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~rescued from a dumpster!I found this old industrial scale and stand in a dumpster end of July.

I cleaned the scale and took it to the antique mall. The stand~I had other plans for.

Thursday, I finally went to buy the appropriate metal, then took all the parts to be fabricatedI don’t know how to weld.  It was an UNcomplicated job and done in no time at all!

On my way back ~consumed by my “visual” thoughts of what wood I might have for this project~ I happened on an ah-MAZ-ingly THICK-boarded pallet behind a business and hustled to load it up!  (*Y’know I’m gonna be totally stalking that place now!)

I could SEE this project even before I was able to dig it out of that dumpster.

Believe me~THAT’s how I was able to muster the strength to pry this heavy guy out of its entanglement.  Determination!

the stand from the scale~now added on to

a pallet made up of 1"+ thick boards

I ripped the boards to width, cut them to length, rounded over the edges on the router table.  Smoothed out the extremely rough milled wood with lots of sanding~but not so much to take away all that character.  3 coats of Polyurethane.

fitting the pallet boards~

searching for the right coat hooks. . .

Today I drilled holes in the metal at varying points to stabilize the wood “slats” and keep things from warping/wracking down the line.

AND I wrestled with coat hooks.

I don’t like anything I have left.  All my aMAZing stuff is used and gone now, and I’ve had no luck finding “new” stuff—even at last Sunday’s flea market.

I thought these  might look fantastic, but—ehhh.

I’ve got 4 days to figure it out, and get a lot of other things wrapped up—yikes!

Industrial-Barn Chic!

See this & a LOT more at Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8!


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where to find legs

Loooong day—busy on a project I’ll share next post,

“Hey Catherine~did you see that chair on the curb around the corner and the LEGS on it?”

What?  Where?

Yes~my A.D.D. sets in here. . .

curbie chair LEGS!

WoWza!  Yep.  I’m gonna HAVE TO touch that chair if I want those legs—Ugh.  The picture makes it look better than it was~trust me.

I stood there for a moment actually REthinking if I REALLY wanted them.

Dang it!  I forgot to bring my gloves, but I loaded it up.

NOW with some gloves on & the right tools—I pulled back the gross fabric and padding to reveal the structure and pried out the legs.  Which turned out to be better than the usual “just screwed in” kind!  These will be nicer to build solidly into something else down the line.  The heavy finish doesn’t show that they’re actually a nice wood, so I’ll probably strip them raw for a DO-over!

Yep—ya gotta look at that UGLY stuff too!

curbie chair LEGS!

Now  -I-  have to haul this monstrosity to OUR curb.

I guess the neighbors will all know who took the chair.  ; D


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My BURBERRY Dresser!

In spite of the totally royal pain in the p’tutie it was to create my first —I took on another!

I loved the outcome even in spite of how

tedious  &


it was to get all those crisp stripes.  Not to mention the challenging iconic logos.

It was a very quick seller in the mall

~did I price it too low?

The first time around I suffered greatly—all because of “cheap” painter’s tape.  I thought.  Well, once a victim~twice a volunteer, and I wasn’t volunteering for another round of punishment!  I spent the crazy-extra dollars for Frogtape!

THIS project would go easier.  (fingers crossed)

That’s laughable considering the amount of pre-planning and strategizing required.  I bought both of the expensive multi-surface and delicate surface tapes—I thought it might take both throughout the different stages of the project.

Now, let me just say— I’ve given a LOT of thought to this before writing.  Sorry Frogtape, maybe we could talk?

the beginning of another BURBERRY DRESSER

This was a  L O N G  project to get through.  No joke.

◊ I sanded the body just to even out the raised stenciling—and generally AWFUL paint job.  It also gave the dresser a tooth for my painting.

◊ I stripped the top.  Evened it out with a lighter stain, and waxed it.

◊ I mixed up some “Burberry” beige and painted the body of the dresser.  It just so happened that it was 2 days before I could come back to continue, so the paint was well cured.

I planned, I strategized, I worked the math.  And I finally started taping off the first of the stripes—the white.  I used the multi surface Frogtape.  I painted all six white verticals and immediately peeled off the tape—so far so good.

I probably gave this part about 2 hours drying time.  I had lunch, I cut the grass, checked emails, it was a moderately hot day.  I gave the stripes a VERY light sanding and got busy REtaping for the dark gray stripes.  I used some standard painter’s tape to keep accurate spacing throughout the project.  I used a chip brush to achieve a striae’d effect.

my Frog tape fail--Again, I peeled the tape off right away.  This time I saw a bit of bleed through, but worse—it pulled off the other paints!

I know all about burnishing the tape edges and have actually discovered over many years of painting that using a razor blade applies much more consistent/even pressure and adhesion—WaY better than your fingers!

I was really disappointed to see even a little bit of bleed through considering all the hype.  But I was IRRITATED beyond measure that it ripped the paint off!

I lightly sanded, REpainted the white, and walked away from THIS project till the next morning.

my Frog tape fail--With a fresh attitudeI REtaped and painted the gray stripes, AGAIN, and peeled the tape off right away—successfully.  I had other projects going simultaneously and resumed work a couple hours later with the horizontal (mathematical) stripes.

I taped (forever), I painted, I peeled off tape. AND paint!  In OTHER areas!

Come on~moderately hot weather, with exception to the “touch ups,” everything had a gOOd amount of set up/drying time, so WT???

I used the delicate surface tape this time  thinking that the problem was in the multiple layers of paint –right?- but it still peeled paint off—arrrrgh!

4 days in now, my attitude was becoming hotter than the weather.

Burberry stripes and hardware--Day 5, just looking at this project conjured ideas of rolling the whole dang thing outside to build a good bonfire—so I ignored it for more cooperative projects.  I certainly had enough else to do.

Day 6.  THIS project needed to be ready for the next morning’s trip to Door County so -like it or not- I had to deal with it.

I taped off for the red stripes—and prayed for success.  The paint held, but I saw a little bit of bleed through again and settled in for a good amount of touch up by HAND, where I found my Venetian plaster trowels to be incredibly helpful!  The thin sharp edge created a nice guide to paint against—sort of like the tape was supposed to do.  Insert sarcasm here.  I lightly sanded the whole dresser for “wear” and to camouflage the many crummy areas (IMO). 

--one of the iconic Burberry logosI made a “new” hardware selection of old, tarnished brass L&R pulls found at the ReStore—it was 9pm and I had nothing left for this guy.

EARLY next morning~ I headed back out with scaled print outs and tracing paper to work on those iconic logos.  I traced the images, then drew back over them with a sharpie marker.  I locked them in by lightly over-spraying with a non-yellowing sealer.

11am and I was finally pulling everything out that needed to get loaded.

7. days. in.  NOT some of my finest work—but hopefully someone will like LUV BUY it!

my newest Burberry Dresser for the Door County antique mall!

Uh WoW~ the picture makes this 42″ tall dresser look short~???

Okay. . .Frogtape. . .I don’t know.

Worth the extra cost?

Guess I’d like to have a conversation with a rep to problem solve my issues before bailing altogether.  I hate to sound negative or burn a product-bridge, but—HOW MUCH CURE TIME does paint need before you can use this tape?  ‘Cause I really felt like this was the main problem.  What’s your experience?

The Jury’s still out.


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It all started with a Curb Alert on Craigslist,

and then I told you about my tentative plans HERE.

the Curbie cabinet-

I love Terry‘s idea to make a wine bar out of it, and was actually going to run with that—BUT—

since I’m already REworking another cabinet in just that way,  a n d… . it IS for REsale~ I realized I needed to think more about mass appeal.

REfitting the carcass--I know, I knowb o r i n g.

Hoping for a quick flip with the least investment, I made it into a, granted, much less sexy


Something everyone can use, and usually needs!  I’ve created and sold quite a few through the years.

I REfitted the bottom and back with ¼” plywood—luckily, the sides were really good!  But thin.  Do I REbuild them anyway to make two adjustable shelves?

If so~ they will end up being only 9″ high.  Not super practical.  One fixed center shelf will give two shelves 13½” and 14″ high.  AND, the easier thing to do!

This project went really fast!

But there was one other issue to deal with—the PLYWOOD.  It’s rough & uneven. The easiest thing I’ve found to make it smooth is—trowel on dry wall compound (or something like it) to LEVEL everything out and fill the voids.  Once dry, it sands out to a super fine finish.  Then paint.

*It’s hard to show you this from raw wood, so I painted THEN troweled over it filling all the voids so you can see it better.

-filling the voids in plywood

Simple in white with a punch of color and a little decoupage!

It may be a simple Federal style bookcase, painted white. . .

but that doesn’t mean it can’t be punched up with a bold color!  And I love this blue’ish green!

I’m not noted for using too many strong colors in my REsale projects—neutrals are just a safer bet!  This’ll make for a fun surprise in my antique mall space!

I added a little decoupage to the oval medallions and just used clear and dark wax to finish the top.

...a little decoupage...

--all ready to go!

-my antq mall space!

A n d  it’s off to the Antique Mall,

Where it looks kind of fun positioned by my Peace & Love chairs
(that I put back in for another shot)


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a Curbie!

Last fall I saw a CURB ALERT listing on Craigslist in the FREE category.

I chased right over to snatch up this cabinet. . .

can you believe it?


This could make a really fun REinvention, right?
-tools of this job!

I love it—

but it was a stereo cabinet and the defunct compartments don’t work for me.

So demo day has at last arrived for this curbie.  I took it all the way back to a carcass and even stripped the top to see its true condition.

. .Below are pictures of that process!

And the array of tools it took to get there.

The beginning of its DEconstruction!

--stripping the top

That done, it’s time to make some decisions about its


and I thought I’d run a few ideas by you guys.

Tell me what you think!

It’s a basic and simple Federal style so I’d like to stay –simple– and make it into perhaps. . .a BOOKCASE?  With a couple of adjustable shelves?

...maybe make it into a BOOKCASE?

I could build a couple of DOORS for a CLOSED CABINET.

◊ they could be solid paneled,

◊ they could be glass doors,

◊ they could be wire doors.

...maybe make a CLOSED CABINET?

Any preferences?

Any other  or  better ideas?

I’m all ears


the Curbie cabinet-

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Got this off the curb from the neighbor.

vintage soda crate-

It’s been parked in my stashes since spring of 2012, and conveniently housing misc stuff like  -lamp parts.

I’ve been testing the waters with different “activities” and picking my battles projects based on what I CAN do~SAFELY.

An idea came to mind. . . I pulled PARTS. . . and very awkwardly created a base.  
making the base-

Because of the metal bandingwhich I loved– I couldn’t attach the legs to the outer-most corners.  It ends up as a very awkward and unconvincing attachment.

-the makings of a "table"

With a couple of days to ponder the problem, I was onto something       I hoped would solve the “deficit” problem AND add to the end project.


-wrapping the legs in JUTE!

I wound it tight, securing it frequently with hot glue.

I even ran the jute to the underside edges of the apron sides.

-wrapping the aprons in JUTE!

The jute was giving me little slivers, the hot glue was burning my thumbs.


-wrapping the aprons in JUTE!

The aprons and legs are covered separately.

the JUTE-covered base

You can see that the jute helped to plump out the base and soften the awkward attachment.  PLUS~ I like the textural combo!

making a LID-Originally, I was thinking to give it a hinged lid

but opted for a simpler lift-off lid!

◊ I pulled some salvaged boards, and tested the waters of my HAND GRIP and ripping wood on the table saw.  SAFELY.  Connected the boards,

◊ ran it through the router to create a rabbet so the lid would counter sink somewhat into the top.  Oh, and round over the top edge.

◊ Played with some painting, staining, and distressing to bring it all together,

◊ and added old metal screen door handles.

~A dollar’s worth of ReStore legs, 50¢ a screen door handle, $6 worth of jute ~the rest off the curb and from my scrap piles!

A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

I cleaned up the dirty outsides and insides (including a fresh painted bottom) of the crate and seal-coated the whole

Side table~trunk!

It’s at the Antique Mall for sale—
I thought it might be a fun teenager thing to keep electronic stuff tidy- ?!


A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

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-just one of my 2012 curbies!I found it on a curb

wasn’t sure what it actually was

*I too, thought MAYBE an old radio/stereo cabinet, but the usual tell-tale signs weren’t there—so the mystery continues!

but I cut it down to a better height and turned it into

a new

side table!

It stands about 30″ tall now!

The gist of REconstruction~

the curbie--BEFORE AND AFTER, construction

The paint scheme!I painted the new cabinet form in my favorite Ben Moore- REVERE PEWTER but left alone the Zinsser primer white (lazy)! Finally, I lime waxed all the Revere Pewter for a sun faded look, and seal coated the rest.

The new lowered table top height will be super convenient for a pair of chairs to surround, and I can see a stash of books kept out of sight in that drop-down—and the drop-down itself becoming another surface to set a beverage down on!

It’s already for sale in the antique mall~

-everything was getting moved around in these pictures-


off the curb and REpurposed!

off the curb, and transformed!

a few details of THE CURBIE Cabinet

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