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I just discovered this old picture—by that I mean from 2004.

Renovating and redecorating Landen's bedroom--Three summers ago I was busy redecorating and renovating 2 of my great nephews’ bedrooms.

One of the projects was REworking a thrift store dresser (I bought and revitalized when the BIG brother was born -in 2004) to look less baby’ish as it moved to the LITTLE brother!

I shared the Before & After project with you, but couldn’t share the BEFORE THAT portion because I didn’t know what ever became of the pictures.  Since I just found one of them, I thought it would be fun to revisit this cute project!

Do you remember this?

Take 3!

This is where it started . . . original “beauty.” $15

Take 1-- directly from the thrift store.

I liked the “framed” front profileand it was SOLID wood, well made, and heavy.  Perfect for a future rough & tumble boy- right?!

My niece wanted to decorate the baby’s room with blues & greens and lots of animals!  I can do that!

Again—this was back in 2004.

Take 2!  REvamped for Braeden.

Eventually, it passed from BIG brother to LITTLE brother

-and needed to “grow up” a bit more too.  That was the Summer of 2012.

You can read about that project in the original post HERE.  In the top picture my great nephew was about even with the doorknob, at 4.  He’s 7 now  and TALL.  I should check back—wonder if it needs another update!?  ; D

Catherine

3 stages--

 

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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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IEnsiola built this little girl’s armoire a few years back.  It sold quickly and shipped to Arkansas!

I was thinking I’d build another

  BIG girl sized

—but I was lead astray!  It happened while digging through my stashes for “parts.” . . . So the design has changed—a little!

This project started with a door the neighbor put on the curb for garbage.

A very NICE old 4-paneled door—NOT garbage!  I’m hopeful he’ll throw out a few more, he’s—remodeling.

 

So first—I cut the door in half.

*I see my line looks a little wonky—Ooops!

Cutting my door in half to get started!

~Because I wanted to make all the door hardware a part of the overall design—I couldn’t run it through the table saw.

~And because I was too lazy to secure a long board creating a fence, I followed a chalk line to make the cut free-hand.  My cut line is a little wonky in places  –oh, well-  it’ll be part of that “bespoke” look!  ; D

1I shaped the bottom of each side to look like feet.

2I laid them on the floor to work over it, and tacked strips to hold it upright.

3Then I played with the top valance I’d previously lopped off of the 90¢ dish hutch.  And I cut off part of its design to simplify it for this project.

4I ripped a 1 x 10 x 8 pine board into 2″ strips on the table saw to create the face frame and the stiles and rails of the doors.  Plus, I used some of them to both stabilize and make cleats for the top and bottom of the cabinet.

shaping the bottom of the cabinet

the bottom of the cabinet--with new apron and cleat in place

5With cleats nailed in place, I cut and installed the left and right sides of the face frame.  But- I made a design change and cut them short to add a rosette and bullnose strip at the top.

a design change--face frame and rosettes added

 

 

 

 

 

6The rosette.  Whenever I see cOOl and unusual rosettes for a good price    I buy them!  So I have quite a few in my stash, and the simplicity of this seemed like the best fit for my project!  I cut off  2″ from the left and right sides to preserve the natural caked-on painted ends.

rosettes for my cottagey cupboard

the former top of the map-luggage handled dresser7I uprighted the cabinet. It will stand about 6½ ft tall. The center will need a fixed shelf to make it all rigid/stable.  So I pulled out the former top of the map-luggage handled dresser. Great thickness, perfect balance, and it was left over material!

I needed to cut the top down to 23¾” —and might want to use the outside finished edges for something else so I needed to find the center and then cut it on the table saw.

◊ TIP.  Construction always means measuring and—fractions.  I thought you might like to know an easy way to figure things out quickly and acurately.

Take one bite at a time—the top was 34¼” wide and needed to be cut down to 23¾”.  Instead of driving yourself mad trying to subtract 23¾ from 34¼. . .

Divide the  30″ then 4″ then ¼”  then add them together!

15″  +  2″  +  ¹/8″  =  17¹/8″

After you find the center of the top and mark it off, measure 17¹/8″ from the center each way.  There’s your exact center piece of the top!  So easy right?

dividing your measurement / fractions

my cottage-y cabinet--coming together!I figured out the placement of the center shelf and cut cleats for each side to support it.

~Nailed in the cleats

~set my top in place.

~Part of the other shelves are in and I’ll talk about a couple of the design changes next time!

8Before I quit for the night, I cut the stiles and rails for the doors and propped them in place.  I also applied my fret-work pieces (the dark pieces) to see the general look!

Can you guess what they are?

Hint—they’re upside down and inside out!  Do you see it?

So far I’m $25 in —

what do ‘ya think?

Catherine

Guess what the fret-work is!

 

 

 

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My new display cabinet for the antique mall!I’ve had several inquiries for one of my display cabinets in the antique mall.     The first one came—as I was installing it!

I really wasn’t interested in selling it—

       I built it because I nEEded it!

                4 adjustable shelves have made it incredibly flexible.

It started with pilfering off the bottom of this thrift store chair—see that post beginning HERE.

Where it all started!

Since a BIG cabinet seems to be so interesting. . .

Ensiola finished, Catrina only just built!Do you remember this loooong ago post for 2 Girl’s Armoires?

I had just finished building Catrina in this picture!  Ensiola is on the left.

The cabinet on the left -Ensiola- is the one I’m thinking I’ll REbuild  GrownUp size!

So, I’m off to my studio to get goingtalk soon!

Catherine

 

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Lily's rocker---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.

THIS

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!

progress on the rockers---

 

Until then, here are “working” pictures of my project!

-albeit incomplete

Catherine

*Sorry if it’s a bit heavy on pictures, but it’s the best way to see all those sweet details!

 

progress on the rockers---

progress on the rockers---and the ruffles!

progress on the rockers---almost finished!

progress on the rockers---the sweet details!

progress on the rockers---

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!

the "cameo" I'll add to each of the girl's chairs!

 

 

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the kids' rockers---beforeMy 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 ---the knock down(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 saythe 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.

the 3rd choice of fabric---

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

Catherine

the kids rockers!

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Spring clean up--We usually have the landscapers come deal with the Spring and Fall clean ups.

Their 3-man crew can knock out the Fall job in about 3½ hours—but the Spring clean up takes the same crew about 6½ hours of tedious work.  It’s a bit expensive…but worth it.

We decided this year to try to save some money because it’s going to cost sO much to deal with the tree.  So we’re trying to do the Spring clean up ourselves—with a little help.  We’re almost finished—YaY!  Clearly, we’re not as gOOd as the professional 3-man crew—c’est la vie.

*The Lilacs were sadly very short-lived this year, but the Irises are gor-OR-geous and make me think of Van Gogh!  And now the Peonies are just about to p♥p!

This is just one area of Irises!

the Irises--2014

My “little” great nephew LUV’d his rocker. (he’s camera-shy)

You can see by size it won’t last him very long.  But he really wanted it.

fixing the kid's rocker for Landen

I also went to see the dance recitals of two nieces….

the girls' dance recitals--

I ALWAYS colore hard-boiled eggs! thNow that Summer finally seems to be here -albeit a bit cOOl- I had a hankering for hard-boiled eggs and egg salad!

*Who says you can ONLY have colored eggs at Easter!?!  I color the eggs all year in beautiful colors!

And it’s summer— time for grilled veggies outside!  Don’t they look sO pretty?!  I love to keep a wide variety cut and at the ready to grill, drizzled with olive oil!

--love to grill the veggies outside!

A playful chalk board for MOI!I’ve been playing around with a fun chalk board for myself—but I’m stuck.  And I think I need some more tiles.

Only the upper left down and across is set—everything else is in the works.

I’ve been having fun watching a series on The History channel called The History of Slang Fun-funny-interesting!  Ever wonder about some of the weirdest sayings and where they come from-??

Lastly—I got in a 1st bicycle ride—8 miles!  Unfortunately my bike needed big repairs from sitting so long in storage, and I just got it back this morning.  *It’s gonna take a while to get used to the seat again.

Catherine

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