super easy-peasy.

sewing cabinet to bench

I sanded the whole piece, dry-brushed it, gave it another light sanding, and dark waxed it.

Then I began working on the upholstered seat~which all hinges on good padding and some burlap.

A new bench from the sewing machine cabinet!A new bench from the sewing machine cabinet!Super fast and ready to go!

~don’cha’ luv when that happens!

Catherine

A new bench from the sewing machine cabinet!~I’m sharing this project with a few good friends!

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Thank You Gail and Karen!

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