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I can’t wait to actually write a post and show you my project,
but I can’t right now….

I’ll explain tomorrow–promise!

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Here’s a quick pic

to share at least a little~   ; D

Catherine

a hint of the finish---

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I was totally having fun playing with the finish on the screen doors.  They were taking great shape and looking really –OLD.

But since I just could NOT get ONE picture to show you the actual texture and color—let me describe it.   (the pictures are not at all accurate…)

the 1st go-round. . . .

~I painted the door a foundation of color of BM’s Revere Pewter.

~Then I spray painted random shots of Leaf Green and used a chip brush to smudge it around.

~Next I just randomly painted soft white everywhere.  I painted normally, I dry brushed areas, and I painted really gloppy in others.

~Before the white was fully set up I grabbed the Leaf Green spray paint and again shot it in random areas—and smudged and pounced it into the white.  Some areas of green hitting white acted like oil and water–I left those alone.

~I used my random orbital sander with med-grit paper to start sanding the door while the paint was just “dry to the touch.”  The reason is because it RUINS the paint job—in a gOOd way!  It gums up areas, it knocks off areas all the way to the wood again—it just does some crazy-cool things!

~THEN I got out my semi dull razor blade and scraped the whole door.  This does two things to the finish.  Depending on the aggressiveness, it removes more paint in interesting ways, but more importantly, it totally smooths out the finish and burnishes it to a silky smooth touch!  *Below you can see some of the chatter marks and voids left by the razor blade.

~And then I went too far.  I dirtied them up w/some stain and med/dark wax.

Even though. . . .

some of the texture--

Plan B on the closet doors

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The doors looked FABulous!

Just -NOT-

in the room.

 

On to Plan B.

More on that soon. . . .

Catherine

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What's next. . . ?-

Well . . .

I’ve started working on those closet doors…

finally!

When I couldn’t find a pair of vintage screen doors, I decided to go new!

I was surprised you can still find new, plain wood screen doors—and cheap!

the new screen doors!-

–here you see them propped in place-

The whole guest room has a decidedly cottage-y, gazebo-like feel to it!

So the screen doors should make a perfect design choice!

But don’t think this is -it-

below shows you a glimmer of things to come!

Catherine

the new closet doors--!

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties—

But check out more of the finished project here and here!

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...out wit the TRUNK...Yes,

I’m pretty happy to be finished with this cabinet project!

But more,

I’m happy to be able to put my work clothes away.

Where I can get to them with ease.

And I don’t have to LOOK at them folded in the laundry basket any more.

Sadly, the trunk (that goes with an armoire upstairs) is going to the antique mall for sale.

There’s nowhere else to use it in the house.

Moving onYaY…

This morning I suddenly decided I wanted to dry-brush the interior cabinet walls with the same bedroom wall color–and then I waxed the whole piece.  Including the top, even though I had already seal-coated it.

Here’s my outcome—

Craig's list bedroom cabinet-001

the Craig's list bonus cabinetNothing fancy, nothing extraordinary– –just simple changes to improve the overall look and new use.

Remember, it use to be an old stereo cabinet.  The right side was gutted of all the old mechanics, and needed to be rebuilt.  The back leg was broken off, and, there was water damage and trace amounts of mold.

the finished Craig's list bonus cabinet!I painted it white to go with the other cottage-y furniture in this garden-styled bedroom.

I added ½” half round picture frame molding.

I changed the hardware.

And I refinished the wood top—which looks FABulous with all the other furniture!

I’ll find time to adjust and play with the pictures on the wall later, but for now

it’s loaded &

I luv it!

Catherine

All this for only $10

—and leftover materials from other projects!

the Craig's list bonus cabinet

the $10 bonus Craig's list cabinet!

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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Craig's list bonus cabinet….I could just stay on ONE THING AT A TIME.

I hate this ricocheting around routine.  Does anything really get done that way?

I’ve got more things going on than I can keep track of lately.

All winter I was scraping by finding projects to work on  –nOw–

my cup runneth over!

 

I have some really cool and exciting things to work on for a while now!

Craig's list bonus cabinet

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Barring any interruptions,  I should be finishing THIS project tomorrow and I’ll be able to finally put those grungy work clothes away!  wooo hooo!

WoW I can’t wait to put it in place and fill it up!

Catherine

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Yep.  I’m STILL working on my Craig’s list bonus cabinet.

working on the CL bonus cabinetMy mother had a pretty big surgery on Monday, released from the hospital Tuesday (she’s up and down on the feeling better scale).  Heck, the whole week was just turned upside down by an array of things.

So I guess I   should be saying

“Look how far I am on my Craig’s list bonus cabinet!”

I sanded the top clean and used a clear Varathane sealer -but- I’m not sure if I like it yet.  Ehh–if I don’t, I can just paint it white with the rest of the cabinet.

the Craig's list bonus cabinet

puttying all the bad areas--I puttied ALL the bad areas besides the faux panel cut lines, let them set up for 24hrs, and have sanded everything SUPER smooth.

Oh!  Here’s a close up of the new glass handles!

the new handles--

You can see I’ve been priming the exterior of the cabinet.

So, I’m getting there….!

Catherine

my CL bonus cabinet--getting re-worked!

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Yesterday I worked primarily on the interior of the cabinet.

It was so beat up needing all kinds of work—re-gluing, putty, cleats, shelving.

the Craig's list bonus cabinet

I had a lot of interruptions throughout the day and didn’t get everything accomplished on my list.  BUT–

I did get to work on the cabinet face.

I’m not in love with the Federal style–so I’m changing it.

I hATe the cut-in fake paneling–so I’m changing it.

I don’t like the hardware either–so I’m changing it too.

And I’m painting the dark wood white.

But other than thAT……aaaa-hhahahaha!

adding picture frame molding--

Above, you see the ½” half-round (I was using leftovers from odd projects).  I needed to apply a very low-profile, simple molding because the doors are almost flush with the top and base.  And you can see I still need to fill the faux panel cut lines while I’m puttying. . . . .

creating a perfect picture frame molding "box"I used the picture frame molding to effect a change of style, but it IS a small’ish cabinet so I chose to create ONE LARGE BOX instead of 2 smaller on the face.  That’ll give a much simpler look with the large glass handles I’m also adding.

Here’s a trick for getting the “box” perfectly square and lined up exactly at the door openings.

-Create the picture frame as ONE “box” right over the closed doors.

-Then use the door opening as your guide and an oscillating saw to cut through the molding!  Voilà!

This is not a great picture, but it gives you a good idea of the changes.  I have a lot of tedious work to finish before painting.

~fun fUN times ahead.

Catherine

the new face of te Craig's list bonus cabinet---h

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They’re finished and ready to go to the antique mall–YaY!

the newest finished Craig's list projects!I made a pair of matching pillows to go with this ’60′s setI sure hope they sell together….and they’ll want some pillows to coordinate!

 the '60's styling of the '60's bench!

The picture above shows you how the new undulating toe kick turned out for the bench.

I bought this fabric for a “little nieces-project” that ended up going in a different direction.  I’m so happy to still have it for this project and LOVE IT!

I have some construction Craig's list #3stuff to share with you too….tomorrow!

Catherine

Remember where I started?

I’m sharing this project in a few of my favorite linky parties!

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I’m closing in on their finish!

But yesterday I discovered a correction that needed to be made.

I made a miss-cut dividing the tall dresser in two.

the Craig's list dresser, #3

I needed to deconstruct much of the center section of this dresser because of that APPLIED/WRAPPED external center rail system.

Lost in this ODD PUZZLE of construction,

eventually, I forgot about that bottom rail that is necessary to opening the bottom drawer of the NOW bench!

You can see in the picture below my assumption that it was supposed to be the TOP rail of the dresser–WRONG.  And now I’ll have to make some adjustments before I can attach the dresser TOP.

Craig's list dresser #3You can see that I chose a very clean look in this project.

“lacquered”  look for this ’60′s SET!

Another part of this project was to re-create that undulating toe-kick from the dresser for the new bench—I found a  2 x 4  to be perfect in this endeavor, simply lining it up to the dresser toe-kick and tracing out the shape.

Since I still don’t have my own band saw, I ran over to my friendly strippers-  ; D  -to borrow theirs!  Their saw/blade was in desperate need of replacement and didn’t make the cleanest cut so I had a lot of clean up to do with the belt sander.  *But beggars can’t be choosers.

creating an undulating toe-kickprogress on the Craig's list dresser #3

You can see a bit of the finished undulating toe-kick under the bench, and where I left off for the day.  Clearly–I still have some work to go before all is said and done, but things are coming along!

I got a very slow start to my work day because I first headed off to pick up that INCREDIBLE table I’d told you about and got that FAB Louis chair too!  As much as I can’t WAIT to get on them—I’m already ricocheting all around here on several projects and need to keep some focus—

but here’s a sneak peek!

Catherine

the architectural dining table and SQUARE-backed Louis chair

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Craig's list #3Worth traveling for.

Brought it back and immediately cut it in 2.

Started making repairs, and sanded and re-stained top of “new dresser.”

Made all necessary construction adjustments to the new forms.

(But one~to be made tomorrow.)

Painting.  Outside.

Almost 60° –shocking.

craig's list #3Craig's list #3

-out of the BOX!

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Tomorrow, I pick up another of my Craig’s list finds!

An incredible, architectural table (to be re-purposed)!

And hopefully, that square-backed Louis chair!

Catherine

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