Archive for the ‘curbies’ Category

-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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-just one of my 2012 curbies!A few summers back I found

this cabinet

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 SAWof course!

Wellactually– I started by removing the flip-lid and drop-down front.

-1st, remove the working parts...
-THEN the saw!

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.

the interior-

-the drop-down REattachedI 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.

-the drop-down REattached

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!


REconfigured for a BETTER USE!

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found in a CURB ALERT!. . . 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.

transfering images to my curbie window - MIRROR

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!

transfering images to my curbie window - MIRROR

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.  

silvering a window--

silvering a window--

silvering a window--

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.

protecting the silvering--

-the curbie "Farm" mirror!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—


-details of the curbie "Farm" mirror!

-details of the curbie "Farm" mirror!-the curbie "Farm" mirror!

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Did you happen to see any of these offerings

06-14-15 Main St Mrkt Sale projects

from The Antique Farmhouse or Decor Steals?

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.”

found on Decorsteals--

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 ?!
the SOFA APRON shelf

the SOFA APRON shelf


found at The Antique Farmhouse-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!

a little catch-all box I saw at The Antq Farmhouse!I loved this little catch-all box,

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!

my interpretation of the cutie little catch-all box!

And my last playful  copy  is this zinc chalkboard found on The Antique Farmhouse.

a zinc chalkboard--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. . .

my interpretation of the zinc chalkboard!

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Now THAT certainly sounds weird, doesn’t it?

-looked sort of like this. . .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 huhperfect!

So, after making a few marks,

  1. I took it to the chop saw and made some specific miter cuts.
  2. Glued and nailed the mitered returns.
  3. Sanded the profile down to the raw wood (mostly), and shaped the oddly matched, mitered return-joints with a belt sander.
  4. 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.

the SOFA APRON shelf

the SOFA APRON shelf

Still with me?  Easy, right?

the SOFA APRON shelf

the SOFA APRON shelf

Now I just need to decide on a finish!


Craigslist dresser--another map and luggage handle 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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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


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!


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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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!








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