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…how ’bout this

Blast From the Past Project!

Hannah-banana!See this little cutie-petutie?

She’s my #4 of 8 GREAT nieces!

Where has all that time gone—?

When she was 2or3’ish -and soon after her parents bought their 1st house- my niece/Goddaughter relinquished the task of making a little Princess room for her!

Since I can’t find any pictures of the room to share, you’ll have to imagine this—

Mind you, it was the smallest BR in the house so you can only do so much. . .

The room was painted Pinkof course!

We wrapped the room in a picket fence and hot glued some silk wild flowers around and behind some of the boards.  Among other details, a vintage light was hung, and I re-worked a few pieces of vintage furniture.  THIS furniture.

I found the sweetest potential of a bed in a thrift store during a half price sale, $10  $5!  Sorry, no pictures from when I bought it (’02 or ’03), but you can see what I did to it below.  A simple shabby chic paint job, and an upholstery job with over-sized welting!  The same cabbage rose fabric and some lace also made a matching duvet, pillow sham, bed skirt, and drapes!  

a bed for Hannah!

This was the French Empire dresser I shabby chic’d for her

—that later made it’s way back to me for THIS other project!

Hannah's French Empire dresser

I had a Dresser, but I needed a Bookcase!I had a dresser, but I needed a Bookcase!

This was one of my earlier postings,

and,  it~I  was lucky enough to be featured on many prominent blogs for it!  Which put me in front of many of you!  My people who GET me!  ; D

Catherine

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the round Frenchy table--My list is  L O N G,

and these are just a few of the items waiting to get checked off of it.

1I need to put the doors back on my REstyled Frenchy table and get it back to the antique mall.  Should be easy enough, but I’ve been gone and/or running in 5 directions.

2—I began working on my teen-aged nephews’ bedroom a couple of weeks ago while I was “baby-sitting.” They SHARE a LARGE “V” shaped room which I’m dividing in 2 for each to have “their own rooms!”

I started with the 15yr old’s side— eggplant ceiling, beige walls with a punch of stripes around the bed.  But there will be more to come!

the boys' bedroom REdesign--

the 15yr old side--

industrial-type hangers for the partition wall--The 13yr old brother wants a sky on his ceiling -and I’m not sure what yet for the walls.

 

The boys (and parents) like my partition wall!

In the mindset of USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT—I used a pair of bi-fold closet doors (that were removed in an upstairs project) and the boys’ bookshelves.  I used some industrial-type hangers to suspend the doors from the ceiling, and “L” brackets to secure the bookshelves to the doors.

*The hook you see me holding went into the ceiling, the eye went into the closet door, the center hanger had adjustable threading so the doors would just “kiss” the carpet.  *2 hangers per door, the last hanger is missing in the picture below.

the partition wall--

my next project will involve parts of this ugly chair!3I’ve been working my way through all the spring yard work, next will be to wash all the windows and switch out the winter rugs for the summer ones.

Also on my list is a new project involving this awful wing-back chair.  It’s a real stinker, but what do you expect for $5!   ; D

More tomorrow,

Catherine

 

 

 

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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this projectooops!

It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.

oh well!I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.

Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but –eh– such is life.  Next time!

To Recap—

The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.

This is what I last shared with you. . .

the frame built and mirror inset.

putting all the pieces together--

I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.

◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.

◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job.  That was fun!

◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,

◊ then glued them back in place.

my scrap wood mirror and frame

I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place.  Then

◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.

◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.

◊ And finally—I waxed everything.  First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).

building "texture & age"

the progression-

I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,

I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.

I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!

my Scrap Wood Mirror!

details--

 

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DSC00303Isabelle

Izzy,

whatever, she’s country-cottage-y cool!

This whole project started with a door picked off the curb.  A turn-of-the-century …. 4-paneled door.  Caked with layers of paint!

I decided it would become a tall, closed cabinet, and then I started shopping my stashes of “finds.”  And I pulled in all kinds of left-overs.

Cutting my door in half to get started!

I cut the door in half and started shaping the carcass.

I cut up-shaped-added all kinds of salvaged-REclaimed-flea market finds to play up the character & charm of the door!

the carcass--

I got busy building a pair of front doors.

BUT—3 steps forward—2 steps back!

The satanic red squirrels that I’ve been battling forEVER broke one of the doors over night—ughh.

*It took  l o n g e r  to repair that door than build BOTH originally.   :   

repairing/rebuilding one of the doors

When a small wine stash developed at the very top, adjustable shelving in the upper section . . . . .  .. . suddenly became two scalloped shelves!

design changes on the fly--

applying chicken wire--You can see I started painting—a soft pallet of white exterior and warmer gray interior.

To set the door hinges, I clamped the doors face to face, marking all 3 positions (top, middle, bottom) to both doors at once.  It’s the easiest way I know to make sure they’re all the same!

I hung the doors before applying the chicken wire.  I like 3/8″ chicken wire.  I laid it flat on the ground to paint it white, then applied it whole (uncut) to the inside flat of the first door—starting from the manufactured edge side.  I cut away the excess and then worked on the 2nd door—again, starting with the manufactured edge first.applying chicken wire--

covering the raw edges with a raffia ribbon

*I would have liked to router a rabbet and counter sink the wire, but the “fret-work” prohibited that.  So for this application I stapled it to the flat back of the door, cut it off as short as possible, and then covered the raw edges with raffia ribbon.

We’ve had gray skies again so it’s tough to get good pictures.  My options were in an upside-down work studio, outside-gray skies, or the fluorescent lighting of the antique mall.  I tried my best to correct it all in editing. . .

Isabelle-- Izzy!Hope you like Izzy,

I’ll just end this with pictures!

Catherine

Isabelle-- Izzy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle-- Izzy!

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Taken just before the raffia ribbon and trimming back the wire.

Isabelle-- Izzy!

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All those little kid’s cabinets I love to build

by the time they’re finish, seem so filled with personality

I like to Christen each with a

Proper Name!

These are just SOME I’ve built and sold-

Heirloom cabinets for Girls

Heirloom cabinets for Boys

Ensiola 

I  building with reclaimed & salvaged materials & flea market finds!

So, you know I was recently REinspired … . to build another Armoire,

Cottage-y Cabinet.

Ensiola, meet your big sister Isabelle!

And here’s her reveal, but there’s more to the story . . . . tomorrow!

Catherine

ISABELLE-- my cottage-y cabinet!

*See the finished project HERE.

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

PhotobucketFurniture Feature Fridays

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With the weather finally improving,

I’ve been able to ricochet around here dealing with items looong overdue for attention!  Especially removing the last of the Christmas/holiday decor buried in snow or just frozen in place.

STILL seeing holiday decor in January is okay, February—it looks a bit silly, but in March—it just looks ridiculous!  Ahhh– winter in the Midwest.

So I’m having a good breakfast

—cheesy omelet LOADed with a multi-pepper salsa & steamy hot pomegranate black tea with a couple of lemon poppy seed scones—

to fortify me for another physical day of work.

I DiD play some too yesterday!  I snagged some miscellaneous items  -that I could get to now-  and intended to alter and take to the antique mall

below are just a few.

a small chalkboard— need to decide on the appliques, sand & wax

a new little chalkboard

a smaller chalkboard— used to be stupid signage in cute packaging

a smaller little chalkboard

a mantle clock

a small mantle clock--

a small mirror—  might still hit with dark wax. . .

a small accent mirror--

closing in on the Cottage-y Cabinet!  YaY!

Work continues

(slowly but surely)

on the

Cottage-y Cabinet

and the only thing left to do is apply chicken wire to the doors and hang them!  YaY!

Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…ever

TRY to work on a project

and things just keep going—sideways?

My cottage-y cabinet should have been finished days ago—BUT—

a hit and run by a satanic squirrel-Things weren’t going —WELL,
I seemed to lose my “mo-jo” mid-stream,
and a satanic squirrel gave a big Thumbs down to my project.

Initially, things were full steam ahead, but then I seemed to hit a wall and was stumbling and fumbling—and, thought it best to give this project some breathing room.  IT HAPPENS.

A couple mornings ago getting started for the day— I found my doors knocked over. Wtwhat?

I usually clean up each night before I quit—but I was tired (and lazy) and yeah, there were squirrel footprints in the debris revealing the bandit.  I picked the doors back up and got on with the day’s work.

Yesterday I was back on track, making good progress on many details, even creating a scalloped top shelf for the newest design change!  But you know, the Devil’s in the Details and I wanted to line up the scalloped shelf to a certain point in the door’s fret-work, so I propped & clamped them back in place.

Again—wt-huh?

I didn’t notice one door was   b r o k e n.  FABulous.  Beyond repair.  . . . So I bought a new pine board today to rip for at least one new stile, and discovered that

  1. Wood glue and pocket screw plugs ARE FOREVER, and
  2. Kreg pocket screws are INDESTRUCTIBLE apparently.

fingers crossedI couldn’t cut through those screws for anything with any metal blade in any saw in my arsenal.  Suffice it to say—it was NOT a good day, and I really hate these red squirrels.

Let me regain my “composure” and I’ll share the “repair”. . .

Catherine

repairing/rebuilding one of the doors

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