and saw this 3 tiered table among my packed up belongings ~I’d genuinely forgotten about it. Heck, I’d forgotten about several things…
which made all the work feel like a treasure hunt!
Thinking about some winter and holiday decorating in mom’s house, I decided to pull it out of the storage on this end for another look.
It looked a bit rough –from being in storage so long?
The top looks so discolored –too much harsh Arizona sun?
And I didn’t remember it being so blonde –??
Uh, yeah. It definitely needs a makeover!
In the interest of time -and the fact that I was working on the mechanical room- I had my stripper-guys tackle this for me, I negotiated $25. It would have cost me about that in product plus my time, & this way I could keep to my other project~very worthwhile!
At left you see it stripped clean, and I spent about an hour sanding it back to a smooth finish before staining.
Below, now stained—using both Golden Pecan and Aged Oak gel stains.
The piece was looking nice but, sort of FLAT. So I decided to grab some paint to ‘oxidize” it.
Not age it with a dark wax, or white or liming wax,
Like using an aging wax~you apply and wipe it away.
With paint, I apply it kind of sloppy into the grooves and crevices with a disposable chip brush and use a wet-damp rag to [loosely] wipe it away, then a dry rag to tidy it up. ~Only wanting a subtle look of age, I was sparing with the paint.
This small alteration to the room should make a helpful change for winter.
The Living room BEFORE with the ottoman
and AFTER with the 3-tiered table.
picture below on left While sorting through some of the boxes in the mechanical room—mom found a few snap shots from her parent’s wedding day in 1925!
picture below on right A whole area dedicated to family photos–really old ones, funny ones that are hard to put away and current! It’s a fun way to display pictures in a HUGE family and they get looked over SO MUCH!
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What I always wanted was open storage so I could SEE ALL my pretty china!
So when I -just for kicks- propped the doors back in place I was pretty surprised at how much I liked them. Oh. Poo. Now what…?
…even you guys like it with doors. . .hmmm. Sooo. . .
Another change of plans became stripping it. Professionally. I had a full plate of projects and this little addition was going to take a good bit of time.
*I negotiated a good price + Blizzards for an immediate strip-job. ; D
My hope was that all the woods would strip down light enough and be REstained in one united light-medium, soft-medium color. Fingers crossed.
So the guys hustled to strip my project and I promptly jumped on sanding.
I pulled out 3 different sanders and coarse-med-fine paper to get the look I was wanting. Unfortunately, even after a bleach-job, the header and feet were still darker.
Plan B. After focusing on all that sanding -just to the outside- I got out the Liming wax. Which did give me more of a “natural~bleached wood finish” but the feet and header were still a miss-match.
This was all last Friday.
I finished the outside -which looked nice- but I wasn’t 100% sold.
And -I decided to wrap it up for the night—with good timing because two of my princess-nieces came to spend the night and go to Oktoberfest the next day! Where I made the mistake of having a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick. SUPER GOOD but TOO RICH and left me feeling “off” on such a FAB-78° day!
Sunday was to be an even better day! It was the very last Elkhorn Flea Market ~and the only one I would make it to for the whole season!
But somewhere between the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the alarm going off at 3:10 am. . .
I got the flu.
As much as I was trying to fake being WELL and go anyway–it just wasn’t gonna happen, and I’ve had a miserable week. My biggest project was changing the bed sheets Wednesday to psych myself into feeling better—or write this post. . .
Be back soon,
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Once again, THIS is what I started with.
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!
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!
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…..
Oh! The doors have it!
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This is for you Kathy Nielsen!
Thanks for asking–guess I should explain better when I talk about these things! Sure hope this helps and I haven’t added more confusion….
I know pretty pictures of cool projects are more fun and interesting, but maybe THIS could be too!
A cut or groove along or near the edge of a piece of wood that allows another piece to fit into it to form a joint.
A joint so made.
Okay, so that’s the technical definition, now let’s talk turkey.
THIS is the primary bit used in a router that makes the cut~
although it is my preference, it’s not the only bit or way to accomplish this cut….
You can also make this cut at the table saw.
This type of joint/joinery is very stable and once you start to really look at the joints in/of your furniture, you’ll see it a lot! And thanks to Kreg jigs, you’ll see a lot of pocket screw joinery now too, which makes another very strong joint.
But you’ve probably also heard me talk about dado‘s.
These are BOTH commonly used ways to join two sides together -AND- they’re also something you see all the time and probably never realized!
For instance, and some quick examples–
A DADO cut is that little channel that holds the screen and spline in your door and window frames, and sometimes shelves are “buried” into the sides/walls this way for more stability. Pull a drawer out and see which parts of the box are built this way too–like the bottoms.
A RABBET cut -is what glass sets into to sit flush or deeper/counter sunk from the inside/back of a cabinet door -it’s that part of a frame you set your pictures, mirrors, and chalk boards into -and what I set/fixed the chicken wire into for my china cabinet project (pictured at right). And once again–look at your drawer boxes!
You’ll probably be surprised at how many things you’ll find throughout your house built with these joints.
Once you see it, you’ll notice it even more and start to understand how a lot of things are made. Just start looking!
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