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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!

January~

~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!

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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!

Catherine

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"curbies!"Last summer, while I was suppOSED to be getting ready to join family at a lake cottage—I was busy plucking stUFF from someone’s curb! ~member these?!

The trellises were hung in mom’s garden and have deep red and white Mandevilla growing aLL OVer them!    The camp chair was painted and given new coverings with furniture webbing!

See that sad looking stool–??

 ~Its turn has finally come!

- I took off that splintered OSB, square (??) top,

- and cut a ROUND seat from a thick piece of PINE.

can I say it's a FAUX grainsack?!?

- I had some leftover canvas (from making a tee pee tent with the little boys!).  I was trying to figure out this transferring process–with no success~STILL.  *I think I may have the WRONG style printer–to let go of the ink.

You can see how poorly the image transferred, so I camouflaged it with a long soak in some instant coffee!

Can I call it a “fAUX grainsack?!?” ; D

- I made a boxed cushion for a better, “old-styled” fit (cut a circle, sew a band around it -it’s like a slip-cover- thEN staple it underneath).  I thought it would have a better overall look than just wrapping the fabric over the batting-foam-pine!

adding some lace--

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- And for an unexpected touch,    I added a section of some vintage-flea market lace before attaching it to the stool!

The open ends remind me of a shirt collar!  *double click the picture to see it better!

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Lastly–I cleaned and painted the stool.  I painted the under-inside a chartreuse, and the outside white!  ~I was just looking for the smallest pop of color!

a facelift for the curbie stool!

Again–it was a dUd flea market and hardly anything sold~ including this cutie.  :’ (   So it’s at the antique mall now. . .

Catherine

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The BiG SHinDig is on thIS 20thtime is moving wAy too fast for my long punch list.

I’ve been plugging away on said list, for what seems like an eternity.    And IT is what has taken me away from fUn blogging projects–and all of YoUBuT—

The table I had built in such a hurry for [the same] party a couple of years ago, did nOt AGE well, so it was added to the punch list.  I cannot find a picture of the table as it was to save my life, and I didn’t think about that before I began its deconstruction.

REbuilding the outdoor table--So let me describe it like this for you to imagine—

Originally, when I built the boxed frame, I laid the 2×4′s flat to give more surface to, and stabilize, or attach, the pallet boards.  I always intended to “frame” the top  -like a picture-  to give it a thicker profile and prevent any sag.  I never got to it~and it began to sag.

Additionally, I found that the pallet boards did nOt fair well to be left out in the ever-changing weather, and they cupped, bowed, and twisted somewhat.  It wasn’t pretty OR “comfortable” to use.

ThIS time, I built it in the REGular way, with the 2×4′s on their sides (like wall studs).  I tacked them in place with the nail gun, then pre-drilled, counter-sunk, and screwed everything together.  The table legs were “curbies,” and set in the corners with the same application for absolute sturdiness.

Once that was accomplished, I up-righted the table to begin sorting through the barn boards to find the best ones for the new top!  And~I ran them length-wise, like an old farm table!

The guy who’s been helping me with my lOng project list got enlisted into thIS too.  But the process freaked him out!

painting outside the lines!WE’ve all been doing this for so long, and have built up a certain confidence.  Todd is one of those “perfectionist painters.”  Slopping on paint, sanding it down, scrapping it off, haphazardly adding mOre paint  -of other colors-  and rePEATing the crazy process until you like what you see. . .well, he was totally confounded by THIS STYLE of painting.

He looked like a deer in headlights (heehee!).

I don’t think he’s a convert—but he DiD like how it looked.  ; D

Catherine

the new "farm table"*We sanded the worst of the rough, chippy white paint, then re-painted with diluted white paint, slopped and swooshed in some green to look like lichen or moss had set in, and sanded-sanded-sanded!  Then sealed it!  It seats 8 very comfortably—or 10 very cozily!

**btw, this came in jUst under $20 to build!  ~Cat

painting outside the lines!

the new "farm table!"

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All the kiddos (at one of my big brother’s house) shuffled around to new bedrooms.  Now we need to do some individual re-decorating!

~enter Auntie!

Starting in my little princess Aleigha’s new room—

You saw her chairs!

a pair of chairs for Princess Aleigha

And you saw her 1st selection new lamp!

Aleigha'a bed side light!

the leftovers that will be usedNext project is the first of two very tall bookcases to be worked over.  This one into a. . .

bookshelf-dresser combination!

And thAt’s what I started working on when my little health issues erupted.  But I’m back on it now!

Use what you’ve got.

The tall bookcase is the foundation of this piece, and I’m adding the leftover section of the dresser from the neighbor’s curbies.

Joe's dresser

Make what you need.

1. I wanted to slip the “dresser” into the lower part of the bookcase.
2. I reduced the depth of the dresser to that of the drawers–

Aleigha's bookshelf-dresser

3. I also needed to reset the depth of the drawer guides.

Aleigha's bookshelf-dresser1

4. The cantilevered dresser gave me an opportunity to add bun feet to the design, and,

5. I needed to rebuild the sides of the dresser to marry into the bookcase.

6. The last task was to cut a new dresser top.

Aleigha's bookshelf-dresser2

I’ve been busy painting since yesterday, here’s the jist of how things are going so far~but there’s more to come!

Catherine

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Channeling my favorite cohort Karen,

I snagged this from a curb last spring.

one of my curbies!

Initially, my interest was limited to pilfering the legs for a future project, but, y’know~ other than being pretty dirty–it’s in really good condition!  ~Huh. . .

So I cut up a very old “distressed” quilt, and sewed a slip cover for it!  (I used the back side of the quilt for welting.)

It’s now in my store space for sale~

my quilted cUrBie!

my quilted cUrBie!

from St Vinnie's 1/2 $ sale Monday~I sewed an extra panel in the underside top (think pillow) and stuffed it for an extra soft seat!

~And, I secured it with those little corkscrew upholstery tacks, so it can be taken off for easy laundering or another cover!

~Hmmmm, maybe I should paint those legs-

Next, I began working on a pair of these chairs for my niece~ $20 $10 each!

~look for this one tomorrow~I wanna keep ‘em. . .uh,oh.

Catherine

I’m sharing this project with these linky parties!

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another curbie~

curbies!

Chair #2

Who says a CAMP CHAIR can’t~  stYle-!

This poor chair was so nARsty, it was pretty obvious why it was on the curb!

I can’t believe I actually took it ~ tOUched it!  yeesch!

*Time had not made it any better pulling it from the “project pile” to work on— still so gross, which the picture does nOt show you.

**There was a mAjor amount of staples and upholstery tacks to pull– requiring extra man-handling of those nasty coverings.  ~Extra YEEEsch!  I wanted to don gloves, but couldn’t get a grip on anything effectively.

***It’s definitely good to have a magnetic sweep with a project like this– but I still managed to catch a few tacks in the bottom of my shoes.

pulling tacks and staples

After sanding the frame, I painted it a very faded “tomato-soup” red.

~I liked it with the red in the webbing.

THE WEBBING.  Sure, it’s intended for structure and nOt meant to be seen— but I think it’s beautiful, and just PERfect for this job!

I just bought more of this webbing at Hobby Lobby on sale for 69¢ a yard!the webbing--

I created a “woven” seat and back, and sewed it together.

the camp chair

the camp chair

I do like its simplicity, and it  l o o k s  really cute

~but~

it just needed a little. . .“zhuzhing!”

I was bummed when I couldn’t find my really cool vintage buttons to use, but, I think it looks cute anyway!  ; D

a little zhuzhing!

before & after

(*THIS chair–I would sit on!)

Catherine

before and after

I’m sharing this project with these fABulous linly parties!

Furniture Feature Fridays

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curbies!curb•ie (ker’bee)  n.

1. broken, discarded, or worthless things left along edge of street.

2. raw treasures waiting to be re-loved, re-purposed.

 

If you’ve been following

my madness   for a while,

you may remember some of these items I rescued off the curb last summer and fall.  Hence~ curb•ies !

 

Since I seemed to have caught a cold now (apparently I have nO immune system anymore), I was looking for an easy-peasy, low-brain-power type of project.

Uuuh, well~ some of THESE things could use some attention LuV!

Chair #1

The old wooden chair.

It’s kind of low, but I can’t see that the legs have been cut down–??

It dOEs seem like a good height and size for a kid.  Maybe a desk chair-?

~inside my head. . .

Maybe I could come up with a desk-?

Maybe that odd wooden cabinet could be re-invented!  Hmmm. . .

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Anyway~thinking of a kid, I gave it an Americana paint job!

~but inside my head. . .

Hey!  There’s another chair or two in mom’s garage attic~

maybe I could paint the British and French flags on them

and join them all together with a bistro table!

~I do LoVe to travel!  ; D

Catherine

the NeW curbie!

I’m sharing my Curbie with these linky parties!

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My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaIvy and Elephants

 

 

 

 

{Primp}Beyond The Picket Fence

 

 

 

 

Furniture Feature Fridays

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some unexpected “finds”

I can’t tell you I’m over this sinus infection yet—it has led into something secondary, including an incredibly “foggy” head.  I wouldn’t trust using any power tools feeling like that, so I’ve been laying low.

In the middle of all this, the next door neighbor has gone to a nursing home, and his children have flown in from all parts to empty out the house.  A very sad situation.  At one point, in jammies, slippers, and “bed-head,” —and I’m sure looking frightful—I saw furniture moving towards the curb and a garbage truck backing down the street to get it.  My heart sank.

I ran out to ask if there was any way to rescue–anything–??

“. .Welcome to take anything. .” I wanted,

here’s what I could grab before the (very fast) garbage men.

I swear there are at least two of these chairs in my mom’s garage attic!  Guess where I’ll be crawling around when I’m feeling better?!  The table will go to my favorite upholstery ladies who are crAzy about retro!

While I’m sharing these pics, I thought I’d finally show you something else I pulled down from the garage attic last summer.  **Jeanine~if you’re reading this, I’m holding onto it for you if you’re interested!

And something I bought from an antique store recently I will use for the holidays—

Hope YOU’RE all well!

Catherine

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We’re leaving for the lake in a couple of hours, but the neighbor called to say she “. . saw some stuff on a curb. . .”

You know I went to check it out!

And then the neighbors across the street were putting this out, but obliged me to bring it up the driveway instead–!!  I pilfered the sides and stripped them down right away—I have ideas!

And I popped into St Vinnie’s yesterday and saw these interesting pieces!

  I’m looking for something to re-build into a cabinet/linen closet at my niece’s house.  There is nothing in the bathroom, so it needs to be a nice piece just outside the bathroom door!  If I can find a good “base,” I’ll build a hutch top for it.  These are some interesting candidates, don’t you think??

Catherine

—y’ think there might be some curbies around that lake–??  ; D

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Have you checked out Rhoda’s

THRIFTY TREASURES linky party?

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The light at the end of the tunnelis no longer a rumor!

Wall repairs are made.  New casing is installed- puttied- caulked- painted.  Walls are painted.  Special ceiling mostly fini!  New electricals.  Floors lightly sanded (or) refinished.  New furniture, well— mostly finished.

Yes~ this project got a little out of hand.

As I began to restore the room, I realized that the books in the hall needed to be dealt with too.   **That’s just part of my collection gathered there–I can’t live without design books!  And since books have always been an integral part this family’s life, when I leave and take mine—this won’t go empty for long.

The hall is actually a narrow 38″ so it had to be emptied to move furniture in and out of the bedroom.  Seriously–the whole 1st floor is in upheaval!  Although we love the “campaign-styled” bookcase, it is 16″d of that 38″ hall.  Yeah, that’s not good.

I headed to Page 10 to see what I could do about it.  *That’s the cool part–when I need something, I can just build it!  **Mostly!

I rummaged through my stock of wood, grabbed some legs I pilfered off a “curbie,” and a salvaged buffet back pieceand got to work—around 3 in the afternoon.  By 8p this is where I finished~takes time to creating on the fly!

Today’s To Do List—

  1. I still need to rip and rabbet a faced-edge, shelving, and the back board.  And it’s looking like a great day for painting outside–yAy!

  2. I can finish the headboard and change that out today thanks to Katie and Jane!  They so kindly ran double welting for me.  Their “supervisor” was on duty!
  3. The drawers are still kind of stinky, so I’ll have to clean them AGAIN and leave them in the sun~AGAIN.  If anyone has some better ideas on how to get rid of the old-stinky-drawer smellpuh-l-ease tell me!
  4. Continue to clean and restore the bedroom AND the rest of the 1st floor!

Here’s the “new” dresser (with stinky drawers)

& mirror chosen for the renovated room!

Catherine

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