working on the doors--My ears won’t pop,

my head is about to explode from all the coughing,

my nose doesn’t stop running, this at the end of the flu? So unfair–but,

it is sO gOOd to BE OUTside and working on a project again!!!


After sanding both doors, I got started waxing them with liming wax for a sort of “white washed” look!

I also made some decisions about the “interior.”  I would have loved to play with some gray or blue and old white combo, but giving consideration to where this will go and what it will be around, AND the china it will hold, I stayed with the tones of “wood, liming wax, chocolate.”  So, essentially—browns.  ; D

Instead of JUST PAINTING the interior walls and shelves, I splashed on some initial paint but spread it out and around with a Venetian plaster spatula.

Here’s why1. Using a V-p spatula pushes the paint into the wood’s grain and crevices, it reduces how much paint/pigment is left on the surface making a semi translucent finish (with more color than stain).  2. The V-p spatula leaves a silky-smooth finish without any sanding!  3. Such a thin amount of paint dries almost immediately–YaY.  *I did decide to lightly sand for some distressing.

applying paint w/a Venetian plaster spatula

covering the plywood edges--The interior walls and shelves were done so fast–I got to move right on to adding the edge banding—it was nEVer going to look properly finished looking at plywood edges!

I bought ¾” pre-glued Red Oak veneer edge banding, $2.69 for 8ft.  I had about 6″ left at the end (whew).

You iron it on (melting the glue) but I had all those curves so I also used a heat gun ~and a towel to hold it in place until it set ’cause it’s hOt!  Then I sanded the surface and edges for a nice finish, and it looks FABulous!

I reapplied the original backboard but then overlaid it with tongue & groove planks on the horizontal.

Today–I have just a few details to be finished and I’ll get to bring it in the house and

load it up!

adding horizontal planks--Yeah, sorry I’m being a little slick with the black & whites, but I’d rather show you the finishes when it’s



almost finished--

What happened?

Talk about getting blind-sided.

I was SO busy plugging away on multiple things. . .I have NO idea where that flu bug came from.  But, as soon as I’m totally well  ~I’m getting a flu shot~ so I don’t go through that again!  Thanks for all the well-wishes!

Unfortunately, something seems to have piggy-backed onto that flu bug -fABulous- and I’m still seriously dragging around.

Yesterday I decided enough was enough and headed outside.  Barely 60° and a BIG ole mess of fallen leaves and debris from the squirrels & walnuts because of no daily tidying, and the grass was sO overgrown–you see where this is going.

doin' some fall clean up--

doin' some fall clean up--~Felt like I was moving in s l o w motion and took WaY longer than normal, but I pressed on—and think the physical workout and fresh air was good for me.  And, things look nice again—even with things dying, (the reason I’m not into Fall).



I was so happy to look back in on my projects and am pretty anxious to get back to work!

This is where I left things,

*before my nieces and Oktoberfest and the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the flu–

I need to stand back, take another look, AND APPROACH.

I’m not diggin’ it -yet- but it will come together.

And–here’s the base of the library table stripped, plus an old dresser that was just gifted me–and needs some “beautification.”


. . . -I’ll just pace myself-

the base of the Library Table stripped


a recently given "gift"

Plans change.

What I always wanted was open storage so I could SEE ALL my pretty china!

So when I -just for kicks- propped the doors back in place I was pretty surprised at how much I liked them.  Oh. Poo. Now what…?

the plan and the change--?

…even you guys like it with doors. . .hmmm.  Sooo. . .

Another change of plans became stripping it.  Professionally.  I had a full plate of projects and this little addition was going to take a good bit of time.

*I negotiated a good price + Blizzards for an immediate strip-job.  ; D

My hope was that all the woods would strip down light enough and be REstained in one united light-medium, soft-medium color.  Fingers crossed.

getting my project professionally stripped--

getting out the tools for the next phaseSo the guys hustled to strip my project and I promptly jumped on sanding.

I pulled out 3 different sanders and coarse-med-fine paper to get the look I was wanting. Unfortunately, even after a bleach-job, the header and feet were still darker.

Plan B.  After focusing on all that sanding -just to the outside- I got out the Liming wax.  Which did give me more of a “natural~bleached wood finish” but the feet and header were still a miss-match.

This was all last Friday.

I finished the outside -which looked nice- but I wasn’t 100% sold.

And -I decided to wrap it up for the night—with good timing because two of my princess-nieces came to spend the night and go to Oktoberfest the next day!  Where I made the mistake of having a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick.  SUPER GOOD but TOO RICH and left me feeling “off” on such a FAB-78° day!

keep-calm-and-go-to-flea-marketSunday was to be an even better day!  It was the very last Elkhorn Flea Market ~and the only one I would make it to for the whole season!

But somewhere between the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the alarm going off at 3:10 am. . .

I got the flu.

As much as I was trying to fake being WELL and go anyway–it just wasn’t gonna happen, and I’ve had a miserable week.  My biggest project was changing the bed sheets Wednesday to psych myself into feeling better—or write this post. . .

sickBe back soon,


revamping the bottom of the cabinet--The bottom.

Since deciding to “work with” the cabinet, adjustments had to be made.  It was a deeper cabinet, had a face-frame, and a solid deck/base with only a decorative front molding.

~I pried off that decorative front molding to discover about a 2″ rail underneath, which was just enough to work with, so I cut off the sides to match.

~I beveled the bottom edge using a chamfer bit in the router, which made a clean and simple “eased” design to meet the new feet.

~I used some scrap 2×8’s to make 4 corner blocks. The over-sized, thick cuts more than filled the corners and let my salvaged ball and claw feet sit flush and well secured.  The blocks were glued and nailed in place.

my chamfered edge blocks for feet--

Above, you see the feet I decided to use. (Salvaged off a thrift store desk, THIS is the 1st project I used them in–8 total, I only have 2 left now.)

To get them placed right and accurately, I used an old template trick.

Using what was on hand, I grabbed some worn out sandpaper,

I took advantage of its holes and cut the size and shape of the foot,

then positioned my template on the blocks one at a time

marking where I needed to drill!  So easy–no guess work!

templates to get the feet placed accurately--

one of my STEP DRILL BITSNext, I used a step drill bit to create the pilot holes to screw in my feet.  Since this is SO much easier explained “in person-live,” I’ll do my best here. . .

I wanted the feet to screw in tight.  Using a standard drill bit just a little smaller than the threading of the feet would have been fine, but would become loose in time.

Using my step drill bit from the right size down, 5/16ths, created 3 sizes to screw into

my biggest and proper size where I began to screw the threading of the foot in, working progressively smaller -and tighter- as it met the smaller drilled area/hole.

I only drilled up to the 5/16ths measure (the 3rd smallest diameter) for my threaded feet.  I added a link above, and again HERE to a page that sells these bits so you could see the wide variety of step bits out there for just as many tasks!  I have and use about 5–

*The big box stores and hardware stores all sell these, but probably in the most commonly used styles and sizes.  I’ll try to share some other projects, ways, and reasons you’ll want to use these things down the road!

The EASED/chamfered edge and the new feet attached!Above, you can see how the small detail of

the doors and new hardware--beveling/chamfering the bottom edge of the cabinet EASED the contour of the design to the feet!

The devil’s in the details~right?

I started to play with hardware (since the doors are going back on)—I was excited to finally get to use this FABulous pair of handles I found flea marketing so looooong ago!  I know you can’t see them fully, but they’re incroyable!♥


~promise, next post will be more about the finishes!

Once again, THIS is what I started with.

the thrift store 90cent cabinet


the sketch and idea of what I wanted--An incredible deal at 90¢ …I truly figured I would take it apart for its wood to build the cabinet in my sketch.

Then I realized my design could potentially be found  -in the core of- this cabinet.  Obviously, I’ll have to make adjustments -but it could be done!

~See, cut-cut-cut!

1st– I needed to lop off the ugly, boxy, valanced top to shorten it, which you can see in the upper picture.

2nd– I had to re-figure the 3 sectional depths.  My original design plan descended from 14″ to 11″ to 8″ –this cabinet 16½” deep, reduced to 12½” to 8½”.

I used painter’s tape to give a better visual while I was trying to re-plan the sections, and then make the cuts~and I traced the painter’s TAPE ROLL to make those soft curves!

cutting the 3-sectional depths

the new header--
This is the header I bought looong ago at  A Classy Flea on a trip to Atlanta.  It was wAy too long/wide for my project and had to be cut down–but isn’t it just perfect!?!

I used some of the scrap wood cut off’s to create the rail the header will sit on/attach to. (picture collage below)  The easiest thing was to use a section of the original front face-frame, or, stile.

*STILES are the vertical pieces and  RAILS are the horizontal pieces you see in the frame work of doors and cabinetry.

In the collage below, you can see my very sophisticated re-configuration process to keep the decorative ends of the header.  ; D

I’ll leave things here for this post with these “upper” alterations.

Hope you’re finding this interesting and will come back for the 2nd part of this transformation…..


Oh!  The doors have it!

working on the new header--

Cut, cut, cut.

my  90-CENT  thrift store cabinetSo, you guys know how much

I love to cut stuff up

 a good RE-invention….

I think you’re gonna like this one–

a lot!


I decided in this post to do things a little inside out and backwards.

~I’ll show you where I began and the end of construction right away!

~THEN I’ll take you through

how I got there


what’s happening next.



Hope you’ll come back to see the De&Re-construction process, plus I need a little input from you guys….

My plan was to build completely open storage~but I’m kinda liking the doors–!

Now I don’t know which way to go.  Help!



RE-inventing the 90-cent thrift store cabinet

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

Furniture Feature Fridays


the old record cabinetThe old record cabinet may be finished~but it  still  seems to have no clear identity.

Sure, all the slots are gone that made it a record cabinet, but it is just a bit too tall at 37″ to be a good side table or night stand (even with a high bed).

Well, it’s going to the antique mall for sale–and someone else can figure it out!

   ~  ~  ~

I cut shelves to slide into those slots.  If you look closely you’ll see the slots are DADO’s and the ends/sides of the shelves are RABBETs!

I finished painting, and after lightly distressing the outside to reveal a bit of the undercoat of white primer–I LIKED IT–so I left well enough alone and just waxed it.

The final touch was covering the door’s cut out with 3/8″ chicken wire.  Tomorrow I’ll apply trim to clean it up.  *I wanted to router a rabbet to sink the wire but the curved door would require a trim router–which I don’t have~yet.

Wait till you see my newest project–I’m cutting things up again!

See you tomorrow-


the old record cabinet--making the shelves

the old record cabinet--adding chicken wire

the old record cabinet--the refinished top

the old record cabinet


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