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the old pencil sharpener--So, I have been busy-busy with this closet.  And some squirrels, but more on that later.

After gutting the closet of its contents, I needed to gut the closet of the old “reconfiguration” and make a lot of wall repairs.

You can see the raw/unfinished plywood sides and wAy too thin shelveswhich is why this setup never really worked.

~But, check out that very old pencil sharpener!  I’ll put that back!

The old closet being re-worked!Gutted and repaired, I repainted the old walls a pale blue’ish gray that I had on hand.  You can really see how small this space is— 2′ w  x  2’4″ d.  Next, I ripped and cut scrap wood for cleats to support the shelves.

countertop endcuts---The shelves were a surprise material.

I planned to use melamine and have adjustable shelves -but- when I was perusing the size options to make the most cost-effective and efficient cuts I happened to notice these counter top end cuts.

12″ D  x  4ft L and $2 each.  Huh-??  There were lots of finish options including some that looked like leather, and most had an ogee edge!!

Cut in half, I could get 2 shelves from each board!

6 shelves for $6!!


Downloads4The melamine was going to run roughly $60 ~because I would have bought the full length pegged sides for the adjustable shelves.

So I changed my plan!

And I changed a few other things too.  I decided to reorganize things and make the closet’s focus all about snacks, extra supplies, then cleaning “stuff.”  *There was a lot of “junk” in there that got cleaned out.  Maybe it’ll change down the line, but for now, this is working much better.

the reorganized closet--

 new flloring and base moldingThe final thing I did was to cover over the very last of the hideous original 1961 faux cork floor.  It took 4½ 50¢ tiles to change the look and clean it up~ nice.  And I added base molding.

To summarize

3 pieces of counter top   $6

1 wire hanging basket   $5

2 hanging grippers   $5

5 12″ x 12″ floor tiles   $1.25

base molding   $6


A fresh, clean, NEW look for   $23.25!

. . . Next. . . !


hall closet BEFORE & AFTERI’m sharing this project with one of my favorite bloggers—-


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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!


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








See you tomorrow

with a new project!



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

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YaY!  for flea markets!What could possibly be more fun than a gOOd flea market!?! sigh


These are things I saw at the Scott Antique Market in July.   Things I forgot about sharing.

Sorry if this is -long- but you know this market is ALWAYS incredible!  You really should go sometime. . . .

-Right out the gate I was hit with the English scalloped hall table and caned chairs you see below—they were waiting for pick up, already SOLD!

-Check out the ormolu on that desk below–even painted!

-The Chippendale sofa was a whopping $60 and I seriously thought about how to get it in the car!

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis vendor was picked pretty clean–with items like this bed remaining, imagine what she sold!  And that vintage belt sold while I was trying to take a picture of it.

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketI heard several folks gasp at the price of this FAUX BOIS BENCH.  Yes, $1,000. is high, but I’ve seen wAy higher prices for lesser quality–and this was by FAR nicer than any I’ve ever seen.  So well done, it DID look like wood, even the seat!

The Scott Antique MarketThis vendor was also the builder of these headboards–fabulous craftsmanship!

The Scott Antique MarketI couldn’t help but think of the fun projects built around these car parts!

. . .no idea why I’ve become so completely fascinated with car parts. . . .

The Scott Antique Market

The Scott Antique MarketI ALWAYS love architectural items, but nothing was matching up with my needs ( ; D ) or budget.  : (

The Scott Antique Market

The Scott Antique MarketI love this old fire place radiator, and could totally see it repurposed into a child’s bench!

And I really liked this leather case–if my memory is good, I think they were asking $25.

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The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis vendor’s stuff was  a-MAZ-ing!  If you want info on her, email me, she ships all over!

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis gentleman was SO incredibly knowledgeable and generous about/with info on silver—and don’t you love his “check out station?!”

The Scott Antique Market The Scott Antique MarketThese bolsters were made from bleached rugs. . . amazing, huh?!

The Scott Antique MarketDid I overwhelm you with all the cOOl stuff?

And I only went to the “B” side of the market…

told you you should go to this market!



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on my way….

leaving AZ…..up at 3am.

Left Chandler by 4am.

This was my view as I reached the far North of Phoenix just past 5 (tears shed).

Driving out, the beautiful Saguaro cacti looked like they were waving me good bye (a few more tears).

This was coming into Flagstaff—


WinslowI had a quick breakfast (RedBull) in Winslow—but I promise, I wasn’t standing on any corners!  BTDT!

Unfortunately, I started to have some nagging concerns about the UHaul truck and the way it was driving.  The UHaul guys in Albuquerque took great care of me and I was back on the road—2+ hours later.

New Mexico

New MexicoSo, I’ve only made it to Amarillo.

And there’s a really bad wind storm.

Signs on the highway were “ENCOURAGING” everyone to get off the road for a while….

I’m safe in a hotel for the night.


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Made it to Albuquerque. ….

But have a 2+ hour delay at UHaul for truck issues.

Whew!  All is good again (fingers crossed)!


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ready to go---I leave in the very early morning—

I’m praying I miss all the storms with my one day of delay.

Wish me luck.


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the ReStore bed lampI found this ~old~ bed lamp in the ReStore a while back I thought my little princess-niece might like, but she spied something else of mine and–well–she’s my girl!

So this one was up for grabs again and I thought I’d flip it in the antq mall.

I stripped its UuuuG-ly coverings down,

re-faced it in a thick, nubby linen and

then gave it a secondary loose layer from an old scalloped dresser scarf!

Et, voilà!

the ReStore bed lamp redo!


Much more fun~right?!


next. . . .

the ReStore bed lamp redo!

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