Archive for July, 2013

continuing work on the other half of the Craig's List dresserI peeled off the tape-clamps, sanded EVerything rEAlly well, and got busy painting!

It seemed to take forEVER to paint.  To my satisfaction.  All those detailed areas.

I decided to return to my neutral palette of Revere Pewter and Alabaster White againAnd it looks rEAlly gOOd!

It took forEVER picking out hardware–so many choices, and several things looked gOOd!  I selected 3 oLD drawer bin handles I found in the flea market a couple of summers ago.

~The top, left view, shows the drawers in progress, and the bin pulls I chose.

~And you can finally see with clarity, how the table legs were attached–changing the design comPLETELY away from French Provincial!

the new design!I ran out of daylight to take a picture of the finished

Night Stand~Little Dresser~Commode.

I’m taking it to the antique mall tomorrow, so I’ll get a picture to share after I reset my space!

But, y’know, even without a top–

I think you get the idea of the finished piece!

No. more. french. provincial.


All done--but no top on it yet!I’m sharing this project with~


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Craig's list dresser #2--

A fast recap~

Found this ugly thing on Craig’s List, $30

I cut it in two,

made a bench with the bottom.

another Craig's list dresser--

the remains of the cut up dresser



And this is what I’m doing with the upper half.

I decided to make it a smallish night stand, dresser, commode.  But I wanted to completely manipulate away  that french provincial style!

creating a new look for the Craig's List dresser

I pulled 4 legs from my hoarding stock supplies (that had been cut off some table in a former project)!

I ran 2 through the table saw jUst enough to create a “flat” back to attach to the dresser front.

A 3rd leg was ripped in half to attach to each side near the back.  However~I cut the “foot” off first, and had to cut a foot off of a forth leg too.

I attached each of the new “styles” with glue, and nailed them from the back side.

Those back styles/legs—I drilled a hole for a dowel to re-attach their feet.

I also re-faced the curved rails to edit out those tell-tale routed grooves that aLL those dressers seem to have.  I glued on the thin strips, and used painter’s tape -like clamps- till they are dried.

AnD–I pried off that stUpid applied panel from the top drawer, and cut a new –plain– apron for the dresser bottom!

a new look for a Craig's List dresser

You can see that I also wrapped the top with some wood.  Primarily to fill the gap from the shortage of the table leg-new style, but also, to add another element that changes the original design!

And this is where I left construction at end of day!  Tomorrow, I will finish a few details—and begin painting!

I haven’t made a final decision on the new top yet~stand by!


a new look for a Craig's List dresser

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the Craig's list dresser #2

     Yes.  I hAd plans.  They didn’t qUITe work out.

     But I Am back on track, and have finally managed to finish this 2nd Craig’s List dresser.  I was strUggling to find the perfect fabric for the seat.  I had a lOt of  -NicE-  choices, but nOthing looked awesome—and I rEAlly felt like it hAd to look AWEsome!  ; D

So let me back up for just a minute and tell you—when a friend weighed in on this issue of fabric, she also asked if I was

“. . .going to paint the bench–??”

I said “I DiD already!”

“Oh!  It’s that Provençal style!”

Not actually!  But I wanted it to lOOk “auTHENtic!” I wanted it to lOOk completely NATURAL!  Like I was just lucky enough to find something “just as was!”

“Well, yOu DiD it!”

Although it was painted some nasty blue, underneath, it was that yellow-y, splattered finish.

the paint scheme--

You’ll have to take my word for it, it looks sO much mOre fAbulous in person, and I’m tOtally in love with the finish.  I primed the whole piece with a little darker shade of BM’s Revere Pewter, before actually painting it with this longtime, favorite (that I haven’t used in quite a while).  ~It’s a really easy shade of a gray-beige-taupe.  *Note that waxing reduces the gray.

You can see that I painted the drawer fronts, apron, and legs an Alabaster white.  And I used a gold leafing paint to emphasize key areas.  Then I distressed the whole piece, and waxed it clear aNd dark.

the paint scheme--*Another view of the gold leafing, although it IS further along with a finished attached top.

So, back to the fabric choice.  I decided to give up a special fabric I bought at Forsyth Fabrics when I was in Atlanta in January.  I figured I could pick up more next week while I’m back for Haven!

a choice of fabric--

a choice of fabric--

I bought two of these fabric panels to make pillows (in different colors and phrases)—but I hadn’t done it yet.  And it seemed to be the PERFECT choice!  Except that it was square  -for a pillow-  and the bench top was 15″ x 31″.  So I cut off the excess from the top and bottom, and sewed them to the sides!

It barely fit  –but it DiD-  I made it work!  And now it’s heading off to the antique mall for sale!  Ha! I actually like the sewn on sides!


The 2nd Craig's List dresser/reinvented bench!

the new top to the reinvented Craig's list dresser!

I’m sharing this project with~


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another Craig's list dresser--. . .well, it wasn’t thAt cheap—$30.  And the guy wouldn’t budge in spite of condition.  I hate when that happens.

I love creating benches,

I have several that I am keeping,

but thIS is another that will go to the antique mall!

Is this not the sADdest looking thing?  How did someone think this was a good thing to do–??  Shame-shame-shame.



another Craig's list dresser--

So~1st things 1st. Empty the drawers, and, cut the thing up!

1st, I decided on the height of my bench. Then subtracting for the thickness of the top, padding and upholstery–I cut the dresser at 18½” from the bottom up.

I always create a fence to make the cut safely. I prefer to use the circular saw for these tasks–it makes the fastest, cleanest cut. AnD, with a fence, it’s a nice, straight cut.

2ndly, the “card board” sides needed to be reinforced~

there’s nO way they’d EVer be able to hold weight!  So I knocked out the corner braces throughout to make way for the solid boards to fill those hollow interior voids.

reinforcing the sides--

I pulled from my stock of old kitchen cabinet doors that I buy for $1 each at the ReStore, and a whole bunch I found on the curb on overflow day.  Those really old cabinet doors are solid slabs of good, cheap wood!  I glued them up, then nailed them in place.  The structure is pretty solid now.

reinforcing the sides--These dressers are made sO cheaply, and the drawers are the absolute evidence.  So I decided to dummy the drawer front and attach it permanently.  With barely any effort of the rubber mallet–the whole thing fell to pieces~thAt was disgustingly, wAy too easy.  Once the drawer front was detached, I ran it through the table saw cutting it down to the newly needed size.

attaching the DDF--

I ripped some ½” scrap wood to 2½” wide, and cut it to length to connect and support the dummy drawer face.

*btw—and, just an FYI.  If you’ve ever seen any diy cabinetry info from the box stores, or layouts/plans from a designer—you may have seen tags like  –DDF, FF, WEP, BEP, RR, DR.  They are acronyms for Dummy Drawer Front, Face Frame, Wall (cabinet) End Panel, Base (cabinet) End Panel, Refrigerator Return, Dishwasher Return.  There are a hundred acronyms used~these are among the most common parts you’ll see used.  ~Sometimes I forget myself and write them into my project descriptions without thought (like I initially did just above, but corrected).

I cut a new bottom for it (after removing the drawer guide), filled the old drawer pull holes, and caulked all seams/connections with construction adhesive.  Before I quit last night, I used some primer to knock out that awful blue.  I’m off to a really late start for today, and probably won’t get much time working on it.  You see. . .

another Craig's list dresser makeover!

. . .I’m off to meet my nEWest great-Great-nephew!

Babies don’t keep~cabinets do!


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the birthday people!O.  M.  G.

I.  am.  sO.  tired.

There was sO mUch going on to get READY for the party–and then sO mUch to do cleaning up AFTER the party~oy.  I fell asleep rEAlly early last night, and slept through till 7:30 this morning. . .and finally feel a liTTle less exhausted.

But guess what—

I have 3 days to put some aMAZing things together for the antique mall before EAA brings in a hUge crowd with out-of-town buyers!

Stand by~

Until then, let me show you the current state of the outdoor china hutch.  I still have to roof it with ceiling tin, and I haven’t built the doors yet either!  (work~work~work!)

The general view~

the outdoor china hutch*Note that all the wine that would otherwise be under the glasses—has been drunk!  Sorry you missed it.  ; D

the outdoor china hutchI worried about a solid cabinet back against the clapboards–you know, outdoor ventilation issues.  So I decided to attach aluminum window screening instead.  Everything can breathe, and bugs are [hopefully] kept at bay.

Finally, just a few detail shots!  I’ll show you more as I close it in, and finish it!


--the tin trimmings!

~a view of the wine glass racks!

the old farm table legs I found at Kane Co flea market a few years ago!

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I’ve run out of steam.

taking the day off

taking the day off

Hannah, helping out!

My 13yr old great niece, Hannah, told her mother,

“They’re workaholics!”

She helped re-stain the deck, re-paint the deck rug, plant moss in the flagstone cracks, and weed flower beds!  Things are looking really fresh for next Saturday’s party!

(she wanted to earn some extra cash, and was a HUge help)

I’m exhausted, running on empty, and my back’s crying foul.

Ugh~Tomorrow’s another day~right?


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The BiG SHinDig is on thIS 20thtime is moving wAy too fast for my long punch list.

I’ve been plugging away on said list, for what seems like an eternity.    And IT is what has taken me away from fUn blogging projects–and all of YoUBuT—

The table I had built in such a hurry for [the same] party a couple of years ago, did nOt AGE well, so it was added to the punch list.  I cannot find a picture of the table as it was to save my life, and I didn’t think about that before I began its deconstruction.

REbuilding the outdoor table--So let me describe it like this for you to imagine—

Originally, when I built the boxed frame, I laid the 2×4’s flat to give more surface to, and stabilize, or attach, the pallet boards.  I always intended to “frame” the top  -like a picture-  to give it a thicker profile and prevent any sag.  I never got to it~and it began to sag.

Additionally, I found that the pallet boards did nOt fair well to be left out in the ever-changing weather, and they cupped, bowed, and twisted somewhat.  It wasn’t pretty OR “comfortable” to use.

ThIS time, I built it in the REGular way, with the 2×4’s on their sides (like wall studs).  I tacked them in place with the nail gun, then pre-drilled, counter-sunk, and screwed everything together.  The table legs were “curbies,” and set in the corners with the same application for absolute sturdiness.

Once that was accomplished, I up-righted the table to begin sorting through the barn boards to find the best ones for the new top!  And~I ran them length-wise, like an old farm table!

The guy who’s been helping me with my lOng project list got enlisted into thIS too.  But the process freaked him out!

painting outside the lines!WE’ve all been doing this for so long, and have built up a certain confidence.  Todd is one of those “perfectionist painters.”  Slopping on paint, sanding it down, scrapping it off, haphazardly adding mOre paint  -of other colors-  and rePEATing the crazy process until you like what you see. . .well, he was totally confounded by THIS STYLE of painting.

He looked like a deer in headlights (heehee!).

I don’t think he’s a convert—but he DiD like how it looked.  ; D


the new "farm table"*We sanded the worst of the rough, chippy white paint, then re-painted with diluted white paint, slopped and swooshed in some green to look like lichen or moss had set in, and sanded-sanded-sanded!  Then sealed it!  It seats 8 very comfortably—or 10 very cozily!

**btw, this came in jUst under $20 to build!  ~Cat

painting outside the lines!

the new "farm table!"

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