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--out of scraps. . .

I need some “smaller” projects for an upcoming flea market.

Things easy for someone to carry off and fit in a car.

Hmmmmm. . .

I’ve got some scrap boards,
I’ve got some balusters (from a Victorian porch). . .

to make a-  s o f a  table ?

A console?

Wellsomething architectural!

I actually needed a bit from a few other boards to build this table, but I did have stuff on hand—so no store-trips involved!  Use what you have, right!?!

I ripped and mitered some old pine boards to make a simple frame, then covered it with salvaged boards.

I played with the placement and spacing of the balusters- pre-drilled, counter sunk and screwed the parts together.

making an architectural sofa table

Making the top was essentially the same exercise, except that the “frame” is wrapping the outside edges of the boards to stabilize the form.  I used 3″ long screws to attach the top (again~ pre-drilled and counter sunk).

It’s pretty sturdy~unless someone tries leaning hard on it.

--making the table top...

-just a detail shot....I ran a little detail molding around the bottoms of the balusters (that I created at my router table).

This is truly a very basic construction project

it’s really all about having the architectural parts and salvage wood. Of course it is made easier by having the right tools to cut it all!

NOW the problem is trying to figure out the finish—I would have LUV’d raw wood but the balusters were beyond stripping. . . bummer.

I gave it a general white-wash and distress-sanding, and now I’m playing with some gray in areas, but—I don’t know yet.

I have a week to sort it out.

And I have 2 more balusters!

Catherine

my architectural table

my architectural table

my architectural table

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4th of July on Chute Pond!
You know,

cheap bookcase~new face.

Yes, it’s ONE of the projects I was putting in such loooong hours for.

I hit [most of] my deadlines, before running out of steam,

took a 4th of July lake break,

and am finally getting back on track.  Or should I say I’m back to finish those missed deadlines?

*This is how I started each day off!  Nice~right?

So~ I believe I left you at “hardware.”

I decided on something a bit “unexpected” for a rustic cabinet, and some old magazine pages for the center void.

a little "unexpected" hardware

The cabinet interiors

Plan A~ starts with a crazy story.  Bill Gates commissioned a very large pair of bullet-proof, leather-clad front doors for one of his houses.  A friend’s husband was one of the contractors.  There was EXTRA material fabricated (just in case~I’m sure), and it was given to MOI~ can you believe!

I wanted to REclad the whole interior of the bookcase in it—but there wasn’t enough.

Plan B~ I thought about REcladding the whole interior with some of the obnoxious quantity of oak veneer I got off of Craigslist long ago for a whopping $11.  But it felt like more work than REsale would bring.

Plan C~  Short cut job by PAINTING the interiors in a dark chocolate and use the leather bound wood for the backboard!

06-19-16 Bookcase facelift -CL $15-004

Problem #1.  All the colors clashed together.  The split logs, the paint color, the leather.  I tried “staining” the leather—AWFUL.  I tried cleaning it off—uh, making it worse.  With nothing to lose, I applied a “natural” furniture stripper I use often. It all ended in a Happy Accident!  Well, I kinda think so.

Leather-bound wood

a leather-bound backboard

shelf edge details--

Problem #2.  The split logs were splintering-rough so I VERY lightly sanded and brushed on a matte urethane.  BIG mistake—the wood looked like PLASTIC.  I sanded the sealer-finish and/but lost the whole rustic vibe from the logs.  Crap!  Do I PRY OFF the boards and start over?  Distress-paint or white-wash?   But then I have to figure out anther backboard.  I dry-brushed two browns and sanded right away.

Problem #3.  Now I have WaY too much time into this REsale project to add real wood shelves.  I’ll have to work with the sagging particle board shelves.  I cut an inch of depth off with the table saw, flipped them wrong side up, added a strip of the log boards to the front edge, and painted.

The new face of a Rustic, Cottage-styled cabinet!

At the end of the day, it all came together

and went to the Door County antique mall—

a cottage and vacationing audience!

I think it would be great extra storage in that scenario!

◊ In the bathroom loaded with towels and other accouterments.

◊ In a bedroom holding linens & blankets.

◊ Even staged in the hall to accommodate multiple guest room extras!

Catherine

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CL Bookcase faceliftYou know the bookcases

100% assembly-required, (kind of) cheap materials but interestingly~NOT a cheap price tag.
Convenience is the name of the game here, not necessarily style.
I found this on Craigslist for $15 and wanted to use it for display in another antique  mall (that still may or may not happen–??).

--free from Craigslist!Long story short~

since I don’t NEED it for its intended purpose, now it’s in the way and needs to go—BUT CERTAINLY NOT LOOKING LIKE THIS!

Also found on Craigslist were these split log fence boards—free!  I got first dibs and took a LOT but not all. By the time I thought about what I could do with them the rest were gone~ boo-hoo.

Heyit’s finally cottage season, how about a fun

Rustic~Cottage-y

styled piece using the free CL-boards!  But they were used raw and were really filthy from the elements, so I pressure-washed them clean!

Even after sort of disassembling the bookcase and giving it a new WOOD face frame, it was actually a SIMPLE, EASY face lift!  Albeit  t e d i o u s!

 

--demo--

--demo--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--adding crown molding

Adding crown molding required some compound cuts.  The challenge was fun but you can see I miscalculated a tiny bit on the left (dang it!)—I caulked it in.

I laid the cabinet down on saw horses to work easier, and then set boards between to create a “stop” to start the first course of board-facing -or cladding.

the face lift

the Bookcase face lift

The fence boards were not quite long enough for my tall cabinet so I added a wood base from some salvage.  AND- you know, it gave a cleaner-finished bottom.  You can also see I added cedar feet—cut from a long 4×4 post several summers ago for multiple burgeoning projects !

I didn’t like the PLAIN wood face frame so I clad it too—which messed up the crown molding.  I’ll play more with that later.  But my immediate fix was to use a ripped length of a board as another layer of “crown molding.”

"crown molding"

playing around with the doors and hardwareThe doors. . . ugh.

I tried laying the boards vertically, horizontally, and in a chevron pattern. Nope.  Nothing looked right.  A picture frame pattern looked the best of all -but what to do with the center void. . .

Did I mention there’s going to be some leather—?

Perhaps another surprise to the finish!

More tomorrow,

Catherine

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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-

plusmore.

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!

Catherine

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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Vintage Market at The Grove!I’ve been working on some decorative plaques for the Vintage Market this weekend.  I need “smalls” for it.

So, what do I have?

-I have lots of scrap wood in my studio from varying projects.

-A neighbor gave me some old door casing from the REmodel of his 100yr old simple farm house.

-I’ve been collecting lots of graphics for years -and- a roll of onion skin.

That’ll work!

For my first plaques, I created a shield form in 2 sizes~and made a pattern to make them over & over!  I actually used some slab doors I bought at the ReStore for these.  

After cutting out the shape, I routered a detailed edge, sanded, and primed them. Headed back in to play with some graphics on the computer.  Wrapped cardstock paper with onion skin, and printed out my images.

Shield Plaques

I made 4 “birds” and a large B&B plaque.

the first plaques-

Next, I dug out several misc end cuts of pine boards, “squared” them up, ran them through the router table, sanded and primed.

I also stripped the stain off a couple of small ReStore cabinet doors.

REusing scrap end cuts!

creating my decoupages--Again, I played around setting up some graphics—a variety of images, mostly from the backs of vintage china.  I love the stamps and crests that were used and have been collecting those images for many years.

I printed all onto onion skin that I wrapped around heavy cardstock paper to go through the printer.  Since I have yet to master ANY transfer method, I decided to use the very translucent onion skin to decoupage the images instead!  THAT, I can do!

*You can see at right just how translucent onion skin is.

I prefer to use wall paper paste in my decoupage projects.

1– It has more open time to move and adjust things.  I’ve heard some of you say how you struggle, try this instead!
2– It’s easier to UNdo down the line.  Wallpaper stripper will help get some off, and the rest can be sanded off.  Good luck with ModPodge.
3– I use wallpaper paste to seal the surface and edges of decoupaged drawer fronts, and the finish is much the same as ModPodge.

And then I spent a very enjoyable day applying all my papers!

When they were all dry I gave them all a light sanding to their surface, and a good sanding to clean up the paper edges/sides.  I clear waxed all—then lime waxed and dark waxed some of them too.

Lastly, I ripped the 100+ year old casing (from the neighbor) into 2″ widths, and cut mitered strips on the chop saw to frame each.  Plus, I screwed “D” rings to the back of each for hanging.my scrap wood plaques!

I love the many old, gloppy layers of paint, the cut nails,  all the imperfections!

A fun project for next to nothing—

Catherine

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my scrap wood plaques!

I ran out of board on this frame and scabbed in a corner–I luv it more!

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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!

Catherine

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I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.

A pair of Nesting Trays!It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down.  Catch 22.

While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together.  Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).

I’m still working on MY pair of  [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff my Yardstick Trays!I’ll be sharing soon enough!

Until then~my pair of nesting trays!

Yes, I was channeling you Terry!  ; D

Catherine

my Yardstick Trays!

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