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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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one of the Great Aunties' dressers--Tough decisions are ahead.

There’s just not room enough to hold on to everything.

Since I have many other things from my Great Aunties, I’ve decided to let this dresser go.  HOWEVER–I kept its fabulous beveled, oval mirror and offered up a free-standing mirrored, drawer ensemble as a replacement.

the orphaned auction mirror---I bought this mirror at a big furniture store auction, and intended to use it in the LL-bathroom during renovations of mom’s house—but that project went in a different direction and the piece became orphaned–again.

It actually married up to this dresser really well!

*Yes, yes–only -HALF-  dressed for the day and bed-head!  ~Just focus on the pretty mirror!
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I had to hustle on this project (space and the weather) and didn’t get a picture of the mirror before painting(sorry)it was just a medium brown-stained piece that had a “Shaker” look and I always intended to paint away that “style.”

As for the GOLD the dresser was finished in—it looked really beautiful in my former Mstr-bedroom (wish I could find where my pictures are packed to show you)I painted the room a shade of taupe-y brown that is best described as a cup of coffee with lots of cream in it!

Since my Master bedroom was at the back of the house, east-facing, and over-looking the small lake I lived on, the saturated color was very peaceful and the gold dresser looked very rich!  BUT–I didn’t think a new buyer would necessarily understand or appreciate the gold, soooooo. . .

OUT WITH THE gOLD and IN WITH THE NEW!

--talk about ReVitalized!

Here are some of the details—

I thought the dresser would look better with simple wooden knobs.

The paint is a very pale blue’ish GRAY and white–

-Ben Moore’s Wickam Gray and Alabaster White-

And now it’s off to the antique mall. . .

Catherine

a pale blue'ish GRAY with white accents!Great Aunties' dresser--revitalized!I’m sharing this with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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Thankfully, I have a new stash of windows and glass-fronted cabinet doors to create some “new” mirrors~and they sell very well for me in the antique mall!

I was just plugging away on a new one…

…and GAIL  was asking me for a contribution to her recent post on great TIPS from fellow DIY bloggers-

Excellent tips in this list–should be a regular (monthly maybe?) posting in blogland!

-it never dawned on me this might be a helpful tip to pass on!

Tip #1 and Truly, SO easy and helpful!

How about this helpful tip!

Just drill long screws to the under side of whatever you’re about to paint to give it that much needed boost!

I’ve done this with chair legs, the legs under dressers, shelving, frames and mirrors, even doors!  No unstable blocks or props while you’re painting!  Just putty the holes when you’re finished if you want.

Tip #2.  I just learned this lesson (again).

Don’t Buy Cheap “Stuff.”  You Get. What. You Pay For.

I was too early to buy something I saw on Craig’s list.  To kill some time, I ventured down the road and saw a dollar store~what the heck, I said.  I was surprised to see some picture hanging stuff--and I was in need--bought it and headed back to that seller’s house—WHO NEVER SHOWED.

Cheap, crappy stuff broke with the smallest of pressure.  Imagine if I got as far as hanging my mirror on the wall!

CHEAP dollar store picture hanging stuff!Some things you just shouldn’t skimp on!

Lesson learned.

Catherine

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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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ReStoreIn late August, on a run through my FAVorite ReStore (and I’ve been through mANy)–the store manager grabbed me to say, “Don’t leave without seeing me.”  Uh~I promise, I didn’t do it!

The ReStore and Habitat for Humanity are holding their 3rd Annual Hard Hats and Heels Banquet November 15–would I be willing to make another “hall tree” like the one I made and donated for their Earth Day Celebration…?

Absolutely!

working on the door/hall treeSo yesterday I made the trip up to the ReStore to pick up the door their manager and I picked out to use.  I also ran through to see if there were any other donations I could use in construction–but unfortunately, no.  We loaded the door and my other purchases and I headed home.

I finally got started around noon today~beginning with cutting it down from its 36″ to 33″.  I had two objectives in mind: I hoped to reduce some weight from this inCREDibly heavy door, and I thought it might be easier to make room for something 33″ wide.

Then I re-contoured the bottom to create “legs”…

…and I pulled another paneled door (I had in reserve for a different project) to make the box -or- seat.  The door had 5 panels, I cut off 2– one for the front and the other cut in half for the sides.  I used some cut-off bed posts for the front feet.

*I added a small bead detail at the top and bottom of the box with the router~although you can’t see it in any of these pictures yet.

creating the "box"While I was working on a few of the details to the box, I was simultaneously working on the “mirrors.”  These fabulous beveled windows were one of the main reasons I was pushing for this door selection!

You can see the “mirrors” coming to life in the collage below, and the last shot of the two parts propped together so I could get a feeling for how things were going so far~at the end of day.  Tomorrow I’ll add the crown molding, tweak a few things here and there, and get painting.  And I hope to get crackin’ on the flip lid too!

Catherine

silvering the glass-

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While we continue working through our ~enORmous~ project,

Elkhorn -last show 2013(of inventorying my late Uncle’s Wizard of Oz collection)

I thought I’d go back a little to share some of the great treasures I saw at the last Elkhorn flea market for this season!

1st~It seemed to be a little later in the month than usual.  It was still “dark” as the market opened, AnD, it was foggy -WeiRD.  But once the sun was fully up and the fog burned off. . .WhaT a beaUtiful day!

I showed you my fun purchases, but here are some more things that had my attention!

Well–you know I loves me some furniture!  Uuuh–how I wish I could have bought that Victorian sofa!

as always—click on the pics to see them biGGer!

Elkhorn -last show 2013

Elkhorn -last show 2013

Elkhorn -last show 2013

Elkhorn -last show 2013

Elkhorn -last show 2013

Do you recognize what these super CooL “mirrors” uSeD to be-?

Catherine

ps–I hope to get back to my own “work” really soon~fingers crossed!

Elkhorn -last show 2013

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Making a mirror from 2 leaded glass cabinet doors.

It’s been sO crazy-busy, and I needed to hustle to get some stuff in my store space–so I don’t have many pics to share~sorry.  But, here’s the technique I used to create THIS mirror. . .

refilling my antq store space!

1st~I found a french script graphic that I liked from the Graphics Fairy -bUt- since I have nOt mastered the art of transferring, I figured out a different trick.  I printed the image in reverse on some plastic-wrapped paper—which acted like a stamp on the back side of the glass.

2nd~I misted some rubbing alcohol over the glass.  Before it could dry/evaporate, I began spraying the silvering paint—and alternated spritzing a little rubbing alcohol, and more silvering paint until I got the layered effect I liked.  *FYI~the rubbing alcohol distresses, and, acts a lot like an oxidizing agent with the silvering paint.

And then, just to mess it up a bit, I sprayed the smallest amount of gold gilding paint into a few areas—they react like oil and water, so it “curdled” giving odd “voids” to layer in more silvering paint.

Moving on to the cabinet door frames.  I ran the doors through the table saw to cut away the OBvious cabinet door profile, and cut the new center styles to equal the width of the outside styles.

Next, I ripped some wood to wrap and frame the two parts together as one, and added a flea market find to the top!  Then it was just a matter of painting and you can see the end result below, and how it looks hanging in my space for sale above!

~click on the pictures to see the effects much closer up!

making a mirror from 2 leaded glass cabinet doors---

Making some shelves from suitcases.

Okay–so you can see that I made some of Korrie’s suitcase shelves too!  (Apparently she got the idea from FLEA MARKET magazine!)  I have been wanting to do this ever since I saw her’s ’cause it’s just such a fabUlous idea!

I found the best way to cut the luggage was by using my OSCILLATING SAW.  It cuts through aLL kinds of mediums without much trouble, and is easy to use and control!

making the suitcase shelves!After I cut them up, I decided to keep the “bottoms” after all, and do something with them down the road!  MAYbe something as obvious as magazine holders~but mAYbe something mOre creative!  Stay tuned!

I ripped a plank of wood to “plug” the cut opening, but I also cut some contoured wood (and attached it to the plank) to support the now vulnerable interior of the suitcase.  I drilled KEYHOLES in the board to receive screws or nails in the wall for simple hanging.  OH–btw–I gave my shelves a little more depth at 8″ and 9″.

This sort of looks like a “travel” wall, huh?!  ; D

making the suitcase shelves!

Part 2 tomorrow.

Catherine

I’m sharing my MIRROR project at this FABulous linky party!

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