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
It stands about 30″ tall now!
The gist of REconstruction~
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-
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A few summers back I found
on a curb with some other FUN stuff.
Yes- it’s been on HOLD for a looooong time,
but I finally had an idea for it!
It’s such an awkward height
-and so odd in general-
I’ve yet to figure out just what the cabinet’s original use was—??
But I kinda’ liked it and knew it could be REworked into something interesting and useful!
I started this project with a SAW—of course!
Well –actually– I started by removing the flip-lid and drop-down front.
Then I cut away the former top rail to REuse, and knocked out the lower open-work front to make way for the relocated drop-down front. I found the little apron was actually part of that front, and had to run it through the table saw to separate it -and REplace it.
I REaffixed the top rail and REattached the drop-down front.
And before I called it a night (as you can see), I cut the back down and reapplied that, AND put it’s original top back on—but it’s “fixed” now! I just can’t imagine having to clear everything off the top every time you want to open it.
I puttied and used construction adhesive to “caulk” all the new joinery, and left everything to set up for the night!
Today I’ll work on sanding and painting and waxing it. Then I’ll have to hustle it out to the antique mall—a bunch of sales have left my space looking barren (I’m NOT complaining)!
This is such an EASY project, just very tedious and time-consuming—and I totally love the outcome so far!
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, Craig's list, curbies, mirrors, my antique mall space!, painting, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged image transfers, Looking Glass Mirror paint, making a mirror, making a mirror from a window on July 29, 2015 |
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. . . becomes a fancy “Farm” mirror!
I saw a CURB ALERT notice on Craigslist, old windows on the curb—I dashed out the door! But there was only one I wanted from the stack~plus an old window screen with fabulous patina in the mesh! No doubt that will become a future cabinet door!
Anyway- back to the window I liked. It was the only divided light window, 2 over 2. And it was truly old with hand made wavy glass that I didn’t notice till after—beautiful! I probably should have taken all the others just to save all that glass—sigh.
OH! And I removed the added scabbed-on piece from the right side.
I wanted to add some transfers before making this one into a mirror.
These were my chosen images—from the Graphics Fairy & just generally online.
Now~I may suck at transferring images to anything else, but I usually have no issues with glass.
If you wrap heavy card stock paper with plastic wrap (tape it down on the backside), the printer ink has some open time before setting up so you can literally just press/touch your image against the glass to transfer, you don’t even have to rub it! And, in fact—you can usually get 2 or 3 impressions from each printing. The 1st being GOOD, the 2nd is decent, the 3rd is a ghost—which makes it more fun –I think!
I’ve learned not to clean the glass unless it’s awful~it adds to the “old” look. I also like to spritz either rubbing alcohol or vinegar before spraying the silvering paint~it too adds another layer of “old.”
Below you can see the beginnings of spraying the silver Looking Glass paint.
After the silvering dried I covered it in black matte spray paint (because I was out of dark brown). . .
. . .to protect the silvering,
but also because the silvering does seem to be more reflective with it. *Dark brown seems to be most commonly found on the back of mirrors, but I’ve never learned why.
I did ultimately paint the back a white’ish color –for aesthetics– to meld in with the front finish, which is a “messy,” mottled, and distressed finish.
And here’s my finished mirror!
Kind of Fancy Farm-like!
I ripped some really old, rough wood to frame it, and you can see the subtle transfers and the waviness of the glass by the reflections in the following pictures!
It’s at the antique mall for sale now—
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Did you happen to see any of these offerings
I can’t help myself, when I see these things, to think that—
“I can make that for myself!”
Well, at least my own interpretation of it.
The following are just 4 examples. . . knockoffs. . .
So, before the Main St Market sale, I started thinking about some fun-cool-awesome SMALLS to make & take to sell! And I began “playing.”
I saw this Decor Steals shelf during winter. Thought it was so simple and nice— and an easy project! So I tabled it for the future.
“Hmmm-hey…remember that apron I’d pilfered off a curbie-sofa a couple summers ago…?” (I talk to myself often enough-) “Oh, yeah..!”
So now you see the root of THIS project! ; D But mine has dimension instead of being flat. And unfortunately, I never took a picture of the finished, multi-layered-painted, distressed, and waxed finish before it sold at the market! -just SO crazy…but can you picture it ?!
This was something I saw before the holidays. I liked the chicken wire frame part of the project-
–so I made my own to use as a Christmas card display! Although I made mine 6ft×1ft. Cost, $zero. I used leftovers.
After Christmas, the cards came down & school pictures of the kiddos were pinned to it. At the last minute, I distressed mom by stripping it off the wall to take with me. It sold -of course- and I need to make a new one for her now!
I played around with a couple ideas of my own. This is one of the two I made. I’ll have more to share on this project very soon and a few gOOd organizing uses for DIYers!
And my last playful copy is this zinc chalkboard found on The Antique Farmhouse.
I actually have a vintage farm table with a zinc top that I’ve toyed with cutting up. Toyed with—haven’t done it though.
My medium is wood
–I have a lot of scraps– so I went that route! And I made a wood template so I could make several.
Again—another project I will share soon. I’d like to break it down for you to see HOW EASY this is to DIY!
What have YOU seen that you’d rather make yourself?
Catherine. . .
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Now THAT certainly sounds weird, doesn’t it?
Okay, a couple summers ago the neighbors across the street set a settee out for the overflow pickup. Hmmmm—what is—THAT—?
It looked sort of like this one. → But it was in rough shape, and only had the wood apron.
I persuaded the Mr. Neighbor to help me haul it up mom’s driveway, and I spent the next few hours demo’ing it down to the few “good” parts! Then added them to my other cOOl parts stockpiles! ; D
Cut to NOW, and, I have an idea!
I retrieved the apron to take a fresh look at it and check out the size. Uh huh—perfect!
So, after making a few marks,
- I took it to the chop saw and made some specific miter cuts.
- Glued and nailed the mitered returns.
- Sanded the profile down to the raw wood (mostly), and shaped the oddly matched, mitered return-joints with a belt sander.
- Grabbed a fairly clear Aspen board to create a contoured top— which I cut with a jig saw, then routered a beveled edge, and secured to the decorative profile.
Still with me? Easy, right?
Now I just need to decide on a finish!
Oh! BTW—my newest map~luggage handled dresser was sold in just less than 24hrs at the antique mall! Since it really didn’t get any exposure, I’m tempted to make a quick replacement to go right back in its place.
I don’t know—would that be pressing my good luck?
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, building green, Children's Furniture, curbies, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tall cabinets, tagged building with reclaimed materials, building with salvaged materials, Ensiola, heirloom children's cabinets, Isabelle on March 18, 2015 |
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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
These are just SOME I’ve built and sold-
I ♥ building with reclaimed & salvaged materials & flea market finds!
So, you know I was recently REinspired … . to build another Armoire,
Ensiola, meet your big sister Isabelle!
And here’s her reveal, but there’s more to the story . . . . tomorrow!
*See the finished project HERE.
I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!
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Posted in building green, curbies, mirrors, my antique mall space!, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tall cabinets, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged Cottage-y cabinet, Spring cleanup on March 12, 2015 |
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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 smaller chalkboard— used to be stupid signage in cute packaging
a mantle clock—
a small mirror— might still hit with dark wax. . .
(slowly but surely)
and the only thing left to do is apply chicken wire to the doors and hang them! YaY!
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