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I’m sure I’m not the only one

who has seen and glossed right over these commonly-found wood lamps in the thrift stores.  Don’t know WHY, but, this time I actually LOOKED at this pair—

with a different eye. . . . ?

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!











Something spoke to me.  Their shapes perhaps?

What if I cut them up and give them NEW shapes and a NEW use?
Candlesticks come to mind.  Hmmmmm. . . .

alternative CANDLE STICKS

The cut pieces became puzzle pieces. . .

and 3 candlesticks!

I did run them through the router with a dado bit to counter sink the area for the candle to be seated more securely.  I also decided against -just painting- in favor of a raw wood.  I tried sanding them but bailed pretty quickly for stripping.

Much better!

the finish~ sanding vs stripping

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

alternative CANDLESTICKS
Now I’m playing with (cutting up) varying table legs, bed posts, and vintage porch spindles!  Some will be painted- and some left completely alone!

Catherine

alternative CANDLESTICKS
alternative CANDLESTICKSalternative CANDLESTICKS

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I’ve been on a dresser hunt.

I’ve found 3 that are perfect!

DRESSER projects!

About a month ago I got an email with a funny request.

They just couldn’t make up their minds about this dresser quick enough and missed out.  But was there ANY WAY I could DO IT AGAIN?

Why, YES, I could!   That’s the 2nd dresser.

FUN & Playful!

Remember this project?

my Victorian dresser~NOW!Well~having found another serpentine-fronted dresser, I was going to leave it that “blonde” finish and do a variation using THIS poster.

floral posterA new project~but an old one too!

 

But someone else with regrets for letting that 1st get away asked if I could do it again!   Why, YES, I can!

Although she liked the new direction . . . could I do the other?  Again?  Yes, I actually had another of that poster too!  So I painted the dresser white yesterday.

Both dressers needed minor repairs, then a paint job.  Today I will decoupage the posters and ready them to leave—Saturday and Monday!

The 3rd dresser, so far~

no specific plans, and,

no one asking for some kind of REPEAT!

I guess I can think about it for a minute. . .

Catherine

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To Do List

To Do List

Truly accurate.

*Doing my best to stay sane through the pace.
**Explanation for my absence.

Below are just some of my projects~and the display pieces built for (both) shows.  I’ll talk about them more after this last show—when the clock will not OWN ME anymore.  Well, for a while anyway.

This was a super cute side table I found on Craigslist long ago.  It got parked in my queue when I had thoughts of keeping it, and came to light again when I took another look at things for Nellie’s Barn Sale!  I would have loved to leave it alone but discovered several “issues” upon closer inspection.

Projects for NELLIE'S

Commonly seen thrift store UGLY old wood lamps.  IDK~something struck me about them this time…?  I DEelectrified them, cut them into PARTS, REbuilt them, tried sanding the finish but bailed for stripping.

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

A variety of boxes, trays, and picture frames—I’ll be anxious to come back to these to tell you ALL about it!

a variety of TRAYS, BOXES, and PICTURE FRAMES

How about a VALET from several misc parts!

a VALET from several misc parts!

Misc “things” for the sale!

misc "things" for the sale!

 

These are our 3 main display pieces.

our 3 main display pieces~

our 3 main display pieces~

our 3 main display pieces~

Nellie's Barn Sale!

 

That columned structure is

8ft tall × 8ft wide!

The strapping is set at 1½ ft intervals and strong enough to hold some pretty heavy stuff—like that aMAZing mirror I REframed with chippy door casing!

Hope to see you at the sale this weekend!

Catherine

let's WINE a bit, shall we?

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Thought you might like to see a few finished projects!

Like the shelf built around a vintage mail organizer!

some of the finished projects~

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!details of the mail organizer shelf~

I haven’t shown you this piece before, but, I’ve had it a year now trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it.  Getting some things done quickly became more important than getting crazy-creative.

I thought it would be fun to use for jewelry so I added the metal banding around the shelf ledge.  Nice way to catch bracelets, right?!how about a JEWELRY display! metal banding I added!

And here’s the old farm table frame.  I gave it a new top and apron, and finally got on with building that 2-way shallow drawer!

It pushes through to either side of the desk—which has no front/back side.
the old farm table made into a desk now!
I LUV’d the writing on the pallet, so I kept it!
I’ll call this the FRONT!   ; D

details of the old farm table~now desk!

the 2-way drawer!

the 2-way drawer!

There are still several things in the finishing stages, so,

more next time!   ; D

Catherine

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REfabbing a plain box!

A decorative BOX

~to keep the clutter in check
~but at hand!

Who doesn’t like that?

A friend gave me this basic, utilitarian, sort of primitive, wooden box to play with.  Hmmmmmm

Very simple construction so, very easy to duplicate.  Luv THAT!

  Soooo. . .

We could add mill-work OR hardware for an immediate change…??

I’ve been collecting corner feet from the flea markets for a loooong time now… hmmmmmmm…yeah!

Aleigha and I played -literally- with lots of hardware options—to which she actually complained there were TOO many!  NEVER, silly girl!

Then we sanded, puttied, and sanded again.  Talked about color-schemes and decoupage and fabric coverings.

Maybe some French Script?

Stand by for this finish

Catherine & Aleigha!

REfabbing a plain box!

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an old-fashioned mail organizerThe Shelf~

The very first ever Elkhorn Flea Market I got to go to

this very petit mail organizer came home with me!

It was cheap -as I remember- but I knew it would be a fun project at some point— and its time has come!

*Click on  –FLEA MARKETS-  under CATEGORIES  from the right column to see pictures from my many trips to market!

An idea came to me about building a SHELF around it!

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!I rummaged through my stashes of wood and propped a general configuration together.  I played with some corbels but decided to INTEGRATE the corbel design directly INTO the sides!  Which meant it’d be better to use some 5/4″ boards to look more substantial and echo the misc drawer.

AND- you see I contoured the wood to match the organizer form.  A band saw made cutting out the final shape in this thick wood a lot easier.

My mini-me niece, my Summer Intern, my  “SI”  helped in this creation.  She has some very strong ideas and opinions on design.  Uh, oh!  She’s definitely ME.

We’re just now starting to paint the current projects—but this one we’re painting in pieces and then we’ll put together (to make life easier).

This is our final design.

*Unless we don’t like it put together!  ; D

I’ll have finished pics to show soon!

Catherine

Oh!  Next is the decorative box!

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!

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Nellie's Barn Sale!There’s SO much going on and I need to be VERY mindful of my two looming show deadlines!

Trying to be the most efficient, I thought it might be prudent to work out the construction of a few things at once, then go back to paint/finish.
Do you guys ever do that?

Vintage Market at the Vineyard!

I’m really looking forward to both of these phenomenal shows!  If you’re in the Midwest and can go

they are SO worthwhile!

Here’s an old farm table frame that I’m REworking into a desk!

the old farm table~ now a desk!

I used an unusually nice pallet for the wood.  The boards happened to be the perfect size for this desk project!  I ripped one of the boards to create an apron and support cleats, and then lay out the new top.

It sanded up beautifully, I used natural oak stain on it, then poly’d the top with 2 coats.  I also added wheels to boost the height.  LUV IT!

*The “holes” you see are evidence of this old table having dropped leaves.  Each side would have had a pivoting brace to hold up the leaf.  I added guides across the span to support a shallow drawer—that will be a through-and-through to either side.
the old farm table~ now a desk!

. . . a n d  there’s a really cool shelf to show you next!

Catherine

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