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Thank Goodness!

no. more. dog.

what's WRONG in this picture?

. . . THAT done . . .

The Dressers

the dressers~

They were in their basement.  Storing tools at some point.  But basement was damp’ish and dressers got a tad moldy.  Took them to strippers.

Did you know that stripping chemicals can kill mold as well as bad smells?

Now remedied of those two problems, it was decision time.  Do I spend more time and money on REfinishing them, leave them raw (someone else can do what THEY want) OR paint them?

I opted to deal with THE TOPS.

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

Sort of REworked~

The smaller dresser~ stained and waxed top, painted body with raw wood and waxed face frame.  Reproduction hardware.

The larger dresser~ stained and waxed top, the rest- just left raw and reinstalled original mismatched hardware.

And– REproduction wood wheels for both.

Sadly, both dressers were stripped of their  -handkerchief drawers, and  -framed mirrors.

Catherine

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. . . there’s a missing wall in this space.

Because it used to be ONE – HUGE space and is now subdivided.

And the neighbor has this large 3-paneled screen.  With a dog.  A ridiculous dog.  Annoying me to NO END.  So I’ve come up with a remedy I’ll work on today.  Otherwise, I’m trying to take it easy today—I need a day off!

I NEED that beach I’m dreaming of…sigh

THIS is my HaPPy PLacE!

Okay~ dream over~ well, deferred

~

what's WRONG in this picture?

WHAT doesn’t belong here . . . hmmmm . . .

Catherine

what's WRONG in this picture?

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

AND there’s WaY more waiting for space to free up. . .

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up sale

At last~

things are mostly unpacked, cleaned, staged, and tagged.  The space for this sale is FULL! And numerous things are stashed in the wings to fill it back up when space opens up.

TIRED is a fit description and I am dreaming of a hot, sunny beach and a bottomless drink!

Thought I’d share a couple more of those quick projects to jazz things up for the sale!

A very quick rocker and chair REcover!

using an old mattress pad for upholstery!In the haste of time I guess I forgot BEFORE pictures~again.  The chair got a full on paint job, but the rocker just needed cleaning and polishing.

BOTH needed a new seat and I had to cut wood to fit and start from scratch.

-I used sagless burlap on the chair and

-believe it or not-

an old mattress pad on the rocker!  The soft “patina” and stitching pattern was absolutely perfect for this caned rocker.

You just never know where the best “fabric” can come from  ; D  always keep an open mind!

And BTW-

I dug through a box of old lace & pillow flange tatting we found to use for trim instead of gimp or welting on some of these projects!

just a great old rocker!

just a great old rocker!

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

I forgot to iron out that crease mark in the sagless burlapoooops!
THIS burlap is tightly woven and SOFT!  And, I think, fine on an occasional chair seat.

Catherine

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the HALL TABLEVery simple in style but LARGE.
Too large for the average

hall table,

foyer table,

or as a sofa table.

Or should I say it’s

TOO deep…?

Well THAT’s easily remedied! I took it apart and cut out the center 5½”—20″d to 14½”.

The table suffered while being stored in a basement—the center joint split open and swelled outward very subtly.  Not obvious until running it through the table saw.  I set the fence to keep/maintain 7¼” on each “half,” but the same split still shows in the center.

I toyed with forcing the halves back together with a clamp and screwing a cleat underneath to hold them tightly together, but I actually don’t mind the split now. Call it CHARACTER!

the HALL TABLE~correction

the HALL TABLE~correction

the HALL TABLE~correction

the HALL TABLE~correction

Now a more reasonable depth to use as a sofa table~which is more likely to be it’s new use!  AND you see I stripped that chocolaty paint off the top and left the raw wood exposed only waxing it.

the HALL TABLE~correction

The wood glows now with hydration

and feels baby-butt smooth all waxed and ready for the estate sale!

Catherine

a very SIMPLE makeover!

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Besides MY OWN crazy array of the usual projects,

I have been ~ I am

juggling projects for 2 other families!

TOO MANY projects at once!

For Judy~ REstyling some ladder-back chairs AND a trestle table,

plus a REdesign for a change of TV.

And THEN there is a “pseudo estate sale” for a senior couple leaving their home of MANY years–overwhelming and exhausting in the best of circumstances.  I’ll be helping them sell their treasures at the antique mall beginning April 1st!

The preliminary work is almost daunting–almost.  One bite at a time, it’ll get done!  Dressers are getting stripped–one completely REstyled!  Things are getting painted, even REcreated—

and EVERYthing is getting cleaned and polished!

Bear with me—COOL PICTURES ARE COMING!  I promise!  ; D

Catherine

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a little "trouble"1st, a little

“trouble!”

I found this old game board in a thrift store for $1  -because the pieces were missing.  Awwww.

But you know me—I bought a 3ft ½” wooden dowel and cut it down to a bunch  of 1 inch pieces.  20 of them –actually.  Then I painted 5 each~

red  yellow  green  and  blue!

No more missing pieces!

a little "trouble"

Blue is currently drying!

Can’t wait to play a round with the kiddos!

a little "trouble"

I actually have another FUN project I’m just wrapping up to show you—
B U T  –I’m also launching into a big

architectural bookshelf makeover!

Catherine

launching into a BIG makeoverIn terms of this project~we’ll call this Before.

But you can see by the arched piece, I’ve been kicking around ideas for a while.  Below—it’s stripped down to the carcass for me to get going. . . Catherine

launching into a BIG makeover

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Pardon the punI couldn’t help myself!

apology_loading

I bought this fun basket because I loved it!

a wonderful wire basket!

But I confess, I also bought it

because -it needed- a WAY better handle!

And I wanted to add it to my stashes for 2 pop-up flea markets later this year.

Cool wire basket.  Stupid handle.  My remedy!

Stupid Handle

I happily took a hammer to the stupid plastic smashing it to pieces!

To the alarm of m’ma, I borrowed another piece of her mother’s broken cradle.

I cut out the section I wanted to use on the chop saw, then ripped that part in half at the table saw.

using a piece of an antq crib

*There was no way to disconnect the metal handle to make any other kind of change.

 Now cut in half to wrap around the metal handle, it would also require a long channel, a groove–which I created at the router table.

routing a channel, a long groove

routing a channel, a long groove

a new handle for the basket!Make sense now?

I glued and clamped the pieces back together and left it to dry overnight.  Sanded, lime waxed—and called it finished!

Properly!

I know, a lot of fuss for such a small detail, right?  But doesn’t this look nicer?!

Catherine

a much nicer handle, right?

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