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the FRENCHY caned benchI luv this piece.

Bought it at TJMaxx when I first came back to work on mom’s house.  It’s been sitting in storage with all my other treasures—waiting for my life to resume.

But, in the end, I decided to cut it loose and took it to the antique mall. WHERE IT SAT.  So I pulled it to make way for other stuff.

Although I’m looking at it -once again- I’ll stick with the plan of selling it—after I’ve REworked it a bit!

For my own use I would probably strip it down to raw wood and just wax it.  But for REsale– I’m painting and waxing it.

lift-off hinges (incorrect application here)AND I need to correct the hinges.  Someone installed lift-off hinges—I have no idea why-??  They are for doors—usually found on an antique china cabinet so that you can lift off and remove the doors for moving without unscrewing at the hinge plate.     Super convenientshould STILL BE IN USE—IMO!

So here’s the project!
the Frenchy Caned Bench

I removed the caned lid, then the hinges and chain (stored the “parts” in a zip lock).

Primed everything with a stain blocker to cover the glazed finish,

◊ then got busy painting!  Lightly, wiping away some, stippling some, and thick in key areas.

◊ Before things set up I grabbed the heat gun to stress select areas, then scrubbed those areas with a wire brush—all to create AGE!

I lime waxed everything for its finish.  The white is now embedded into the pits, and chips, and nooks, and crannies!

the project--

the project--

the project--

the project--

Below- you can see the results of using a heat gun, then scrubbing away the bubbled and stressed paint.  Click on the picture to see the effects closer up.

-using a heat gun to stress the paint...

using a liming wax--

the liming wax embedded in the varying textures--

You can see the effects of all the varied painting techniques and heat gun-stress with the finish coat of Liming Wax.

a neew look for the Frenchy Caned Bench

The once brand new, smooth finished bench now has the appearance of being an old piece!  And now it goes back to the antique mall. . .

. . .wish you could see the texture in person!

Catherine

a neew look for the Frenchy Caned BenchI’m sharing this project with:

Feathered Nest Friday

The Curator’s Collection

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Craigslist--Victorian Theatre seats!Taking refuge on Craigslist to distract myself from a winter storm (late February), I stumbled onto these really cOOl Victorian Theatre seats$25!

The first thought that popped in my head was, These would be amAZing as outdoor seating on the deck!”

I text an offer,

they were still available,

and my offer was accepted—$15!

I chased off to get them—at this incredible house to boot!

Check out the front doors!

The house of those Victorian Theatre seats from CL!

getting started on the seats--

So—on to the seats!

I got boardsdeck boards– so it would “blend” more and not detract from the vintage patio table (another story) already there!  Deck boards would be rigid, meant for the outdoor elements, and hold up to the wider span of the bigger seat without a center support.

I cut the boards down, had to rip one, ran them through the router, dry fit them, stained them—then applied them!

The seat frames were already “PLACED” in position to figure out the boards and lengths needed.

the Victorian Theatre seats set in place--

the seat frames--

dry-fitting the boards--

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanded and getting stained to match the deck itself--

 

 

 

I dry-fit the boards to make any adjustments needed, then sanded and stained them before the final application.

The Victorian Theatre seats getting put to use!

And here they are in actual application—I screwed them to the deck to keep them totally stable!

Perfect extra seating when needed—and the seats flip up out of the way when not needed!  Perfect!  And this whole project only cost about $35.

◊ I think I’m going to create a wood arm-rest too!

◊ Ugh- the deck needs to be stained again too!

Catherine

The Victorian Theatre seats!

 

The Victorian Theatre seats--folded out of the way when not needed!

 

The Victorian Theatre seats from Craigslist!

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my sprained ankle is recovering…have had my 1st full night of sleep in almost 5 weeks since this freak accident happened! Didn’t wake up even once in pain last night—a reward for dutifully staying off my ankle-?  For the most part—you can only take sO much boredom.

That “lump” you see is NOT my ankle bone, it’s the last visible part of the injury -which is still a little swollen and -still- painful.

Since things are on the UPswing, I’m going to PACE MYSELF and start working on some backed up projectsthey’ve been waiting long enough for my attention.

These are just some of what’s been on hold—

Catherine

my newest projects-

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good bye to 2014Reading so many of the

Year in Review

blog posts made me think about my own once again so I went scrolling through from my first project January 11th — Christmas!

Apparently, I was S L O W getting back to work last year too.  : /

As much as I traveled throughout the year–it totaled 46 projects.

That really surprised me.  Sure, some were small and minor, but many were quite involved and lengthy.

bigger surprise came from my WordPress Year in Review ~5 OLD projects & posts were in my list of Top Viewed Posts for the year–STILL!

These are my bigger projects for 2014

The upstairs hall built-in bookshelves and bench,

the UPSTAIRS HALL project--

the ALCOVE project--modifying the alcove,

and re-building the hall linen closet.

the HALL LINEN CLOSET project--

 

a CL dresser totally REmade

A ’60’s styled dresser and bench

 

screen doors for the closet

SCREEN DOORS for closet doors--

our Great Aunties' dresserOur Great Aunties’ dresser

Lily’s birthday rockers

Lily's birthday rockers

 

Mom’s old vanity    &     The bow-fronted cabinet

Mom's old vanity--The Bow-fronted cabinet--

The old Record Cabinet

An old record cabinet

 

 

 

My 90¢ dish hutch

Dish Hutch Collage

"Plain Jane"

desk conversion--A Plain-Jane dresser

 

 

From a desk to a bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Stairs Storage  ~which is not yet finished, so watch for more on that!

extra storage UNDER the STAIRS

Still super popular and always high in my daily stats are these–

The Former Dresser

I had a dresser, but I needed a bookcase

The Craig’s List dresser #1

The Lingerie Chest

The Deck Rug

continued all-time favorites!

There were some awesome smaller projects too

a few I had a hard time letting go of.   :’ (

Wishing us All  an

incredibly

creatively

prosperous

New Year!

Catherine

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They’re finished and ready to go to the antique mall–YaY!

the newest finished Craig's list projects!I made a pair of matching pillows to go with this ’60’s setI sure hope they sell together….and they’ll want some pillows to coordinate!

 the '60's styling of the '60's bench!

The picture above shows you how the new undulating toe kick turned out for the bench.

I bought this fabric for a “little nieces-project” that ended up going in a different direction.  I’m so happy to still have it for this project and LOVE IT!

I have some construction Craig's list #3stuff to share with you too….tomorrow!

Catherine

Remember where I started?

I’m sharing this project in a few of my favorite linky parties!

Furniture Feature FridaysPhotobucket

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I’m closing in on their finish!

But yesterday I discovered a correction that needed to be made.

I made a miss-cut dividing the tall dresser in two.

the Craig's list dresser, #3

I needed to deconstruct much of the center section of this dresser because of that APPLIED/WRAPPED external center rail system.

Lost in this ODD PUZZLE of construction,

eventually, I forgot about that bottom rail that is necessary to opening the bottom drawer of the NOW bench!

You can see in the picture below my assumption that it was supposed to be the TOP rail of the dresser–WRONG.  And now I’ll have to make some adjustments before I can attach the dresser TOP.

Craig's list dresser #3You can see that I chose a very clean look in this project.

“lacquered”  look for this ’60’s SET!

Another part of this project was to re-create that undulating toe-kick from the dresser for the new bench—I found a  2 x 4  to be perfect in this endeavor, simply lining it up to the dresser toe-kick and tracing out the shape.

Since I still don’t have my own band saw, I ran over to my friendly strippers-  ; D  -to borrow theirs!  Their saw/blade was in desperate need of replacement and didn’t make the cleanest cut so I had a lot of clean up to do with the belt sander.  *But beggars can’t be choosers.

creating an undulating toe-kickprogress on the Craig's list dresser #3

You can see a bit of the finished undulating toe-kick under the bench, and where I left off for the day.  Clearly–I still have some work to go before all is said and done, but things are coming along!

I got a very slow start to my work day because I first headed off to pick up that INCREDIBLE table I’d told you about and got that FAB Louis chair too!  As much as I can’t WAIT to get on them—I’m already ricocheting all around here on several projects and need to keep some focus—

but here’s a sneak peek!

Catherine

the architectural dining table and SQUARE-backed Louis chair

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I feel like that “hump day” camel. . .

“Guess what day it is–guess what

DAY it is?!?”

Whoot-whoot!

Craig's list #3

Some one~has been touched by some Spring feev’a apparently

and listed some gOOd stuff of Craig’s list!    ~At last!

So I drove the 45 minutes to capture one ’60’s styled, undulating front, dark-blonde dresser–$20!

Ha! Guess what I’m doing with to it?  ; D

It’s a little rougher than the posting showed–nothing I can’t handle.  In fACt–I’ve already taken it apart and cut it into the two projects!

See?!

Let the FUN begin!

Omg–wait till you see the other finds!  An AWEsome architectural dining table, a cabinet, and fingers crossed–a square-backed Louis chair!  I feel giddy!

Catherine

Craig's list-- #3

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