My mother’s house has come a l o n g way since it was built in 1961.
~A small 1½ story they saw potential in.
Our family became the 2nd owners in the later 60’s.
The first big change was to raise the back-side roof creating a mUch bigger 2nd floor. . . a large concrete patio with stone bbq/fire place, and eventually, a kitchen window was replaced by a french door and a small deck!
Next is a simpler back view—free of shutters, and the small deck railing sections removed for the addition of a huge 2nd level/step down deck.
MY scope of work was to build an addition on the front -enlarging and squaring up the living room- renovating essentially every square inch of interior house, REworking the whole backside outdoor living space, and REworking the gardens.
So, all of this is to show you
the next cool addition!
I found two antique theatre seat frames on Craig’s list— $20!
They’re from the turn of the century.
They’re so AWEsome!
And here’s my plan—
Often enough, there will suddenly be extra people hanging around the dining table—sometimes pulling up extra chairs, usually leaning against the railings. So I want to spread each seat frame apart to create a double seat, and affix them to the deck rails to the left & right sides of the large planter.
I’ll use deck boards to fill the new seats and chair backs.
When someone extra is there—a seat can be flipped down!
I’m sO excited the weather is finally beginning to improve
and once the greenhouse comes down,
look for this cOOl project to take shape—I can’t wait!
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Posted in antiquing and thrifting!, building green, chairs, Craig's list, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tall cabinets, tagged antique theatre seats, antiquefarmhouse.com, making a new cottage-y cabinet, storage boxes on February 27, 2015 |
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I’ve –literally– been here there and everywhere lately!
I promise, I AM working on that cottage-y cabinet—see? But I’m working on several other things too!
Here’s a teaser for the V E R Y beginning. . .
~I’ve run off to get more maps and buy some mannequin fronts to display my aprons better.
~I’ve also run off to buy some very cOOl antique cast iron theatre seat panels that are going to be put into a very cOOl project this spring! I can’t wait— for the project AND spring!
*Check out those aMAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from! They had French window inserts that swung open into the foyer for the iron grills to let fresh air in!
When the man answered I iMMediately asked if the doors were for sale! ; D
I’m also making my OWN version of this cute “box” I saw on antiquefarmhouse.com from scrap wood laying about!
I’m creating different sizes—some will be stained, but more will be painted! —More on that coming! This 1st one below will be painted—soon!
I’ve been hitting the thrift stores too (NO idea why since I have so many projects already). Can you BELIEVE those prices for THAT condition?
Is it just me, or have thrift stores forgotten they are
reSALE not reTAIL ?
No more rants—back to my cabinet. . .here’s the rough-in. . .
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A f t e r
the crazy weekend’s
e x h a u s t i n g
I tried to get some recovery time, but I desperately needed to reset my antique store space. The storage unit and work shop both had to be essentially ransacked and reorganized for any of these things to happen—a workout all by itself!
Somehow, taking pictures of the Trunk Sale got away from me—you’ll have to just believe me that it looked really beautiful, so I was told over and over AND OVER! Too bad they didn’t put their money where their mouths were.
You can get an idea though, by how the antique store is looking. . . .
And here’s a better look at one old project—
My orange decoupaged breakfast table.
These are the pine French country ladder-back chairs I bought in Atlanta!
Yes~I decided to put them up for sale. . . .lots of angst. . . .more tomorrow!
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, chairs, curbies, flea markets, painting, TIPS -construction and finishing, upholstery, tagged burlap, curbies, old farm table chair, Trunk Show on September 12, 2014 |
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I found this on a curb last year, and stuck it up in the garage attic. . .
. . .Until Further Notice.
[We] all know and understand the dreaded “Until Further Notice” piles, -to layman it’s just a hoarder thing– but Wendy told me at Haven, it’s “…a garage full of GOOD IDEAS.”
Since I’m working on things for tomorrow’s Trunk Sale AND to refill my antique mall-space, this got pulled from the GOOD IDEAS pile for a quick makeover. ; D
What I thought was just a de-laminating veneered seat turned out to be deeper damage, so this project became more than just -a quick paint job-.
With the chair laying face down, I drizzled some amber Gorilla Glue into the splits and cracks and clamped it up for the night. Knowing it still wasn’t going to look “pretty” painted up I decided to upholster the seat.
I pulled some grain sack cloth and burlap -and both looked gOOd- BUT. . .and this might sound cheap, BUT. . .
Knowing the chair won’t fetch much money, I don’t want to surrender my cool grain sack cloth to it.
Yes, I cheaped out—but you know what?
I really like it!
Simple-clean-nice! Just needs a tiny touch up & trim. . . . . . . . . Wish I had more to go around the farm table I’m also taking. . . .
I’m sharing this project with one of my favorite linky parties!
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Okay—they’re not finished.
The chairs are only ²/3 and ¹/3 complete.
Y E S–it was truly an ambitious timeline.
*Our little birthday girl is sitting in the chair 2-parts done.
was my plan…
1. The fabric store didn’t have enough of my chosen fabric so I decided to mix in part of a Matelasse coverlet to fill the deficit.
2. Uh, yeah~what little girl doesn’t LUV tulle and ruffles so….I’m adding a ruffled skirt!
3. To customize the chairs for each of my little luv-bugs I’d like to add a silhouette -or cameo- of the girls!
SO—both chairs are 1. upholstered with the mix of red-and-magnolias and Matelasse, and one even has its ruffled tulle skirt.
Later this week I’ll run back up to their house to add the skirt to the other chair and apply their cameos! I’ll share the final pictures then!
–Until then, here are “working” pictures of my project!
*Sorry if it’s a bit heavy on pictures, but it’s the best way to see all those sweet details! ♥
And finally—this last picture is to give you an idea of the CAMEO of each little girl I want to add to customize their chairs!
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My bf bought these rockers for her twins.
Now that they’re too big for them, she passed them on to my nephew’s two little girls.
However— they’re gonna need a makeover. Enter~ Great Auntie! (sucker!)
To make this big job more affordable I struck a deal with my favorite upholstery-girl Katie, and I spent the day (literally) knocking down/stripping off the old fabric. It took almost 4 hours per chair with lots of pain -BLooD- and the enduring memory of the worst knock-down I have EVer done.
I believe I can accurately say—the original upholsterer must have been PAID by the STAPLE—.
A few days ago I took one of the rockers to the fabric store with me to get some assist figuring out how much fabric each chair would require. And wasn’t sure what I was looking for FOR the fabric yet! So having the chair there was gREAT!
I found 3 really fab selections, but nothing stood out as the clear choice. I was encouraged to bring the chair into the store to drape the choices over it—maybe it will help they all said! So I did.
At this point I had 2 store employees and 3 other shoppers fully interested in how this would play out!
I laid the 1st and 2nd choices over the chair—everyone agreed they looked….N I C E….
But then I laid out the 3rd choice and the whole area erupted with ooohs and aaaahs! ~Clearly the winner!!!
Here’s a “taste” of the progress, they’ll be finished tomorrow and delivered to one birthday girl and her little sister! Can’t wait to show you, but I think you’ll be surprised….
there are two twists to the finish! ; D
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My bf found this little project in a thrift store, but having no time to work on it—it was headed to the curb…but went to my car instead, and I’m just getting around to it myself.
It’s from The Bombay Co. Remember them?!?
Looks like it had arms originally, so I need to putty some holes. And it’s WoBBLY in just about EVery direction, so I have a lot of gluing and clamping to do too. You can also see that the front rocker treads were cut down, so I’ll reshape/sand it down a bit more.
1-I taped off this edge before gluing so it wouldn’t drain out all over the place…
2-I pried the two pieces apart just a little extra from the under side, shot the glue in and clamped it up for the night.
3 & 4-You can see the good job the tape did for me~you know Gorilla Glue is m-e-S S-y.
I needed to glue and clamp it up in 5 different directions.
While the chair set up, I moved on to creating an upholstered seat using a shirt-sleeve left over from some other project.
I dry-brushed multiple layers of two different grays to achieve a streak-y’ish worn finish.
I really just didn’t want the standard solid color or painted~distressed look.
I have a 6yr old great nephew who really wants this rocker—he spied it from deep in the middle of all the chaos of my work studio, and looks for it each time he comes over. ♥♥♥
So—an update with a little sass. Forgive me.
The “hillbillies” next door continue their “awful neighbor” antics. Over the weekend they got out a chainsaw and cut down an entire loooong row of mature Arborvitaes and a very large, old lilac bush in FULL glory. Yes~all those beautiful-aromatic blooms —went to the dump.
They have systematically removed EVERYthing now but two trees and the grass. There are NO remaining obstacles left in their way to FULLY ENJOY EVERYONE ELSE’S HARD WORK AND LANDSCAPE.
I’m seriously thinking about planting at least one new bush—what do you think? Yes–No?
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