W e l l~ I managed to get to the final market of the season!

I’ve missed the last (?) 3 season’s until this last one—and felt like I deserved to reward myself by going!

I was so excited to go~I woke at 3am.  Was ready to go in about 35 minutes.  Got there at 6am—fully expecting to be like the 2nd person there at THAT early hour.  Imagine my surprise to find I was #3 arriving from my direction (about a 12 car line arriving from the other direction).

It was PITCH DARK~and this was my view as the sun rose.  WoW.

my view at 1st light

my view at 1st light

There were SO many aMAZing things at this last market, but SO many people it was near impossible to take many pictures.  I did get a few to share!

I’ll show you what I got tomorrow~

amazing things I’m working on immediately

to take to the Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8.

I hope to see you there!


the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season the LAST flea market of the season

Lastly—this   ah-MAZ-ing 5ft tall piece!

the LAST flea market of the season

a little teaser!

Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

I’ve been SO busy working on projects for Sunday’s show

I’ve been ignoring all else—sorry.

Yep.  No sharing of projects.  No pictures.
No posts.  Radio silence.
Bear with me~it’s all about to change!

In the meantime~

here’s a little glimpse of~

a little TEASER of~

a few small things going to the show!

I would LUV to see you there. . . ?!


Vintage Market teaser!

I’m in the final push to be ready for

Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

REframing a vintage mirrorThe weather has NOT cooperated for many of the things I planned to work on, so I’m feeling pretty anxious about being ready. . .

it’s going to be one VERY action-packed week.

I’ve been sewing soft goods—but yesterday afternoon when that constant rain finally broke, I headed outside to jump on 2 simpler projects, like—

REframing this heavily beveled, vintage mirror.

I used the door cutoffs from making my Pilaster Light Sconces.  I just love the patina of that wood, and how the sides show evidence of it being a door, so I left the parts of the hinges that were still attached!  I also pegged each of the corners to make stronger mitered joints.  Lastly, I waxed the wood.

Btw—that frame is 2½” wide and ¼” of the mirror is covered by the new frame, see how deep the bevel is?  The last time I priced out a standard beveled glass table top~it was $2 an inch.  Imagine what this might cost nowadays!

~pegged mitered joints, and the leftover and still attached hinges~pegged mitered joints


....thinking about adding vintage hooks....

I’m thinking about adding those vintage wire hooks to make it a very simple entry hall mirror. . . hmmmm. . .


. . .here’s the back side and how I secured the mirror.  Part 2 tomorrow.

the back side of the newly framed mirror

I got super lucky to see this ad on Craigslist

& get there 1st!

I’m usually like 5 minutes too late.

Craigslist ceiling tin!

Now~several sheets were pretty ROUGH but I happily took them anyway—I just knew they could be salvaged!  AND~those were the sheets I started with!

I took a rubber mallet and pounded the sheet “flat.”  Then cut off the GOOD row of 4 squares.  I did NOT toss out the cut off~it’ll be used in another project~wait & see!  ; D

pretty rough~but still worthwhile!

THIS is my newest tool!  An angle grinder!  I’ve wanted one for a while, but I’m pragmatic and only buy as I actually have need.  It cut through that tin like a hot knife through butter!  And I came away INJURY-FREE!

Worth its weight in gold for THAT alone, right?

My newest tool--the angle grinder!

Pretty rough~but still worthwhile! And DON'T through away the scraps!

building the box~Next job was to rip wood and build a box.  Noticing they tend to be very heavy, I thought it prudent to only create a solid bottom ~and framed sides.

That done, I headed back to my cut tin to try wrapping and securing around the frame.  A little trial & err here.

I found it actually harder and really awkward to bend around the frame, so I REgrouped and tried bending and pounding the tin around the edge of the table, THEN went back to wrap the box.  Bingo!

the 1st part of my Ceiling Tin Boxes!

So here’s a tin box.  Whoopie-doo.

Looks like every other tin box I’ve seen flea marketing ordinary.

I like to be different!  And I like things with at least a LITTLE BIT of refinement! So I added a cap.  It also cleaned up the top edge which was bothering me.  I used Maple bull nose molding scraps I had from casing the doors and windows in the house.  AND I stained it—better!

adding a cap~

It still felt like it needed something -I consulted with my bf who agreed- so I dug through my stashes of small feet—and THAT made all the difference!

-adding feet!

MY version of a chippy-rusty-crusty tin box!



is MY version of

chippy, rusty, crusty!

The refined kind!
You can see the progress of a 2nd, and I’ll begin working on a couple of troughs too!
As for those scraps. . . .


MY version of a chippy-rusty-crusty tin box!

Suddenly, I’ve stumbled onto lots of tin at good prices!

The first I found off Craigslist, and have sitting up by the garage door.

Until Now—but it’s my 2nd project and I’ll share that next time!

Craigslist ceiling tin!

Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

The second is a large singular panel with a featured center cartouche!

I found it exploring Simply RePurposed on Water St!

I’ll be participating in their Vintage Market in September!  And all this tin is getting worked on for that show as well as another in October!

Nellie's Barn Sale!


But, I digress. . .

I was really anxious to jump on the large fancy panel 1st!

I started by ripping wood on the table saw to build a mounting frame, then applied the awesome 4’w × 2’h panel!

building a frame to mount my panel

my Ceiling Tiin framed!

You also see I painted, distressed, and waxed the panel!

a beautiful ceiling tin cartouche!

I know a lot of mounted panels are left like this for the finish—NOT mine, oh no!  Where would the fun be in THAT?!?

I wanted to frame it!  I toyed with salvaged woods (like I’ve been doing with my plaques), and with some actual picture frame molding I have but—nope.  I pulled some coved molding and very small profile crown molding.  But whatever chosen, it made me realize I’d need to create a fillet to help make the transition from the rough panel edge to the frame.

framing my panel!

outside cove moldingBelow is a close up of the wood “fillet” I created. Essentially~ I created an outside cove—like at right. I forgot to take pics while making it, sorry.

You can see how it makes a cleaner transition on the front, and how it’s sandwiched in from the back.

The long part is sandwiched between the mounting frame and the actual frame. The short part covers over the rough edge of the tin.  Make sense?

showing the "fillet"

showing the "fillet"

I puttied and sanded my frame, then waxed it and let it sit overnight.  In the morning, I “painted.”  Gave that a few hours to set up, sanded, and dry brushed for the FINISH.  DONE.

My mounted, painted, framed Cartouche Panel!

I just need to add hanging hardware and it’s off to the antique mall!


My mounted, painted, framed Cartouche Panel!

Loooong day—busy on a project I’ll share next post,

“Hey Catherine~did you see that chair on the curb around the corner and the LEGS on it?”

What?  Where?

Yes~my A.D.D. sets in here. . .

curbie chair LEGS!

WoWza!  Yep.  I’m gonna HAVE TO touch that chair if I want those legs—Ugh.  The picture makes it look better than it was~trust me.

I stood there for a moment actually REthinking if I REALLY wanted them.

Dang it!  I forgot to bring my gloves, but I loaded it up.

NOW with some gloves on & the right tools—I pulled back the gross fabric and padding to reveal the structure and pried out the legs.  Which turned out to be better than the usual “just screwed in” kind!  These will be nicer to build solidly into something else down the line.  The heavy finish doesn’t show that they’re actually a nice wood, so I’ll probably strip them raw for a DO-over!

Yep—ya gotta look at that UGLY stuff too!

curbie chair LEGS!

Now  -I-  have to haul this monstrosity to OUR curb.

I guess the neighbors will all know who took the chair.  ; D


circling back

my Gothic Window decorated for Christmas!

I bought this super cool architectural window frame at Elkhorn, oh~like 4yrs ago now.  I was madly in LUV with it—but it had to go directly to my treasures-stash.  Awww.

I pulled it back out last Christmas for a particular vignette in Mom’s living room, but I HATED the painted finish.  Unfortunately, there was no time to do anything about it right then so I had to just deal with it.

I know the very nice lady who painted it.  In fact, I know~and can recognize her work at 50 paces.  She paints for hire for other vendors.  No matter the color or finish, her work always looks “dehydrated,” TO ME.  I do apologize if that sounds snarky or disparaging.

Well I pulled it off the wall yesterday to give it some looooong overdo LUV.

a "dehydrated" look, OR....

A new finish my Gothic Window!At first I started to over-paint, but abandoned that for another idea!

I was thinking about the 1898 door I just worked on and how beautiful the wood turned out to be underneath its dilapidated old paint.  I repeated the same actions—the belt sander to aggressively knock down the initial paint, careful not to damage the wood.  Then I used a stripper in areas to soften the transition of “worn” paint to raw wood.  Then fine sanded, and lastly~clear wax.

I LUV it now!


A new finish my Gothic Window!


*click on the pictures to see the finishes closer up!