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Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

I’ve been SO busy working on projects for Sunday’s show

I’ve been ignoring all else—sorry.

Yep.  No sharing of projects.  No pictures.
No posts.  Radio silence.
Bear with me~it’s all about to change!

In the meantime~

here’s a little glimpse of~

a little TEASER of~

a few small things going to the show!

I would LUV to see you there. . . ?!

Catherine

Vintage Market teaser!

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I got super lucky to see this ad on Craigslist

& get there 1st!

I’m usually like 5 minutes too late.

Craigslist ceiling tin!

Now~several sheets were pretty ROUGH but I happily took them anyway—I just knew they could be salvaged!  AND~those were the sheets I started with!

I took a rubber mallet and pounded the sheet “flat.”  Then cut off the GOOD row of 4 squares.  I did NOT toss out the cut off~it’ll be used in another project~wait & see!  ; D

pretty rough~but still worthwhile!

THIS is my newest tool!  An angle grinder!  I’ve wanted one for a while, but I’m pragmatic and only buy as I actually have need.  It cut through that tin like a hot knife through butter!  And I came away INJURY-FREE!

Worth its weight in gold for THAT alone, right?

My newest tool--the angle grinder!

Pretty rough~but still worthwhile! And DON'T through away the scraps!

building the box~Next job was to rip wood and build a box.  Noticing they tend to be very heavy, I thought it prudent to only create a solid bottom ~and framed sides.

That done, I headed back to my cut tin to try wrapping and securing around the frame.  A little trial & err here.

I found it actually harder and really awkward to bend around the frame, so I REgrouped and tried bending and pounding the tin around the edge of the table, THEN went back to wrap the box.  Bingo!

the 1st part of my Ceiling Tin Boxes!

So here’s a tin box.  Whoopie-doo.

Looks like every other tin box I’ve seen flea marketing ordinary.

I like to be different!  And I like things with at least a LITTLE BIT of refinement! So I added a cap.  It also cleaned up the top edge which was bothering me.  I used Maple bull nose molding scraps I had from casing the doors and windows in the house.  AND I stained it—better!

adding a cap~

It still felt like it needed something -I consulted with my bf who agreed- so I dug through my stashes of small feet—and THAT made all the difference!

-adding feet!

MY version of a chippy-rusty-crusty tin box!

Yep.

THIS

is MY version of

chippy, rusty, crusty!

The refined kind!
You can see the progress of a 2nd, and I’ll begin working on a couple of troughs too!
As for those scraps. . . .

Catherine

MY version of a chippy-rusty-crusty tin box!

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the Frenchy sconces REwired and mountedI’ve had a week full of

finishing this~finishing that.

NOT the most fun spending days on end going BACK to multiple UNfinished projects.  But~oh well.

The early 1900’s (Scott’s Antq Mrkt) Frenchy sconces were professionally REwired, and I mounted them on the pilasters!

New candle sleeves were cut -and melted a little on the ends to look less NEW.

They’re now in my antq mall space for sale!

My bedpost cut-offs to architectural lamps

are also back from being professionally wired, and also for sale in the antq mall.  YaY!

my architectural lamps and pilaster-sconces

I finished framing my newest plaques.  And puttying, sanding, adding hanging hardware—they too are up for sale!

I was SO incredibly filthy from all that salvaged wood—but it was worsened by the amount of sawdust I was creating and the HIGH humidity.  I was QUITE a sight—especially my hair!  It swelled bigger, and BIGGER with the high humidity.  I tried to avoid being in public at all costs till this project was DONE—lest I should scare anyone.

As of this morning, I’m now sportin’ a bouncin’ and behavin’ CLEAN head of hair!  O.M.G.  NEVER take THAT feeling for granted.  ; D

My Plaques- finished and ready for sale!

my newest CALL BUTTONS!

I’ve created a couple more [cheeky]

Butler & Maid CALL buttons!

They always sell quick for me!

my newest CALL BUTTONS!

I actually have several things in the works beyond this “update.”

One of those projects is~ I’ve begun to play around with/and to REinvent the living room bookcase design.  You can see one of the initial changes coming below—I pulled some arched casing bought at the ReStore long ago.

I’ve also pulled something else architectural to potentially work into my new design idea—orphaned bed posts.  And I had them stripped.  Stay tuned for this future REstyle!

Catherine

BED POSTS -floor lamps, maybe pilasters

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my lighted pilasters!I really love Antiques, Vintage.

And Architecturals.

And European design.

And I love to add them into my house designs—and making them for sale for others to add to their homes!

Anyone can buy brand new—THIS has just always been so much more interesting to me.  Literally~since I was a young girl, already fascinated with design.

This door project fits me to a tee aesthetically.    It ticks all my boxes!

my vintage French sconces--newly REwired!

Now, even though I LUV’d the vintage sconces I first applied (but couldn’t give up), I really love these Frenchy sconces too!  I’m so glad I held on to them for such a special project!

I picked them up today, REwired for totally safe use now!  And I promptly prepped the door for their installation!

What I would LUV is to add half shades to each side—but they are not commonly found (for me), and at present I only have –1– .

So I’m thinking about adding mercury glass drops—perhaps like these!

mercury glass drops!

I’ll get things settled out right away so these beauties can go directly to my local antique mall space for sale!

I say cringingly.
From a 100yr old throw away door to~

Pilaster Light Sconces!

This is how I would love to use them—framing the door to a living room or dining room!

I’d actually mount them “permanently” and hard wire them directly.  But I’ll add heavy duty D-rings for simple hanging with a temp-wired cord to an outlet.

Catherine. . . .

These are, of course,  just leaning against the wall below~

my Pilaster Light Sconces!

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Plaques- with vintage graphics and salvaged woodsI’ve discovered 3 particular items to be really good sellers for me in both antique malls.
Call them “RENT PAYERS!”
And since there aren’t many left~I’m busy making more.  Plaques first.
Then on to the BUTLER call buttonsShirt Aprons!

I feel like a printing press!

These were two of the first made– and that one with the cobbled corner-  sold immediately!  She said she really LIKED the image but

LUV’d “the wonky corner!”

I made a point of creating two more the next go-round—

and THEY SOLD RIGHT AWAY TOO!

-so-

1st—set up the graphics, print, cut, apply, dry.

1st—set up the graphics, print, cut, apply.

2nd—cut out the boards, fine sand.

2nd—cut the boards.

2nd—cut the boards.

The whole process takes such a tedious amount of time.  But it’s very worth it in the end!

Hey!  Did you know even van Gogh was a DIYer?

van Gogh's DIY project!

Yesterday I settled in for a day of ripping and routering salvaged wood to frame everything—by end of day.  Nice goal~but I’m back at it today.

Here’s a variety of some—

in queue, “drying” in the rack, AND finished!

Catherine

Yes!  I added a few that are a little cheeky!

Here’s a variety of some—in queue, “drying” in the rack, AND finished!

The ones that are finished!

something experimental!

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my next DOOR project!I had this fun idea of how I would transform this door,

but then I got another idea,

& jumped into it with great excitement!

my next DOOR project!

The project started by cutting the door in half.  Without an extra pair of hands on the back side of the saw (safety 1st), and because I don’t have an outfeed table for my table saw, I pulled out my Kreg Circular Saw Rip Guide.  An inCREDible tool I got at Haven the 3rd year!

The Rip Guide made an easy task of the first and main cut, but I left the hardware on parts of the door (for something down the line) so I returned to the table saw after.

Since I cut the door down the center of the middle stile, I needed to cut the outer edges to match.

my next DOOR project!

my next DOOR project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my next DOOR project!

~what a beaUtiful wood to find under there!You can see in the above pics that I added crown molding, a small profile detail molding, and some large oak doorstop ~to clean up the sides and stabilize those cut stiles and rails.

You can also see how dried out the old paint is—so before painting- I decided to hit it all with the sander~

just to see what would happen!

What great luck!  What beautiful wood!

~But I did paint the molding!

So finally~ THIS is where I took my project!

But~ I just can’t part with the pair of sconces you see here and will be using a very Frenchy pair of vintage scones that are being REwired (for safety).  Both pilasters will have a long cord through the back side to plug in.

I’ll share the absolutely finished project once those are mounted!

My “Lighted Pilasters!”

Catherine

just finished for the night!

-the sconces I can't give up. I have others...

my lighted pilasters!

my lighted pilasters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my lighted pilasters!

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my next DOOR project!I’ve told you before about my mother’s neighbor who is

“modernizing” his 100yr old house.

I really hate when that happens.  Why don’t they just move to a more “modern” home?

How e v e r~

I~  have been the lucky recipient of numerous doors, lots of chippy-caked-on-layers of painted casing, and some aMAZing wavy-glass windows!  And you won’t hear me utter a word of complaint there!

So, this particular door has been parked in my path since winter waiting for attention.  Its day hath come.

I cut it in half.

I added oak door stop to each side.

I added crown molding.

I added a little detail molding.

my next DOOR project!I sanded the deteriorating old paint off. Mostly.

I have a VERY specific plan—that I will share as quick as I finish—S O R R Y.

NOT trying to be so mysterious, BUT—

they’re going to be

So Awesome

it’s going to be

hard to sell!

~but I can do it again!

Catherine

I promise~I’m almost finished!

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