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as previously revealedonce again- I failed on the “transfer” front.
Surprise, surprise.

But, I “fixed” things with the help of a Sharpie Marker and a charcoal pencil.
I sealed both with a clear coat -and had to walk away for “mom-stuff.”

I try to work on or wrap up anything I can with each little bit of time I can steal, and I found a small window to get these two framed up!  YaY!
I used some salvage & some vintage mill work from an old torn down farmhouse.

transfer FAILS and rescues-

I’m going to  -try, TRY AGAIN-  with Polycrylic!
Which I’m told is the way to go—I’m on it David!

That “definition of Sanity” thing keeps ringing in my head,
but I’m tenacious like that!    ; D

I’ll let you know how the next try goes!

(ha-ha)

Catherine

the framed transfers-

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ENTER!You truly just
don’t know
HOW
important

enter

is
until you
don’t have it!

A-MAZ-ing what that key does!  And a sticking Backspace & part time Shift key are problematic too.  Ugh.

 

♠ Did I mention this was all due to a DISTANTLY tipped-over, small glass of cranberry juice that went airborne.  Like a ballistic missile–target keyboard.
Direct Hit.

One newly replaced keyboard, 5 days, $152—and I’m ENTER’ing away now!

Enter, enter, enter, enter, enter, enter, enter, enter (’cause I can) enter, enter, enter, enter, enter, enter, enter, enter away!

Corinthian Capitols-While things have-sort of-settled down & my mother readies for MAJOR surgery-

I’m getting to work on a few projects!

I’ve been wanting to do something with this pair of Corinthian capitols
for a while.  A N D- I have some “scrap” wood on hand.
Architectural stuff is always a fun project, soooo . . .
how about a pair of PILASTERS!

I cut my boards to length for a 6ft total height, then ripped them to 6″ wide on the table saw.
THEN, I ran them through the router table with a lrg cove bit to give the sides a little extra detail.
BUT, I created stops to control the end detail.

Lastly- I created a pair of plinths to overlay the bottoms and added a detailed cap. . .

. . . sanded everything and got busy putting all the pieces together!

the bases of my Pilasters-

The over-laid plinths & cap were just glued and nailed in place.
The Corinthian capitols were joined by pocket screws.
And you can see by the back stamp they were made in Italy!

made in Italy! using pocket screws to join the parts-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two things of note here-
1. The capitols are made of composite materials.  The face side is actually some type of refined molded wood (like MDF?) and can be stained.  The “fill” is a highly compressed wood chip & glue mixture.  Super strong and a whole lot cheaper than carved wood!
2. You can see my pencil marks that indicate stopping points for the router table. 

The finish may totally shock you—it’s Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint!  Aged Rusty Metal, specifically.  Because of the mixture of materials, I was going to default to a shabby-chic white painted finish, but I wanted a dark base to show through, and this can was still handy from the previous project. . . and look at the outcome!

Don’t ‘cha love a HaPPy AcCiDeNT!
So I’m callin’ this

fini!

a pair of architectural Pilasters!

Stain would NOT have brought the varying materials together
so consistently, but this metallic spray paint DID!
AND looks like STAIN!!!

And THAT’s an easy WIN
I’ll take- all day long!

Catherine

my architectural PILASTERS! my architectural PILASTERS!

 

my architectural PILASTERS!

If you’ve been with me a while, you know I can’t
seem to figure out those. . . Dang. Transfers.

It makes. me. crAzy.

So I thought I would try out (per the official website) Mod Podge‘s version of How To …I say with rolling eyes.  I sort of  got it to work.  Arrrgh.

I figured out what I wanted to try—a black & white, a mixed composition, and one of full color.  All 3 would become framed wall art.  God willing.

I cut scrap pine to size, sanded & primed to prep for my images.

another attempt at transfers

Again, following their instructions, I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge to the black & white print, then carefully applied IT to the primed wood.  It was very easy to tweak its positioning & I initially rubbed it down with my fingers.

A squeegee/plastic scraper made sure it was well applied with no air bubbles, and I cleaned up the excess drippings and put it aside to dry for 24hrs.

I repeated the same easy steps with the next two.  Ha- I got this!

another attempt at transfers

And then it all went south.

DIY trial- ModPodge transfers

Fail.  ugh.

The black & white print became pink’ish, the b&w/color combo–well, you can see for yourself.  The full color actually worked out—except that it’s a bit blurry?

#1 and #2.  I used the ‘damp sponge’ to gently rub away the paper.  Nothing.  Apparently I used SUPER paper?  It took a terry wash cloth to get the paper to rub away.  But it also took the image with it—and I promise I was being gentle!    

DIY trial- ModPodge transfers#3.  I decided to lay a saturated wet cloth over it for a bit and then try to rub off the paper.  THAT worked.  I thought that was the trick and REsanded & REprimed the first two for a do-over.

A N D- this time I decided to try something trulypurely Black & White hoping it wouldn’t turn pink’ish.

I went through all the original steps UP TO the sponge.  I laid the wet cloth over each to totally soften the paper and try rubbing it away.  Apparently that 1st success was “a fluke?”  Or does color make a difference?

DID find that I could ROLL the paper away–
but the remaining image was “ghostly.”

Ugh---transfers!

I let it sit for a while –in frustration– you know.

A N D—then I got out a sharpie marker and colored in the faint transfer-  rolling eyes here.

transfer FAILS and rescues-

I lve transfers——I hate transfers. 

And-

I Lve you to the fridge & back!

I need a glass bottle of wine.  And maybe frame a couple of these?  Hmmmmm, or just create something from all these wine corks!  ; D

Catherine

a vintage folding table…just a few more of the broken items “gifted” me.

I LVE this table!

I especially love uncovering some of the mechanics & methods that were used–wAy back in the day!

The system they used to lock in the legs is actually pretty ingenious, don’t you think?                                        Although, it is a little bit wobbly, I’ll bet if the long locking-slat was WIDER it would remedy that issue!
In this instance, even though I could make things sturdier- I wanted to leave it “original.”

a vintage folding table

The table was fully stripped to clean it up–the original finish was NOT cool!
It took a LOT of sanding to further clean up, and then just a clear stain mixed w/a very small amount of tint to REstain the TOP to BOTTOM.
Ugh…yeah…not good enough.  It definitely needed some color.
I finished the top with 3 layers of paste wax for a silky finish.

the old school desk chair

I moved on to the really old school desk chair.  THAT only needed a good sanding, the leftover tinted stain from the table, and I sealed it with a clear coat.
I accidentally got some stain on the (kind of) rusty pedestal—interestingly, it made it look better.  So I hit it all and wiped it down!

The pedestal is “adjustable,” but I left it where it was.  I toyed with raising it the whole way for cleanup, but let’s face it- I went for lazy.
Even without being bolted to the floor, it’s surprisingly stable!

 

Here it is with the table!

the vintage folding table & the antq school chair!

And now
what to do with that old broken kitchen chair?

Apparently, I’ve forgotten all about Before Pics anymore!

the old, UGLY, kitchen chairIt looks like an ugly 70’s or 80’s era oak kitchen chair.  With a missing- broken off back.  Which is actually a bit of an improvement.  A bit, okay?

I gave it a light sanding for a “tooth” and then painted it a blue’ish green I really luv!  I padded and upholstered with one of my big brother’s old, W O R N-O U T quilts.

It’s surprisingly a pretty comfortable seat-

and could be kinda’ cute in a bathroom!

Catherine

*THIS was a really tough post to write.  I knocked over a glass of cranberry juice -which, just like a Bull’s eye- aimed perfectly for my keyboard!  Arrrrrgh!  Now ENTER doesn’t work.  Just try using your computer without ENTER~impossible!

Sure- I do love to REcreate and REinvent some crazy stuff, but,
seriously, it’s come to this?

“I have this broken rocker and thought of you.
I just know you can do something with it!”

the broken rocker~Um. . . thanks. . . ?

 

Rocker treads eat up space
-that I don’t have so much of-
so I hung it from the rafters in front of my wall of paints thinking it would be out of the way until I figure out what to do with it.

Honestly- I was thinking to just part it out into other projects, but, I don’t know yet.

I hit my head on that dang thing more than once.  One time, SO hard I saw stars.  And had a headache for a day.

 

When I get mom and all her things settled each day, I’ve been -trying- to give myself time in my studio, where so many projects await my attention.  OMGosh, it’s just nice to be IN my studio.  And even with my loooong absence–I’ve had enough of that rocker.

Do I take it apart, or to another level?  Hmmmm. . .

Have you ever seen a rocker for 2?  A rocker and a half?  A chaise-rocker?
What if I deconstruct part of it & just REmake it into something… W I D E R?

a new life for a broken rocker a new life for a broken rocker

 

¹  The LEFT side was the broken and missing parts side, so I removed that side’s legs & rocker tread and made the numerous repairs.  I gave the re-glued and clamped parts 24 hrs to fully set up.

²  I used heavy card-stock paper to make a template of the right side seat contours.  I ripped some leftover 2×6 lumber for the width & thickness to create an extended seat.

³  I flipped & copied that contour to the new left side, cut it out with a jigsaw, sanded, created pocket screw joinery for some areas, and pre-drilled for 3″ screws at other joints.  I also had to REshape how the 2 fronts join together. 

a new life for a broken rocker

a new life for a broken rocker

diagram of a chair

Above you can also see I REdrilled with a 1″ mortising bit to REfit the legs and rocker tread.  What you can’t see in these pics is that I also pre-drilled for large dowels to join the legs together for stability—
aka STRETCHERS.

Until I was able to go buy the appropriate size dowel, I just moved on to prepping and painting.

a new life is coming together for this rocker!

I added extra supports for the seat (& the new padding).

extra supports for the seat

I heavily padded, then upholstered the seat.

I was actually a little disappointed.  I only wanted to have an upholstered seat TOP, maintaining all the wood edges and frame.  But when I had to put screws into the front for support (even though I could have counter-sunk & plugged them) I nixed it for the ease of a wrapped seat.

the new padded seat-

the new padded seat-

During the week I was able to get a couple 5/8″ oak dowels.
I shaped/tapered the ends to fit snugly into the mortised holes.  These dowels are now the stretchers that tie the legs together and bring stability
to the chair.
The last thing was to run & apply welting for a clean finish.

~and the rocker has a new life

the jury's out on this one, huh?

Here it is at the antique mall!
That seat is really comfy seat!

A Rocker & a half
jury’s out, huh?

Catherine

A Rocker & a half!

omg! A project!

Stealing an hour here, a half hour there,
I’ve gotten to work on a few projects!

A broken rocker, a vintage folding table, a really old school chair,
a broken kitchen chair, I cleaned up a small, very simple old dough bowl…
and REdo a REpurposed 2-tiered stand.

I was SO happy just to get to work on –something!


–Summer 2017 was the last one my mini-me-niece asked to spend with me.
She’s older now and would rather hang out with her friends—
I say with a pouty bottom lip, they grow up too fast.

* She went to the gym with me all summer.  We played, goofed around, annoyed & harassed each other, experimented with all kinds of vegetarian dishes–and she wanted to work on a few projects with me!
*Gosh, I hope she still favours me above all others.

my mini-me working on a project!She discovered pinterest that summer and saw something she wanted to try making.  We dragged through my stashes for interesting parts.  We cut up and sectioned parts of a bed post, and I happened to have some wood rounds.  I made all the cuts, and gave guidance on how to put the parts together, but she did everything else and had her own ideas for what she wanted.  She seemed pleased in the end, and loaded it with mini cupcakes for a family bbq—and then wanted to sell it for the money!  That’s my girlie!

Unfortunately, it never did sell, and I think she’s long forgotten the project–so I pulled it out of my antq mall space and painted the whole thing just plain ole white.  It actually looks awesome now, and I’m not sure if I should tell her about it.  But it’s back in the mall for sale again!

my mini-me working on a project!

She primed and painted all the parts, and I helped her create a fanciful top with chandelier and lamp parts.

I helped her drill center holes to join everything together with a wooden dowel and wood glue.

The wood rounds were sanded, then I ran them through the router table with a 1″ round over bit.  She sanded away with a variety of my sanders.  I think she found them all kind of fun!

I can’t find the picture showing it all loaded up with cupcakes,
darn it, and it looked really cool!

Catherine & Aleigha

my mini-me working on a project! my mini-me working on a project!