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I’m sure I’m not the only one

who has seen and glossed right over these commonly-found wood lamps in the thrift stores.  Don’t know WHY, but, this time I actually LOOKED at this pair—

with a different eye. . . . ?

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!











Something spoke to me.  Their shapes perhaps?

What if I cut them up and give them NEW shapes and a NEW use?
Candlesticks come to mind.  Hmmmmm. . . .

alternative CANDLE STICKS

The cut pieces became puzzle pieces. . .

and 3 candlesticks!

I did run them through the router with a dado bit to counter sink the area for the candle to be seated more securely.  I also decided against -just painting- in favor of a raw wood.  I tried sanding them but bailed pretty quickly for stripping.

Much better!

the finish~ sanding vs stripping

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

alternative CANDLESTICKS
Now I’m playing with (cutting up) varying table legs, bed posts, and vintage porch spindles!  Some will be painted- and some left completely alone!

Catherine

alternative CANDLESTICKS
alternative CANDLESTICKSalternative CANDLESTICKS

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I’ve been on a dresser hunt.

I’ve found 3 that are perfect!

DRESSER projects!

About a month ago I got an email with a funny request.

They just couldn’t make up their minds about this dresser quick enough and missed out.  But was there ANY WAY I could DO IT AGAIN?

Why, YES, I could!   That’s the 2nd dresser.

FUN & Playful!

Remember this project?

my Victorian dresser~NOW!Well~having found another serpentine-fronted dresser, I was going to leave it that “blonde” finish and do a variation using THIS poster.

floral posterA new project~but an old one too!

 

But someone else with regrets for letting that 1st get away asked if I could do it again!   Why, YES, I can!

Although she liked the new direction . . . could I do the other?  Again?  Yes, I actually had another of that poster too!  So I painted the dresser white yesterday.

Both dressers needed minor repairs, then a paint job.  Today I will decoupage the posters and ready them to leave—Saturday and Monday!

The 3rd dresser, so far~

no specific plans, and,

no one asking for some kind of REPEAT!

I guess I can think about it for a minute. . .

Catherine

To Do List

To Do List

Truly accurate.

*Doing my best to stay sane through the pace.
**Explanation for my absence.

Below are just some of my projects~and the display pieces built for (both) shows.  I’ll talk about them more after this last show—when the clock will not OWN ME anymore.  Well, for a while anyway.

This was a super cute side table I found on Craigslist long ago.  It got parked in my queue when I had thoughts of keeping it, and came to light again when I took another look at things for Nellie’s Barn Sale!  I would have loved to leave it alone but discovered several “issues” upon closer inspection.

Projects for NELLIE'S

Commonly seen thrift store UGLY old wood lamps.  IDK~something struck me about them this time…?  I DEelectrified them, cut them into PARTS, REbuilt them, tried sanding the finish but bailed for stripping.

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

A variety of boxes, trays, and picture frames—I’ll be anxious to come back to these to tell you ALL about it!

a variety of TRAYS, BOXES, and PICTURE FRAMES

How about a VALET from several misc parts!

a VALET from several misc parts!

Misc “things” for the sale!

misc "things" for the sale!

 

These are our 3 main display pieces.

our 3 main display pieces~

our 3 main display pieces~

our 3 main display pieces~

Nellie's Barn Sale!

 

That columned structure is

8ft tall × 8ft wide!

The strapping is set at 1½ ft intervals and strong enough to hold some pretty heavy stuff—like that aMAZing mirror I REframed with chippy door casing!

Hope to see you at the sale this weekend!

Catherine

let's WINE a bit, shall we?

I see another loooong table for

Nellie's Barn Sale!

Truly a Don’t Miss This Sale!” and I

would ♥♥♥♥ to see you there!

But in the meantime—here’s that table I’m working on!

Which started with some LONG pallet boards, some old farm table legs from my stashes ~and THEN I decided to add a cool drawer into the mix!

a pile of pallet boards, some old farm table legs...

....then add a drawer to the mix...

The drawer was a deep, center desk drawer that I cut down!

REsizing a deep drawer~

I laid out the boards to get a feel for how DEEP and how LONG I would ultimately make this table.  12″ deep × 5’6″ long.

~it's actually very simple construction!

Table construction is actually very simplistic!

  1. I laid out (and cut) the boards to determine width and length,
  2. found CENTER to figure in the drawer and used a jig saw to cut the drawer contour.
  3. I ran boards through the table saw to cut aprons to depth to match the drawer, and~
  4. cut and mitered those specifically to support the long table top boards and drawer.
  5. Pictured below~I cut and contoured a support for the drawer to hold it in place and let it glide in and out, and,
  6. lastly, I added the legs!

~it's actually very simple construction!

Today I work on the finishes~

I like the unexpected notch in the center!

Catherine

A LONG table for Nellie's!

Back in the day they used to mill the best profiles!

And all that old chippy paint now. . . !

What’s not to love?

antique door & window casing!

So I wrapped another antique mirror with some amAZing casing!

And look at the fabulous frame it made!

antique door & window casing!

Antique mirror + antique casing = !!!

the mitered cut offs!A N D  ~I really hated to toss the mitered scraps, so I cut those “inner” corners down a bit

and made another frame!

Catherine

the mitered cut offs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the mitered cut offs!DETAILS~the mitered cut offs!

These will be available at the following sales!

See you there!

 

Vintage Market at the Vineyard!Nellie's Barn Sale!

Thought you might like to see a few finished projects!

Like the shelf built around a vintage mail organizer!

some of the finished projects~

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!details of the mail organizer shelf~

I haven’t shown you this piece before, but, I’ve had it a year now trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it.  Getting some things done quickly became more important than getting crazy-creative.

I thought it would be fun to use for jewelry so I added the metal banding around the shelf ledge.  Nice way to catch bracelets, right?!how about a JEWELRY display! metal banding I added!

And here’s the old farm table frame.  I gave it a new top and apron, and finally got on with building that 2-way shallow drawer!

It pushes through to either side of the desk—which has no front/back side.
the old farm table made into a desk now!
I LUV’d the writing on the pallet, so I kept it!
I’ll call this the FRONT!   ; D

details of the old farm table~now desk!

the 2-way drawer!

the 2-way drawer!

There are still several things in the finishing stages, so,

more next time!   ; D

Catherine

REfabbing a plain box!

A decorative BOX

~to keep the clutter in check
~but at hand!

Who doesn’t like that?

A friend gave me this basic, utilitarian, sort of primitive, wooden box to play with.  Hmmmmmm

Very simple construction so, very easy to duplicate.  Luv THAT!

  Soooo. . .

We could add mill-work OR hardware for an immediate change…??

I’ve been collecting corner feet from the flea markets for a loooong time now… hmmmmmmm…yeah!

Aleigha and I played -literally- with lots of hardware options—to which she actually complained there were TOO many!  NEVER, silly girl!

Then we sanded, puttied, and sanded again.  Talked about color-schemes and decoupage and fabric coverings.

Maybe some French Script?

Stand by for this finish

Catherine & Aleigha!

REfabbing a plain box!