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LAST year we had a big birthday party blow-out for MoM,

MoM's birthday 2013

THIS year is very low-key and quiet with a small family bbq on Sunday.

Prince George's b-day!BuT–parties abound for my niece’s nephew (are you thinking that one through?!), for a great-great nephew, an early celebration for my cousin’s son (while we were just up North at my Auntie’s cottage), and don’t forget Prince George!  ; D

I’m busy on a time-sensitive custom paint job for someone and will be back to you soon—with pictures!

Catherine

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I’m almost finished in the Hall and Alcove!

Just some details to wrap up!

Editing pictures to share with you-–thought you might find this particular shot interesting.  It’s the alcove gutted for painting.  No mattress or backboard, no books, no chandelier.  Stripped down to nothin’….and still kinda cOOl!

the stripped down alcove--

The Alcove!

 

Well, everything’s been painted -some things have been fixed or altered- things are restored now and there’s something new!

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But remember this view?

Or the one below?

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the alcove

Here’s the addition—drapes for a little privacy!

a little privacy for the alcove--

a little privacy for the alcove--

the linen closet doors finished--

I still need to add a detailed cove at the front and back sides of the dowel-hangers ~to conceal them and give it all a more finished look.

When I couldn’t find any great old lace drapes for the linen closet doors, I pulled this from my stash of fabricsI’d forgotten about it actually.

After using it to finish the doors, I had plenty left to play with!  ; D

~and there’s still more!

Catherine

the changing ALCOVE

 

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the LIBRARY wicker tableI still love this table -but- we don’t need it anymore.

I thought painting it white might help it look more attractive to get re-sold (fingers crossed).  And I think it actually looks really pretty!

*It got the boot in a crazy furniture shuffle, poor thingMom’s old vanity went in the alcove-

-the vanity it replaced went to the Mstr Br-

-displacing a table that went to the library-

-which left this table out in the cold.

the LIBRARY wicker table

This is no antique, not even vintage—it’s just OLD!  But it’s cool and I can’t find another spot for it. : (   So it’s out.  Again–I thought it might help it get sold quicker with a paint job–

the power of a paint job!

the LIBRARY wicker table--painted!I’m torn—

I love how the white brought out its details,

but,

I think the top looked WAY cooler brown….

Catherine

the LIBRARY wicker table--for sale

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just call me HONEY

~I~ am the “honey” of my list…..sigh…..

I’ve been super busy working over a

never-ending list of

never-ending projects.

the front door---before and afterI love my oil-painted doors!

And two of the entrance doors have needed attention forEVER so I finally-

JUST DID IT.

A pain-in-the-behind project because it’s better to take the doors off painting with oil--the hinges, the hardware off the doors, and lay them flat on saw horses to paint.  And then put them back.  *The sun stole all the shine from the West-facing front door.  : (

I  L U V  the mirror-like glossy finish of oil paint and the durability!  Like–I last painted the doors about 10 years ago-durability!

The Back door, for some reason, chipped in places–??

I have no idea why, but as I began to chip it off it started—peeling–??  Maybe because it was so warmed up by the sun-??  So I recruited help to peel it ALL off effecting a DO-OVER!  We took it right back to the primer.

Again–this door was last painted about 8yrs ago.

--the Back door

Now all RE-painted and looking fAb!  But I need to get the hardware back on (I want to give it extra drying time first).

Catherine

repainting the back door---oil paint

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the linen closet doors--I last left you

HERE

in the progress of the doors.

As The World Turns for me—I seem to always end up bouncing around differing projects, never getting to focus on JUST ONE at a time!

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the finished linen closet---

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-The interior is finished and reloaded, including a home for the vacuum and some cleaning supplies.

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So now….

back to those doors!

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the linen closet doors---

I decided on a version of Plan B.

Plan A with the mirrors was going to cost $120ouch!

re-creating a 1 panel door into a 2-panel doorthe linen closet doors reframed1.  I figured out the height of the change to the door and marked it with painter’s tape as a guide (picture above this one).  I used my oscillating saw to cut the new division in the molding that framed the door.
2.-5.  I used a speed square to guide the oscillating saw through 2 new clean and straight miter cuts.

6. & 7.  I cut a scrap piece of matching mill work at the chop saw to close in the new panel/box, but I didn’t like how the two sections butted together—so….

I ran that new top piece through the table saw to “flatten” its top and to make room for a flat rail to slip in between the “top” and “bottom” boxes.  Think DUTCH DOOR!

Next, I cut out the upper, center sections of the doors, sanded the openings smooth and routered a rabbet from the back side.  Then I painted the doors with a high gloss and let them dry for a day.

I decided to have some design fun with the “new” doors!

I just need to find some old lace to close in the top section…

Catherine

working on the new door style--

*Did you notice I changed the font?!?  ; D

the new linen closet doors--The new linen closet doors!

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

French Country CottagePhotobucket

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--see all the color "trys" on the wall?At LaST!

I literally mixed a little of this and a little of that to find it!

-I should NaMe IT!

-I added a lot of shadow to this picture to make it easier to see this area of “trys!”  There’s lots of “trys” on other walls too!  (or should I say misses!)

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I wanted a watery blue with a tinge of green in it.

Sort of  “aqua.”

The color I had was somewhere in between, and although I liked it—it was just too perky and needed to be toned down.

the right color---at last!--the right color!

–it’s just about as hard to capture the true color in these pictures to show you

as finding the right color-shade-value!  Arrrghhh!

Many updates to share with you—

Catherine

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the upstairs hall linen closet--

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Only the 2nd floor has wall-to-wall carpeting.

So only that floor needs a dedicated vacuum.

But—it needs a home to be properly put away.

There’s no way anyone EVer wants to give up their valuable closet space…

and there really is NO SPACE left to create something extra…

so the only logical thing to do is reconfigure the linen closet (and clean it out).

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Again, here’s the linen closet before~and after I gutted it.

the upstairs linen closet--I decided on melamine for the shelving and to re-line the walls.

using melamine to re-configure and re-skin the linen closetMelamine seemed like the quickest, cleanest, smOOthest way to get the job done!  I DiD consider how wire shelving would allow more ventilation for some of the vERy old family quilts—but ultimately, I just don’t like the “marks” they leave on stored items.  Especially those delicate quilts!

The top two shelves are fixed, but there will be adjustable smaller shelves to the left of the vacuum.

I’m also intending to build shallow shelves and a “pocket” on the back wall of the vacuum section to hold cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner bags.  That will open up storage in the bathroom.

The closet doors.  I have plans.

Two plans actually—in case Plan A is too expensive.

the closet doors--Plan A is to have mirrors custom cut to fit exactly in the inset panels with a hole drilled for new knobs.  This would be great for the occasional time the alcove is used for company overflow.  I think the reflective quality will be nice in the narrow hall too.

Plan B -my back up- will be to cut out the inset, router a rabbet on the back side to create some kind of a “vented front.”

-I could rip wood for a lattice front,

-install vintage lace drapery,

-install a metal radiator-styled grating….

I could also leave the inset panels—and add a wallpapered front…??

The bottom line is—I have options!

But I’d like to start with the mirrors.  I’ll get a price tomorrow and make a judgement call….your thoughts, opinions, preferences?

btw–I’m saving the conversation of paint color for last—

Catherine

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Yesterday….

the upstairs hall project--Today…..

upstairs hall---

finishing the upstairs hall mill work

finishing the upstairs hall mill work

So~you can see the rest of the board & batten is complete now.  If you remember, I installed board and batten to both stairwells at the time of construction/renovations to mom’s house (6yrs ago already) -and just decided to wrap it into the upstairs hall project for unity and design flow.

Board & Batten is such a classic that has truly proven to be What’s Old is New Again!”  And very popular in blog-land!

Today, I caulk, putty, sand, and paint.  And try again to get that elusive watery blue color “right.”  I’ve actually recruited some help so I can ALSO

work on the linen closet that you’ve had a glimpse of.  I’ve completely gutted it for a do-over of it’s organizational storage.  The vacuum needs to be put away too, y’know!

the upstairs hall linen closet---

Catherine

Btw—hope you’re not superstitious on this

Friday the 13th~with a Full Moon…..

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We have the most peculiar weather front moving through. . .

…and it is making it diff-i-cult to plan what work to work on for the day.  I’ve been through plan A, B, C and now I just don’t know WHAT TO DO!

The Cottonwoods are shedding so badly it looks like snow—so I can’t paint.

The West-blowing winds are a bit rough so I don’t want to open the garage door—which is of course West-facing.

This is how my whole list runs on….

I guess I can go back to ripping MDF and door casing to finish the upstairs hall….???   More. stairs.  Well, I need the exercise.

the upstairs hall project--

Until then….

 

What Country in the World Best Fits Your Personality?One of my nieces shared this quiz with me—she’s

“New Zealand!”

What Country in the World Best Fits Your Personality?

(where do you land?)

I’m “FRENCH!”

Convenient. . . . since I was born there!  ; D

http://www.playbuzz.com/larak10/what-country-in-the-world-best-fits-your-personalityYou are a romantic who enjoys strolling through cobblestone streets and markets. You are inspired by art and architecture, and thrive being surrounded by other artists and intellectuals. You enjoy the bustle of a city, but also love spending time in the warm countryside, sitting at a cafe, and having a glass of wine or coffee. Your soul is nourished by being in nature, and by having deep meaningful conversation about love, art, and the meaning of life.

Oui!  That is moi to a tee!

–how accurate is yours?

Catherine

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This story begins in 1941 when my mom’s family farm house burned down.

mom's old vanityNeeding furniture, Grandma bought this dresser/vanity 2nd hand for mom (then 7 or 8) from a neighbor for $5.

Now bear in mind that my mom loves antiques and vintage furniture~ but she has nEVer liked this piece.

HATES itto be more clear.  Couldn’t believe I would want it as we emptied Grandma’s house for sale (to a cousin).  *She thinks it’s haunting her and she can’t shake it loose.

I was going to put it in HER room at my house in Chandler until hearing her mANy complaints.  It went in the 3rd bedroom instead.  This was all in 2002.

The picture above was at the time of packing to leave Arizona—I can’t seem to find any pictures from before I painted it gold.  The caned bench is not original, it was another something Grandma found back in ’41.

In emptying  my  storage  unit  just recently,

I was thinking it would become another piece I’d let go of.

mom's old vanity--It was off-loaded from the truck and jammed in the garage with SO MANY other projects.  My plate was full and I couldn’t give it my absoLUTE focus, so I worked on it a little here~a little there.  As the project began to take shape, I noticed mom actually starting to give it some POSITIVE attention.  Huh-??

Mom's old vanity---finished!Little by little,

plugging away with each chance I found,

it is at last finished, and

SHE LIKES IT!

So do I.  And that made it harder to let it go.

We shifted some furniture around upstairs and installed it in the alcove.  It’s a keeper!

I used the same Wickham Gray and Alabaster White from My Great Aunties’ Dresser.

I let a little of the gold pop through and changed the hardware.

And oh, dear Lord~ did we have some fun getting it up the stairs.  Oy.

Here it is in the alcove….

mom's old vanity---re-finished!I’m not going to use the caned bench with it, but rather the chair I found at the Elkhorn flea market last season and recovered the seat to go with the new shelving-bench (in February).

details of mom's old vanity refinished

The old vanity refinished!

The old vanity refinished!

Yes, yes, I stiLL have work to do upstairs….

the weather finally got nice~

I was beckoned outside!  ; D

Catherine

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

Furniture Feature FridaysPhotobucket

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