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Good deals—sucker deals.

Worth the effort—burn it.

patience-I have to stop thinking so negatively about this poor guy.

We were BOTH badly abused in this deal.

“He” –because of the masculine paint job– I think, deserves a PROPER name.

 

Caleb

was suggested and–I like it!

So –Caleb- is growing on my affections.  Maybe because the project is Hallelujah-  FINI!  M a y b e  ’cause he’s kinda’ handsome now.  Whatever—he’s going to the antique mall in the morn.  Please sell right away!

To REcap~

  1. I was sort of strong-armed into this purchase.
  2. It was lived in by some critter and was a disGUSTing clean up job.
  3. It needed wAy too many repairs, the drawers were all jacked up, and it was stripped of its original hardware.

before

That’s a GOOD picture—and VERY deceiving!

newest project~

Here he is now,

all cleaned up!

Meet Caleb!  Anyone looking to adopt?

Catherine

I call him CALEB-

 Even though the drawers cleaned up good & DON’T stink now, I painted every inch of them just for comfort–I tend to let my own comfort levels guide me.

Then –to jazz things up a little– I took a few liberties with the sides!  Think stripes & polka dots!  A fun contrast for the big over-sized wood knobs.

Call him CALEB-

I DID run the drawers through the router for an extra bead detail, and I cleaned up and put back the brass key holes–but left them tarnished for the patina!

Call him CALEB-

He looks pretty cute now, huh?

No more sow!

 

you can call him CALEB now!

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Back in early December I was asked to REwork a pair of mismatched antique pressed back chairs *The link tells how they are created!

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

The darker actually has a mate (and may get worked on later),

the lighter chair came from the Ottillia Catherine estate sale I ran last spring.  Judy snatched it up before anyone else saw it—ahh those rope spindles ♥ ♥ ♥ !

They would be needed for extra seating at Christmas.  So the lighter went to the strippers for sake of time–AND because  It.  Needed.  WORK.

While the guys showered it with their expertise, I REworked the darker.  It lived by/in a South-facing window and was dry and sun faded.  A light sanding and over-staining brought it back, and I played with varying stains to match the seat.

Both chairs had the telltale evidence of original caning.  After talking it all out, caning WILL probably happen down the line, but for now, I’d cut wood for upholstered seats.  I used the caning holes to attach the seats -but very carefully- so not to damage anything for the later project.

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

I made seat patterns with heavy card stock paper, reduced the size a little, then used it to cut the wood seats and padding.  Both seats were covered with the incredible matelasse that was ordered from Italy for Judy’s french ladder back chairs *I can’t remember if I showed you those at the end…??

Here they are, just before REdelivery.   Plus that mirror you see behind them—which is another story I’ll share soon.

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

Here’s the darker pressed back–with its mate.  It’s actually in pretty good condition, with exception to the busted out caning.

Catherine

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

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I’m just now circling back. . .

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

. . . it’s actually such a sweet bench  A N D  awfully tempting to keep!

I was digging through my big closet of fabrics hunting for my staple supply of matte lasse to reupholster the newly padded bench top.  But instead~

I REfound something I LUV and FORGOT about!

Something a bit UNexpected—which makes it all the more fun!

Otillia Catherine's BENCH

Ottilia Catherine's BENCHYou can see by the picture above that it’s almost like the top/seat is a little small.  I, personally, didn’t think anything of it, but I overheard a few harsh comments about it  -AND it’s UGLY covering-  while at the antique mall.

So to address that weird transition   I added a new 2″ thick pad and wrapped it down the sides to make the seat BULKIER.  Just NOT enough apparently.

It’s better for sure—but the gap persists.  Arrrgh.  And unfortunately, the top edge stands out being lighter than the sides. 

The simple solution would be to run welting, but I didn’t have enough fabric.  I was thinking some vintage crochet’d trim might be interesting—hmmm.

I tacked it on VERY lightly with hot glue.  Lightly enough to take back off if I didn’t like it.  Or someone buying it doesn’t.  This way~IT’S OPTIONAL.

Ottilia Catherine's BENCHI sort of just want to keep it now, I mean~

you can always use a bench!

And I LUV window pane plaid!

Catherine

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up sale

—also known as—

multi tasking?

The dresser project is not  quite  going as planned so I stepped away for a minute to look at a BENCH project.
An UNsold item from the Ottilia Catherine estate sale.

No one. . . seemed. . . to like it. . . ?

So I ran it over to the strippers asking for one of those “Quick & Crappy” strip jobs.  They think I’m nuts most of the time.  But I like the PATINA of RESIDUE!  Yeah-yeah, Nuts.

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

I  ALSO  LUV  RAW  WOOD  just waxed!

That’s the “original” needle point top. . .

so I thought.

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

I removed the needle point (for another project) and discovered THIS was actually the original bench top.   Uh~ wOwza!  And~ gag me.  And in case THAT wasn’t a good enough view—

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

Y i k e s,  right?

Stripping opens wood grain~ that’s why you have to sand.  But I didn’t want to sand away that cool stripping RESIDUE!  So I buffed it with extra fine steel wool to a silky smooth touch.  For MYSELF, I’d WAX it—but this is REsale.  So I grabbed a Matte Clear Coat to give it a more protected finish.  BIG mistake.  BIG.

The wood sucked in EVERY drop of hydration and gave it a STAINED look.  Oh, sure, it DOES look pretty—it’s just not the look I was going for.

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

The look of RESIDUE is lost now so I’ll grab my Behr Pecan Sandie paint I like to use for “oxidation” to highlight those nooks and crannies in carved pieces!

AND~ I’ll dig through my remnants of Matte Lasse to reupholster the seat, then it’s back to the antq mall!  Any one?  Any one?

Catherine

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making a "silk purse?"I usually enjoy a good project, even a good challenge.

Maybe because I still feel so dragged out from that virus does this one feel like more of a chore.

Or maybe because I know I won’t make any money for all the efforts and UNdoubtedly someone’s going to offer me a much lesser priceinsert Rolling Eyes here

If there was actually some money to be made on this dresser, it would have been a fun project to flip “upside down.”  Make that 1 TOP bowed drawer become the base of the dresser!  Create a new matching top, give it some ball & claw feet, FaB vintage hardware, and a great mirror from my stashes!

Oh what fun THAT could have been to create!

  BUT THIS ONE

to minimize my Damages

it’s a Clean it-Repair it-Paint it  job.

I’m restoring wood knobs to the drawers and adding reproduction wood wheels.  They make it easier for me to move around and typically help a sale!  A N D- I’ll give it a two-toned paint job.  I’m also toying with routering that bead detail on the drawers for a little extra Oooomph!  It just needs something more style-wise!

This is the dresser I saw on pintrest that lead me down my path.
I LUV IT but I’m not trying to totally copy it.
♥ Although I actually have that vintage hardware in my stashes! ♥

~the inspirational dresser I saw on pintrest!

I’ve already repaired the dresser carcass and painted the 1st coat.

The drawers are a WHOLE OTHER project.  Tomorrow.

Noooo~I’ll be working on those today too.  Wish me luck.

Catherine

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Thank You guys for indulging me in a little cry-babying,

AND the encouragement AND confidence in my skills!  Truly!

“…if anyone can make a silk purse out of that sow…”

Good description.  Sow.

~a silk purse out of that sow~a silk purse out of that sow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~a silk purse out of that sow

~a silk purse out of that sow

~a silk purse out of that sowI donned some work clothes AND GLOVES, and loaded this -albatross- into the car to go beg the strippers for use of their pressure washer.  A F T E R  they quit laughing at me, I was welcome to use the facilities.  Tough entry fee.

It.  was.  dis.gust.ing.

No part of this has yet to be “positive.”  Unless you count positively disgusting.  Even Craig advised using his professional-grade soap & Pre-soak—it was THAT kind of disGUSTing.  The color of “liquid” running down/off this poor thing seriously looked like dark urine (sorry about that visual).

W e l l—it’s clean. . . and definitely smells better.

The guys took pity on me and gave me some tootsie rolls for comfort while I waited for the parts to dry enough to REload and head out.  And all the laughing at me aside, they seemed genuinely surprised at how good it actually cleaned up.  BUT~ cleaning it revealed a couple of amateur repair jobs. to add. to. the list.  Geesh.

Now, I know SOME would just  “put some lipstick on it”  and call it done, but that’s not ME and I AM putting my name on it.   “If I wouldn’t want it/love it, why would anyone else?”   is my standard.

~a silk purse out of that sowI–

It’s back in my studio drying out fully,

I’ve  been through the shower,

the car is hosed down with Lysol,

and tomorrow I’ll start working on the numerous repairs.

 

Suffice it to say—it’s a

Clean Sow.

Catherine

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newest project~I love the hunt for a Great Treasure!

I love it even more when they present themselves TO you!

And then there are the people who take advantage and “strong-arm” you into buying “a real gem” for WaY too much money that turns out to be an abSOLUTE piece of (cough-cough) crap.  Ugh.

Like said dresser, as it turns out.

WoW, did I get taken to the bank here.  You wonder how they keep a straight face.  Seriously.

WoW!

It was brought TO ME with “pressure” to buy~making it harder to 1) say NO, and 2) negotiate.

Saturday was the first time I truly got to inspect it.

An animal has nested in at least 3 drawers—sO gross!  3 of the 5 drawers have to be comPLETEly REbuilt, the contact paper on top is actually hiding very broken wood, and it is SO grotesquely filthy I hope a good pressure washing will clean it.

I knew it would need some repairs (they generally all do) and better hardware.  The rest—w e ll—perhaps I just have more integrity?

I considered putting it on the curb, but I can’t afford to throw away $50.  So here goes ANOTHER charity project.  -s u c k e r-

I’m hoping to minimize my “damages” and at least get back my investment.  And THIS YEAR I will look harder before leaping.  And with

NO. APOLOGIES.

Catherine

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