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revamping the bottom of the cabinet--The bottom.

Since deciding to “work with” the cabinet, adjustments had to be made.  It was a deeper cabinet, had a face-frame, and a solid deck/base with only a decorative front molding.

~I pried off that decorative front molding to discover about a 2″ rail underneath, which was just enough to work with, so I cut off the sides to match.

~I beveled the bottom edge using a chamfer bit in the router, which made a clean and simple “eased” design to meet the new feet.

~I used some scrap 2×8′s to make 4 corner blocks. The over-sized, thick cuts more than filled the corners and let my salvaged ball and claw feet sit flush and well secured.  The blocks were glued and nailed in place.

my chamfered edge blocks for feet--

Above, you see the feet I decided to use. (Salvaged off a thrift store desk, THIS is the 1st project I used them in–8 total, I only have 2 left now.)

To get them placed right and accurately, I used an old template trick.

Using what was on hand, I grabbed some worn out sandpaper,

I took advantage of its holes and cut the size and shape of the foot,

then positioned my template on the blocks one at a time

marking where I needed to drill!  So easy–no guess work!

templates to get the feet placed accurately--

one of my STEP DRILL BITSNext, I used a step drill bit to create the pilot holes to screw in my feet.  Since this is SO much easier explained “in person-live,” I’ll do my best here. . .

I wanted the feet to screw in tight.  Using a standard drill bit just a little smaller than the threading of the feet would have been fine, but would become loose in time.

Using my step drill bit from the right size down, 5/16ths, created 3 sizes to screw into

my biggest and proper size where I began to screw the threading of the foot in, working progressively smaller -and tighter- as it met the smaller drilled area/hole.

I only drilled up to the 5/16ths measure (the 3rd smallest diameter) for my threaded feet.  I added a link above, and again HERE to a page that sells these bits so you could see the wide variety of step bits out there for just as many tasks!  I have and use about 5–

*The big box stores and hardware stores all sell these, but probably in the most commonly used styles and sizes.  I’ll try to share some other projects, ways, and reasons you’ll want to use these things down the road!

The EASED/chamfered edge and the new feet attached!Above, you can see how the small detail of

the doors and new hardware--beveling/chamfering the bottom edge of the cabinet EASED the contour of the design to the feet!

The devil’s in the details~right?

I started to play with hardware (since the doors are going back on)—I was excited to finally get to use this FABulous pair of handles I found flea marketing so looooong ago!  I know you can’t see them fully, but they’re incroyable!♥


~promise, next post will be more about the finishes!

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e x h a u s t e d.

I don’t think I have any other description to give.

Saturday was the Trunk Sale.  It RAINED up to a few hours before it was to begin which meant we could not load the trailer until Saturday morning at 5am.


Yes, we essentially spent the day

loading and unloading

LARGE amounts of furniture.

Again— e x h a u s t i n g .

I will have pictures and more to tell tomorrow.



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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. . . .


the curbie farm table chair--

my curbie farm table chairI’m sharing this project with one of my favorite linky parties!


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"Trunk Show"I’ve got several irons in the fire– and then running across town I happened to see this HUGE sign.

I called to inquire and found out that it’s the 2nd year of a big church

yard sale~flea market~TRUNK SALE!

But they don’t want donations, YOU rent a space and sell YOUR OWN STUFF!

So I’m goin’ for it!  I’ve got numerous things just waiting for sales attention, but my antique mall space is only SO big.  I’m not sure how well they’ve been advertising, but it’s a couple blocks outside the weekly/Saturday Farmer’s Market and apparently that captured a lot of foot-traffic last year–!

So, fingers crossed ~ nothing ventured, nothing gained!

I pulled this drum table from the antique mall to go on Saturday, but I gave it even a little more zhush hoping that will help get it sold!  The first picture shows it in its original form and with subtle changes. 

subtle changes to the old drum table--Finally, with some decoupaged vintage sheet musicalso inside the drawer.  I did finish buffing the top since these pictures. . . .and I’ll take better pictures Saturday.  The table definitely looks nicer than these pics show.

I’ve got several things to finish- touch up- clean up for this unexpected show ~bear with me.


the drum table now decoupaged--

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YaY!  for flea markets!What could possibly be more fun than a gOOd flea market!?! sigh


These are things I saw at the Scott Antique Market in July.   Things I forgot about sharing.

Sorry if this is -long- but you know this market is ALWAYS incredible!  You really should go sometime. . . .

-Right out the gate I was hit with the English scalloped hall table and caned chairs you see below—they were waiting for pick up, already SOLD!

-Check out the ormolu on that desk below–even painted!

-The Chippendale sofa was a whopping $60 and I seriously thought about how to get it in the car!

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis vendor was picked pretty clean–with items like this bed remaining, imagine what she sold!  And that vintage belt sold while I was trying to take a picture of it.

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketI heard several folks gasp at the price of this FAUX BOIS BENCH.  Yes, $1,000. is high, but I’ve seen wAy higher prices for lesser quality–and this was by FAR nicer than any I’ve ever seen.  So well done, it DID look like wood, even the seat!

The Scott Antique MarketThis vendor was also the builder of these headboards–fabulous craftsmanship!

The Scott Antique MarketI couldn’t help but think of the fun projects built around these car parts!

. . .no idea why I’ve become so completely fascinated with car parts. . . .

The Scott Antique Market

The Scott Antique MarketI ALWAYS love architectural items, but nothing was matching up with my needs ( ; D ) or budget.  : (

The Scott Antique Market

The Scott Antique MarketI love this old fire place radiator, and could totally see it repurposed into a child’s bench!

And I really liked this leather case–if my memory is good, I think they were asking $25.

The Scott Antique Market









The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis vendor’s stuff was  a-MAZ-ing!  If you want info on her, email me, she ships all over!

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis gentleman was SO incredibly knowledgeable and generous about/with info on silver—and don’t you love his “check out station?!”

The Scott Antique Market The Scott Antique MarketThese bolsters were made from bleached rugs. . . amazing, huh?!

The Scott Antique MarketDid I overwhelm you with all the cOOl stuff?

And I only went to the “B” side of the market…

told you you should go to this market!



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I was so excited to learn the Scott Antique Market and Haven landed on the same weekend back in July and immediately shifted my plans to go at the end of the conference.

Of course I had a blast!  But, I’ve never gone on the last day so, although I knew it would be picked over and certain I missed out on some incredible treasures –I was anxious to see what crazy deals might be available too!

my Scott Antq mrkt find--This silver coffee urn was just one of my crazy cheap deals!

The vendor wanted $25 -even with the missing lid- because it was a higher quality piece.  But when I pointed out that it also had a missing leg we settled on $7!

First thing I did was polish it up to see its true beauty!  Then I took it to a local jeweler to re-balance the 3 legs and carefully bend back the one smashed in handle, $15.  Ultimately, I want to plant an ivy in it and use it in a vignette in the kitchen, but first it will be a vase for some late summer blooms.


my Scott Antq mrkt find--polished up!my Scott Antq mrkt find--polished up!

my Scott Antq mrkt find--polished up!

Once I plant the ivy in it, the spigot can be opened for drainage if it gets over-watered (which my mom tends to do).

I saw lots of amazing things at Scott -which I’ll share tomorrow-

but for now, let me share one more simple-cool find (from our Kinderhoook trip) you know I love urns~and this cutie was only $4.50!


btw–I’m sharing these finds with Southern Hospitality!

Furniture Feature Fridays





found on our trip to Kinderhook--

mom's kitchen--

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I flea markets!

And antique shops and thrift stores, and barn sales, and yard sales. . . .

So I was pretty excited to learn that our return trip happened to coincide with the 3rd Sunday flea market!

These are the few treasures I bought.

Beginning with this enamel-ware pot, they wanted $20—I paid $10.

(Made in Czechoslovakia~my paternal family are 100% Slovak, and I  browns.)

3rd Sunday flea market

My 3rd Sunday finds!I do love my lamp finials and hardware!  The ring was heavy weighted and orphaned, and I have a couple of brackets missing their rings—perfect!   $3 both

I LUV CORBELS, and corner brackets!  Of any size–and I love adding them into a project.  These were broken in many places, which they hid under duct tape–I would have negotiated wAy more.  $10 pr

There was a vendor with nothing but TIN. CooL tin too–but the stuff I really liked was beyond my pocket book.  I did get two pieces–I can’t say why, but I was just drawn to this fragment of license plate–he gave it to me with my tin -you can see some of here- which I’ll cut in half and use as “rosettes.”   $10 -both

I really love making floral bouquets in pretty containers and this little guy was only 25¢ I don’t know what it was and they didn’t either (we thought maybe an ink well?) but it’s a cutie and I’ve already put it to work!

My 3rd Sunday finds!

My 3rd Sunday finds!

I saw a collection of kerosene lamp bases and this one struck me for its simplicity.  I have a bunch of huge glass bottle stoppers–hmmmm-?   $7

Until then—it’s holding a bouquet of Black eyed Susans.

My 3rd Sunday finds!

My 3rd Sunday finds!Finally, the last thing to show you is the 1st thing I bought.

I’ve been looking for one of these ever since I foolishly passed one by years ago.  Since then, every one I’ve seen has been outrageous in price–especially considering I’m taking it apart!

This Vicorian cast iron bench was missing its back legs so I got it for  $20

I intend to detach the legs, add extra support, and make it a child’s porch swing for our remaining little ones.  Either to hang from the play house I’ve yet to build, or from the tree when…..oooops, haven’t talked about that project yet!

My 3rd Sunday finds!

I had high expectations based on things I’d been told about this market, so I guess you can see by my meager purchases that I didn’t find it so fabulous–for me.  I gave myself a $165 budget to shop with but only spent $60.25 ~see what I mean?  I’m glad I went, but I’m pretty sure once is enough for me.   : (

I am planning on going to the last Elkhorn flea market of the season!  : )



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