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W e l l~ I managed to get to the final market of the season!

I’ve missed the last (?) 3 season’s until this last one—and felt like I deserved to reward myself by going!

I was so excited to go~I woke at 3am.  Was ready to go in about 35 minutes.  Got there at 6am—fully expecting to be like the 2nd person there at THAT early hour.  Imagine my surprise to find I was #3 arriving from my direction (about a 12 car line arriving from the other direction).

It was PITCH DARK~and this was my view as the sun rose.  WoW.

my view at 1st light

my view at 1st light

There were SO many aMAZing things at this last market, but SO many people it was near impossible to take many pictures.  I did get a few to share!

I’ll show you what I got tomorrow~

amazing things I’m working on immediately

to take to the Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8.

I hope to see you there!

Catherine

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season the LAST flea market of the season

Lastly—this   ah-MAZ-ing 5ft tall piece!

the LAST flea market of the season

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Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

I’ve been SO busy working on projects for Sunday’s show

I’ve been ignoring all else—sorry.

Yep.  No sharing of projects.  No pictures.
No posts.  Radio silence.
Bear with me~it’s all about to change!

In the meantime~

here’s a little glimpse of~

a little TEASER of~

a few small things going to the show!

I would LUV to see you there. . . ?!

Catherine

Vintage Market teaser!

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my Gothic Window decorated for Christmas!

I bought this super cool architectural window frame at Elkhorn, oh~like 4yrs ago now.  I was madly in LUV with it—but it had to go directly to my treasures-stash.  Awww.

I pulled it back out last Christmas for a particular vignette in Mom’s living room, but I HATED the painted finish.  Unfortunately, there was no time to do anything about it right then so I had to just deal with it.

I know the very nice lady who painted it.  In fact, I know~and can recognize her work at 50 paces.  She paints for hire for other vendors.  No matter the color or finish, her work always looks “dehydrated,” TO ME.  I do apologize if that sounds snarky or disparaging.

Well I pulled it off the wall yesterday to give it some looooong overdo LUV.

a "dehydrated" look, OR....

A new finish my Gothic Window!At first I started to over-paint, but abandoned that for another idea!

I was thinking about the 1898 door I just worked on and how beautiful the wood turned out to be underneath its dilapidated old paint.  I repeated the same actions—the belt sander to aggressively knock down the initial paint, careful not to damage the wood.  Then I used a stripper in areas to soften the transition of “worn” paint to raw wood.  Then fine sanded, and lastly~clear wax.

I LUV it now!

Catherine

A new finish my Gothic Window!

 

*click on the pictures to see the finishes closer up!

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--out of scraps. . .

I need some “smaller” projects for an upcoming flea market.

Things easy for someone to carry off and fit in a car.

Hmmmmm. . .

I’ve got some scrap boards,
I’ve got some balusters (from a Victorian porch). . .

to make a-  s o f a  table ?

A console?

Wellsomething architectural!

I actually needed a bit from a few other boards to build this table, but I did have stuff on hand—so no store-trips involved!  Use what you have, right!?!

I ripped and mitered some old pine boards to make a simple frame, then covered it with salvaged boards.

I played with the placement and spacing of the balusters- pre-drilled, counter sunk and screwed the parts together.

making an architectural sofa table

Making the top was essentially the same exercise, except that the “frame” is wrapping the outside edges of the boards to stabilize the form.  I used 3″ long screws to attach the top (again~ pre-drilled and counter sunk).

It’s pretty sturdy~unless someone tries leaning hard on it.

--making the table top...

-just a detail shot....I ran a little detail molding around the bottoms of the balusters (that I created at my router table).

This is truly a very basic construction project

it’s really all about having the architectural parts and salvage wood. Of course it IS made easier by having the right tools to cut it all!

NOW the problem is trying to figure out the finish—I would have LUV’d raw wood but the balusters were beyond stripping. . . bummer.

I gave it a general white-wash and distress-sanding, and now I’m playing with some gray in areas, but—I don’t know yet.

I have a week to sort it out.

And I have 2 more balusters to play with!

Catherine

my architectural table

my architectural table

my architectural table

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Check out these legs!

Those legs  I sketched out,       cut out, sanded clean—and then set aside for a minute. . .

I’m back on them-

plusmore.

They weren’t quite working with my original plan  so I set them aside to focus on other projects.

Wednesday I cut out 1 more so I could move forward with a 2 bench project.

making the legs-

So~ I pulled some 1½” thick wood, drew out my profile, cut it out on a band saw, sanded them all clean.

– I tried cutting out the first leg with a jigsaw, but the cuts came out kind of beveled because the blade struggled to stay straight up & down through the thick material.
– A bandsaw is truly the best way to get a good, straight up & down cut line with thick material.  BUT, you can’t just follow all those curving lines, you need to make a lot of relief cuts and clear the chunks as you go so the blade doesn’t get “pinched.”
– I bought a specialty sanding kit that you can use in a drill or drill press.  It essentially  becomes a drum sander, and is an AMAZing help and time saver!

my new specialty sanding kit for the drill or drill press

Instead of making a stretcher to stabilize the legs, I made a decorative piece -still like a stretcher- to go under the seat to stabilize the whole bench.

I pre-drilled (including a countersink) from the outside of the leg to attach.

attaching the decorative stabilizing piece-

-attaching the "stretcher"-attaching the "stretcher"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the benches- almost finished with construction

construction- FINI!

don't let that "white" finish fool you...Okay~ “funny” story here.  See the faded white paint on the boards above?  When I cleaned them it all washed away—it was actually

bird poop.

Seriously~ what’s with the birds and me lately?

Now that I had to REaddress the finish of the tops, I decided to keep it   “natural.”  I gave them a good sanding and waxed them, which really made the wood come to life, BUT.  Barnboards can be very. . . sliver-y.

I gave them a good coating of polyurethane.  BeaUtiful!

Catherine

Hope to see you at the  Vintage Market  tomorrow!

the "new" tops/seats

my new bench projects!

my new bench projects!

my new bench projects!

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Vintage Market at The Grove!I’ve been working on some decorative plaques for the Vintage Market this weekend.  I need “smalls” for it.

So, what do I have?

-I have lots of scrap wood in my studio from varying projects.

-A neighbor gave me some old door casing from the REmodel of his 100yr old simple farm house.

-I’ve been collecting lots of graphics for years -and- a roll of onion skin.

That’ll work!

For my first plaques, I created a shield form in 2 sizes~and made a pattern to make them over & over!  I actually used some slab doors I bought at the ReStore for these.  

After cutting out the shape, I routered a detailed edge, sanded, and primed them. Headed back in to play with some graphics on the computer.  Wrapped cardstock paper with onion skin, and printed out my images.

Shield Plaques

I made 4 “birds” and a large B&B plaque.

the first plaques-

Next, I dug out several misc end cuts of pine boards, “squared” them up, ran them through the router table, sanded and primed.

I also stripped the stain off a couple of small ReStore cabinet doors.

REusing scrap end cuts!

creating my decoupages--Again, I played around setting up some graphics—a variety of images, mostly from the backs of vintage china.  I love the stamps and crests that were used and have been collecting those images for many years.

I printed all onto onion skin that I wrapped around heavy cardstock paper to go through the printer.  Since I have yet to master ANY transfer method, I decided to use the very translucent onion skin to decoupage the images instead!  THAT, I can do!

*You can see at right just how translucent onion skin is.

I prefer to use wall paper paste in my decoupage projects.

1– It has more open time to move and adjust things.  I’ve heard some of you say how you struggle, try this instead!
2– It’s easier to UNdo down the line.  Wallpaper stripper will help get some off, and the rest can be sanded off.  Good luck with ModPodge.
3– I use wallpaper paste to seal the surface and edges of decoupaged drawer fronts, and the finish is much the same as ModPodge.

And then I spent a very enjoyable day applying all my papers!

When they were all dry I gave them all a light sanding to their surface, and a good sanding to clean up the paper edges/sides.  I clear waxed all—then lime waxed and dark waxed some of them too.

Lastly, I ripped the 100+ year old casing (from the neighbor) into 2″ widths, and cut mitered strips on the chop saw to frame each.  Plus, I screwed “D” rings to the back of each for hanging.my scrap wood plaques!

I love the many old, gloppy layers of paint, the cut nails,  all the imperfections!

A fun project for next to nothing—

Catherine

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

my scrap wood plaques!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my scrap wood plaques!

I ran out of board on this frame and scabbed in a corner–I luv it more!

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-scatterbrainedI’ve got so many irons in the fire I’m feeling a little bit schizo’.

Sometimes- it’s best to work on something from start to finish.

Sometimes it’s better to work assembly line-like.

I’m finding the latter to be more effective right now and—why I’m so scattered.  Which makes it all tough to share with you

  what I’m working on.

Here’s the big deadline for a lot of my projects. . .

If you’re in the Chicago area—would LUV to see you!

Vintage Market at The Grove!

Check out these legs!

Here’s a peek at one of (maybe 2) those projects.

Drawn out, cut out, even sanded clean and ready for the next step of the project!

Catherine

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