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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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stick,

that is!

a project of yard sticks--

I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects!  But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?

cutting the legs-I didn’t sleep well the night before,

while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project.  Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!

So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job!  ; D

Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.

*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.

~making triangular legs

Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4).  I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths.  Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.

~cutting sides

Task #3—creating the sides.  I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler.  Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.

~the sides are formed

Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners.  After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.

cutting a bottom~

adding and securing a bottom~

~construction finished

I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!

And I LUV it!

While everything is still out—I have two more yard sticks to make a smaller tray!

Catherine

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some details-

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!

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Do you ever look at those fun and cool items offered for sale on varying sites and think to yourself,

“I could make thatwhy would I BUY it?!?”

—and it’s not always about cost—

Corbel Wall Shelf | French Country Wall Shelf | Vintage Style Home Decor: I think this to myself a lot—but I’m lucky enough to have some pretty good carpentry skills and the tools to make things happen!

Last June I shared a few of my own interpretive projects—like this shelf offered several times now by Decor Steals.

This was MY interpretation—made from the APRON off a curbie sofa.

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Yesterday I just felt like taking another stab at the idea.  I grabbed a leftover 5/4″ board, a pine board, some appliques and played around till I had something I liked!

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVESI cut the 5/4 board in half, centered the halves on my pine board and started riffling through my applique-stash.

I tried out some pretty aMAZing appliques—but I just couldn’t give them up to REsale.  AND I actually liked how these were going to work out!  Once things were settled on, I ripped the pine board on the table saw.

I didn’t just want to cut a board and stick appliques on it, I wanted to add the details that make a difference.  So I cut the contour of the applique and used a jigsaw to painstakingly

cut around all those applique details!

I gave my 5/4″ board -the top shelf- a little contouring too, then ran it through the router table with a large 1″ round over bit set a little high to get that added edge detail.   And a ¼” round over to soften the bottom edge.

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Cutting, contouring, and routering a large profile...

Then it was just a matter of connecting the 2 parts together!

Glued, nailed, screwed, puttied, and sanded—
I’m off to paint them now!

Catherine

2 more of MY interpretive Decor Steals Shelves!

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It all started with a Curb Alert on Craigslist,

and then I told you about my tentative plans HERE.

the Curbie cabinet-

I love Terry‘s idea to make a wine bar out of it, and was actually going to run with that—BUT—

since I’m already REworking another cabinet in just that way,  a n d… . it IS for REsale~ I realized I needed to think more about mass appeal.

REfitting the carcass--I know, I knowb o r i n g.

Hoping for a quick flip with the least investment, I made it into a, granted, much less sexy

BOOKCASE.

Something everyone can use, and usually needs!  I’ve created and sold quite a few through the years.

I REfitted the bottom and back with ¼” plywood—luckily, the sides were really good!  But thin.  Do I REbuild them anyway to make two adjustable shelves?

If so~ they will end up being only 9″ high.  Not super practical.  One fixed center shelf will give two shelves 13½” and 14″ high.  AND, the easier thing to do!

This project went really fast!

But there was one other issue to deal with—the PLYWOOD.  It’s rough & uneven. The easiest thing I’ve found to make it smooth is—trowel on dry wall compound (or something like it) to LEVEL everything out and fill the voids.  Once dry, it sands out to a super fine finish.  Then paint.

*It’s hard to show you this from raw wood, so I painted THEN troweled over it filling all the voids so you can see it better.

-filling the voids in plywood

Simple in white with a punch of color and a little decoupage!

It may be a simple Federal style bookcase, painted white. . .

but that doesn’t mean it can’t be punched up with a bold color!  And I love this blue’ish green!

I’m not noted for using too many strong colors in my REsale projects—neutrals are just a safer bet!  This’ll make for a fun surprise in my antique mall space!

I added a little decoupage to the oval medallions and just used clear and dark wax to finish the top.

...a little decoupage...

--all ready to go!

-my antq mall space!

A n d  it’s off to the Antique Mall,

Where it looks kind of fun positioned by my Peace & Love chairs
(that I put back in for another shot)

Catherine

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my little sweet little/small platter find -very small town antiquingRecently, I responded to a Craigslist ad about picking a fallen barn just out of town.

The email response said some Amish men were taking down the “good” barn (can’t take any part of THAT) but I could take all I wanted from the fallen barn.

So off I went—ever eager for FREE barn boards!  Free wood is always good!

On my way back I spied one of those small town antique stores—

of course I stopped.

Unfortunately for me, it was cash only and I had about $12 on me.  I bought this very small floral platter to hang in the LL kitchenette and. . . .

this little kiddo-sized suitcase.

Albeit in rough shape!

kiddo-sized suitcase project!

How I love old suitcases. . . and their cool hardware.  And even though this one was small -18×12 small- (trending purses are bigger than this guy)

I thought it would make a cute wall shelf.

◊ But first I needed to clean it up ’cause it was GROSS and STUNK!

◊ Then I set the table saw fence for a 9″w  cut and ran it through.

cutting the suitcase on the table saw-

◊ I ripped some scrap wood to make a cleat and stable back.

◊ I used construction adhesive to glue (and sort of caulk) the boards in and shot some nails into it too.

stabilizing the interior with cleats-

◊ I painted the back board, then used a gel stain to cover the water staining.

◊ Lastly~ I drilled hanging holes 16″ apart (like wall studs~16″ on center).

-after cleaning, I re-stained the leather

I drilled hanging holes at 16½"

my finished luggage shelves!
I really liked the hardware on the BOTTOM of the suitcase too, and since it still had a deep enough shelf ledge to hold a picture frame…

I prepped it too and will sell ’em together!

They’re ALWAYS  a fun project-

Catherine

my finished luggage shelves!

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I’m working on several things at once, and hunting for potential projects—which has netted some interesting things!

a ReStore -desk- ??LIKE~a trip out of town to pick through the remains of a fallen barn, and a super cute small vintage suitcase on the trip back.

A -desk?- there’s evidence of another drawer or two?  From the ReStore. Maybe a dresser~don’t like the price,  YET.  I’m watching.

this just looks like fun for a pair of teenagers, right?!?A pair of hanging chairs! (a surprise for a pair of teenage nephews!~won’t this be FUN for them?!?)

A trophy-styled lamp and several lamp shades to get REvamped.

A standard 6ft bookcase for a new antique mall space, (more on that soon)

a few leads on some other potential projects,

                -AND-

a large armoire I chased off to Chicago for yesterday

for $1.99 + a tank of gas!

~can you believe??

Hotel Armoire GW $1.99

And looky here, looky here,

LOOKY HERE!

I’m already messin’ with it!  You see where I’m going~right?

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Hotel Armoire GW $1.99

Cabinet is huge~a beast!  So I put my nephew to work on it.   Cabinet, 6ft  vs  tall 14 yr old nephew!

I’ve got some stuff goin’ on!

Watch out!

    Catherine

Hotel Armoire GW $1.99

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Judy's dresserLast September

right before my hand surgery-

I picked up Judy’s (husband’s) dresser for a makeover.

Who knew it’d be such a  S L O W recovery and big delay in project.

I’ve tried my. . . hand. . . (sorry) at different projects to see how much I can get back to—some tools are still off limits.  Safety-safety-safety!

Knowing a confidence for those two most used tools is wonderful!

(can I get a w♥♥t-w♥♥t!)

Judy’s dresser, stage 1

The Legs!

First things firstamputation.  Apologies to all you MCM-lovers.

REinventing a Mid Century Modern!

Now for some new “LEGS!”

These are some of the Swedish pieces she was really drawn to, and I need to find the elements that will translate to her dresser for a realistic transformation.

-inspiration for Judy's dresser

*Digging through my stashes for architectural pieces-other stuff-different things to get a visual and kick some ideas around. . .

landed on a stair spindle & skirted-leg combo for the bottom.

"kickin' the tires"

◊ I figured out the balance, and cut out a new SKIRT-APRON, also, ran the parts through the router. . .

◊ ripped the stair spindle in half to create pilasters, and beefed up the front sides to accommodate them!

a new SKIRTED-APRON

a new SKIRTED-APRON

a new SKIRTED-APRON a new SKIRTED-APRON

The center front of the skirt-apron is intentionally hitting the floor to act sort of like a center leg— this is a heavy, solid wood dresser!

A N D we’re off!

More changes abound,

like new drawer fronts  and topmore soon!

Catherine

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