I tried so hard to get a good REVEAL picture for you to see my contributions to the Habitat for Humanities and the ReStores’ HARD HATS & HEELS auction—
but the chA-os of my jam-packed work studio was not working for any “pretty” pictures. Okay~although I wasn’t pushing for those BEAUTIFIED, IN PLACE, STYLIZED shots, I still just couldn’t show the dreaded chaos that abounds for the moment.
And you know it’s even tougher when mirrors are involved—you have to think about the background AnD their reflection~yikes!
Now that my Hall Tree & kid’s cubbie are boTH delivered, and their chaos is much less than mine—at LaST I can show you their outcome! ; D
And there they are!
Their request was very flattering, I’m happy with the outcome of both, and sure hope they fetch a pretty price for this worthy cause!
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I finished up the last details of the Hall Tree (door)
this morning to take to the ReStore for their upcoming
Habitat for Humanities Auction~Hard Hats & Heels.
It’s such a good cause and I’m happy to build a contribution for them, and incredibly flattered that they sought me out to ask!
I decided kind of last minute–
“hmmm~why not make a kid’s cubbie as a companion piece!?!”
–so it’s been a veRY busy day!
I grabbed a “pattern” to cut out a pair of sides, and routered a beveled edge on both interior sides.
Next, I cut the bottom-top-and seat, and put the carcass together. Then added some base and coved-crown moldings, and finally, made some decisions about the decorative details before quitting for the night~whew!
Okay~had a little accident along the way (Oooops).
While I was nailing that small-scaled coved-crown, it would seem I hit a crossing nail.
And it ricocheted out.
And through my hand.
O-w–I-E! Hurt like the dickens and took my breath away for a minute. Well~stuff happens.
Unfortunately it happened once before.
Through and through both fingers~yeeee.
Have a SAFE DAY everyone!
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Thought I’d share some progress with you…
…need to secure the seat in the morning and add some leveling feet, otherwise~fini!
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In late August, on a run through my FAVorite ReStore (and I’ve been through mANy)–the store manager grabbed me to say, “Don’t leave without seeing me.” Uh~I promise, I didn’t do it!
The ReStore and Habitat for Humanity are holding their 3rd Annual Hard Hats and Heels Banquet November 15–would I be willing to make another “hall tree” like the one I made and donated for their Earth Day Celebration…?
So yesterday I made the trip up to the ReStore to pick up the door their manager and I picked out to use. I also ran through to see if there were any other donations I could use in construction–but unfortunately, no. We loaded the door and my other purchases and I headed home.
I finally got started around noon today~beginning with cutting it down from its 36″ to 33″. I had two objectives in mind: I hoped to reduce some weight from this inCREDibly heavy door, and I thought it might be easier to make room for something 33″ wide.
Then I re-contoured the bottom to create “legs”…
…and I pulled another paneled door (I had in reserve for a different project) to make the box -or- seat. The door had 5 panels, I cut off 2– one for the front and the other cut in half for the sides. I used some cut-off bed posts for the front feet.
*I added a small bead detail at the top and bottom of the box with the router~although you can’t see it in any of these pictures yet.
While I was working on a few of the details to the box, I was simultaneously working on the “mirrors.” These fabulous beveled windows were one of the main reasons I was pushing for this door selection!
You can see the “mirrors” coming to life in the collage below, and the last shot of the two parts propped together so I could get a feeling for how things were going so far~at the end of day. Tomorrow I’ll add the crown molding, tweak a few things here and there, and get painting. And I hope to get crackin’ on the flip lid too!
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. It seems like EVery plan I’ve made since May has been foiled by sOMEthing all summer!
So, I just try to roll with the punches.
While I was gone to Haven last month, mANy things sold out of my antq mall space–a gOOd problem to have ~but.
It’s left me busy working on projects for the store AnD I promised to do the Kane Co flea market for the 1st time in two years, so I needed stuff for thAT too!
~and don’t forget the storm damage we’re stILL dealing with.
At last I have sOMe things to share ~just not everything I’ve been working on. I was too hurried to take pictures of everything, sorry.
I’ll start with this simple chalk board!
I found a cabinet door at the ReStore with a nice arched top and applique! I ran it through the table saw to remove the outer door “frame,”
sanded everything, painted it with chalk board paint, decoupaged the styles and rails, and framed the door with leftover bullnose-
-which I painted with a gold leafing paint, and hit some oTHer edges while I was at it!
And I sold it at Kane Co to the loveliest woman!
I’m sharing this project with these FABulous linky parties!
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When I was recently shopping one of my fav ReStores, the manager asked me to come see him before I left.
My instincts were saying “I didn’t do it~it wasn’t me.”
—would I be willing to build anOTHer for their fall silent auction–??
I believe in charity. I have a strong sense of Where you are CAPABLE and ABLE, you SHOULD! So I’ll be building another hall tree for this worthy cause very soon!
I was escorted to the back staging area to get a first pick of some really cool, oLd -recently donated-but not put out just yet- doors. One really stood out!
Check out the dentil molding under the beveled glass divided light windows! O.M.G. I have p-L-a-n-s swirling around in my head galore!
*Sort of ironic that I picked a door with a NO SOLICITING sign—for a SOLICITED project! ; D
Okay, so, speaking of The ReStore—
My cousin sent me this notice from the Atlanta ReStore! It doesn’t say you have to be local to participate–and I visit them aLmost eVery trip. . .
ReStore Events and News
Calling all you creative ReStore shoppers!
What’s Your ReStory?
We know you’ve been taking your ReStore finds and using them to enhance your home or to create something wonderful. It’s time to show off your creativity! Send or bring us a photo of your favorite ReStore item or project and we’ll proudly post it in the store. All customers will vote for their favorite entry and the most popular one will receive a $50 ReStore gift certificate! You can enter as many projects as you like, so get those photos to us right away!
FINE PRINT: Submit entries from August 27 through September 24. The winner will be announced at 10:30 a.m. on September 28. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, and email address along with your photo. Entry forms available at the ReStore. Also, be sure to let us know what items in the photo you purchased at the ReStore. Email entries to us at email@example.com or bring your photos by the store.
I have a FeW things to pick from to maybe send in—! ; D
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Y’know what—I (mostly) feel just like my old self again! Such. a gREAt. feeling. Thank you God!
Just sO “happy as can be,” “whistle while you work,” JoY to be working on a project, and finishing the 2nd Hall Tree~and a few other projects tOO!
In February, I had a fresh gallon of Ben-Moore’s Revere Pewter mixed up for a project in my niece’s room—now I’m seeing all kinds of posts and articles about this color being one of the hot new favorites. That’s sO funny to me–’cause this is nOt my first time around with this beautiful color! But it’s nice people are finding it now!
I wanted a simple color palette for both Hall Trees~who knows where they’ll land! So I paired the Revere Pewter with an Alabaster White, added some chalkboard paint for one of them, and reproduction ticking for both seats. A soft, neutral palette.
Both Hall Trees began with a 24″ ReStore closet door.
Since I couldn’t get the 2nd Hall Tree finished on time for the charity (and donated another piece), it is now for sale in my antq store space.
I have two more projects to show you next—and they look fABulous, so come right back–
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I’m feeling -SOooo- much better, and, very appreciatively, truly getting back to a backlog of projects!
Building that 2nd Hall Tree—
I showed you some of the materials I pulled from trying to figure out a design.
And told you how I decided to cut off and re-use the top, small panel of the door.
I also told you how I took apart the mirror/frame to capture the decorative split pediment~and routered a dado to “receive” the new top.
Then I told you about cutting up some salvaged, turned, stair railing pickets to create “legs” for the storage box.
The following are pictures of the varying tasks—
The last image I shared with you -and- as I was painting—
I needed to deal with the hardware pre-cuts. I didn’t have any old door knobs (that I was willing to give up), so I bought a new “dummy” at a local box-store. But it looked -NeW. : \
“Aging” a door knob
I love those old white porcelain and enamel knobs—and they’re actually pretty easy to emulate! This is how I like to approach the task.
- I like to use Kilz to prime the whole knob. Then I will dry brush some paint over the escutcheon plate *much like would happen when you paint a door with the hardware on.
- Tape off the escutcheon plate and neck of the knob really well. Then paint the round knob/handle with white spray paint. The spray paint will give you that smooth no brush mark finish. Paint a couple coats, the paint sheen doesn’t matter.
- ThEN you’re going to DUNK the knob/handle into a can of Glossy LACQUER. You’ll have to hold it over the top of the can for a moment to let all the excess drip off, you may have to shake some off too. Basically–you don’t want a flood of the lacquer running down the tape or getting all over any other part of the door knob. *I’ve never tried this with shellac, but I know that marine varnish turns yellow’ish. Again, dunking=no brush marks.
- Set it upright, on a flat surface—the ideal is somewhere it can be undisturbed. (Give at least an hour to dry between dunks.)
- Repeat the dunking steps~on, as many times as you want for the desired “depth of character.” The one I just did (pictured below) was dunked 3 times. *I did a black knob once that I dunked 5 times–it had a glass-y look. **I’d like to paint something Mercury Glass-like and then dunk it a bunch of times–see how that turns out!
Okay—you may not want to do this next step. I admit, it’s always a gamble.
After you’ve let it have a day to fully dry—DROP IT ON THE GROUND! From about 3 or 4ft, preferably onto smooth concrete. Sometimes it dINGs the knob~ but SOMEtimes it CHIPs! (And looks like the real-deal that you find in the flea markets–that cost an arm and a leg, and always seem to be chipped!)
I just have to upholster the seat of the hall tree and attach my enameled knob—so I’ll show you my finished project tomorrow!
And the bed and dresser I’m busy painting too!
I’m sharing this project in these linky parties!
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My days have been very roller coaster-like since having my little surgical procedure last Tuesday. And it’s been a challenge to work on -anything- at length.
I just couldn’t finish the 2nd hall tree on time so I donated one of my children’s cabinets instead. I really hope it, too, will fetch a good dollar amount for Vicky. Fingers crossed.
I named this cabinet -locker-cubby- LANDEN, for my gr-nephew Landen. And it is hIS grandmother that the benefit is for.
*the reason I picked thIS cabinet
Thankfully, their “cup runneth over” with donations, and I DiD also make 2 beautiful spring floral arrangements.
But, let me show you what I was TRYing to build for this 2nd charity benefit.
(I DiD get pretty far along–)
The 2nd Hall Tree.
I picked out some things and parts to bring together. I wasn’t sure exACTly what I would ultimately use, so this was just a part of my “creating process!” ~Options, y’know!
-So, I decided to use the split pediment instead of the half moon frame. I took the mirror and frame apart to get to it.
-Then seeing how it would/could fit onto the door and its new height, I decided to cut off the top panel section. And I needed to create a spacer, or transitional piece to bulk up the top again. I cut a piece of wood to length and depth, and then routered a dado for the pediment to fit into.
-Next I began working on the “box” using the top section of the door I cut off.
-And I used stair railing pickets to create legs/feet for support.
-I also cut up an old cabinet door to make a hinged lid for its new hidden storage.
I’m going to end here, at the construction phase—although, mUch of the painting was well under way. I’ll show you more of that next post.
I’ve needed more follow up with the doctor –proving just how infected the cyst actually was, and the reason I just couldn’t stay on this project to finish in time.
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Let me 1st say that life (in the form of a painful sebaceous cyst) has interrupted the flow of working on, and finishing this hall tree, and getting started on the 2nd one. Can you say mOre stress to make both charity deadlines~yIKes.
My mom accompanied me for my scary, and painful little “surgery.” She also took pictures so I could actually see (afterwards) what the heck was happening. I’ll spare you the sUper gross pics–but I’m going to show my nephews-the bOys (I’m a bAd auntie).
The whole process was pAINful~beginning with the hUNdred shots of local anesthetic that sent me flinching and squirming for all the burning, to all the cutting-poking-prodding-pushing-squeezing to excise the badly infected cyst. Which may have lOOked like a golf ball, but felt like a softball–with roots.
Before all was done, their floor was flooded with my tears, and the doc had to remind me more than once to breathe. And after all that to empty it, thEN she packed it back up with a medicated gauze for 24hrs that left me in agony. My body definitely knew something was in there that didn’t belong, leaving me feeling ill, pale-white, wobbly, and back in bed for the rest of the day.
This was 2 o’clock yesterday. This morning, I tried to focus on finishing the hall tree upholstery to distract myself from the pain until I was scheduled for the packing removal. The cyst was sO infected, some had to remain–and I have to go back yet again.
I’ve just got to FOCUS on my projects, and the good cause they are for. Yes, it hurts and I’m in pain~but I’ll bet my niece’s mother-in-law would trade with me in a heart beat. And, in the immortal words of my funny, late grandmothers—
“It’ll heal before you get married!”
“Cry, cry, cry–you’ll just pee less later!”
That definitely helps put things back in perspective—.
The finished hall tree may not look “perfect” –but, all considering, I’m happy with it. My last task was to add the nail heads, and it gave me the most trouble~heck, they’re tough to get perfect in the bESt of circumstances!
(and I sure would like a do-over)
But I have to get this one to the ReStore, and finally start on the next hall tree.
I hope you like it, and I hope the ReStore gets a gOOd price for it!
ps~1. It seems I got something on the internal part of my lens, that’s the weird dark spot you see.
And, 2. The “F & P” are covering the cabinet door handle holes on the box’s front that I somehow overlooked in construction. ; D
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