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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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We’re closing in on all the outdoor chores!  (woo hoo!)   Can’t WAIT to REfocus on fUn projects!

taking apart all the picket fence sections--Last summer I was given nUMerous sections of a fallen picket fence.  A niece and nephew (in law) kept it all over winter for me and brought it over as I returned from Phoenix.

Today, I finally got to take it all apart and stack it neatly for an upcoming project—YaY!  Thankfully, I had some help for this task.  We pounded boards apart, backed out nails, unscrewed rusted screws, cut nails and screws off with the reciprocating saw and the metal grinder–and finally, we even had to sacrifice a handfull to the circular saw just to capture some good long boards.

What. a. day.

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taaking apart all the picket fence sections--My magnetic nail sweep!The mess of nails and screws everywhere looked pretty daunting to clean up to all but ME!

I have a handy-dandy magnetic nail sweep in my arsenal of tools—I use it all the time, couldn’t be without it!

My magnetic nail sweep!Come on, look at that!

How could you EVER live without THIS tool!

Catherine

*Worth every single penny in tetanus shots!

; D

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*My Bad Kate—
These magnetic nail sweeps are fairly widely available, here’s a link to Harbor Freight’s version (since they seem to be about everywhere now)!

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I’ve got so many things going on at once, I don’t know

which way to turn.

And I can barely get in my work shop—it is sO over-flowing.

No Joke.

YOU are HERE.

I was just accounting to someone for my last 3 weeks—

I’ve flown and driven cross-country.  Emptied a storage unit—then a truck.  Done a flea market.  Done a garage sale (in snow even).  There’s been 2 funerals a wedding and a confirmation.  And–I’ve chased “locally” about 1,000 miles up and down the highway doing family things….

my little chalkboard signs---….so I was late turning in my test results for a glue trial I was participating in.

Here’s one of the littler projects I tested that glue on.  I made these chalkboard signs for the flea market, we also used them in the garage sale….very helpful signage!

I made them (literally) from other project leftovers-scraps-cutoffs.

I’m juggling a pair of chairs and yard work at the moment, and I’ll have that to show you tomorrow!

Catherine

 

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So you want to see more of that ceiling detail….

sleeping under a sunny sky…I wrote about it initially in this blog post!

Uhhhh, y e a h—I admit, I still haven’t finished it.

I liked my designs for the center scrolls and fleur de lis “finial” (not applied yet), but I just couldn’t get the outer scrolls right.  So I stepped away from it.

And I haven’t returned as yet.  Oooops.

C’est la vie!

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Why the sky–??

Well—this is the guest bedroom I’ve claimed for my own while at my mother’s.

And—I really missed my Arizona skies….the clearest and most incredibly brilliant, turquoise-y blue skies that are impossible to forget!

So I’m “taking comfort” in a painted version!  Sure, I gave it wAy more clouds than you’d ever see in Phoenix, but it needed some layering—including those sparrows and barn swallows!

sleeping under a Sunny Sky!I found the four corner corbels at TJMaxx long-long ago and ripped the lattice on the table saw.

I tied a loose loop in string around the chandelier, stretched it out 4ft, and tied another loose loop around a pencil.  And then drew out the 8ft diameter circle.

I bought a PLASTIC version of detailed cove (usually used for exteriors) so I could trim out the circular shape—and then I painted away!

—inside the lines!—

It’s a nice way to wake every morning!

Catherine…….

my “Panetière”Here’s another view of my desk and “Panetière.”

You can see the posts on the making of this HERE 

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Crescent Moon --antiques and salvageWhile I juggle a few lingering issues and delve into the next new project–

I thought I’d share pictures from a recent trip into one of my favorite places, a FABulous salvage store!

I discovered them while I was working on the designs for my mother’s home!

You have to know I bought several items to integrate into my design plans!

Crescent Moon antiques & salvage

A great source for just about anything– I fawn over every bit of it, but especially the tin, the doors, and all the architectural columns and corbels and door headers!!!  (insert heart palpitations here…)

Walking in the front door. . . .

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

And look!  ACTUAL slate chalk boards!

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

Uh, y e a h

I could really organize and put away my collection of hardware here!

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

Now who doesn’t need a vintage fire hydrant?!

Hmmm–I can’t say that I’ve EVER seen a rounded radiator before. . .

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

Anybody “need” some tin?!?

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

. . .and of course, there’s wOOd!the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

I know it’s tough to see this inCREDible door—but it is IN-CRED-IBLE!

They have a LOT of pretty over-the-top FABulous doors!

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

I totally love this old deli sign up in the rafters. . .

Catherine

the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

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