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Step 1- mom’s move downstairs.

The focus was all about getting her settled into, and moving around safely in her new 1st flr spaces.  She’s pretty shaky, and I worried about all the obstacles of the furniture-shuffle, and purging of drawers & closets to fit in the smaller spaces.  Putting anything together for myself would have to wait, so I’d just have to deal with the absolute CHA-OS until further notice….ugh.

the INSPIRATIONAL BED!Step 2- My turn!
Let the Games Begin!

Although I LUV the upholstered & caned bed I made for the guest bedroom I’d been using, I longed to use ONE of the beds I’ve collected and REworked just sitting in storage!  I could totally visualize a fresh room design with each- but THEN I saw this AWEsome bed from Perigold!
I knew exACTly the direction I was taking!

Ooooof!  Can you believe the price?!?
Time for a “Sensible Chic” version!

 

 

My project starts with the most aMAZing bed
found on fb marketplace
last summer!

O! M! G!

I popped the panel back in the footboard, but the bottom rail that holds it in is missing.  That’s okay- I only wanted to use the headboard right now anyway.

O! M! G!

Here’s the beginning- sleeping on the floor.
The bed downstairs was incredibly high, so this was weird-weird-weird!

UGH! Sleeping on the floor.

The first change!  Still on the floor, but it was feeling better!
I also added a 100yo door I split in half as “shutters.”
And THAT’s a story I’ll come back to later!

Still on the floor- but changes are happening!

Being frugal –cough-cough, CHEAP!
I shopped sales, used a 40% coupon, and still got what I wanted.
$55 for padding, batting, and linen!

upholstering begins-

upholstering begins-

look at that crown!

The bed box/frame

building the Bed Box/Framethe final choice-

I bought and cut down pine boards to build a simple box frame to 54″×80″.
I ripped some of the cutoffs down to create cleats & rails to screw to the inside bed box/frame to support the box spring & mattress.

I sanded and spray painted everything with the RustOleum Metallic Rust.
I discovered by accident that it can mimic stained wood, and the Metallic Rust mimics Mahogany.  I hauled all the parts inside-upstairs to assemble.
Just one more of those UMPteen million trips up&down the stairs.
I screwed the decorative legs to the end corners (only had 2 legs) and cut the 2×2 dowel to create hidden legs at the head of the bed frame.
The newly upholstered headboard is actually hung a little higher on the wall,
so the bed itself is a separate piece.

My "Sensible Chic" version of the VERY expensive Perigold bed!

my legs (rescued from a curbside chair)

 

I rescued the legs from a wingbacked chair thrown out for garbage!  (then I threw the remains out too!)

And lest you should forget the inspirational bed—

I like mine better!

the inspirational bed-

 

my NEW AWEsome bed!

All in for $158.66!

Can you believe?!?

And this is just the beginning!
Catherine

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Oh my bejesus!It’s been a tough year.

Barely a project to work on
mom’s cancer care is my full time job.  Any little project I can find time to sink my teeth into is—a—jOy!
Sure, I’ve found a few cool things to stash till my “comeback,”  but God truly smiled on me over the weekend!

Sunday morn-  slow start-  perusing fb mrkt place, found an 80’s side table with 4 BiG turned legs.  $10.  G o t  it.

On my way home with said table—WHAAAAAA???  No way—uh uhhh!

U-turn on a dime.  Jaw dropped, a few eye rubs-  like-  am I really this lucky right now??  A look upward—”Thank You Lord, you knew I needed this, huh?”
A vintage Victorian sofa and a (not matching) chair!

Now, I understand MOST people wouldn’t see my find as a treasure–but it REALLY IS, and I’m thrilled beyond measure!  UNfortunately- I had a wheel chair and now a big clunky table in the car.  How the heck am I getting THIS in here too?  Where there’s a will~there’s a way!

(I’m sort of more like, “Where there’s a will~I want to be in it!”)

But I was determined!  I moved, shifted, shoved, and shuffled until I could fit at least the SOFA in my Santa Fe.  Half IN- half OUT with the tail gate open.  The chair remained on the curb with my teary apologies and promise to “…come back for you!”  I drove the back streets to stay out of traffic.  Plus, I’m sure I looked like an episode of “Sanford & Sons.”

a discarded, original, Victorian sofa

Back to the house intact, I off-loaded and gawked all the more at my inCREDible luck!  ROUGH shape, a LOT of work to do, but everything’s there!
Just a guess, but- looks like someone stripped it to reupholster, but quit at the daunting realization of the job & repairs.  I can appreciate, but–I CAN DO IT!

a discarded, original, Victorian sofa

Since I had to run back out for the groceries that were forgotten in all the excitement, I decided to live up to that promise and went back for the chair–it was still there waiting for me!  I fully expected someone would have snagged it on my heels.

Another appreciative upward “Thank You for the gifts, I’ll do You proud!”

details-

a discarded, original, Victorian sofa and chair!

the chair-

The fundamental detail differences between them–
NOT a pair, but both are still AWEsome!  And they were FREE!

NOT a matching set, but still AWEsome!

I’ve got a lot of work to strip them further.  I’ll remove ALL of the springs, the remnants of fabric still hanging on, and the HUNDREDS of tiny tack nails.  I’d ultimately like to strip the wood and leave it raw.  Just a waxed finish!

I’m already picturing the sofa in a thick-nubby linen OR a soft mohair–and guess what?  Under the ugly floral of it’s (???) 2nd life are the remnants of a soft pink’ish-brow MOHAIR!

I’m also picturing it with a caned back to really show off that soft curve-linear form! ♥♥♥

Are you with me?
Can you see it?

Catherine

And now some inspiration!

* It may have originally looked something like this–

Victorian sofa-

If it had to be fully reupholstered again, I like these simplistic elements–

Victorian sofa-

But I LUV the idea of a caned back!

Victorian sofa-

Victorian sofa-

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another old door from the neighborThe neighbor was at it again.

Clearing things out of the house AND “modernizing” their 1880’s house.

How I HATE that.  If you want modern—buy modern.

HOWEVER– he gives me all that OLD STUFF as he strips it out– !!!!!!!!!   And I DO love that!

I had several ideas in mind for this door, but. . .

In the end, I needed to remember I was in desperate need of display pieces for Nellie’s, so one particular project rose to the top of the list. . .

a door bookcase!

It WILL be for sale, but it’s going to be a workhorse until it does.  Our space is on a PRIME corner –but– it’s also on a slope.  A double-edged sword.  SHALLOW, flexible pieces will be key for the short spans of level ground.

So THIS is the latest casualty from the neighbor’s ongoing project.  A small closet door from a bedroom with a sloped ceiling.  It had a window in it that was broken.  A window- how strange, huh?

playing w/the spacing for shelves-70″ tall × 24″ wide

window over 3 panels

You can see in the pictures that I was already playing with the placement of shelving with some previously created corbels.

Shelves at each panel would have LOOKED ideal—but they would be really short.
◊ 5 shelves in total would have been ideal—but , again, SHORT shelves.  SO 4 SHELVES IT IS!

AND- h o w  to deal with that window.

1st- the door needed to be squared from the wonky “angles” to conform to the ceiling.  And while it was laying flat on the sawhorses, I added cove molding.  I also dragged through my antq ceiling tin for a piece to fill the window—I thought it could be a good look overall AND for the show!

∗ I’m short on progress pictures because my phone was busy streaming music–I got sick of the radio’s same/repetitious 12-song playlist.

My DOOR BOOKCASE!I mixed some leftover paints to create a gray’ish shade of green I REALLY liked to paint the front of the door (love happy accidents).  ONE color looked flat so I went back with some white accents.  A N D  waxed everything for a soft hand -and the depth waxing brings to paint!

This DOOR BOOKCASE will be 360° of visibility during the Nellie’s Barn Sale so I painted the backside too.  Just the white—for a clean look. 

I swear, painting took longer than construction, but I LUV the simple outcome!

With this color combo, it’s got a very “Farm-ish” style.  I can totally see it in a kitchen corner showing off some Stone Ware, greens, and a great old cook book collection.  But I can ALSO totally see it in a bathroom loaded with towels and apothecary jars filled with toiletries!

Catherine

~on to the next project!

*it was hard to get accurate color pictures of the pretty green-  : ( 

My DOOR BOOKCASE!

∗ I need to plug the screw holes yet—

My DOOR BOOKCASE!

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look what the neighbor gave me!THESE tables, that the neighbor gave me.

That I DEconstructed right away and am REcreating one into a sofa table.

I’m still working on that project, just not consistently because I’m juggling MANY projects for Nellie’s.

DEconstructing the tables~OMgoodness~ I swear, someone got paid by the screw putting this table together.

68 screws held this table together × 2 tables!

I now have a GOOD supply of screws on hand!

the aprons from the tables~

After taking everything apart—I decided to make shelves from the aprons.    I started with 3 -the 4th needed repair.  I cut the ends of each on a 45° miter and added sides.  I primed them, gave them a really sloppy paint job and over-sprayed the bottom edges with a darker shade of green.

THEN a twist!  I coated them in stripping solution just long enough to wreck the paint, and clean them off with a pressure washer.

creating shelves from the table's aprons


They looked A-MAZ-ing!

Until I clear coated them.

It “washed out” the distressed effect and I don’t even have a picture to show you the difference.

I’m SO bummed.

giving them patina~

Creating SHELVES from the table's aprons~

I cut tops for each following their contours, and routed a simple edge detail to dress them up.  Gave them a very light stain and clear coat.

I know I said “SHELVES”

and they DO look great clustered together, but, I think they would also be pretty fabulous used as

a Bed Corona!

Catherine

 

A N D  they too, will be going to Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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working on the new hutch/bookcaseSome projects just “come together!”

THIS is one of THOSE!

And I’m totally

in love with it!

—too many exclamation marks ?

I DID decide on tin for the back boards—but found myself struggling with, “What COLOR goes with RUST?”

I dug through the random quarts on the shelf and pulled a few that could be mixed to create something.  I landed on this shade of a Dusty, Muddy, Coral-y, Pink’ish color.  And it looks great with the Rusty tin!  Like how Pink & Orange are complimentary to one another!

I took great pains to “interpret” the antique tin to each section and love how the pattern lines up with all the shelves!

Adding the antique ceiling tin~ Adding the antique ceiling tin~

the Window Hutch Bookcase!It turns out the bookcase needs some repairs—it got roughed up in storage.  So I guess it’ll end up being one more way these two disparate pieces will be brought even closer together.  *The “dots” are from the countersunk screws–they’ll be plugged today before painting.  And I’ll REstain the top darker.

And THIS is one more piece ready for

Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Catherine

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

the Window Hutch Bookcase!

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a curbie from looong ago!I found this cabinet

-looong ago-

on a curb.

Gutted and REbuilt it into a simple bookcase!

Offered it for sale–it didn’t.

Stashed it away until now– I have a new idea!

Let’s build on top of it!

from curbie to bookcase!

building a HUTCH from a window!

How about adding a top HUTCH

with an awesome arch-topped window frame!

I ripped some boards to 6″ wide, cut them to length for a base and sides.  I mitered the top of each side to receive and support a cleat.  I cut 5 cleats and attached with 3″ screws for the extra strength—you’ll see why soon!

 

I secured the base, sides, and cleats with counter-sunk screws.  I’ll conceal them with glued-in plugs and sand flat for an “invisible” connection.

 

I ripped 2 pieces of ¼” veneered plywood to 6″ wide for the top.  It’s just THICK enough to give a strong top, yet THIN enough to FLEX to the arched shape.

Starting with the OUTSIDE piece—I pre-glued each cleat, then bent and nailed the veneer at each cleat.  I used a belt sander to knock down the little bit of overhang to a flush/flat edge.

I laid the “hutch” face down and got out 5 clamps.  Pre-glued the cleats again and flexed the veneer into place.  I clamped the veneer at each cleat till things set up, then I nailed it all secure.

NOW the pictures to show you the process~

adding a base and sides~

adding cleats~

bending the veneer to the arch~the general outward appearance~creating the arched top~

creating the arched top~

creating the arched top~It's getting there!

 

 

 

I left the 2 outside clamps on over night–just in case!

 

Today I’ll sand, prime, and paint.  And I’ll decide on a back board—I’m considering ceiling tin!
I’ll have to take another look at the bookcase finishes too—so the 2 pieces “connect!” 

Catherine

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a gift from the neighbors~Look what someone gave me~

and look what I’m doing with them!

I deconstructed one immediately—the legs are the START of a whole new table—a sofa table OR buffet!

O-M-G!  I think someone got PAID BY THE SCREW based on the MASS amount holding this table together!

Usually, I find these tables easy to make.  But this one was more of a challenge BECAUSE- the legs were not TALL enough. (side table height~sofa table height)

making adjustments for shorter legs~making adjustments for shorter legs~

The 1st adjustment was to cut a TALLER apron to gain back the missing height.  THE 2nd was to use some scrap cedar 4×4 to fill the difference.  I cut off most of the extra form on the band-saw, then a belt sander to shape the stiles the rest of the way in place.  I also doweled the two parts together.

The next picture I hope will help you see the rough shape (in front)  vs the fine-tuned shape (background).

filling the gap~

some of my drawer collectionNext—let’s add drawers to that big apron.

Y E S– I have a drawer collection too.  And 3 of those 4 matching drawers looked like a pretty good candidate!  Perfect in height and spacing.

Ordinarily, I would rip wood for a normal face frame–top and bottom rails, and connecting stiles.  I thought it prudent to leave the board/the apron WHOLE for more structure because of the “filler” leg stiles.

I used 3 different saws to make the cut outs for the drawers.

 The initial board/apron was cut on the table saw to width.

 

3 saws for the job- A circular saw for the top & bottom rails for the straightest/smoothest cuts.

A jig saw for the shorter sides/stiles.

A hand saw to finish off each cut clean to the corners.

I suppose I should back up here and show you my very “sophisticated drawer-planning.”

adding drawers, spacing, & cutting them out

cutting down the drawer boxe

This was last week, there’s more progress since

and I’ll be back soon with all of that.

Catherine

 For those of you who didn’t know-
Here’s a simple diagram of a face frame.
I struck lines at each joint to show you their junctions.

face frame-

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