Life, for me, is NEVER boring.

I never “want” for something to do.  I bounce around working on a MULTItude of things all the time.  And often just roll with the craziest surprises.

Like this past week. . . crazy surprises.

When I started developing sUper itchy bumps all over my arms & stomach. Wt—huh?  At first I didn’t know what was going on.  Then it started to remind me of having chicken pox, and I grew concerned.  But I already had them.  The week after I turned 30- no less.  I went to the walk-in clinic when my doctor’s office couldn’t get me in.

The Dr. was not sure, but said NO to chicken pox.  Maybe spider bites-?  Maybe-?

Seems like I’m on my own to figure it out.  Haven’t seen any spiders or bugs and have ruled out the soap-detergent-food-clothes-even my work studio and everything that comes with that, but 2 MORE have popped up!

And they’re all SO ITCHY!

chicken pox?

See?  N E V E R  B O R I N G.

Okay—moving on. . .

Got this more than a year ago at St Vinnie’s half price sale$50 $25!. . For a niece—she didn’t like it.  Scratch that project—I took it to storage.

"Aleigha's" desk

Yesterday, I finally went to retrieve it.  Today -with no Benedryl in me- I got out the saws to start REinventing this desk!

Aleigha's desk

After removing the top, I cut off the “desk.”

REinventing "Aleigha's" desk

There was a detailed cove sandwiched between the desk and top, so I cut it down to fit the new smaller dresser/big night stand.  Now I just need to create a new top and figure out a decorative finish!

-it’s all a good distraction from scratching-


a vintage mirror and some rustic scrap wood---

1~I’ve had this very old mirror for a long time now. It’s very heavy because of its thicker glass, and some of the silvering is flaking away ..~which I luv.

2~I also had some left-over scrap wood that was kind of rustic—hmmmm,


3~I had this idea!


Sorry, limited pictures—I got busy ripping wood and routering rabbets in some parts and dados in others…


But~here’s the long & short of it.

running some rabbets and dado's in the frame parts

At the table saw and the router table

◊ I ripped the inner frame wood to 1″ thickness, then routered a ¼” rabbet for the mirror to sink/set into.

I reset the table saw to rip the outer frame pieces to 1¾”, then ran those pieces through the router to create a ¼” dado for the back board to slip into.

◊  Again, I reset the table saw to rip ¼” veneered plywood to 4½” wide.

With all sides of the frame and back board cut, next was to make the miter cuts to all, sand everything, and put things together.

putting all the pieces together--

putting all the pieces together--

Tomorrow I’ll make a decision on what to fill the center frame with. . .




whatever, she’s country-cottage-y cool!

This whole project started with a door picked off the curb.  A turn-of-the-century …. 4-paneled door.  Caked with layers of paint!

I decided it would become a tall, closed cabinet, and then I started shopping my stashes of “finds.”  And I pulled in all kinds of left-overs.

Cutting my door in half to get started!

I cut the door in half and started shaping the carcass.

I cut up-shaped-added all kinds of salvaged-REclaimed-flea market finds to play up the character & charm of the door!


the carcass--

I got busy building a pair of front doors.

BUT—3 steps forward—2 steps back!

The satanic red squirrels that I’ve been battling forEVER broke one of the doors over night—ughh.

*It took  l o n g e r  to repair that door than build BOTH originally.   :   

repairing/rebuilding one of the doors








When a small wine stash developed at the very top, adjustable shelving in the upper section . . . . .  .. . suddenly became two scalloped shelves!

design changes on the fly--

applying chicken wire--You can see I started painting—a soft pallet of white exterior and warmer gray interior.

To set the door hinges, I clamped the doors face to face, marking all 3 positions (top, middle, bottom) to both doors at once.  It’s the easiest way I know to make sure they’re all the same!

I hung the doors before applying the chicken wire.  I like 3/8″ chicken wire.  I laid it flat on the ground to paint it white, then applied it whole (uncut) to the inside flat of the first door—starting from the manufactured edge side.  I cut away the excess and then worked on the 2nd door—again, starting with the manufactured edge first.applying chicken wire--

covering the raw edges with a raffia ribbon










*I would have liked to router a rabbet and counter sink the wire, but the “fret-work” prohibited that.  So for this application I stapled it to the flat back of the door, cut it off as short as possible, and then covered the raw edges with raffia ribbon.

We’ve had gray skies again so it’s tough to get good pictures.  My options were in an upside-down work studio, outside-gray skies, or the fluorescent lighting of the antique mall.  I tried my best to correct it all in editing. . .

Isabelle-- Izzy!Hope you like Izzy,

I’ll just end this with pictures!


Isabelle-- Izzy!








Isabelle-- Izzy!

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details










*Taken just before the raffia ribbon and trimming back the wire.

Isabelle-- Izzy!



All those little kid’s cabinets I love to build

by the time they’re finish, seem so filled with personality

I like to Christen each with a

Proper Name!

These are just SOME I’ve built and sold-

Heirloom cabinets for Girls

Heirloom cabinets for Boys

Ensiola -

I  building with reclaimed & salvaged materials & flea market finds!


So, you know I was recently REinspired … . to build another Armoire,

Cottage-y Cabinet.

Ensiola, meet your big sister Isabelle!

And here’s her reveal, but there’s more to the story . . . . tomorrow!


ISABELLE-- my cottage-y cabinet!

*See the finished project HERE.

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

PhotobucketFurniture Feature Fridays

I’m not . . . 

…but I will drink some green things  ; D

keep calm & get your Irish on

 someone's Irish--kiss 'em!

Happy Day people!

Someone‘s Irish—just kiss’m!



Mom's house 1961My mother’s house has come a l o n g  way since it was built in 1961.

that's me!  -finding shade the 1st summer we moved here

the raised roof line--

~A small 1½ story they saw potential in.

Our family became the 2nd owners in the later 60’s.

The first big change was to raise the back-side roof creating a mUch bigger 2nd floor. . . a large concrete patio with stone bbq/fire place, and eventually, a kitchen window was replaced by a french door and a small deck!

the evolution of changes--

Next is a simpler back view—free of shutters, and the small deck railing sections removed for the addition of a huge 2nd level/step down deck.

continuing to change--

MY scope of work was to build an addition on the front -enlarging and squaring up the living room- renovating essentially every square inch of interior house, REworking the whole backside outdoor living space, and REworking the gardens.

the back of the house transformations--

The deck and backside of the house "now!"

antique theatre seat framesSo, all of this is to show you

the next cool addition!

I found two antique theatre seat frames on Craig’s list— $20!

They’re from the turn of the century.

They’re so AWEsome!

And here’s my plan—

Often enough, there will suddenly be extra people hanging around the dining table—sometimes pulling up extra chairs, usually leaning against the railings.  So I want to spread each seat frame apart to create a double seat, and affix them to the deck rails to the left & right sides of the large planter.

the dining deck--

adding extra seating--

I’ll use deck boards to fill the new seats and chair backs.

When someone extra is there—a seat can be flipped down!

antique theatre seat frames

antique theatre seat frames

I’m sO excited the weather is finally beginning to improve


and once the greenhouse comes down,

look for this cOOl project to take shape—I can’t wait!


Joe's side table-night standMy mother’s late neighbor gave me this side table/night stand a few years ago—TO PLAY WITH.

I’ve been storing it in the garage attic unsure of how I would deal with it,

until now!

Since I was able to get back to it (with the warmer weather, and the garage door open again—YaY!). .pulled it to work on at last!

This is not a true Before I got busy sanding immediately, then realized I didn’t take that before.


starting to REwork the side table---

There was NO DRAWER,  and, although I was always interested in coming up with some clever REinvention—I still had no real ideas.  But- needing to freshen my space in the antique mall, I decided to just give it

a cute face lift!

It DiD have nice wood! 


I gave it a thorough sanding, over-stained it, and then went digging through my stash of vintage yard sticks.  I used the ones that were thinner to sink into the recesses of the flat-paneled sides.

applying vintage yard sticks to the sides--

applying vintage yard sticks to the sides--

That was fun and easy!

But now on to the missing drawer—I had to build one!

Sorry again, I forgot all about taking pictures of building a drawer box- I was kinda short on time.  It was really only interesting working on the face anyway.

I routered a RABBET and a DADO so it would fit exactly around the two rails in the face of the table and look equal to the sides.  Unfortunately, it sits a little proud of the table face—but, I’m okay with it!

making a drawer box and custom face--

I think it looks pretty sweet now

and will be taking it to the antique mall tomorrow.


The side table REvamped with stain and vintage yard sticks!

The side table REvamped with stain and vintage yard sticks!


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