Archive for the ‘salvage’ Category

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.


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!


*Worth every single penny in tetanus shots!

; D










*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.


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!



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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!


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!


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. . .


the Crescent Moon salvage and antiques

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 Okay, the Reader’s Digest version of this story is….
We moved to this little house at the end of my dad’s time in the Air Force.  Again, the house was little but they felt it had potential and raised the back roof line making the house a 1¾ story.  It made room for a much larger bedroom and bath (for my 3 big brothers to share), and an office for mom.
Our mother was a teacher.  Primarily here in the US, but even while our family was stationed in France.  42yrs.  Mostly in the parochial school system.  And that‘s why I’ve been doing all this work on her home–so she’ll have a worry-free comfortable home in retirement.

*This is a project from 2006

So–my dad built mom a private office

——where she could spread out ALL that teaching stuff.  Once retired though, I thought it would be wAy nicer to become a cozy library for her many books.  However, when (her brother) my Uncle Fred died and left his enormous Oz collection to her and there were so many incredibly valuable books–her library became more like a dedication to thatHence the eventual wall color.

*I would love to show you pictures of her in-use-teaching-office, but the computer and scanner aren’t  on speaking terms  right now~w e l l.

mom's office--

It’s a pretty nice room at 15’9″ x 10ft, and dad built-in the desk and closet to keep her organized.  One thing I learned about my dad’s construction–he built things to LAST.  I had the hardest time demo’ing it all down.  Seriously.

In addition to his built-ins, she had several store-bought DIY bookshelves and I thought they could be  salvageable.

mom's office--

becoming a library--

-After I got the room gutted I re-staged those existing bookshelves where the built-ins used to live.  See? Salvageable!

Yes, they are now the foundation to her NEW BUILT-INS!

. . . .use what you’ve got ba-bie!  ; D

becoming a library--I used spacers between the units to fit new front face frames, 2×6′s underneath to boost the height for 5½” base molding and to fit it to the ceiling with a 4″ crown, and I pulled the tower unit forward.  Paint and glaze brings it all together.

becoming a library--the Library--In summary of the rest of the room–

Everything remaining was gutted–like flooring and casings, and the electricians installed spot lights for me and moved outlets around.

I built a real closet, hung a 2nd layer of drywall around the perimeter ceiling to effect a “tray ceiling,” and installed a pair of new windows (custom on my specs) to look like french doors.  Then I re-cased the whole room with moldings salvaged from a razed farmhouse.

The above view is entering the room from the stairs-hallway.

Below shows entering from the adjoining bathroom.

the Library--

the Library--

Yes, that’s my compressor in the bottom corner of the photo, I’m still working in the hall on its built-in bookcases.  And I need to get crackin’ on some proper window treatments for this room!  Btw~the shelves are in disarray because we’ve been reviewing all the Oz books and selling some to other collectors.

With the actual closet in the room now, this is legally a 4th bedroom for resale.  Although I still think it’s greatest as a private office-library for the master bedroom, wouldn’t it make a convenient nursery too-?


the Library--I’m sharing this project–

I party with Remodelaholic

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Okay, I got taken.


This will not be me.

fingers crossed

That one, I can’t promise.


Your comments seem to cover EVery angle–you’re the greatest!
I do understand shop overhead and have never begrudged anyone making a profit–but there seemed to be no respect given toward MY time, artistry, or profit
I guess I should have included last post that I DiD in fact talk to her about readjusting my price (and why) if she wanted any others.
I explained how previously (with better quality suitcases) it’s taken me just more than an hour to complete this project,
~I’d round it to the one hour PLUS materials–$35.
*With adjustments to be made for any unforeseen issues, of course
She declined Draw your own conclusions.


Believe me that I’m not in the habit of taking advantage but,

since she didn’t ask for the salvage back

-and I ended up much underpaid in the deal-

I decided to turn the cut-offs into a project…make up some of my losses.

the salvage--I love trays…and these cut-offs just looked like the start of one.

     -So with this 1st, I fitted it out with pine, added flea market hardware rings to the ends, and trimmed the edges with a soft braided ribbon.  I think I’d like to take another approach for the 2nd perhaps–?

luggage traysI’ll wax the entire piece, inside and out, before putting it to use or up for sale...make up for the beginning of this story.

~A fun place to throw your keys and phone end of day…

~Or to catch the TV remotes…


luggage trays

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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!


~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!

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!


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a moment from a fallen treeThe tree fell in a storm. The tree-guys came to deal with the damages ~and left me with a few “parts” for mementos.  I’ve been sitting on this slab of tree for a while now and just got an idea…hmmm

How about a tray?

So I sanded and sanded and sanded to get it really smOOth!

Like butta’.

Then I stained and lacquered it to bring out the beautiful grain–did ya’ notice that double trunk?


Next I played around with hardware for handles and feet–

PLAY being the operative word~I have a LOT of cool old hardware!

...how about a tray?

I decided on the handles, but in the end, I decided to use wooden knobs for its feet.  Notice how it blends right into the wood?!

figuring out handles and feet--And here’s my TRAY!

I’m sure it’s not for everybody, but I think it’s just kinda’ fun!

And now we have something nicer to remember the old tree by!

Actually~can’t you see a decanter and pair of brandy snifters on it?


A tray from the fallen tree!

A tray from the fallen tree!~I’m sharing this project with a few good friends!


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It’s been a looong haul dealing with the aftermath of the -now 6 they’ve sited- EF1 and EF2 tornadoes that hit us in my first 24hrs after returning from Haven.

Tornadoes, the worst sinus infection EVer, hAstily emptying mom’s storage unit of its wet and damaged contents, removing tree branches from the garage roof and all over the property–and dealing with Insurance people.

NoT. fUn. stuff.

storm damages The Insurance Claims Adjuster only wants to cover a 4ft x 4ft area of damage on the roof, and only THE HALF of the broken tree branch that is actually ON the roof—we’re supposed to take care of the other half of the split-in half-branch.  How is that even logical “help?”

When I asked the “stupid question” of PROactive vs REactive costs, they said they will basically “. . cross that bridge when they get to it.”  So I called the Insurance Agent to say if this is American Family’s idea of Customer Care—well, we’ll finish out this 1st-eVer claim and look for a new Insurance Company—Thank You VEry mUch.

The Insurance Agent suddenly appeared at the front door in about 45 minutes.  But they are sTill trying to get out of anything they possibly can.  And now that the tree is off the roof, you can see there’s certainly more than a 4 x 4 area of damage.

*Incidentally, the claims adjuster is only planning to reimburse or cover the costs of ½ of a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, only what it will take to cover the 4×4 area from a roll of felt-paper, and he counted out 16 shingles.  Anyone know what store will sell us just those portions of materials–???

I’m wondering if it would be cost effective to make a biGGer hole, and add a skylight-?  After we replace the broken rafters, of course.  It would be great to add some more NATural light to work by.

Here’s the storage unit—

storage unit damages

I thought the gazeebo might give you the best idea of just how wonky so many things are–that are still standing.  The units on the ends were hit the hardest, and I used to be in that one with the truck.  This is all that remains of those units post-storm, they have NoT been cleaned out by their owners.

The last picture in the bottom right corner shows the walls of my former unit.  I took a picture of the heap of garage door remains that were brought back from the woods—and then I noticed that the one on top was “mine,” #78.  Woooooow.  Thankfully, my treasures were safely mOved to another area, and completely spared.  Thank You Lord.

grandma's chair!Okay, so moving on to some projects once again–

This was a chair from my Grandma!  I always loved this chair and wanted it–it was at the bottom of the pile in mom’s storage unit.  Thankfully it only suffered mild damages–but it was drenched (like everything else) by the rain on the back-end of the storm.  I’ll be working on this when I find the right fabric!  I’d love to strip the arms pale-natural, and find some chocolate mohair!  It has hidden back legs that tip the chair back!

the dresser under all the damage---This dresser was also under the pile of toppled books, boxes, and papers.  I’m ditching the damaged drawers and gutting it–and re-outfitting it as a bookcase.  ThIS I will begin before the day is done–so stay tuned!


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the birthday people!O.  M.  G.

I.  am.  sO.  tired.

There was sO mUch going on to get READY for the party–and then sO mUch to do cleaning up AFTER the party~oy.  I fell asleep rEAlly early last night, and slept through till 7:30 this morning. . .and finally feel a liTTle less exhausted.

But guess what—

I have 3 days to put some aMAZing things together for the antique mall before EAA brings in a hUge crowd with out-of-town buyers!

Stand by~

Until then, let me show you the current state of the outdoor china hutch.  I still have to roof it with ceiling tin, and I haven’t built the doors yet either!  (work~work~work!)

The general view~

the outdoor china hutch*Note that all the wine that would otherwise be under the glasses—has been drunk!  Sorry you missed it.  ; D

the outdoor china hutchI worried about a solid cabinet back against the clapboards–you know, outdoor ventilation issues.  So I decided to attach aluminum window screening instead.  Everything can breathe, and bugs are [hopefully] kept at bay.

Finally, just a few detail shots!  I’ll show you more as I close it in, and finish it!


--the tin trimmings!

~a view of the wine glass racks!

the old farm table legs I found at Kane Co flea market a few years ago!

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