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I’ve learned through the years to keep an open mind for sake of

surprises & happy accidents!

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the sketch and idea of what I wanted--I traveled home to Phoenix. I emptied my storage unit and drove a big truck with the balance of my stUff back to my mother’s—until I figure out my next move.

But now I have stUff all over the place & it needs to be put away somehow-somewhere. And since we all know that necessity is the mother of all invention. . . . I sat quietly thinking about and sketching out a solution.

the best laid plans---I had a plan~but then I stumbled onto this 90¢ thrift store cabinet and those plans took a slightly-left turn.

again….

just roll with it--

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So I made some design changes and got to work!

RE-inventing the 90-cent thrift store cabinet

And I really love it!

the road to re-INVENTION!

the road to re-INVENTION!

Looking back, the pictures in the original stain don’t look too bad—hUh.  Anyway, until I’m back in my own home again the finishes work well in mom’s LL and I have access to my beloved dishes!

But as MUCH as it holds—all my dishes are nOt put away, so I need to think about MORE storage solutions.  Dear Lord–

The right door was originally broken (I’m sure the reason it was so cheap).  I re-glued and clamped it but it’s going to need more attention–AND the old DEmountable hinge seems to be sprung, thankfully I can still order a replacement!  I haven’t seen these in forever and didn’t know they were still made, so, whew!  GooD hinges are a BiG deal~I know this from my years designing expensive kitchens!

*The benefit to this DEmountable hinge is that you can adjust or remove a door from just ONE SCREW per hinge!  However, Euro and Mepla hinges are actually nicer (nothing visible from the outside) and give more range of adjustment and removal.  If you have a newer kitchen w/better cabinets you’ve probably got one of these styles!  Enough with the geeky cabinet info!

Just some of my china obsession!Yes–another of my obsessions!  I love to create a beautiful place setting and am so excited to see my pretty dishes again!  I’ll have to share some of it soon—Lenox, Waterford, Mikasa, Noritake, Spode, Charter Club, Calvin Klein, and a big stack of actual Italian chargers!!!  Virtually everything I’ve collected easily mixes and matches so I really get to play with it all!

~I need to figure out where all my stone ware is going to go next—yikies!

~Early this morning I headed downstairs to look at my project again and this was the morning light coming into the lower-level (basement).

~The last pictures are something I just found on pintrest and a collage showing the concept to completion of my project!

Catherine

filling my dish hutch--

Uh-Oh!  More that needs to be put away--

my dish hutch in the morning light--

 a dish hutch I just found on pintrest!I’m sharing this project with just a few of my favorite linky parties!

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Furniture Feature Fridays

 

 

 

 

 

my Dish Hutch--beginning to end!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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working on the doors--My ears won’t pop,

my head is about to explode from all the coughing,

my nose doesn’t stop running, this at the end of the flu? So unfair–but,

it is sO gOOd to BE OUTside and working on a project again!!!

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After sanding both doors, I got started waxing them with liming wax for a sort of “white washed” look!

I also made some decisions about the “interior.”  I would have loved to play with some gray or blue and old white combo, but giving consideration to where this will go and what it will be around, AND the china it will hold, I stayed with the tones of “wood, liming wax, chocolate.”  So, essentially—browns.  ; D

Instead of JUST PAINTING the interior walls and shelves, I splashed on some initial paint but spread it out and around with a Venetian plaster spatula.

Here’s why1. Using a V-p spatula pushes the paint into the wood’s grain and crevices, it reduces how much paint/pigment is left on the surface making a semi translucent finish (with more color than stain).  2. The V-p spatula leaves a silky-smooth finish without any sanding!  3. Such a thin amount of paint dries almost immediately–YaY.  *I did decide to lightly sand for some distressing.

applying paint w/a Venetian plaster spatula

covering the plywood edges--The interior walls and shelves were done so fast–I got to move right on to adding the edge banding—it was nEVer going to look properly finished looking at plywood edges!

I bought ¾” pre-glued Red Oak veneer edge banding, $2.69 for 8ft.  I had about 6″ left at the end (whew).

You iron it on (melting the glue) but I had all those curves so I also used a heat gun ~and a towel to hold it in place until it set ’cause it’s hOt!  Then I sanded the surface and edges for a nice finish, and it looks FABulous!

I reapplied the original backboard but then overlaid it with tongue & groove planks on the horizontal.

Today–I have just a few details to be finished and I’ll get to bring it in the house and

load it up!

adding horizontal planks--Yeah, sorry I’m being a little slick with the black & whites, but I’d rather show you the finishes when it’s

TOTALLY FINISHED!  ; D

Catherine

almost finished--

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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!♥

Catherine

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

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arch enemy #1

It alternated between

raining & dreary

and just plain ole’ cold.

Bone-chilling damp-cold.

Mother Nature teased us once or twice with some deceptive sunshine, so I mostly parked on the sofa with the laptop and remotes.

The Cat & Mouse game with my arch enemy continued too.

8 down—1 wrascally wred wone that runs away quick as I come in view still on the loose. Probably more.
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Below is just a sample of damages and treasures they leave me daily, and the neighbor’s walnut tree that fuels them.
red squirrel damages---In the next few weeks I’ll have a couple of guys helping me make repairs to the garage ceiling.  My arch enemies have stock-piled SO MANY walnuts in my insulated ceiling that parts of it have caved under the weight.  You’re suddenly startled by the horrendous sounds of a raining hail of walnuts and breakage for anything that can’t take the pummeling.  *Add 1 more notch to my board above.

So–I parked on the sofa with the remotes burning some incredible design shows to discs to keep!  Like The Bronson Pinchot Project.

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

We’re ditching the “practically a mortgage payment” of bundled cable for a “can’t say NO to” deal from AT&T U-verse.  Sure hope we like it–anyone already have it, and some opinions-??

I architectural millwork- elements- fragments!

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

the Bronson Pincot project---diy channel

See what I mean–?!?

So it looks like we’re supposed to have a beaUUUtiful week ahead &

I. can’t. wait!

I have a LOT to do!

Catherine

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. . .lucky day---after all!Yesterday morning~I was sort of pouting over missing out on the cOOlest $25 craig’s list dresser.  I responded as quick as they posted it and still wasn’t fast enough.  : (

BUT–by afternoon my luck was sort of changing.  I stumbled onto these two cabinets–!

(both that you can sort of see)

However, I really did need to consider before pulling the trigger—and then couldn’t get back before they closed–yikes!  I headed back first thing this morning to discover that not only were they still there (whew!) they both had been reduced in price overnight!  I saved $22 by waiting a few hours.  Well that certainly made up for CL!

One is being worked over immediately,

the other is being stripped in prep for a total re-build!

Catherine

 

 

 

 

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the hall closetThis closet has always been a bit of a mystery–like it was just an after thought.

As we came to this house (wAy back when) it had a hanging rod and shelf.

It’s in the hall—just steps around the corner from a coat closet.

–It faces the guest bathroom–which has a linen closet.

–It’s certainly not convenient for either guest bedroom to (potentially) use it.

And it’s SMALL.

Eventually it was gutted and converted into a pseudo pantry.

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the hall closetcountertop endcuts----

But it wasn’t done well, and doesn’t work well, and, well, you know. . . .

So I’m re-fitting it—and you might be surprised at the material I’m using. . .

counter top end cuts!

tbc—

Catherine

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WoW! Does this look like MY cabinet!Someone brought this to my attention last week, and -yes- it really caught me by surprise!

…look familiar to you too?

She sent me this link to an online store called Belle Escape.  I literally blinked a whole bunch of times and just stared.

Uh–especially at their price!   $1895.oo   Yowza!

WoW! Does this look like MY cabinet!

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My 1st place project in the OMTWI contest!-

Here’s the one I built once again (for my mom) in a competition 2+ yrs ago!

You can follow the progress of building and finishing it

by the links below.

Beginning HERE,

then HERE,

and HERE!

*My mom is thinking about selling if she can get THAT price too!  ; D

Catherine

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See you tomorrow

with a new project!

 

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My 1st place project in the OMTWI contest!uh--WoW!

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