Posted in Antiques, bedroom furniture, benches, building green, Craig's list, flea markets, garden, I was featured!, I won!, painting, re-purposed furniture, salvage, shopping antique stores, tall cabinets, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, thrifting!, tagged Year in Review on January 3, 2015 |
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Reading 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.
A 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,
modifying the alcove,
and re-building the hall linen closet.
A ’60’s styled dresser and bench
screen doors for the closet
Our Great Aunties’ dresser
Lily’s birthday rockers
Mom’s old vanity & The bow-fronted cabinet
An old record cabinet
My 90¢ dish hutch
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!
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
There were some awesome smaller projects too-
-a few I had a hard time letting go of. :’ (
Wishing us All an
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Posted in antique mall space!, bedroom furniture, benches, Craig's list, painting, re-purposed furniture, upholstery, tagged '60's styled dresser and bench, another Craig's list dresser, coordinated pillows, Craig's list #3, upholstering the bench on April 2, 2014 |
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They’re finished and ready to go to the antique mall–YaY!
I made a pair of matching pillows to go with this ’60’s set—I sure hope they sell together….and they’ll want some pillows to coordinate!
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 stuff to share with you too….tomorrow!
Remember where I started?
I’m sharing this project in a few of my favorite linky parties!
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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.
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.
You can see that I chose a very clean look in this project.
A “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.
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!
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I feel like that “hump day” camel. . .
“Guess what day it is–guess what
DAY it is?!?”
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!
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!
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*Eight. l o n g. days. to get over the flu~at last I feel better. My mother returned from her trip in the middle of it and in her jet-lagged-vulnerable state–got it too.
When I commented on how I felt like something the cat dragged in, mom added, “…and wouldn’t eat.” Such sass is lost now she‘s there. : \
I’ve been doing lesser-taxing things trying to re-find my energy. Like finishing some upholstery projects in the hall.
I love the light and shadows cast about the hallway!
. . . I recovered the seat of my great aunties’ 1917‘ish wicker chair, and my $5 flea market vanity chair in the alcove—more happening on these later. ; D
Sadly, someone cut the button tufting cords on the flea market chair :’ ( ….plus, check out the odd “upholstery job” on this seat. Besides using safety pins, they stapled the fabric to the webbing-? …Uh…interesting. . ?
Now I can head back upstairs to begin playing with paint -again- I’ll mix my own color till I get it right.
Once and for all.
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Posted in antique mall space!, bedroom furniture, benches, building for charity, building green, chairs, Children's Furniture, curbies, for charity, hall trees, lighting, mirrors, re-purposed furniture, salvage, sewing projects, tall cabinets, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, the ReStore, thrifting! on December 30, 2013 |
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I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!
I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!
So I thought it might be fun to
RE-share them with you too!
But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL. What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled! Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!
~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway! Woo-hoo!
I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend! It started with a fire place…
During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~
- My vintage White Globe sconces
- Princes Aleigha’s lamp
- A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
- A lace-y chandelier
- A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned
- the Atlanta trip windows
- my auction mirror
- making a mirror from cabinet doors
- a decoupaged chalkboard
- two more decoupaged chalkboards
And there were lots of miscellaneous projects….
But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!
Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches ; D
- The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
- The neighbor’s curbie
- A quilted slip-covered curbie!
- The ReStore “bench”
- Saving history!
- The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
- The sewing cabinet bench
- The Christmas built-in banquette
reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,
And of course–charity projects.
2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubby. And one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.
It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50’ish projects!
I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…). There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…
like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!
Which you can neVer do enough of!
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*I had to interrupt finishing the built-in to get some cleaning and decorating done. But I stole a little time Saturday night to “create” the seats, figuring I’d work on them during the big snow storm expected to hit Saturday night through Sunday.
After spending most of the day shoveling, last night I finally headed back downstairs to finish. Although you can see I have a few finishing details ~namely welting or, I’m toying with adding nail heads or wood trim. . ???. .not sure yet, so it will stay like this till after Christmas while I decide.
But another decision is made–to have mirrors cut to fit in the back of the shelving! I think it will help bounce some extra light around the
basement lower level!
In addition to hand stitching the front corners of the upholstery closed I’m planning to add picture-frame molding to the built-in like the walls, and I think I will do just a BiT of distressing to the overall piece and wax it. But it is now two days before Christmas with a laundry list of tasks awaiting my attention ~so the finishing touches will go on hold.
BTW–instead of flip-lids, I added cleats underneath so the seats are firm in their placement and can be completely removed to gain access to the storage within!
These are a couple other views, including my faux door!
I hate those horrible awning-styled basement windows, but it just wasn’t worth the EXTRA work and costs to change them out so I had to come up with some creative ways to decorate around them.
John (the carpenter who worked with me on much of mom’s house) and I glued a vintage paneled door to the wall underneath that stupid window, then wrapped it with a door jamb like an actual door. We left the hinges on and I glued on a backplate and knob for realism! I hung the door and “transom window” casing -again, like an actual door- but had to faux paint it all to match the door grain.
I hired a sign painter to paint “Giuseppe’s“ on the window for fun AND because it actually looks like you could open the door and go over to our late neighbor Joe’s house!
Joe in Italian is Giuseppe! We miss him.
I’m sharing this project in these FAB linky parties–!
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