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I just need a minute~e s,  I sort of abandoned blogging for a while last year.

I needed a FEW minutes.

My bad.

 

Just like on the computer– I needed to hit the REfresh button.

But that’s not to say I wasn’t working on projects.  Oh, I was.

I had a  L O T  of project ideas, and I’d be selling in 2 Fall shows.  BUT- I knew the summer would be consumed by yard and garden repair.  And I started focusing on myself & hitting the gym hard.  A N D, of course, there was FAMILY TIME.  Seemed like EVERY. thing. was a full time proposition.

I just showed you the wall cabinet that was created because of orphaned desk drawers.  I actually made a variety of wall hanging things.  -Shelves.

I still had some very plain-Jane ReStore corbels.  I bought all 6 they had and parked on them forEVER before I came up with the first project.  But each time, I found I had to cut a bit off—and I kept themYou never know

3 corbel pairs became 3 shelves.

And the cut offs became another shelf!

The 1st pair of corbels were used to create an Over Mantle Shelf.

I backed it with 3 of the many fleur-de-lis tins I bought in a flea market.

the 1st pair of corbels--

The Over Mantle Shelf sold so quick & easy at Nellie’s Barn Sale 2016,

I decided to make a 2nd shelf for the 2017 show too.

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

There’s a place I go by with regularity that tosses out some out-of-the-ordinary pallets—I now stalk them!  The 3rd shelf was made from the boards of one their pallets.  I liked the mixed woods and only sanded and clear-coated.  You can see I ripped trim pieces on the table saw for extra detail.  It too, was a quick sale!

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

I now had 6 corbel cut offs, which got me thinking. . .

how about stretching them out for a  L O N G  plate rail?

* The long boards were also pallets from that place!

a 5ft long plate rail with the cut offs

5ft long, with a routed groove to catch the standing plates.

a 5ft long plate rail

That shelf above the plate rail was made from salvaged parts of a vintage sewing machine cabinet.  I made 2 like that!

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I only had the decorative door for the one below.

I made the sides and used part of a drawer face for the top.

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I like making shelves, they’re so easy!

And speaking of corbels and pallets

I know most of you only look at and use the top pallet boards, but look again at the thick “foot” boards.  They’re usually 2″ to 3″ thick— and thick wood is expensive to buy.

I bought this amazing and adorable pair of corbels in a church flea market.  I’ve been hoarding them because, well— they’re too cute to give up!    And then I noticed they were roughly the same size as the pallet FEET,

so look what I did!

It was not easy pulling the nails, but once clear, I traced out the shape of the corbels and cut them at the band saw.  I got all of these from 1 pallet foot! 

Wouldn’t they be awesome under a plate rail/chair rail in a room?

THICK pallet "feet"

corbels in a chair rail/plate rail

And one last PALLET FOOT project–

I played with the spacing of my last 5 votive candles, then cut the pallet FOOT board to length.  I drilled the holes with a 1½” mortising bit at the drill press.  Sanded smooth, then Lyme-waxed.  I LUV IT!

Catherine

I told you I was busy working!

made from the FOOT board under a pallet

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While I drink my wine and finish the chair-seat slip covers,

that you can’t see yet—

-you can't see it yet!

–thought I’d reach backward to share 1 of last summer’s projects!

 

My bff was on the verge of tossing out 3 great desk drawers.

“Uh~can I have them?” 

–2 of the side desk drawers and the center pencil drawer.

I had an idea!

*You’ll have to  -visualize here-  because if I took pics I can’t find them.

a “scrap” wall cabinetI grabbed some of my rafter tails (examples below) found in a flea market long ago and some pine boards.  With one of the boards laying flat, I layered the rafter tails and propped the drawers (on their sides) to play with a CABINET SHAPE.  When I had something I liked I traced their shapes to cut with a jigsaw.

I cut the 2 drawers down in depth to something really shallow.  (I think it was 9″)

The drawers dictated width–and I cut the varying “RAILS” that supported the top, and each drawer section accordingly.  AND their bowed shape.

I dug through my stash of varying dowel sizes and cut a thicker one to width, then picked through my crown/cove moldings for an appropriate design.

The cabinet is a very simple design, with scalloped sides developed and cut from the shape of those rafter tails!

Go HERE to see how I used some of those rafter tails in a window casing project!

examples of Rafter Tails
a “scrap” wall cabinet

♦  You can see how I capitalized on the scallop of the rafter tail design, and the partial repeat at the bottom!

♦  Rails are typically just the horizontal part of a face frame, but mine are solid pieces–almost like a shelf–to better support the 2 sides and each drawer section.

♦  The lower RAILS both divide the drawer sections and support the drawers when opened.  One RAIL becomes the “top” in the upper open section.  I also cut another board for a top, or cap, and extra nailer for the cove molding -that I ultimately chose.

♦  I cut a solid piece of ½” thick wood for the entire back, but routered “V” grooves in it to give THE LOOK of wide plank tongue & groove bead board.  The thicker wood let me cut holes and apply/counter-sink wood pegs with more stability.

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

Building

from SCRAPS!

It went very fast at the first of the two markets I sold in last fall!

Sorry for the grainy picture—apparently I didn’t even take an End of Project picture either.  Tough summer!

It obviously hangs on the wall, and if memory serves, I think it finished in at

14″wide  ×  36″long.

Catherine

 

 

*I’ve been toying with making another–but maybe 4ft long- to hold cook books!
Or bath towels!    idk~
What do you think?

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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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This

dresser

is seriously testing me.

testing my patience

~a silk purse out of that sow

These DRAWERS

have been

the BANE

of this project.
I  AM closing in on the finish line, but I’ll admit
I thought about a Great Big Bonfire more than once.
I pray to never run into that lady again—I’m not sure how I’ll hold my tongue.

Even though I cleaned all the drawers with a professional-grade soap & pressure washer—I really had to think about how I’d feel putting MY clothes in there.  So I’ve painted EVERY inch of these drawers.

Here’s hoping a fun paint job will sell this dresser,

please Lord~’cause it’s taken WAY too much of my TIME and MONEY for the meager sale price it’ll fetch.  That really sucks.  And will suck more if it doesn’t sell quickly.

Please Lord, help a girl out?

Catherine

please Lord~

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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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