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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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bed post cut-offsSOMEONE wanted to update their bed.

They hired my favorite furniture strippers—who stripped the head board~foot boards and, as instructed, CUT OFF the decorative bed posts.

But that was the COOLEST PART—wt??

The guys already chucked some of the parts, but others were still laying on the ground. . . .until I happened by with a project in tow.

“What’s  T H I S?

What’s going on here?

Can I have them?”

Clearly, I’m not above begging.  And once they checked the owners didn’t want ’em back—THEY WERE MINE!

I asked the guys to strip themthey’re Maple!  I cut off the extra “ends,” drilled holes down the center (not an easy task with HARD wood), and pulled some Maple veneered plywood to make a pair of plinth boxes for them to sit on.

THESE are going to become lamps!

BED POST cut-offs~stripped and getting prepped

drilling a hole for the wiring~

building a plinth box~

creating an architectural lamp~

Things were humming along (YaY!)

and then I remembered I had a perfect pair of lamp shades found in the ReStore!  Yes~I also hoard collect lamp shades.  Don’t judge~it’s a sickness.

But look at what I found for the price!  Perfect!

Lamp shades for my new lamps!

This is the roughed-in shape of things~

now onto wiring and some finishes!

Catherine

roughed-in and only propped

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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 to play with!

Catherine

my architectural table

my architectural table

my architectural table

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