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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!


~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!

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!


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I tried so hard to get a good REVEAL picture for you to see my contributions to the Habitat for Humanities and the ReStores’ HARD HATS & HEELS auction—

but the chA-os of my jam-packed work studio was not working for any “pretty” pictures.  Okay~although I wasn’t pushing for those BEAUTIFIED, IN PLACE, STYLIZED shots, I still just couldn’t show the dreaded chaos that abounds for the moment.

And you know it’s even tougher when mirrors are involved—you have to think about the background AnD their reflection~yikes!

Now that my Hall Tree & kid’s cubbie are boTH delivered, and their chaos is much less than mine—at LaST I can show you their outcome!  ; D

Hard Hats and Heels--Hall Tree

Hard Hats and Heels--Hall Tree

a cubbie for the kiddos!

Hard Hats and Heels--kid's cubbie-001

And there they are!

Their request was very flattering, I’m happy with the outcome of both, and sure hope they fetch a pretty price for this worthy cause!


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Hard Hats & Heels--the hall treeI finished up the last details of the Hall Tree (door)

this morning to take to the ReStore for their upcoming

Habitat for Humanities Auction~Hard Hats & Heels.

It’s such a good cause and I’m happy to build a contribution for them, and incredibly flattered that they sought me out to ask!

: )


one of my "patterns"I decided kind of last minute–

“hmmm~why not make a kid’s cubbie as a companion piece!?!”  

–so it’s been a veRY busy day!

I grabbed a “pattern” to cut out a pair of sides, and routered a beveled edge on both interior sides.

routering a beveled edge--










Next, I cut the bottom-top-and seat, and put the carcass together.  Then added some base and coved-crown moldings, and finally, made some decisions about the decorative details before quitting for the night~whew!

Hard Hats and Heels--kid's cubbie

Okay~had a little accident along the way (Oooops).

O-w--I-E!While I was nailing that small-scaled coved-crown, it would seem I hit a crossing nail.

And it ricocheted out.

And through my hand.

O-w–I-E!  Hurt like the dickens and took my breath away for a minute. Well~stuff happens.

the 1st  O-w--I-E!-


Unfortunately it happened once before.

Through and through both fingers~yeeee.

Again~stuff happens~ooops.

Have a SAFE DAY everyone!


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This is the left side of a “3-parts project wall.”

Aleigha just came to give her “approval” and select some color.

I’m trying to “uSe whAT wE’ve gOt~mAke it whAt wE nEEd!”


the disarray coming together


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I know the finish line.  The finish line will be beaUtiful.

But gEtting to the finish line~ nOt so pretty.

Disparate parts coming together,

to create something that wiLL bE. . .


leftovers + cast offs

Yesleftovers and cast offs.

Just trust me, it’s gonna be. . .

uh, well~just wait and see!


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How much FUN it was–

Atlanta, and back now!

While I sort and edit pictures to show you,

and recover from the little bug I picked up traveling -dang it-

“Emma” traveled home!

-It was planned that the cabinet would be placed in Emma’s room, but a pair of Big Brothers intervened with another arrangement!


A few REvisions to the original design

My cousin asked that it have a combo of hooks and shelves.

I thought small, simple, corner shelves would be cute!

Since she mostly wants to put books on them–I created “book stops.”

B.U.T.  Ultimately– I didn’t quite like the “visual balance.”

a REvision of the 1st design

–The final REvision and design.

I grabbed more wood, duplicated the side contours (with a few alternative cuts), and routered in the bead detail–

closing in the shelves!

*None of these cabinets have exceeded 48″ in height– until creating this arch.  This cabinet tops out at 55″.  Yikes!


the final design--

"Emma" in her new home!

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**I sure hope this isn’t considered REgifting!

Just more than 2½ years ago, this lovely grandmother asked if I would consider a partial trade for a custom cabinet for her baby granddaughter.  She had something I coveted in her flea market space–so we worked out a deal!

She loved the elements of two cabinets, so I sketched out varying designs until we came up with a winner, and I began building a couple weeks later!  In the process of construction, I had a few other ideas and wanted to confer with her—but I couldn’t reach her.  For more than a year and a half, I  left messages on her home, cell, and work phones–with no luck.

At last, I reached her to learn that health issues, family issues, and a major move happened.  You know -LIFE.  But I was happy to hear the chaos was settling down.  —We talked about the cabinet, the design, my new ideas–but also how I could take my time, ’cause she wouldn’t be able to pay me right now.  And I haven’t been able to reach her, or heard from her since.

I’ve been patiently storing the partially-built cabinet.  Remember, she gave me this incredible “traded” item–it wasn’t going to kill me to have patience.

But—my cousin has a baby girl now,

–and I’m leaving for Atlanta Friday to visit,

–and I wanted to build a cabinet for her little sweetie-pie,

–and it’s been soooo busy these last months,

–and these little cuties take some time to build and finish,

–and. . . .on, and on, and on. . .

So why do I feel kind of guilty now for finally finishing this cabinet –for another little girl–?

. . . look at that little face—-awwwww. . . .

These are the two primary cabinet designs she wanted us to meld together– Rachel & Brooke!

Freddy & Petunia

She liked the scalloped sides, but preferred a drawer, and WE made a lower deck for her little one to sit on.  She wanted a more solid paint pallet in a peachy-pink, not the design patchwork, but she still wanted the “Oooh, la la!”  And she wanted a combo of shelves and a hook for a coat.  I’d been wanting to build an arched top for a while, and she liked that change-up!

Here was the beginning of the design–

building "Emma" (formerly Sophia)

Figuring out the beveled cut/angle to create the arch was quite a challenge.  I tried several approaches before figuring it out–and since I haven’t done it since—I don’t remember how I got it!

But to revamp the design for Miss Emma, I DE-constructed the base.    No more drawer–it now has a flip up lid.  I gutted the cavity and opened it up entirely–much more storage capacity!  I left the “look” of the drawer (a dummy-drawer front), and added a 3-leaf clover drop.

re-building for baby Emma!

I haven’t quite figured out the paint scheme–that’s today’s project!


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Havin’ a little delay finishing Brody’s dresser

his daddy has not yet given me the required antlers.

Well~ it’s done otherwise!

Brody's dresser--before

If you remember, it’s a PLASTIC-based dresser.  Nothing I would have EVer picked for my baby nephew, OR A PROJECT!

At its core, it seems to be MDF–making it a really heavy piece.  But it’s finish is some HEAVY coated [type of plastic.]  At first blush, I thought it was an acrylic or enamel paint–but it is definitely plastic.  And weird.

the process

Since the above progress~~

change of hardwareI changed up on the top two drawer’s hardware.  A Chevrolet knob, just for fun!  And a hook, cause I thought it would be fun to have a place to either hang a cute jacket, or display an outfit for the baby!

I cut a backboard from ¼” plywood, and decided to hang birch bark wallpaper on the inside.  But not just hang it, I TORE UP the wallpaper, and applied it in overlapping layers for more texture.  I papered the back, sides, and “ceiling.”

I also decided to add black picture-frame molding to the outside panels to balance out the black and stained finishes.  I used ½” half round.

I bought some 1″ outside corner return and ran it up the inside sides to hide some LED rope lights.  Which give a really warm glow of light, kind of night light-like!

Finally, using some off-black paint, I “dirtied-up” areas of the cabinet— and, lastly, I waxed it.

Here is my finished dresser-hutch for Brody!

–Without the antlers, and then, with mine clamped on to give a better visual!  Alex has some bigger antlers that will be better scaled for the hutch.


*Now I get to work on a GIRLIE project! ; D

Brody's dresser-hutchA close up of the thick live-edged shelves, the torn birch bark wallpaper, and the outside return that conceals the rope lights.  The whole in the bottom, left corner lets the cord out the back.


the hutch-top of Brody's dresser

Brody's dresser-hutch

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*I was really eager to get back to Brody’s  dresser, so I worked on it much of the day.  It’s taking great shape and I’m pretty happy with the outcomeconsidering it’s a “plastic” dresser.

What a long way to spend New Year’s Eve day.

I had spray painted the dresser black, & gave it the night to totally set up.

So today, I started with figuring out some “new hardware,” the white knobs just weren’t doin’ it for me.  I found the 6 drawer pulls on a trip to the ReStore –I’m still trying out knobs for those top 2 drawers.

Next, I moved on to creating a new top from a thrift store side tablethat I bought for the legs.  *But held onto the top–just incase.

After figuring out the placement, I marked and cut off the excess on the chop saw.

–I’ll be using that part too–you’ll see!

The side table originally had a glass top, so I ripped a piece of ¼” plywood to fill the void.

Then I built a simple 3-sided box for the top hutch,

and attached it from the bottom side of the new top.

You can also see that I glued a band of oak around the original top’s edge,   just under the new top to visually tie the two together.

  • I cut a frieze board, and the remaining table top to form a valance,
  • added a large profile crown-cove molding,
  • and clamped one of my own flea market antlers to see how the form was taking shape.  Brody’s new daddy will be providing one of his own larger “trophies” for a personal touch!

I was planning on using live-edged wood for the shelves.  I thought someone had secured some for me, but the bark edges were cleaned.

Is it still considered “live-edged” if the bark is gone but the     edges are not properly milled–??

The boards were cut thick, which I LUV!  I cut them to length, sanded them, and used two stains for some variation.  I also stained parts of the rest of the hutch.

The overall finish will be a combination of stain and paint to bring the disparate pieces together.  The final picture collage shows you how I left it until tomorrow–when I should finish up!  YaY!



Happy  New Year


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Our newest little baby bundle -Brody- was gifted a “new” dresser. 

“Could great-GREAT auntie do something more with it~please?”

Okay– I’m pretty creative, but what am I supposed to do with a plastic dresser–??

Seriously.  The new dresser is plastic-coated.  Inside and out.  I can’t re-skin plastic, how do you put a nail in it?  And I think it would be tough to paint~~oy.  All I can think to do is use spray paint.  **Guess it’ll be faster to paint.

The new parents in the first few days—new babies are really tiring, huh?!?

They’re young, students, not a lot of money, it’s a gifted dresser.    So to make the most of the situation, here’s my plan~~

They really like all this country, hunting, outdoors-y stuff, so I’m spray painting the dresser black to begin with.  I’ll build a top for it (you know I love to build up).  The baby’s room is small’ish, and building up will give more storage without taking aditional floor space.  But there will be a twist—

I’ll integrate the top from a side table,

some live-edged wood,

and antlers!

Stay tuned!


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