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--changing things up!but believe me,

it has been so busy around here and I’ve been working on all kinds of miscellaneous things that would no doubt bore you to death

except for this project!

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I’ve decided to change up the furniture in my mom’s LL to give things a fresh new look!

Beginning with a switch-a-roo of the rattan set I gave her as we renovated the house.

The sofa, settee, cocktail table, and side table just went to storage—until further notice, and they may be going up for sale.  The sofa table went there a while ago and the fern chest has gone to the antique mall for sale.

The LL--post Christmas '12

the Great Aunties' old table--

Here’s the new plan—

The table in the “corner” (with the lamp) came from our late Great Aunties.  Mom has these vivid childhood memories of it always being paired with a chair in a very large dressing closet—so she won’t part with it–no matter what!

*I think I may have given her an anxiety attack with this particular project because,

I decided to

CUT THE LEGS DOWN

to make it the new coffee table!

A simple project!  15-20 minutes et, voilà!

--a QUICK change!

I determined a height for the “new” table and found the most natural spot in the turned legs to make my cut!  What could be easier?!

I think it looks very natural and LUV IT!  And thankfully–so does mom!

You can also see Grandpa’s  rockers  never sold so we’re keeping them! (not upset about that at all!)  I brought the one rocker I was keeping all along and will do some additional work on it, plus, I pulled my caned sofa from storage and am changing out the lighting!

The cut-off legs will eventually be re-purposed into another project and many more changes to this space are afoot—stay tuned!

Catherine

--the table cut down

Yes!  Everything is in CHA-A-A-OS!  (…sigh…)

--the new vignette is taking shape!

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Lily's rocker---Okay—they’re not finished.

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The chairs are only  ²/3 and ¹/3 complete.

Y E S–it was truly an ambitious timeline.

*Our little birthday girl is sitting in the chair 2-parts done.

THIS

was my plan…

1. The fabric store didn’t have enough of my chosen fabric so I decided to mix in part of a  Matelasse  coverlet  to fill the deficit.

2. Uh, yeah~what little girl doesn’t LUV tulle and ruffles so….I’m adding a ruffled skirt!

3. To customize the chairs for each of my little luv-bugs I’d like to add a silhouette -or cameo- of the girls!

SO—both chairs are  1. upholstered with the mix of red-and-magnolias and Matelasse, and one even has its ruffled tulle skirt.

Later this week I’ll run back up to their house to add the skirt to the other chair and apply their cameos!  I’ll share the final pictures then!

progress on the rockers---

 

-Until then, here are “working” pictures of my project!

-albeit incomplete-

Catherine

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*Sorry if it’s a bit heavy on pictures, but it’s the best way to see all those sweet details!

 

progress on the rockers---

progress on the rockers---and the ruffles!

progress on the rockers---almost finished!

progress on the rockers---the sweet details!

progress on the rockers---

And finally—this last picture is to give you an idea of the CAMEO of each little girl I want to add to customize their chairs!

the "cameo" I'll add to each of the girl's chairs!

 

 

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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!

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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 “peek”

to share at least a little~sorta’   ; 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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