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Bow-fronted dresserI stumbled onto this “pretty” dresser for cheap,

then took a much needed, relaxing drive to a very small, out-of-the-way town to go get it!

An awesome drive with some aMAZing old homes along the way—I’d love to make the drive again just to take lots of photos!

Anyway- I bought the dresser.  Sure, I knew it had some obvious issues, but nothing I couldn’t handle, and the owners rapidly loaded it up for me.  When I was home and off-loading it I finally started to see other problems.
Oh boy.

The biggest problem-
a completely broken,
poorly “repaired,”
(& totally concealed) front left leg.  And remember the front is a big curve!

leg & veneer repairOkay- this is not so much a problem for MY skills as much as, with mom’s full-time cancer care—I just don’t have much time for this.  I just wanted a FUN-EASY project to work on when I can find bits of time.
So -g r e a t- let the fUn begin.

I started with all the veneer problems, and then pondered on that broken leg.  At first I was hoping to clean out the terrible “repair” job and fill it with bondo.  It never set up with enough stability, and I’d NEVER put my name on that kind of work, so after a LOT of wasted time & materials- I ended up cutting away all the damage and just REbuilding it.

*Sorry- no pics to share.  But- I used scrap wood I keep on hand, figured the angles of the straight side to the curved front, glued & nailed in place, let it fully set up—then fine-tuned/shaped with coarse sandpaper in a belt sander.  Now it is  S O L I D.

I also stripped the top and discovered issues hidden under the SUPER DARK over stain job someone gave it at some point.  Looks like it was overly sanded in a few areas, but it REstained nicely and looks beautiful now!

top stripped and REstained

I waxed the top instead of clear coating it—I just think it brings out the richness in the wood more and is softer to the touch!  But that’s just my preference!
OH!  And I heat-set the wax before the final buffing.  The wax becomes a harder, more long-lasting, durable finish. 

painted 7 thin coats w/a weenie rollerNext- I taped off and covered and protected the top, then painted the body with a spongy weenie-roller—about 7 very thin coats.  Left side, right side, front, left side, right side, front, left side, right side………
Each thin coat dries so quickly and all those thin roller-coats finish more like a sprayed piece.
*Hint- I don’t have a sprayer.

Once completely painted–it had several days to set up before I could come back to it.  Actually, it was probably a week later (hospital schedules and all).  I had planned a decoupaged face and the time-lag gave me lots of time to plan the finished look.  AND figure out some other more appropriate hardware.

Victoriamagazine on ig!I was looking through ig and this caught my eye—it reminded me of a poster in my stashes!  That’s how my plan came to be. . . with a few adjustments.  

I measured off, taped my poster to the dresser face, then used a sharp Exacto to cut each drawer section free.  I was careful to save each face-frame part since I still wasn’t sure if I’d use it or not (I did in the end).  A pencil gave quick registration marks for placement to keep everything aligned.
Working from the top down, I pulled each drawer(s) out as I worked on it.  It let me double-check the alignment because 1) paper stretches when it’s wet, and 2) I was already messing with each section by my personal method of “distressing!”

my personal method of "distressing!"

Yes!  I wad it up
into an abusive ball.

Yes, it gets torn some!
It’s all part of that
“aging” process!

Then I smooth it out gently by hand, apply a really good wallpaper paste and REapply to the drawer face.
I prefer to smooth it out and position it with my hands at first, THEN use a flex-plastic scraper to gently smooth it out, pushing out the excess paste, and finally, wipe it down with a damp rag making sure the edges are well affixed.

Here’s my poster (from Hobby Lobby).

my Hobby Lobby poster-

Positioned and taped in place.

Working on the last drawer-

working on the last drawer-

MY distressing technique!

And then I decided it really did need the slight face frame cross sections after all.
You can also see I added my selection of vintage hardware right away!
SO much better!

*I filled former hardware holes and REdrilled before painting.  I poked through the paper with an awl to reveal the new hardware placement.

the small cross sections to the face frame

Now you can see how the poster was NOT large enough to cover the face,
but I had a plan!  I taped it out to expand the size with a “frame.”
But that wasn’t all.
I used a liquid gold leafing pen to freehand outline the very outer frame edge.
Irregular on the inside edge–crisp on the outside edge.

I just like that subtle contradiction!

Creating a "frame" and extra detail.

I guess I forgot to tell you how I lightly sanded all the wallpapered edges, huh?
In hindsight, I wish I had widened the “frame’s” sides.  Oh, well. . . .

Creating a "frame" and extra detail.

This project was completed in drips & drabs of time.
I bought it May 18th and finally finished it on the 29th.
I loaded it in the car right away and it went to the antique mall the next day where I spent hours REsetting my space to accommodate it!  WoW- my space had become a neglected disaster area!  And guess what?

It sold right away!

Awesome!

But my space is a disaster once again for the new void.
So I found another dresser to work on.  Stay tuned.

Catherine

Not an antique-
not even vintage-
just  O L D.
But pretty now!

Bow-front Dresser w/decoupaged poster

Bow-front Dresser w/decoupaged poster

-my next dresser-

my NEXT dresser project

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OMG!  I don’t feel totally ready yet—about 80% there.

If you’re in the Chicago area, sure hope to

see and meet you there!

Catherine

Nellie's Barn Sale!

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'80's era consolesRemember these?

80’s era consoles?

I found one of these cheap (several years back already) to build up & around for extra hall storage in a niece’s home.  Although it wasn’t going to look like THIS at the end–they couldn’t SEE it and didn’t like it.

So there it sits, parked in my stashes gathering dust.

UNTIL NOW.

I muscled it out from the thick of things, cleaned it up, and started planning.

Not into the pseudo-Spanish style, I ALWAYS knew things would start with the doors.  My initial thought was to create a tall flat back and create open shelving.  I even toyed with making that Window Hutch top for this cabinet.  Ehh~too much??  IDK. . .

. . . let’s just start dealing with those doors & see what it tells me. . .

OPEN doors and painting a base color working on that door style

In the end- I REfilled the doors with more TIN!

That cool drop hardware was added to my stashes–to be exchanged for something smaller.  Then I pried off that center medallion, but it “wasn’t enough.”  So I knocked out the whole panel and considered options to REfill it.

Caningtiny chicken wirewall paper or decoupage… square off the frame?  –TIN.

I had some pieces that were about the right size and honestly, were so deteriorated and not good for anything else–so why not?

I cut them to size, sealed in the chippy state so if I opted to paint them it would show through.  But since I liked the existing chippy patina and colors, I chose paint based on the tin as is.

Then I repaired and glued and sanded.  Finally- I got busy painting a base coat on the cabinet.  I was so done in by the end of my loooong day that I just walked away from it.  It laid on the sawhorses outside overnight.  And dried REALLY well—maybe I should always do that!  ; D

Yesterday I painted the finished color in a dry-brushing technique so it has a textural fabric effect.  I selected drop handles in a smaller scale and simpler style, and installed the tin!

Done!  Fini!  Stop there!  NO top or ANYthing else.

I love it as is!

I kind of wish I had squared off the doors though. . .

Catherine

33″ wide  ×  12½” deep  ×  30″ tall

my '80's cabinet AFTER my '80's cabinet BEFORE

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another old door from the neighborThe neighbor was at it again.

Clearing things out of the house AND “modernizing” their 1880’s house.

How I HATE that.  If you want modern—buy modern.

HOWEVER– he gives me all that OLD STUFF as he strips it out– !!!!!!!!!   And I DO love that!

I had several ideas in mind for this door, but. . .

In the end, I needed to remember I was in desperate need of display pieces for Nellie’s, so one particular project rose to the top of the list. . .

a door bookcase!

It WILL be for sale, but it’s going to be a workhorse until it does.  Our space is on a PRIME corner –but– it’s also on a slope.  A double-edged sword.  SHALLOW, flexible pieces will be key for the short spans of level ground.

So THIS is the latest casualty from the neighbor’s ongoing project.  A small closet door from a bedroom with a sloped ceiling.  It had a window in it that was broken.  A window- how strange, huh?

playing w/the spacing for shelves-70″ tall × 24″ wide

window over 3 panels

You can see in the pictures that I was already playing with the placement of shelving with some previously created corbels.

Shelves at each panel would have LOOKED ideal—but they would be really short.
◊ 5 shelves in total would have been ideal—but , again, SHORT shelves.  SO 4 SHELVES IT IS!

AND- h o w  to deal with that window.

1st- the door needed to be squared from the wonky “angles” to conform to the ceiling.  And while it was laying flat on the sawhorses, I added cove molding.  I also dragged through my antq ceiling tin for a piece to fill the window—I thought it could be a good look overall AND for the show!

∗ I’m short on progress pictures because my phone was busy streaming music–I got sick of the radio’s same/repetitious 12-song playlist.

My DOOR BOOKCASE!I mixed some leftover paints to create a gray’ish shade of green I REALLY liked to paint the front of the door (love happy accidents).  ONE color looked flat so I went back with some white accents.  A N D  waxed everything for a soft hand -and the depth waxing brings to paint!

This DOOR BOOKCASE will be 360° of visibility during the Nellie’s Barn Sale so I painted the backside too.  Just the white—for a clean look. 

I swear, painting took longer than construction, but I LUV the simple outcome!

With this color combo, it’s got a very “Farm-ish” style.  I can totally see it in a kitchen corner showing off some Stone Ware, greens, and a great old cook book collection.  But I can ALSO totally see it in a bathroom loaded with towels and apothecary jars filled with toiletries!

Catherine

~on to the next project!

*it was hard to get accurate color pictures of the pretty green-  : ( 

My DOOR BOOKCASE!

∗ I need to plug the screw holes yet—

My DOOR BOOKCASE!

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a curbie from looong ago!I found this cabinet

-looong ago-

on a curb.

Gutted and REbuilt it into a simple bookcase!

Offered it for sale–it didn’t.

Stashed it away until now– I have a new idea!

Let’s build on top of it!

from curbie to bookcase!

building a HUTCH from a window!

How about adding a top HUTCH

with an awesome arch-topped window frame!

I ripped some boards to 6″ wide, cut them to length for a base and sides.  I mitered the top of each side to receive and support a cleat.  I cut 5 cleats and attached with 3″ screws for the extra strength—you’ll see why soon!

 

I secured the base, sides, and cleats with counter-sunk screws.  I’ll conceal them with glued-in plugs and sand flat for an “invisible” connection.

 

I ripped 2 pieces of ¼” veneered plywood to 6″ wide for the top.  It’s just THICK enough to give a strong top, yet THIN enough to FLEX to the arched shape.

Starting with the OUTSIDE piece—I pre-glued each cleat, then bent and nailed the veneer at each cleat.  I used a belt sander to knock down the little bit of overhang to a flush/flat edge.

I laid the “hutch” face down and got out 5 clamps.  Pre-glued the cleats again and flexed the veneer into place.  I clamped the veneer at each cleat till things set up, then I nailed it all secure.

NOW the pictures to show you the process~

adding a base and sides~

adding cleats~

bending the veneer to the arch~the general outward appearance~creating the arched top~

creating the arched top~

creating the arched top~It's getting there!

 

 

 

I left the 2 outside clamps on over night–just in case!

 

Today I’ll sand, prime, and paint.  And I’ll decide on a back board—I’m considering ceiling tin!
I’ll have to take another look at the bookcase finishes too—so the 2 pieces “connect!” 

Catherine

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sewing cabinet projects -pt3I’m clearing through some long-waiting projects in my stashes.

These are my last two sewing cabinet drawer sets.
Pulled out and now parked in the middle of the NEXT chaos!
They were rougher than I remembered and needed a lot of REgluing, clamping, and REcreated “parts.”

REgluing and REcreating broken and missing partsREgluing and REcreating broken and missing parts

REgluing and REcreating broken and missing parts

some of the details~All of that attention meant a very -S L O W- project launch.  Things needed time to set up before moving on—like ME, to other projects!

I finally got to a stage of sanding, priming and painting.  I would have loved to leave it “natural” for the purists, but most of the drawers were kinda’ gross!  And cleaning wasn’t gonna cut it!

I thought a pale blue and white would give it a fresher look!

I had to modify the ends at each side from their crude DETACHMENT from the original cabinet.  I REcut, added rope trim, a back, and finally a top to each with a handle.

Catherine

details of REfabbing the sewing machine drawers! details of REfabbing the sewing machine drawers! details of REfabbing the sewing machine drawers!

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my mirror probably salvaged from a piece like this~I love mirrors.  ALL kinds of mirrors.  They can really add to a design!  And I do have MANY in my collections.

O k a y, I confess–I have MANY things in my MANY collections.

But it’s funny the things you REfind when you’re looking for something particular and you’ve got (cough-cough)a lot of stuff- to dig look through.

The smaller mirror I had was probably salvaged from something like this Victorian piece.  I bought it at a boutique flea market a few years back.

my mirror and a salvaged door header

When I stumbled back on to it -during my search for the sewing table top I knew I needed to work it into a project for Nellie’s!

I pulled one of my many door & window headers to pair with it and

make a very simple shelf!

I disassembled the header, repaired its necessary issues, and cut it down.  I’d recently stripped its detail trim for one of my Bespoke Birdhouses, so I had to search my stock for something to put back.

cutting down the header, adding a detailed trim, and attaching the mirror-

Above-  the header cut down and REassembled, some very small quarter-round added back for detail, and the mirror is now attached.

The picture below shows you how I attached the two pieces—I pre-drilled on the diagonal -or- toe-nailing fashion to screw them together FIRMLY.  It’s –different– from the current trend towards Pocket Screw joinery, and I’m really not sure just how to explain the difference–but there isI learned the old-school way and I’ve been doing this a looooong time.  

attaching the mirror-

THEN it was on to painting.  I sanded, primed the whole piece, and then drove myself crazy trying to figure out a color.  Which I knew it would need for Nellie’s Barn Sale–that’s what they’ll be looking for!  And my 2 yellows were still on my mind.

I purposely painted out in the full out sun.  BECAUSE- the paint is old and a bit thick, and it would “set up” quickly for what I intended.

I mottled the two colors together, and as soon as it “felt dry” touching it, I took a soft dry rag and started rubbing areas to peel off paint.  The paint isn’t actually dry so it hasn’t affixed to the wood yet.  If I couldn’t do this in the warm sun I would have used a heat gun.  *These were some of the tricks PRE-chalk paint.

my small'ish mirrored shelf

a detail shot of a 1970's plastic, garish gold mirrorsNow, the other mirror.

This too was kind of buried in the stashes, and, w-e-l-l–

out of sight~out of mind. 

At some point I primed away the garish gold these plastic frames originally came in.  But the poor thing was SO dirty–it didn’t LOOK very white-primer.

After I scoured it clean again, I grabbed a can of the soft gray spray paint Chalk paint and sprayed small sections at a time and wiped away the paint.  It tinted the white and left the gray in the voids for more dimension.  SIMPLE.

Catherine

a 1970's plastic, garish gold mirrors

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