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the Looooong tableNot that I forgot about the exaggeratedly long table I built last fall for Nellie’s Barn Sale,

5ft long × 9½ inches deep

but I just so happened to run into the couple that bought it over the weekend.

Huh~ I still have the other pair of legs. . . and I happened on some pallet boards at an unusual 5ft 8 inches in length!  It’s the same spot I found the 2″ thick pallet used for the industrial-barn chic coat rack (also built for Nellie’s Barn sale) last fall.  I’ve been stalking that place ever since!
Since I’m no “Tom Brady” fan, I decided to forgo the super bowl and head out to my studio to work create instead!

not JUST thinking outside the box!

Last fall,

someone was offering a dining table & chairs for FREE on Craigslist.  Uh, hello~I’m on my way!

I had no interest in the WHOLE—I saw PARTS!  *Although I did do a REglue & REvamp to sell the chairs immediately.
I knocked down the table into PARTS to make it easier to store.  But I used 2 of the 4 corner double legs right away.  Paired with some awesome free barn board, I made the first  looooong skinny table you see pictured above.

So, running into the folks who bought it got me thinking again.  Fast, easy, FUN project!

freebie dining table & chairs off Craiglslist~ PARTS!

~my overflow pile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s my little overflow wood pile!

So I grabbed one of those really long pallets and knocked it down to individual boards, ripped what I needed to width and cut them to length.  This time though, I rounded the ends to match the legs.  It spans a long  5’4” × 10″.

I drilled for pocket screws to secure the legs to the table top, then was able to figure the angles to add the aprons.  I shot nails in from the top to secure the aprons~with extra supports.  A N D, you see I painted.

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table~ the routered detail

Here, you can see the few separate parts needed to bring it all together.

And you can see the bead detail I routered into the aprons trying to match the same apron/leg detail.

Yes~ I painted the table.

Farrow & Ball  Rectory Red #217

I have no passion for red, but I used this at Christmas and found I really liked it.  And I actually really like it for this table!

I’m just not happy with the top.  Yet.  But I’ll figure it out.

Behind a sofa, down a hallway, in a foyer, at the foot of a bed with a bench. . . just something for fun!

Catherine

And now it goes to the antique mall for sale~

~close up of the loooooong table

~used as a sofa table here

~used as a sofa table here

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Actually, a 2nd makeover.

the vintage soda crateTHIS was one of my –therapeutic– projects (after hand surgery) last year.

I visualized a teenage boy using this as a night stand while I worked on it—well, in any case, I may have thought it was a fun piece

but it never sold.

In spite of multiple locations of exposure. Bummer.  I stuck it back in storage.

funky junk's STORAGE TROLLEY!

THEN I saw this cool Storage Trolley posted by

Donna @  funky junk!

Isn’t it a fantastic idea for extra storage?!?  OMGosh~thanks Donna!  So guess how I’m altering my crate!  ; D

Why didn’t I think of this?

I left my existing project alone, except that

I added on to it!

It didn’t take much, and it didn’t take long…

and here it is now!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

what a difference!

Catherine

I believe I see a quick sale coming!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

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Remember my calendar?  Y‘know~the one that was going to organize all the things I wanted to get done before Christmas.  HaHa

Christmas TO DO list 2016

You know how it goes

PLAN your WORK  &  WORK your PLAN!

And then life says “Oh yeah?  We’ll see…”

Well, that’s pretty much the summary of how things have gone—including the flu and loss of a favorite great auntie.  Once I surrendered those lists/plans and just focused on the necessities, things calmed down and I strolled pretty smoothly across the Christmas-day finish line.   Life—geesh.

details: an AMAZING alternative Christmas wreath!

On one of my early excursions-

(in search of a fresh boxwood wreath) I stumbled onto this incredible, A-MAZ-ing, alternative wreath project!

I LUV alternative wreaths and think I’ll have to try something like this out for myself!

Catherine 

details: an AMAZING alternative Christmas wreath!

 

 

Evergreens, pine cones, magnolia leaves and burlap!

an AMAZING alternative Christmas wreath!

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just a simple Birch frame!Well first,

I forgot to include this simple Birch frame I made with all those other “wood” projects!

It would have been wonderful to have some beautifully stylized pics to share but, folks—I’m just happy that I GOT some pics with the pace I was keeping!

pine cones~candles

 

Here are my REworked faux Pine Cones+candles…

and actually, the last of all those NATURAL materials projects was that I patiently sugar-crystal’d a LOT of hydrangea and sedum from the garden!

I sold them by the head—but ladies drove me CRAZY with, “Oh, I’ll just do THIS myself!  picture-picture.  Now, tell me~how did you do this?”  ~rolling eyeballs.

my Holiday Show Flowers

Another thing with flowers was this lamp.

A literal TRASH to TREASURE project!

Someone threw out this BROKEN lamp, I took it, I cleaned and fixed it~

then painted it & added moss, holiday flowers, and an elongated silk shade!

a TRASH to TREASURE project!

Speaking of lighting, I also found this cool jar to “fix up!”

a cool jar to transform!

Another thing from “use what you have”. . .

my grandpa’s and dad’s old hand saws!  Don’t they kind of look like a Christmas tree shape?

I mounted them and hid the battery pack in a routered out void.

my grandpa's & dad's old hand saws!

I played with some other METALS, including forging a pair of short-squaty boxes that would look FAB stuffed with poinsettias!

~some metals

I’ve had these really nice resin crystals forEVER and finally decided to DO something with them!  A N D  I glittered them!

REvamping some old resin crystals!

locked & loaded for that last show!

Here’s me~locked & loaded for that show

~barely room for me!

Well, I’m  -back working on-  some UNfinished Holiday Show projects.

Catherine

btw— did I show you my wine cork Reindeer?

my wine cork Reindeer!

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First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more

Christmas’y!

market stairs~and REvision!

A n d   you can see I used Buffalo Snow Blanket to play up the holiday effect!

So anyway~these are some of my

Holiday Show DIY’s!

My Santas.  A few years ago I cut down a vintage yard Santa to create a giant tree topper for the kiddo’s tree—I’ve collected 2 more since to have for sale!

I also made a pair of plaques using parts of that nasty~stinky dresser and vintage graphics!  I’m crazy about that craquelure finish!

Santa tree toppers~Santa plaques

It seems I became a bit STAR-struck!

I made barn board~narly wood~and stinky dresser wood “plaques” in lieu of, and as a change from the standard wreath!

in lieu of the standard wreath

I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .

my origami stars~glitter and gold leaf!

my burlap stars!

my wood lath stars!

I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .

wood drink coasters and a "tray"

I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .

my wood "candles"

I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!

my wood trees!

I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!

wood banners!

I am a wood-girl!

; D

Wanna see more?

Catherine

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The STINKY-NASTY CL dresserI took another look at the pile of PARTS.

Zoned in on that scalloped bottom apron~

& thought about building  another shelf.

Hmmmm

Sorry~forgot all about the camera.

Essentially—I left the full length/width of the piece, but mitered each end to add a return.

I took one of the long stile-leg sections to cut next~because it had the “matching” craqueleur and was the right return width.

Then I went back to the pile in search of a backboard and top.

The dresser’s original top showed a “crack” in it,

which was actually the tell-tale sign of being two boards glued together—so I broke them back into 2 pieces and, voilà!  A BACKBOARD and a TOP!

REusing the dresser's apron front

the "PARTS"

1— the apron front
2— from the long stile-leg
3 & 4— from the dresser’s top
5— edge detail cut offs from the top I cut shorter for the backboard

Out of a nasty-stinky dresser~

to a great mantel shelf!

Catherine

from a STINKY NASTY DRESSER

from a STINKY NASTY DRESSER

from a STINKY NASTY DRESSER

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Craigslist--Farmer's Dresser $20

Remember that STINKY-NASTY dresser I got off Craigslist?

The one that an animal peed in~ and has been sitting on the driveway since late June?

And STILL stinks~in part.

Well~ I DEconstructed the WHOLE darn thing –and surprisingly– THAT seemed to help!  So I grabbed some of its parts to work into some projects!

The STINKY-NASTY CL dresser

The 1st project-

was to rip two parts of the dresser’s side panels that could be paired together, then secured them together using maple door stop material creating a frame.

Afterwhich, I took the whole thing into the house and scrub-brushed it down.  I even bleached it too!

It gave the whole piece a great patina!  And look at that natural, aged craqueleur.

In lieu of the standard wreath, I’ve created something different!

I went on a Christmas-pinning tangent about 3 years ago and recently went back to look at all the inspiration.  This project stood out once AGAIN!

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

That star was SO much easier to create since learning how to make a perfect pentagonI made another to use as a template.

~I centered my pentagon, then followed the 5 fold lines outward to mark the exact points to pre-drill for the pegs.  THAT EASY!

~I glued and hammered in each peg, and let them set up before wrapping with my ribbons.

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

These will be going to the Holiday Show!

Next up~

the 2nd project coming out of the

Stinky-Nasty Craigslist dresser!

Catherine

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