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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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the newest Craigslist dresserI bought this dresser off Craigslist on Saturday before the show.  Thought it would be perfect for my mom’s smaller guest bedroom, but—no.  Disappointing.

So I made the decision to go forward with it as an addition to what went to the show.  Yikes.

Sadly, the legs had been lopped off, but otherwise it was in fabulous condition! Isn’t it beautiful anyway?!?

Thinking in REsale terms now,  it needed to be “current” but neutral.  I chose to paint it Ben Moore’s Alabaster White and Wickham Gray.

But first, it required a lot of priming.

proming out my newest Craigslist dresser

missing drawer stops for the newest Craigslist dresser

A few other things also happened

First, I re-contoured the lopped off legs with the belt sander.

2nd, I replaced the missing drawer stops. . .

and 3rd, I added 1½” reproduction wood wheels to bring back some extra height.

After several coats of primer, I went back to choose what would be where for this two-tone paint job.

priming out the new CL dresser

Luv’d it’s original hardware—sure can’t improve on perfection!

choosing the color scheme

working on the mirror too!

I decided to add a little daily mantra-  Carpe Diem

to the small banner in the peak of the mirror’s frame.
Carpe Diem

I love how the dresser finished out, and was sad to think of not keeping it, but was so sure it would sell at the Main St Market.  What a shock and disappointment to bring it back with me.

-finished and beautiful and now at the antique mall!

I completely REset my antique mall space with all the projects that returned with me, and guess what?

My dresser sold immediately!  Imagine that

Catherine

Oh the irony!

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EXCEPT for a freak injury…

it was a good –but busy– week getting last stuff finished and checked off my list for the Main St Market.

Regarding the Main St Market…

it poured on and off while I tried to load Thursday.

It poured AT the Main St Market Friday before, and in part, while folks arrived to unload and set up.  It was a mud pit.

It became a pouring thunderstorm by 4:30 the morning of.  Bf wanted to just quit and go home—I was feeling much the same, but just felt like I HAD to try- the expenses would be TOO much of a loss.

This is the only picture I captured at the market—and, btw, we did finally get a small break in the weather -but halfway through.  Bummer.

Nothing ever really got set up as we would have in normal circumstances. Most things had to be protected under just one of the tents in case the sky let loose on us –again.  Which it looked like most of the time.

~The morning of, I hit my injured ankle on the trailer hitch, knocking the breath out of me and sending me into tears.  It was a rough day- period.

Oh the perils of an outdoor market—sigh.

the only picture I got at the Main St Market

No vintageantiquepainted furniture sold for either me or bf—and didn’t seem to for (m)any of the other vendors.  No one seemed to want to tackle that in rain and mud.  BUT, we sold a lot of “smalls” and those saved us!

*And having a Square card reader for credit cards was incredibly helpful too!

Here’s my  s-i-l‘s  van loaded up (literally). . .

packing to go--

packing to go--

So MUCH to tell, and

MORE of the unsold projects to show. . .

Catherine

I know-I know, looks crazy, right?

packing to go--

packing to go--

packing to go--

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