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I call him "Guillermo"A f t e r

the crazy weekend’s

e x h a u s t i n g

-and lame-

Trunk Sale…

I tried to get some recovery time,    but I desperately needed to reset my antique store space.  The storage unit and work shop both had to be essentially ransacked and reorganized for any of these things to happen—a workout all by itself!

Somehow, taking pictures of the Trunk Sale got away from me—you’ll have to just believe me that it looked really beautiful, so I was told over and over AND OVER!  Too bad they didn’t put their money where their mouths were.

You can get an idea though, by how the antique store is looking. . . .

front side--left

front side--right

back side--left

back side---rightAnd here’s a better look at one old project—

My orange decoupaged breakfast table.

my orange decoupaged tableThese are the pine French country ladder-back chairs I bought in Atlanta!

Yes~I decided to put them up for sale. . . .lots of angst. . . .more tomorrow!

Catherine

my French country ladder-back chairs

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the old farm chair--I found this on a curb last year, and stuck it up in the garage attic. . .

. . .Until Further Notice.

[We] all know and understand the dreaded “Until Further Notice” piles, -to layman it’s just a hoarder thing- but Wendy told me at Haven, it’s “…a garage full of GOOD IDEAS.”

Since I’m working on things for tomorrow’s Trunk Sale AND to refill my antique mall-space, this got pulled from the GOOD IDEAS pile for a quick makeover.  ; D

 

fixing the damaged seatWhat I thought was just a de-laminating veneered seat turned out to be deeper damage, so this project became more than just -a quick paint job-.

With the chair laying face down, I drizzled some amber Gorilla Glue into the splits and cracks and clamped it up for the night.  Knowing it still wasn’t going to look “pretty” painted up I decided to upholster the seat.

I pulled some grain sack cloth and burlap -and both looked gOOd- BUT. . .and this might sound cheap, BUT. . .

Knowing the chair won’t fetch much money, I don’t want to surrender my cool grain sack cloth to it.

Yes, I cheaped out—but you know what?

I really like it!

Simple-clean-nice!  Just needs a tiny touch up & trim. . . . . . . . . Wish I had more to go around the farm table I’m also taking. . . .

Catherine

the curbie farm table chair--

my curbie farm table chairI’m sharing this project with one of my favorite linky parties!

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Lily's rocker---Okay—they’re not finished.

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The chairs are only  ²/3 and ¹/3 complete.

Y E S–it was truly an ambitious timeline.

*Our little birthday girl is sitting in the chair 2-parts done.

THIS

was my plan…

1. The fabric store didn’t have enough of my chosen fabric so I decided to mix in part of a  Matelasse  coverlet  to fill the deficit.

2. Uh, yeah~what little girl doesn’t LUV tulle and ruffles so….I’m adding a ruffled skirt!

3. To customize the chairs for each of my little luv-bugs I’d like to add a silhouette -or cameo- of the girls!

SO—both chairs are  1. upholstered with the mix of red-and-magnolias and Matelasse, and one even has its ruffled tulle skirt.

Later this week I’ll run back up to their house to add the skirt to the other chair and apply their cameos!  I’ll share the final pictures then!

progress on the rockers---

 

-Until then, here are “working” pictures of my project!

-albeit incomplete-

Catherine

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*Sorry if it’s a bit heavy on pictures, but it’s the best way to see all those sweet details!

 

progress on the rockers---

progress on the rockers---and the ruffles!

progress on the rockers---almost finished!

progress on the rockers---the sweet details!

progress on the rockers---

And finally—this last picture is to give you an idea of the CAMEO of each little girl I want to add to customize their chairs!

the "cameo" I'll add to each of the girl's chairs!

 

 

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the kids' rockers---beforeMy bf bought these rockers for her twins.

Now that they’re too big for them, she passed them on to my nephew’s two little girls.

However– they’re gonna  need a makeover.  Enter~ Great Auntie! (sucker!)

To make this big job more affordable I struck a deal with my favorite upholstery-girl Katie, and I spent  the day ---the knock down(literally) knocking down/stripping off the old fabric.  It took almost 4 hours per chair with lots of pain -BLooD- and the enduring memory of the worst knock-down I have EVer done.

I believe I can accurately saythe original upholsterer must have been PAID by the STAPLE—.

A few days ago I took one of the rockers to the fabric store with me to get some assist figuring out how much fabric each chair would require.  And wasn’t sure what I was looking for FOR the fabric yet!  So having the chair there was gREAT!

I found 3 really fab selections, but nothing stood out as the clear choice.  I was encouraged to bring the chair into the store to drape the choices over it—maybe it will help they all said!  So I did.

the 3rd choice of fabric---

At this point I had 2 store employees and 3 other shoppers fully interested in how this would play out!

I laid the 1st and 2nd choices over the chair—everyone agreed they looked….N I C E….

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But then I laid out the 3rd choice and the whole area erupted with ooohs and aaaahs!   ~Clearly the winner!!!

Here’s a “taste” of the progress, they’ll be finished tomorrow and delivered to one birthday girl and her little sister!  Can’t wait to show you, but I think you’ll be surprised….

there are two twists to the finish!  ; D

Catherine

the kids rockers!

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the kid's rockerMy bf found this little project in a thrift store, but having no time to work on it—it was headed to the curbbut went to my car instead, and I’m just getting around to it myself.

It’s from The Bombay Co.  Remember them?!?

Looks like it had arms originally, so I need to putty some holes.  And it’s WoBBLY in just about EVery direction, so I have a lot of gluing and clamping to do too.  You can also see that the front rocker treads were cut down, so I’ll reshape/sand it down a bit more.

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1-I taped off this edge before gluing so it wouldn’t drain out all over the place…

2-I pried the two pieces apart just a little extra from the under side, shot the glue in and clamped it up for the night.

3 & 4-You can see the good job the tape did for me~you know Gorilla Glue is m-e-S S-y.

fixing the kid's rocker

I needed to glue and clamp it up in 5 different directions.

fixing the kid's rockerWhile the chair set up, I moved on to creating an upholstered seat using a shirt-sleeve left over from some other project.

05-2829-14 -fixing the kid's rocker-002I dry-brushed multiple layers of two different grays to achieve a  streak-y’ish  worn finish.

I really just didn’t want the standard solid color or painted~distressed look.

the finish of the kid's rocker

the kid's rocker finishedI have a 6yr old great nephew who really wants this rocker—he spied it from deep in the middle of all the chaos of my work studio, and looks for it each time he comes over. ♥♥♥

Catherine

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So—an update with a little sass.  Forgive me.

The “hillbillies” next door continue their “awful neighbor” antics.  Over the weekend they got out a chainsaw and cut down an entire loooong row of mature Arborvitaes and a very large, old lilac bush in FULL glory.  Yes~all those beautiful-aromatic blooms —went to the dump.

They have systematically removed EVERYthing now but two trees and the grass.  There are NO remaining obstacles left in their way to FULLY ENJOY EVERYONE ELSE’S HARD WORK AND LANDSCAPE.

I’m seriously thinking about planting at least one new bush—what do you think?  Yes–No?

RedneckNeighbor

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my Pier 1 wicker chairs-- these old high-backed chairs—sO comfy!

–well, maybe they’re not  -OLD-  I bought them at Pier 1 in ’99.

They went from my bedroom patio, directly to storage after my house sold, and they sure don’t look so good–WoW!

So I’m repairing, repainting, and making cushions for them.

*Don’t know if you’re aware that       -Vinyl spray paint-is better for wicker.  IT FLEXES, so to speak.

*The forward chair is already worked over!
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You can see I’ve already begun to make repairs to the second.  I decided to use construction adhesive to just re-secure the weavings.

-yrepairing my old  wicker chairs

One down, one to go! 

Catherine

One down, one to go!

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No joke.

Since it’s apparent that I will need to remain at my mother’s home a while longer, I decided to return home to Phoenix to parole my remaining items from storage—the reason for the trip.

--unpackingIn the time I’ve been back in the Midwest, I’ve been lucky enough to find some inCREDible pieces of furniture to re-work.  So I will -essentially- have a whole new household of furniture to work with!  But this is NoT to say I’m kickin’ all my FABulous old stuff to the curb!

The projects I will be primarily working on will consist of UNpacking and sorting through things to be SOLD or given to my mom & some of the girls.

I’ve decided to lighten the load of some of my CHINA and am picking through to UPgrade some of mom’s dishes and crystal.

How I’ve missed my beaUtiful china again!

I’m thinking to also switch out some of mom’s lamps and other accessories.

omg---no room to work!With an OVER-abundance of projects to take my pick of, the problem nOw is– finding Space to WorK!  If the rain would quit for a while I could spread outside for the immediate things—pretty please-mother nature ?!?

I’ll also try to integrate some of my garden treasures for the time being. . . how nice it will be to begin restoring things for summer. . .

some of my garden urns---

 

I’ll make some cushions for, and refresh the paint on my comfy high-backed chairs. . . .

I've missed my comfy high-backed chairs--

my restored '50's patio furnitureI bought these 50’s era beauties in an estate sale—they were in deplorable condition.  It was truly a labour of love restoring them—and they’re inCREDibly comfortable!

This table is a story unto itself—look for a post very soon about it.  It’s a crazy story and project that I’d like to repeat—I have another design idea!  ; D

my patio table---These last two are very special to me.  The lion head is a fountain, one of 15 that were removed from a Tucson, AZ estate that was being Modern-ized~ugh.  I was there to verify the cabinet layouts for a co-worker.  The demo-guys had already destroyed the majority of the heads—I BEGGED to save at least THIS!

I bought the iron cupola from a woman who was losing her family farm.  She’d had it forEVer and was so sad to let it go—feelings I’m going through now myself.

rescued from a farm foreclosure----I have some furniture projects to show you here next. . . . if only these storms would subside long enough. . .I’ll need to work on the driveway for sake of room.

Catherine

rescued from a "modernizing" project---

 

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