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They’re finished and ready to go to the antique mall–YaY!

the newest finished Craig's list projects!I made a pair of matching pillows to go with this ’60′s setI sure hope they sell together….and they’ll want some pillows to coordinate!

 the '60's styling of the '60's bench!

The picture above shows you how the new undulating toe kick turned out for the bench.

I bought this fabric for a “little nieces-project” that ended up going in a different direction.  I’m so happy to still have it for this project and LOVE IT!

I have some construction Craig's list #3stuff to share with you too….tomorrow!

Catherine

Remember where I started?

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

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I’m closing in on their finish!

But yesterday I discovered a correction that needed to be made.

I made a miss-cut dividing the tall dresser in two.

the Craig's list dresser, #3

I needed to deconstruct much of the center section of this dresser because of that APPLIED/WRAPPED external center rail system.

Lost in this ODD PUZZLE of construction,

eventually, I forgot about that bottom rail that is necessary to opening the bottom drawer of the NOW bench!

You can see in the picture below my assumption that it was supposed to be the TOP rail of the dresser–WRONG.  And now I’ll have to make some adjustments before I can attach the dresser TOP.

Craig's list dresser #3You can see that I chose a very clean look in this project.

“lacquered”  look for this ’60′s SET!

Another part of this project was to re-create that undulating toe-kick from the dresser for the new bench—I found a  2 x 4  to be perfect in this endeavor, simply lining it up to the dresser toe-kick and tracing out the shape.

Since I still don’t have my own band saw, I ran over to my friendly strippers-  ; D  -to borrow theirs!  Their saw/blade was in desperate need of replacement and didn’t make the cleanest cut so I had a lot of clean up to do with the belt sander.  *But beggars can’t be choosers.

creating an undulating toe-kickprogress on the Craig's list dresser #3

You can see a bit of the finished undulating toe-kick under the bench, and where I left off for the day.  Clearly–I still have some work to go before all is said and done, but things are coming along!

I got a very slow start to my work day because I first headed off to pick up that INCREDIBLE table I’d told you about and got that FAB Louis chair too!  As much as I can’t WAIT to get on them—I’m already ricocheting all around here on several projects and need to keep some focus—

but here’s a sneak peek!

Catherine

the architectural dining table and SQUARE-backed Louis chair

Craig's list #3Worth traveling for.

Brought it back and immediately cut it in 2.

Started making repairs, and sanded and re-stained top of “new dresser.”

Made all necessary construction adjustments to the new forms.

(But one~to be made tomorrow.)

Painting.  Outside.

Almost 60° –shocking.

craig's list #3Craig's list #3

-out of the BOX!

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Tomorrow, I pick up another of my Craig’s list finds!

An incredible, architectural table (to be re-purposed)!

And hopefully, that square-backed Louis chair!

Catherine

I feel like that “hump day” camel. . .

“Guess what day it is–guess what

DAY it is?!?”

Whoot-whoot!

Craig's list #3

Some one~has been touched by some Spring feev’a apparently

and listed some gOOd stuff of Craig’s list!    ~At last!

So I drove the 45 minutes to capture one ’60′s styled, undulating front, dark-blonde dresser–$20!

Ha! Guess what I’m doing with to it?  ; D

It’s a little rougher than the posting showed–nothing I can’t handle.  In fACt–I’ve already taken it apart and cut it into the two projects!

See?!

Let the FUN begin!

Omg–wait till you see the other finds!  An AWEsome architectural dining table, a cabinet, and fingers crossed–a square-backed Louis chair!  I feel giddy!

Catherine

Craig's list-- #3

multi tasking--Spring.  Cleaning.

Multiple family “events.”

Still fighting with that perfect (!@#$%) hall paint color.

~rolling eyes here~

Editing and deleting and more Spring Cleaning….purging gOOd!

Then— u h   o h . . . a M I G R A I N E .

a  M I G R A I N E.The 6th one I’ve ever had.

They. are.

NO.  JOKE.

I spent Monday in the lower- level trying to escape A N Y light and noise.  I spent Tuesday in DARK SUNGLASSES- -but I was out of the basement.

This Midwestern atmosphere is beating me up beyond reason–how I miss the Arizona desert.

The DULL headache I still have seems like a relief and I’ve resumed

Spring Cleaning-

-Cleaned out the underwear and sock drawers of all the “had better days” stuff–time for some fresh and new!  Need to go further through the dresser and closet and shoes.  (…when’s the last time YOU did that?)

-Cleaned out the bathroom drawers and cabinets–even cleaning through make-up for old & things not really used . . . Cut-Cut-Cut.

-Got back to some sewing projects.  Made some new satin pillow cases for mom, finished sewing the rest of the 70′s-styled faux fur pillow forms for my spoiled nieces–just have to stuff and hand-stitch them closed.

*I found a King-sized Matlasse coverlet for $10 in a thrift store and got that sterilized washed for use on some future upholstery projects!  That’s a LOT of fabric for $10!

spring projects--

wiring up long stems on the Christmas hydrangeas

AND….I’ve been playing with the Christmas tree hydrangea heads, adding long stems for some future usage!

Yea~it’s not some FABulous project (that I’m anxious to get back to), but it’s whats been going on.

Hope you’re having a better SPRING than “we” are-

-we’ve had two snow storms since “Spring” arrived–  ¦:  

Catherine

will winter ever go away?

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Yesterday we woke to snow—hmmmmmm.

Dear Winter,

how can we miss you

if you if you won’t go away–?

We’ve been in Spring about an hour now— uh huh.

I’m not convinced.

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Call me an optimist -but- I’ve been pretending it IS Spring and I’ve busied myself Spring Cleaning and deleting and de-cluttering and rearranging things throughout mom’s house.

. . .much to her dismay.

When you have a small house, every bit of space is important and it’s easy to be taken over by –stuff.  (And harder to cut things loose)  Mom was not too happy with me doing this to her, but liked the end results–whew!

These are two quick examples [of the angst I put her through] while everything got a good “cleaning.”  ; D  Again–this is the last room in the house to get a make-over-renovation.  With the plans we have, we need to sell some more Oz stuff to pay this tab!

mom's kitchen--the pantry/stove wallSimple changes–just editing, deleting and shifting things about.  I bought the iron-clustered hooks at Hobby Lobby to organize that crazy bundle of aprons~and YES, they get used!

Spring cleaning in the kitchen--Just a gOOd cleaning and editing and rearrangement here!  A-maz-ing the amount of filth under a microwave and behind a fridge–wOw!

*My mom was inFATuated with Holland during our Air Force-years in France, and wanted a blue and white kitchen.  There are lots of Delft touches throughout~now you get her slate blue stove-?!

**The soffit says: “The only thing to stir up in the kitchen…is trouble.”

…back to cleaning, painting, eradicating all signs of

w i n t e r…da da duhn.

Catherine

Yes, I have a full plate of priority projects -but-

make anything a chalkboard

when I saw this product recently,

I thought it was a really awesome idea-

TRANSFORM EVERYDAY SURFACES

INTO A CHALKBOARD

-and I was eager to try it out!

I tested it on a thrift store over-sized pizza board I really didn’t want after all, deciding it might make an fun message board instead!

The board’s finish was a bit “fuzzy” so I gave it a thorough fine-sanding.

*When I’m using regular chalkboard paint I always give a very light sanding between coats to lessen the brush strokes  -to get the smoothest end finish.

the FAIL--That being said I brushed on a first coating of this product -per their instructions- all in one direction, waited an hour, and brushed on the second coat in the opposite direction, then let it cure for 24hrs.

Okay, NOT liking those brush strokes, I admit to lightly sanding the project before applying the 2nd coating–which did NOT go over well, peeling in a few areas.  So I tried to feather it out and I suppose I over-compensated for it with the 2nd application.  Again–I let it cure over night/24hrs and tried to soften the brush strokes with another light fine sanding–this time it peeled a little in other areas.

“Priming” the board with chalk seemed to exacerbate the issues, and, it actually scratched more of the finish.  To me, this was a project FAIL.  I darkened the picture above so you could better see some of the scratches, and the “blotch” below the 10″ was one of the areas it peeled.

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my pizza board chalkboard-001I turned over the pizza board for a Do-Over and took a different approach.

This time I poured out a small amount and used a cloth to spread it around evenly.  This approach was so much more EVEN and SMOOTH and I applied 4 thinner coatings.  I still gave an hour between coats and 24hrs cure time.

It looked WAY better, and there were no problems when I primed/coated the board with chalk–YaY!

It was really nice writing, erasing, and re-writing on this side of the board!

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I still think this product is an awesome idea  -but-  I also think it’s going to take some “practice makes perfect” to find the best application/outcome.

I love that you can now create a “non-colored” or “clear” chalkboard over an original wall color, door color, glass. . . fabric maybe–?

my pizza board chalkboard-002

Playtime over . . . . . . back to real work now!

Catherine

DSC06512-On a BTW foot note–

that glimpse of blue stove you see is my mother’s 1954 GE slate blue stove.  The only one she’s ever had.  It too has traveled all over thanks to the Air Force!

The little chair (1900) sits beside the stove in memory of our beloved great aunties, just as it always sat beside theirs in the old farm house.

*The kitchen is the only room not renovated-

sOOn,

I hope!

; D

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