Archive for the ‘benches’ Category

Check out these legs!

Those legs  I sketched out,       cut out, sanded clean—and then set aside for a minute. . .

I’m back on them-


They weren’t quite working with my original plan  so I set them aside to focus on other projects.

Wednesday I cut out 1 more so I could move forward with a 2 bench project.

making the legs-

So~ I pulled some 1½” thick wood, drew out my profile, cut it out on a band saw, sanded them all clean.

– I tried cutting out the first leg with a jigsaw, but the cuts came out kind of beveled because the blade struggled to stay straight up & down through the thick material.
– A bandsaw is truly the best way to get a good, straight up & down cut line with thick material.  BUT, you can’t just follow all those curving lines, you need to make a lot of relief cuts and clear the chunks as you go so the blade doesn’t get “pinched.”
– I bought a specialty sanding kit that you can use in a drill or drill press.  It essentially  becomes a drum sander, and is an AMAZing help and time saver!

my new specialty sanding kit for the drill or drill press

Instead of making a stretcher to stabilize the legs, I made a decorative piece -still like a stretcher- to go under the seat to stabilize the whole bench.

I pre-drilled (including a countersink) from the outside of the leg to attach.

attaching the decorative stabilizing piece-

-attaching the "stretcher"-attaching the "stretcher"









the benches- almost finished with construction

construction- FINI!

don't let that "white" finish fool you...Okay~ “funny” story here.  See the faded white paint on the boards above?  When I cleaned them it all washed away—it was actually

bird poop.

Seriously~ what’s with the birds and me lately?

Now that I had to REaddress the finish of the tops, I decided to keep it   “natural.”  I gave them a good sanding and waxed them, which really made the wood come to life, BUT.  Barnboards can be very. . . sliver-y.

I gave them a good coating of polyurethane.  BeaUtiful!


Hope to see you at the  Vintage Market  tomorrow!

the "new" tops/seats

my new bench projects!

my new bench projects!

my new bench projects!

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-scatterbrainedI’ve got so many irons in the fire I’m feeling a little bit schizo’.

Sometimes- it’s best to work on something from start to finish.

Sometimes it’s better to work assembly line-like.

I’m finding the latter to be more effective right now and—why I’m so scattered.  Which makes it all tough to share with you

  what I’m working on.

Here’s the big deadline for a lot of my projects. . .

If you’re in the Chicago area—would LUV to see you!

Vintage Market at The Grove!

Check out these legs!

Here’s a peek at one of (maybe 2) those projects.

Drawn out, cut out, even sanded clean and ready for the next step of the project!


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O m g …a finished project!

It’s been a  w h i l e !

The stress and pressure of a first REAL project was taking a toll on my finger, so day 2 was a “rest” day to deal with the swelling and aching.

it's my Birthday!

AND~day 2 happened to be my birthday. Family took me out for Mexican & margaritas  ~for medicinal purposes!  ; D

Day 1 I shared that I stripped, sanded, and waxed the wood base.  And before the day was out, I applied the padding and batting.

Day 3 I worked on the upholstery.  But first there was a bit of prepping for the 4 button tufts.

◊ I marked out the locations,

◊ and cut slits all the way down to the wood decking…

◊ then drilled a hole completely through that decking.

prepping the coffee table for some button tufting-

I positioned the fabric and started working on the tufts.

I used welting cord tied in a pretty top knot for the temp “finish”  because none of the 3 stores I chased to currently had upholstery-grade covered buttons.  I’ll hot glue a covered button over it later.

◊ Because I was using a thick medium, I used wire to pull the cord through the holes.  Think of it like a flexible sewing needle.

1st, I poked the wire through the fabric to pull the cord through.

Then I poked the wire up through the wood decking and padding from underneath—caught the cord and pulled it down through the layers.

creating the tufts-

Once you pull the cord through to the under side,

you’ll need to pull it down and taut,

-adjusting & smoothing the top side to look how you want-

then staple the cord back and forth in a zig-zag fashion to keep it from letting go.

Make sense?

With the tufts in place, I worked on stapling down the fabric at each of the corners, pulling and smoothing, then stapling down the rest.  *I use a pneumatic staple gun—it makes a HUGE difference in a job!

The last task was to run almost 12ft of single welting to cover over the raw, stapled edges.  Btw~this ottoman is really comfy to sit on!

I’ve already taken it to the antique mall ’cause — I need to clear the decks for  A Dresser Project!

I WiLL have to pace myself + I have another Dr assessment Friday.

But baby~I’m staging my comeback!  


covering the raw stapled edges with single welting-

my newest CL project-

my upholstered coffee table-ottoman

my upholstered coffee table-ottoman for sale at the antq mall!

I’m sharing this project at

The Curator’s Collection

Kammy’s Korner

Talk of the Town #4

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my new CL find-

I don’t know about you guys, but

I have wAy better luck buying off of Craigslist than selling.

I don’t get that, but, oh well.  As long as I can find some interesting things to work on…!

And here‘s something I just found! It came with a “slate” top, which was actually stamped concrete, but I’ll find a use for that later.

AND, I also picked up another old door!    Pro-ject!

THIS picture looks REALLY exciting, doesn’t it? 

How ’bout THIS angle—

my new CL find-

Okay, I know it’s a coffee/cocktail table, but I see an

awesome upholstered ottoman

with a large vintage silver tray on display to hold drinks!

Ya’ with me?

my new CL find-

So yesterday I headed into my studio to get busy

◊ stripping it,

◊ sanding it,

◊ waxing it- clear wax and a little liming wax in key areas.

My inspiration?  Think raw wood and Restoration Hardware.

And before I quit for the day, I padded it and topped it with batting. Tomorrow I’ll work on the upholstery and welting.

-getting stripped-

my new CL find-

More tomorrow—


my new CL find-

-and waxed-

my new CL find-

my new CL find-

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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!


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!


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—


my newest projects-

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