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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 chair

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CL surprise find!It was raining,

I was restless,

and “stuck” in my current project.  What to do,

what to do.

Why, go check out CL for MORE projects~ d u h.

Oh, this is cool!    Would you take $15 ??  Yes?!  Would I come 1st thing tomorrow: )

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Mother nature has been making me reorganize projects.  Beginning with the fact that one of the [badly] damaged tree branches from last summer’s tornadoes finally gave up.  Ironically, the tree guy was coming THAT day—until a thunderstorm backed us up to -the next day- .  Yep, Murphy’s Law.

*Murphy's Law

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Since we had a sunny window and I had -I thought- a quick stripping job, I figured I’d stay outside for the moment to work on my surprise CL library table!

I was thinking I’d like a stripped top-natural look with a painted bottom.  And then I thought about what else I had and how it wouldn’t really go with anything—so I decided to lightly stain the top.  Now I’m on the fence about the painted bottom~maybe I should just strip the WHOLE THING-?  Any thoughts?

the stripper I like to use when it's just old varnish and stain--This is the stripper I like to use   when it’s just old varnish and stain.

Think of it like a good bath –again–when there’s no paint involved.  This is the same stripper I used on my Grandpa’s rockers, the China cabinet, and numerous other projects through the years.

It’s stinky-strong and will burn your skin so use it in a well ventilated area and wear appropriate gloves.  And I guess my gloves are due for replacement ’cause my pinky finger got sort of burned by the end of this job–yOWza!

 

the ibrary table from CL

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So, I’m back to bouncing around multiple projects.

Since the library table needs to be dealt with outside– . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . it’s on hold for better weather,

and I’m heading back to the LL and the China cabinet.

As for the tree–it too has to wait until the weather changes. . . .again.

Catherine

Ps– if you’re trying to find Zinsser products here’s a link

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

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. . .lucky day---after all!I do really love this cabinet.  Especially its curved & bowed doors and its glass -but-

it’s SMALL.

6ft tall and a mere  ……20″ wide.

Yes, very impractical,

but let’s see….

 

First–I stripped the doors, and then the face frame~which was the only other actual wood.  The rest is all composite~plastics and “wood.”

Next, I had to figure out a paint scheme for the balance since it’ll be living in mom’s LL for a while.  But I’m planning to load it with as much china as it will hold so the colors need to look good with all that too.

Thankfully, my china tends to be mostly in varying shades of whites with golds and platinum detailing.  I love to mix & match china for different looks!

working on the small china cabinet

Boy oh boypaint colors.

I didn’t want a shabby chic look,

and although I love old whites and pale grays, I knew my china would not only “blend in,” but the cabinet wouldn’t go well in the room.

I didn’t want another “black” piece so close to the dark-stained sofa or the off-black island, or a green “like” the kitchenette base cabinets…..

I was only half tempted to veneer the outer sides for more options, but –another stained piece–???

I finally decided on a “peanut buttery” color of paint I had on hand for the interior and to play with a faux paneled side idea.

I dry painted and smudged a white on the sides for a mottled “base” effect and gave it 24hrs to dry.

While that set up I played with a change of hardware to capture something more simple Euro-looking.

working on the new china cabinet--Day 2 I taped off and painted the paneled sections

I used 2″ tape to create a consistent measuring guide while taping off and an exact-o-knife for clean up…

Unfortunately, it has been incredibly humid while working on this project and I honestly think it’s responsible for the “fail” you see on the one side.  So before I can do the finishing touch of some detailed hand-painting, I have repair work to do.   :  \

painting the faux paneled sides--

I’ll leave you at this point  -for the moment-

with another design change.

another design change--

I’m having the hardest time getting any decent pictures to show you anything more because of lighting….we’re in storms now so I hustled the piece inside and to the LL for the remainder of work.

Subterranean lighting is always difficult -but add in stormy skies….

So till tomorrow,

Catherine

I’m sharing my project with these few linky parties!

Savvy Southern StyleVisit My 1929 Charmer Blog!

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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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a little privacy for the alcove--At last I have found time to return to the Alcove so I can wrap up the Hall project!

You can see the Hall projects throughout the months of February and June 2014.

I’ve begun hanging tongue and groove pine boards to the ceiling, but, just above the bed area.

I really wanted the space to have a more COZY and PRIVATE sense for anyone using it.  So I hung drapes to effect separation~ but made them lace for a lighter feel.

I had said in a previous post that I would face-trim the drapery mount so you wouldn’t see the dowels—and that’s where I jumped back in.

face-trimming the lace drapesI used molding that I already had, but didn’t have enough of any one profile~ so there are differing styles at the front side vs inside (but nothing dramatic).  It’s finished, but for some touch-ups.

hanging pine in the alcove--Now I’m working on the ceiling–

4″ painted pine, just at the sleeping area ceiling for a cocooning effect.

I was participating in a glue trial so I got to play with gluing the boards up vs shooting them in place with my compressor/nailer.

The nail gun means less “destruction” if it’s ever taken down, but it also means puttying lots of holes.

The glue was a new Gorilla Bond construction adhesive that I really liked.  It had great “grab” for an instant hold—but it didn’t give much room for wiggling things into place so you had to be pretty precise placing boards.  I used a rubber mallet to flatten the boards to the ceiling and squish out the glue.

applying the pine boards--

trimming the alcove ceilingYou can see I ripped wood to the ceiling angle (by tipping the table saw blade to the right angle)–to close in the pine at the peak and give a “flat” finish to re-hang the chandelier.  I also used some (upside down) chair rail cap to trim/finish the end runs.

The same chair rail cap will be used to finish the leading edges—I was initially going to rip the sliver of pine to close in the gap, but the chair-rail cap was a perfect fit!

trimming the leading edges--

Some boards got pre-painted, unfortunately not all of them so I’ll have to paint UPSIDE DOWN—fun, fun.  I didn’t have enough chair rail cap so I’ll quickly chase off for that, finish any caulking and get painting.

Can’t wait to be done!

Catherine

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the linen closet doors--I last left you

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in the progress of the doors.

As The World Turns for me—I seem to always end up bouncing around differing projects, never getting to focus on JUST ONE at a time!

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the finished linen closet---

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-The interior is finished and reloaded, including a home for the vacuum and some cleaning supplies.

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So now….

back to those doors!

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the linen closet doors---

I decided on a version of Plan B.

Plan A with the mirrors was going to cost $120ouch!

re-creating a 1 panel door into a 2-panel doorthe linen closet doors reframed1.  I figured out the height of the change to the door and marked it with painter’s tape as a guide (picture above this one).  I used my oscillating saw to cut the new division in the molding that framed the door.
2.-5.  I used a speed square to guide the oscillating saw through 2 new clean and straight miter cuts.

6. & 7.  I cut a scrap piece of matching mill work at the chop saw to close in the new panel/box, but I didn’t like how the two sections butted together—so….

I ran that new top piece through the table saw to “flatten” its top and to make room for a flat rail to slip in between the “top” and “bottom” boxes.  Think DUTCH DOOR!

Next, I cut out the upper, center sections of the doors, sanded the openings smooth and routered a rabbet from the back side.  Then I painted the doors with a high gloss and let them dry for a day.

I decided to have some design fun with the “new” doors!

I just need to find some old lace to close in the top section…

Catherine

working on the new door style--

*Did you notice I changed the font?!?  ; D

the new linen closet doors--The new linen closet doors!

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

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the upstairs hall linen closet--

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Only the 2nd floor has wall-to-wall carpeting.

So only that floor needs a dedicated vacuum.

But—it needs a home to be properly put away.

There’s no way anyone EVer wants to give up their valuable closet space…

and there really is NO SPACE left to create something extra…

so the only logical thing to do is reconfigure the linen closet (and clean it out).

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Again, here’s the linen closet before~and after I gutted it.

the upstairs linen closet--I decided on melamine for the shelving and to re-line the walls.

using melamine to re-configure and re-skin the linen closetMelamine seemed like the quickest, cleanest, smOOthest way to get the job done!  I DiD consider how wire shelving would allow more ventilation for some of the vERy old family quilts—but ultimately, I just don’t like the “marks” they leave on stored items.  Especially those delicate quilts!

The top two shelves are fixed, but there will be adjustable smaller shelves to the left of the vacuum.

I’m also intending to build shallow shelves and a “pocket” on the back wall of the vacuum section to hold cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner bags.  That will open up storage in the bathroom.

The closet doors.  I have plans.

Two plans actually—in case Plan A is too expensive.

the closet doors--Plan A is to have mirrors custom cut to fit exactly in the inset panels with a hole drilled for new knobs.  This would be great for the occasional time the alcove is used for company overflow.  I think the reflective quality will be nice in the narrow hall too.

Plan B -my back up- will be to cut out the inset, router a rabbet on the back side to create some kind of a “vented front.”

-I could rip wood for a lattice front,

-install vintage lace drapery,

-install a metal radiator-styled grating….

I could also leave the inset panels—and add a wallpapered front…??

The bottom line is—I have options!

But I’d like to start with the mirrors.  I’ll get a price tomorrow and make a judgement call….your thoughts, opinions, preferences?

btw–I’m saving the conversation of paint color for last—

Catherine

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