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I'm working out!What’s going on and where I’ve been.

My focus has shifted to-  ME.

I’m just finishing my 5th week of big CHANGE.

I’m hard at it-

WORKING

OUT!

With the help of a personal trainer to do it the right way.
I have always been very physically active, so I thought I could jump into the deep end and really get some fast results.  Uh~ W R O N G.
ME!Those are OTHER muscles.  The trainer has me working on the ones long UNused. Oooooph.  But I’m totally in it and fully committed.  And even though I did have to back off some in the 2nd week (doing front planks felt like I broke a rib kind-of-pain), I was still there every day–just doing OTHER stuff.  Weight training 3 days and cardio 3 days a week.
ME and my Mini-ME in our playful tee shirts!  And me with an extra 25lbs -ugh.
I find I actually look forward to the (now) 35 minute fat burning cardio I use as a warm up to begin every morning!  Really!  The “hills” are getting a LOT steeper and I’m a puddle of sweat by the end,

but I’m already feeling stronger &

SO much better after just these 5 weeks!

My goal is to get back HERE—and STAY!

getting back to a thinner ME!

Now~ I promise to get back to sharing
THE regular PROJECTS I’VE BEEN WORKING ON!

Catherine

I’m still here -but-

LIFE has just been more than a

LITTLE bit crazy.

For a while now.
Now don’t think I haven’t been working on projects…

it's just LIFE

it's just LIFE

French country ladder back chairs

One such project has been making over 4 French country ladder back chairs.

The rush seats were totally shot, and the stain color was very worn and “orange.”

HERE- they were waiting their turn at the strippers.  I also had the guys bleach the Cherry hoping to lighten them just a bit more.

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

W H A T.  a.  P A I N.  in the p’tutie to sand these buggers.

I tried using just about EVERY sander I own, and EVERY kind of sand paper and sanding sponge available.  There was just NO EASY WAY to tackle this job.

And it was SO dirty.

But I was totally loving that pale, light wood!

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

Below is a comparison for you to see,

WITH some disappointing results.

Once I had a chair fully sanded, I sampled several stain colors,

a brush-on water based clear coat,

and some clear wax so I could see what I liked best.

*The BRUSH-ON WATER-based clear coat did not change the color of the wood.

But as soon as the SPRAY OIL-based clear coat hit the wood~

the RED in the Cherry popped again.

sanded & clear coated

After a little conference call with the strippers, it was thought that the OIL-based clear coat was at fault.

So I used a SPRAY WATER-based clear coat on the next chair with essentially the same result.

I did notice that the water-based brush-on was sort of “milky.”  And apparently THAT made all the difference in keeping a pale wood tone. But I was UNwilling to clear coat all the chairs with a BRUSH!

Next up—the Italian Matelasse upholstery!

Catherine

Thank Goodness!

no. more. dog.

what's WRONG in this picture?

. . . THAT done . . .

The Dressers

the dressers~

They were in their basement.  Storing tools at some point.  But basement was damp’ish and dressers got a tad moldy.  Took them to strippers.

Did you know that stripping chemicals can kill mold as well as bad smells?

Now remedied of those two problems, it was decision time.  Do I spend more time and money on REfinishing them, leave them raw (someone else can do what THEY want) OR paint them?

I opted to deal with THE TOPS.

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

Sort of REworked~

The smaller dresser~ stained and waxed top, painted body with raw wood and waxed face frame.  Reproduction hardware.

The larger dresser~ stained and waxed top, the rest- just left raw and reinstalled original mismatched hardware.

And– REproduction wood wheels for both.

Sadly, both dressers were stripped of their  -handkerchief drawers, and  -framed mirrors.

Catherine

. . . there’s a missing wall in this space.

Because it used to be ONE – HUGE space and is now subdivided.

And the neighbor has this large 3-paneled screen.  With a dog.  A ridiculous dog.  Annoying me to NO END.  So I’ve come up with a remedy I’ll work on today.  Otherwise, I’m trying to take it easy today—I need a day off!

I NEED that beach I’m dreaming of…sigh

THIS is my HaPPy PLacE!

Okay~ dream over~ well, deferred

~

what's WRONG in this picture?

WHAT doesn’t belong here . . . hmmmm . . .

Catherine

what's WRONG in this picture?

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

AND there’s WaY more waiting for space to free up. . .

OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up sale

At last~

things are mostly unpacked, cleaned, staged, and tagged.  The space for this sale is FULL! And numerous things are stashed in the wings to fill it back up when space opens up.

TIRED is a fit description and I am dreaming of a hot, sunny beach and a bottomless drink!

Thought I’d share a couple more of those quick projects to jazz things up for the sale!

A very quick rocker and chair REcover!

using an old mattress pad for upholstery!In the haste of time I guess I forgot BEFORE pictures~again.  The chair got a full on paint job, but the rocker just needed cleaning and polishing.

BOTH needed a new seat and I had to cut wood to fit and start from scratch.

-I used sagless burlap on the chair and

-believe it or not-

an old mattress pad on the rocker!  The soft “patina” and stitching pattern was absolutely perfect for this caned rocker.

You just never know where the best “fabric” can come from  ; D  always keep an open mind!

And BTW-

I dug through a box of old lace & pillow flange tatting we found to use for trim instead of gimp or welting on some of these projects!

just a great old rocker!

just a great old rocker!

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

I forgot to iron out that crease mark in the sagless burlapoooops!
THIS burlap is tightly woven and SOFT!  And, I think, fine on an occasional chair seat.

Catherine

OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up saleThe estate sale I’m working on has a LOT of interesting things,

giving me a lot of angst to RESIST!

I really don’t NEED more things.

I confess I AM adding to my silver collections though!

 

An upstairs bedroom was storing a very old, pitiful-looking bench.  Sure~it needed a good dose of love, but would be great for their sale! Catherine to the rescue!  ; D

It had a broken arm, a warped leg, and was pretty loosey-goosey.  The seat’s springs had become pretty wonky, but its leather was intact and still relatively supple.

Overall, a basic REdo!

an entry hall bench

~I drilled out/cleaned up the original doweled joints to fix the arm.

~I used a pocket screw method to reinforce and firm up the wiggly frame.  Which seemed to straighten the “warped” leg some.

~I applied new furniture-upholstering webbing underneath to REsupport the springs and pulled the nail heads.

THEN I sanded, primed, and painted!

Already looking better, I added it to the growing list of pieces that would need to be REcovered.  But they’d all be done together in a few days.

an entry hall bench~ REPAIRS

an entry hall bench~ UPHOLSTERY

I had several projects going at once, but when the weather changed for the worse on us I decided to go “play” indoors with some upholstery!

I played with several options for this bench–like vintage linens and ticking, some unusual damask patterns~ and a feed sack.

In the end, the feed sack won out because it was more FUN!

And I trimmed it out with vintage pillow case tatting!

Catherine

an entry hall bench~ UPHOLSTERY

My coat hook rail happened to match so I moved it over here to pair them in staging!  I’ll share pictures of the space soon—it’s really taking shape!

an entry hall bench~ UPHOLSTERY

see the light!

I know, corny!  And for the 2nd time~

apology_loading

 

 

 

 

see that old wooden TRIPOD?

The countdown is on–we get the new antique mall space for this sale tomorrow!

I spent the latter half of the day upholstering chairs yesterday, I’ll share those next time!  Until then~wanted to share THIS with you!

Among their belongings was this cool old wooden tripod–that I think was for one of two old Brownie cameras that will be put up for sale.

A quick 30 minute REvission!

Just seemed like it would be more fun as

a floor lamp!

With an Edison Bulb!

Right?

Catherine

the TRIPOD lamp!

I did leave a harp bracket for someone to add a shade!
And the legs let you adjust the height!

the TRIPOD lamp!the TRIPOD lamp!