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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!

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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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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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the old farm chair--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

 

fixing the damaged seatWhat 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. . . .

Catherine

the curbie farm table chair--

my curbie farm table chairI’m sharing this project with one of my favorite linky parties!

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putting 2013 behind us I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!

I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!

antq mall display cabinet

So I thought it might be fun to

RE-share them with you too!

But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL.  What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled!  Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!

January~

~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma  before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway!  Woo-hoo!


year in review projects- 2013

In February~

I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend!  It started with a fire place

Mom's surprise!

During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~

my lighting projects- 2013

  1. My vintage White Globe sconces
  2. Princes Aleigha’s lamp
  3. A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
  4. A lace-y chandelier
  5. A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned

my chalk boards and mirror projects- 2013

  1. the Atlanta trip windows
  2. my auction mirror
  3. making a mirror from cabinet doors
  4. a decoupaged chalkboard
  5. two more decoupaged chalkboards

And there were lots of  miscellaneous projects….

misc projects of 2013

But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!

Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches   ; D

my bench projects- 2013

  1. The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
  2. The neighbor’s curbie
  3. A quilted slip-covered curbie!
  4. The ReStore “bench”
  5. Saving history!
  6. The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
  7. The sewing cabinet bench
  8. The Christmas built-in banquette

And furniture~

furniture projects of 2013reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,

And of course–charity projects.

charity projects -2013

2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubbyAnd one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.

It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50’ish projects!

I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…).  There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…

like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!

Which you can neVer do enough of!

Catherine

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"curbies!"Last summer, while I was suppOSED to be getting ready to join family at a lake cottage—I was busy plucking stUFF from someone’s curb! ~member these?!

The trellises were hung in mom’s garden and have deep red and white Mandevilla growing aLL OVer them!    The camp chair was painted and given new coverings with furniture webbing!

See that sad looking stool–??

 ~Its turn has finally come!

– I took off that splintered OSB, square (??) top,

– and cut a ROUND seat from a thick piece of PINE.

can I say it's a FAUX grainsack?!?

– I had some leftover canvas (from making a tee pee tent with the little boys!).  I was trying to figure out this transferring process–with no success~STILL.  *I think I may have the WRONG style printer–to let go of the ink.

You can see how poorly the image transferred, so I camouflaged it with a long soak in some instant coffee!

Can I call it a “fAUX grainsack?!?” ; D

– I made a boxed cushion for a better, “old-styled” fit (cut a circle, sew a band around it -it’s like a slip-cover- thEN staple it underneath).  I thought it would have a better overall look than just wrapping the fabric over the batting-foam-pine!

adding some lace--

– And for an unexpected touch,    I added a section of some vintage-flea market lace before attaching it to the stool!

The open ends remind me of a shirt collar!  *double click the picture to see it better!

Lastly–I cleaned and painted the stool.  I painted the under-inside a chartreuse, and the outside white!  ~I was just looking for the smallest pop of color!

a facelift for the curbie stool!

Again–it was a dUd flea market and hardly anything sold~ including this cutie.  :’ (   So it’s at the antique mall now. . .

Catherine

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The BiG SHinDig is on thIS 20thtime is moving wAy too fast for my long punch list.

I’ve been plugging away on said list, for what seems like an eternity.    And IT is what has taken me away from fUn blogging projects–and all of YoUBuT—

The table I had built in such a hurry for [the same] party a couple of years ago, did nOt AGE well, so it was added to the punch list.  I cannot find a picture of the table as it was to save my life, and I didn’t think about that before I began its deconstruction.

REbuilding the outdoor table--So let me describe it like this for you to imagine—

Originally, when I built the boxed frame, I laid the 2×4’s flat to give more surface to, and stabilize, or attach, the pallet boards.  I always intended to “frame” the top  -like a picture-  to give it a thicker profile and prevent any sag.  I never got to it~and it began to sag.

Additionally, I found that the pallet boards did nOt fair well to be left out in the ever-changing weather, and they cupped, bowed, and twisted somewhat.  It wasn’t pretty OR “comfortable” to use.

ThIS time, I built it in the REGular way, with the 2×4’s on their sides (like wall studs).  I tacked them in place with the nail gun, then pre-drilled, counter-sunk, and screwed everything together.  The table legs were “curbies,” and set in the corners with the same application for absolute sturdiness.

Once that was accomplished, I up-righted the table to begin sorting through the barn boards to find the best ones for the new top!  And~I ran them length-wise, like an old farm table!

The guy who’s been helping me with my lOng project list got enlisted into thIS too.  But the process freaked him out!

painting outside the lines!WE’ve all been doing this for so long, and have built up a certain confidence.  Todd is one of those “perfectionist painters.”  Slopping on paint, sanding it down, scrapping it off, haphazardly adding mOre paint  -of other colors-  and rePEATing the crazy process until you like what you see. . .well, he was totally confounded by THIS STYLE of painting.

He looked like a deer in headlights (heehee!).

I don’t think he’s a convert—but he DiD like how it looked.  ; D

Catherine

the new "farm table"*We sanded the worst of the rough, chippy white paint, then re-painted with diluted white paint, slopped and swooshed in some green to look like lichen or moss had set in, and sanded-sanded-sanded!  Then sealed it!  It seats 8 very comfortably—or 10 very cozily!

**btw, this came in jUst under $20 to build!  ~Cat

painting outside the lines!

the new "farm table!"

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