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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!

French Country CottagePhotobucket

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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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Yesterday….

the upstairs hall project--Today…..

upstairs hall---

finishing the upstairs hall mill work

finishing the upstairs hall mill work

So~you can see the rest of the board & batten is complete now.  If you remember, I installed board and batten to both stairwells at the time of construction/renovations to mom’s house (6yrs ago already) -and just decided to wrap it into the upstairs hall project for unity and design flow.

Board & Batten is such a classic that has truly proven to be What’s Old is New Again!”  And very popular in blog-land!

Today, I caulk, putty, sand, and paint.  And try again to get that elusive watery blue color “right.”  I’ve actually recruited some help so I can ALSO

work on the linen closet that you’ve had a glimpse of.  I’ve completely gutted it for a do-over of it’s organizational storage.  The vacuum needs to be put away too, y’know!

the upstairs hall linen closet---

Catherine

Btw—hope you’re not superstitious on this

Friday the 13th~with a Full Moon…..

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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!

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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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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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I needed to clean both of mom’s fountains—and figure out where the “cracks” must be to repair them.  Both of them.

Flex Seal rubber spray paintI previously tried to use silicone where I thought the cracks might be—it was a FAIL.

Last season I thought I was sO smart to use that Flex Seal product, I mean come on!  If it can seal a screen door attached to the bottom of a boat—it should be able to fix my fountain issues!  Right?  Wrong.

Okay, in fairness, I DID cheap-out and buy the generic version of it—it was much less expensive, it was IN the big box-stores and I didn’t have to order it!

It worked—for a minute.  I was going to give it another try this time too, but Lowe’s had the ACTUAL Flex Seal on the shelf.  Maybe it would be better to pay the price and try out the REAL product, right?

O M G!  You definitely get what you pay for.  Lesson learned.

I knew it in just ONE SQUIRT.

Great product.  *A new tool in my permanent arsenal.

fixing the back fountain

I let it have 24hrs to totally set up and then I painted over it to restore the “stone” look to the bowls.  Uhh~I forgot to readjust the pump–as you can see–!

One fountain fixed.  √Check.

Catherine

Big checklist–with some COOL stuff coming….

fixing the back fountain

 

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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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All I can find is this picture to show and share.

This is a really  O L D  project!

You’ll have to use your imagination as I explain. . .

my patio table---

See the dark rim around the table top?

That’s a steel ring.

That’s where this project started.

Someone gave me that steel ring—noooo idea why.

And one day I got this Crazy Idea.

What if I lay it down on some heavy gauged plastic,

and mix up some QuickCrete,

and pour it into the steel ring–??

Hey!  Before it sets up—can I press some artsy tiles into it–??

So either I just did something really cool. . .or really bone-headed and sacrificed some cool tiles.  Hmmmm. . .

Shortly before this Crazy Idea, I happened to stumble onto an incredible, and sUper heavy, cast iron pedestal-table-base.  In a thrift store— $20.    (if my memory is good)

It seemed rather serendipitous they should be paired together—nO?  And it all worked out—YaY!

Could you picture it?

And~I’ve always wanted to do it again, but a little differently.

What if I pressed ceiling tin into the concrete before it sets up—just for its IMAGE to transfer?

And what if I added some concrete stain to the mix–!?!

Alas, I’ve never come across another steel ring. . . .

btw~our Arizona monsoons never blew ThiS table over!  ; D

Catherine

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driving cross country--First. . . .I’m sooooooooooo sick of packing-unpacking-repacking and loading and unloading trucks and driving a “lame” truck cross country.  I’m hoping that will be the last for at least a little while—pretty please-!

choosing hardware--Now on to something FUN!

My cottage-y closet doors!

They’re essentially finished, except for some details to make them function even more!

I thought I was going to use an actual screen door handle but opted for this flea market pair instead!

before and during---

the details---And this is how beautifully (I think) they came out!

I love them–and think they are the perfect touch to this gazebo-styled bedroom

Catherine

a better view of the lace drapes---

~The colors are very soft, but I’ve yet to catch a sunny day to picture anything with any color accuracy—  : \

The colors are Ben Moore’s Wickam Gray and Alabaster White.

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The lace drapes are thrift store-found, I loved the loose-to-heavy patterning!

details of the closet doors--Cottage-y closet doors for the gazebo-like guest bedroom!

I’m sharing my cottage-y closet doors with a few of my favorite linky parties!

Furniture Feature FridaysPhotobucketSavvy Southern Style

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