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revamping the bottom of the cabinet--The bottom.

Since deciding to “work with” the cabinet, adjustments had to be made.  It was a deeper cabinet, had a face-frame, and a solid deck/base with only a decorative front molding.

~I pried off that decorative front molding to discover about a 2″ rail underneath, which was just enough to work with, so I cut off the sides to match.

~I beveled the bottom edge using a chamfer bit in the router, which made a clean and simple “eased” design to meet the new feet.

~I used some scrap 2×8’s to make 4 corner blocks. The over-sized, thick cuts more than filled the corners and let my salvaged ball and claw feet sit flush and well secured.  The blocks were glued and nailed in place.

my chamfered edge blocks for feet--

Above, you see the feet I decided to use. (Salvaged off a thrift store desk, THIS is the 1st project I used them in–8 total, I only have 2 left now.)

To get them placed right and accurately, I used an old template trick.

Using what was on hand, I grabbed some worn out sandpaper,

I took advantage of its holes and cut the size and shape of the foot,

then positioned my template on the blocks one at a time

marking where I needed to drill!  So easy–no guess work!

templates to get the feet placed accurately--

one of my STEP DRILL BITSNext, I used a step drill bit to create the pilot holes to screw in my feet.  Since this is SO much easier explained “in person-live,” I’ll do my best here. . .

I wanted the feet to screw in tight.  Using a standard drill bit just a little smaller than the threading of the feet would have been fine, but would become loose in time.

Using my step drill bit from the right size down, 5/16ths, created 3 sizes to screw into

my biggest and proper size where I began to screw the threading of the foot in, working progressively smaller -and tighter- as it met the smaller drilled area/hole.

I only drilled up to the 5/16ths measure (the 3rd smallest diameter) for my threaded feet.  I added a link above, and again HERE to a page that sells these bits so you could see the wide variety of step bits out there for just as many tasks!  I have and use about 5–

*The big box stores and hardware stores all sell these, but probably in the most commonly used styles and sizes.  I’ll try to share some other projects, ways, and reasons you’ll want to use these things down the road!

The EASED/chamfered edge and the new feet attached!Above, you can see how the small detail of

the doors and new hardware--beveling/chamfering the bottom edge of the cabinet EASED the contour of the design to the feet!

The devil’s in the details~right?

I started to play with hardware (since the doors are going back on)—I was excited to finally get to use this FABulous pair of handles I found flea marketing so looooong ago!  I know you can’t see them fully, but they’re incroyable!♥

Catherine

~promise, next post will be more about the finishes!

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Once again, THIS is what I started with.

the thrift store 90cent cabinet

 

the sketch and idea of what I wanted--An incredible deal at 90¢ …I truly figured I would take it apart for its wood to build the cabinet in my sketch.

Then I realized my design could potentially be found  -in the core of- this cabinet.  Obviously, I’ll have to make adjustments -but it could be done!

~See, cut-cut-cut!

1st– I needed to lop off the ugly, boxy, valanced top to shorten it, which you can see in the upper picture.

2nd– I had to re-figure the 3 sectional depths.  My original design plan descended from 14″ to 11″ to 8″ –this cabinet 16½” deep, reduced to 12½” to 8½”.

I used painter’s tape to give a better visual while I was trying to re-plan the sections, and then make the cuts~and I traced the painter’s TAPE ROLL to make those soft curves!

cutting the 3-sectional depths


the new header--
This is the header I bought looong ago at  A Classy Flea on a trip to Atlanta.  It was wAy too long/wide for my project and had to be cut down–but isn’t it just perfect!?!

I used some of the scrap wood cut off’s to create the rail the header will sit on/attach to. (picture collage below)  The easiest thing was to use a section of the original front face-frame, or, stile.

*STILES are the vertical pieces and  RAILS are the horizontal pieces you see in the frame work of doors and cabinetry.

In the collage below, you can see my very sophisticated re-configuration process to keep the decorative ends of the header.  ; D

I’ll leave things here for this post with these “upper” alterations.

Hope you’re finding this interesting and will come back for the 2nd part of this transformation…..

Catherineave

Oh!  The doors have it!

working on the new header--

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my  90-CENT  thrift store cabinetSo, you guys know how much

I love to cut stuff up

 a good RE-invention….

I think you’re gonna like this one–

a lot!

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I decided in this post to do things a little inside out and backwards.

~I’ll show you where I began and the end of construction right away!

~THEN I’ll take you through

how I got there

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what’s happening next.

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Ready–?

Hope you’ll come back to see the De&Re-construction process, plus I need a little input from you guys….

My plan was to build completely open storage~but I’m kinda liking the doors–!

Now I don’t know which way to go.  Help!

Catherine

 

RE-inventing the 90-cent thrift store cabinet

I’m sharing this project with a few favorite linky parties!

Furniture Feature Fridays

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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.
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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!

Catherine

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the hall closetThis closet has always been a bit of a mystery–like it was just an after thought.

As we came to this house (wAy back when) it had a hanging rod and shelf.

It’s in the hall—just steps around the corner from a coat closet.

–It faces the guest bathroom–which has a linen closet.

–It’s certainly not convenient for either guest bedroom to (potentially) use it.

And it’s SMALL.

Eventually it was gutted and converted into a pseudo pantry.

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the hall closetcountertop endcuts----

But it wasn’t done well, and doesn’t work well, and, well, you know. . . .

So I’m re-fitting it—and you might be surprised at the material I’m using. . .

counter top end cuts!

tbc—

Catherine

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WoW! Does this look like MY cabinet!Someone brought this to my attention last week, and -yes- it really caught me by surprise!

…look familiar to you too?

She sent me this link to an online store called Belle Escape.  I literally blinked a whole bunch of times and just stared.

Uh–especially at their price!   $1895.oo   Yowza!

WoW! Does this look like MY cabinet!

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My 1st place project in the OMTWI contest!-

Here’s the one I built once again (for my mom) in a competition 2+ yrs ago!

You can follow the progress of building and finishing it

by the links below.

Beginning HERE,

then HERE,

and HERE!

*My mom is thinking about selling if she can get THAT price too!  ; D

Catherine

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See you tomorrow

with a new project!

 

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My 1st place project in the OMTWI contest!uh--WoW!

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We’re closing in on all the outdoor chores!  (woo hoo!)   Can’t WAIT to REfocus on fUn projects!

taking apart all the picket fence sections--Last summer I was given nUMerous sections of a fallen picket fence.  A niece and nephew (in law) kept it all over winter for me and brought it over as I returned from Phoenix.

Today, I finally got to take it all apart and stack it neatly for an upcoming project—YaY!  Thankfully, I had some help for this task.  We pounded boards apart, backed out nails, unscrewed rusted screws, cut nails and screws off with the reciprocating saw and the metal grinder–and finally, we even had to sacrifice a handfull to the circular saw just to capture some good long boards.

What. a. day.

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taaking apart all the picket fence sections--My magnetic nail sweep!The mess of nails and screws everywhere looked pretty daunting to clean up to all but ME!

I have a handy-dandy magnetic nail sweep in my arsenal of tools—I use it all the time, couldn’t be without it!

My magnetic nail sweep!Come on, look at that!

How could you EVER live without THIS tool!

Catherine

*Worth every single penny in tetanus shots!

; D

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*My Bad Kate—
These magnetic nail sweeps are fairly widely available, here’s a link to Harbor Freight’s version (since they seem to be about everywhere now)!

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