Yes, finished. At last. Been a L O N G time coming and I know Judy is so happy to have it back!
If only surgery came with a crystal ball so you could plan accordingly. I’m feeling -mostly- back to work, but some tools are still out of bounds for safety-sake. Handwriting is also still a big struggle, but I’ve adapted to typing on the computer—YaY!
With many things to share,
I’ll start with this ENDING—
read the original stories of this project HERE and HERE.
BEFORE- a nice MCM. . .
Now, inspired by Swedish design.
Besides painting, there was the “ordeal” of choosing hardware.
I struggled—then Judy came to make the selection and
stah’ r u g g l e d too.
So many things worked—simple wood knobs to blend in, a L&R pull, a variety of drops. She finally settled on simple brass drop handles with the accent of some acorn drops.
And then we needed to TARNISH away that bright shiny brass.
She wanted an old look, and bright & shiny wasn’t gonna cut it.
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I’ve got so many irons in the fire I’m feeling a little bit schizo’.
Sometimes- it’s best to work on something from start to finish.
Sometimes– it’s better to work assembly line-like.
I’m finding the latter to be more effective right now and—why I’m so scattered. Which makes it all tough to share with you
what I’m working on.
Here’s the big deadline for a lot of my projects. . .
If you’re in the Chicago area—would LUV to see you!
Here’s a peek at one of (maybe 2) those projects.
Drawn out, cut out, even sanded clean and ready for the next step of the project!
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My niece-i-l found this cool old chair thrifting!
My nephew hates it.
He has no vision.
And apparently neither did the chair.
Have you ever worked on a project that fought you at every turn?
Me and this chair—we did not get along. It seriously resisted change.
Marie sanded & REstained it, and came with it and some new fabric to get REupholstered Saturday night.
It all started with the chair being seriously ornery about just boosting it up on saw horses to work. Then the staples kept shooting through the fabric. Every angle was impossible to get into/at. The velvet in the fabric kept throwing off the timing on my sewing machine while I was running welting. AND I burnt my fingers a ‘cazillion times wrestling with and gluing the welting in place~arrrgh.
A simple enough job that should have taken an hour (maybe two)—
finally finished Sunday afternoon.
I’ve never been so happy to say
Now leave me and go back home. . .
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Yep~doin’ another show!
And I’ve got a lot to do to get ready.
Does that explain some of my projects of late?
I need “smalls!” You know—Cash & Carry items for those not looking for furniture. I’ve collected a lot of inspiration & ideas to draw from—
and this is another of those ideas!
It began with making some patterns from ¼” veneered plywood.
I sketched out a shape I liked with chalk, cut it out with a jigsaw, and sanded it smooth. It’ll be so much easier to replicate as needed!
You can see above that I used an old, solid wood cabinet door—¾” thick. That thickness let me run them through the router for a nice edge detail! Then I sanded and primed them both.
That was last night.
I gave both boards a fine sanding, then got busy working out my graphics ideas and printed them out on onion skin. I plan to decoupage the printed images onto the boards.
These are two of my graphic selections, and the outcome of one. I’ll share more on these soon—
With just a few details to finish up. . .
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I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.
It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down. Catch 22.
While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together. Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).
I’m still working on MY pair of [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff I’ll be sharing soon enough!
Until then~my pair of nesting trays!
Yes, I was channeling you Terry! ; D
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I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects! But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?
I didn’t sleep well the night before,
while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project. Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!
So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job! ; D
Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.
*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.
Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4). I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths. Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.
Task #3—creating the sides. I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler. Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.
Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners. After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.
I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!
And I LUV it!
I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!
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