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The Mirror & Medicine CabinetThe bathroom MIRROR
was in the form of a
RUSTY medicine cabinet.

It had integrated lights and the only outlet for the room was INside the cabinet.
Its condition was pretty disgusting, and nothing you’d catch me using!
Plus, it was SMALL, very inadequate storage.

A few years back I happened to find a nice 3ft tall medicine cabinet at one of the local ReStores, $10.  Unfortunately it was missing its shelf brackets (not an easy find here-?).
We used these in our new construction builds so I knew their quality and what they cost.
THIS was a DEAL!

I bought it and added it to my stashes–you never know when you might need something!

W e l l~
Brandon needed something
and I had a solution!

 


Tearing out the old medi-cab
 revealed some scary wiring leading to the lights and outlet.  Thank God Brandon is an electrician!  I REframed and added proper blocking for the new medi-cab and new wiring was RErun.  (In the works here….)

a new medicine cabinet

a new medicine cabinet

The new medicine cabinet is a 3ft tall × 1ft wide cabinet–mirror and storage.  It should offer a great balance over the vanity, sink, and to the room.  Plus~ I think TALL people will appreciate the height!

And here are the new RETRO-styled lights!

—apparently a sneak peek of the “shiplap” too.

Catherine

the new RETRO lights!

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Someone owed me money for design work–

and [gave me] this chandelier as payment when they couldn’t pay up.  SwellDo you think I can pay the electric bill with it too?

It’s been hanging in the rafters for a long time now and HAS TO GO.  I can’t move on as long as it exists.

So I took it downtook it apart–and started with -blowing off all the dust & cleaning it up- and altering the faded black metal.  

a chandelier as payment--oh joy.

a chandelier as payment--oh joy.

a chandelier as payment--oh joy.

a whole new look for this chandelier!

Taking the fixture apart as far as was reasonable, I protected the rest of it in Press n’ Seal.  Absolutely a staple in my “tool box!”

I used a spray primer, and then two different whites.  I painted in sections with the crisp white, then immediately misted over it with an ivory so the color had more dimension.

It took several light coats to cover so I gave it a few days to thoroughly dry before trying to put it all back together.  I took pics as I took it apart to help me remember how!

Although it looked much lighter and fresher, it still needed something and-I had an idea! And more springs!

Hanging crystals would be totally–Wrong.
Glass globes–No.
Pseudo Globes–perhaps ?!?

I thought it could be playful–but STILL needed something.

playful--but still needing "something"

That’s when I thought about a garden style.  So I did what some would call UNthinkable—I sprayed glue in specific areas and applied sphagnum moss.
To one side.  Like you see on a tree in nature.

And I sprayed the spring coils and rolled them through the moss on a table!

my Garden-styled chandelier!

a stylized garden chandelier!

I’m still trying to figure out how to stabilize the coils better, they’re a bit tippy.

But I LIKE IT!

I think it would be fun in a bathroom, or a sun room.

Even a very stylized guest room!

Catherine

 

Maybe I’ll get SOME of my money back this way, right?

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Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!  I’ll be selling my treasures & creations at the June

Nellie’s Barn Sale

and it’s coming up quickly!  I’ve got a LOT of work to do to be ready.  But waiting for something to set up on one said project (to be able to continue) –thought I’d make good use of my time with some SUDDEN

UNexpected inspiration!

misc parts~ I bought this

“Part of a Chandelier”

long-long ago for $3–I’ll bet it originally included some lantern-styled glass around it.  I’m always collecting misc parts of things~found this wood piece in one of my bins with a $1 price sticker on it.  AND a random lamp shade was laying around- 50¢.

The wood piece looks like it was part of a lamp so it was already drilled out down the center–YaY!  I DID still have to make/drill some modifications to fit the center shaft through it.  Then I put the chandy back together -THEN- I painted!

Doesn’t it almost look “authentic?”

misc parts to REmake a chandy!misc parts to REmake a chandy!

random lamp shade~

Now the shade—it LOOKED like the perfect size and scale to add to the end look and design!

Digging through my stashes of grain sack- I was excited to find an end cut still WHOLE in its tubular form.  And can you believe, it was EXACTLY the right diameter.  Omg- MEANT to be?

Don’t ya’ love when that happens?!?

REcovering a lamp shade

REcovering a lamp shade

REcovering a lamp shade

And now a REcovered — CUSTOMIZED lamp shade!

REcovering a lamp shade

~adding the shade

I took the chandy apart one last time at just the top section so I could feed the shade into the mix for a solid attachment.

Et Voilà!

I LUV IT—but time to get back to what I actually WAS working on!

Small in scale but perfect for a hall, foyer, or small bedroom!

Catherine

a REcreated Chandelier!a REcreated Chandelier!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a REcreated Chandelier!a REcreated Chandelier!

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BIRDHOUSE makings from the ReStoreSeriously

not trying to beat the subject of Birdhouses to death-

BUT

Back in November of 2011, roaming around one of our local ReStores, I saw this gargantuan light fixture.  Presumably for a 2 story foyer.  $34

I saw interesting parts.

Even back then- my thoughts gravitated towards the ROOF of a birdhouse.  Two of them!

Do you see it?

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe this helps?

BIRDHOUSE makings from the ReStoreBIRDHOUSE makings from the ReStore

 

BIRDHOUSE makings from the ReStore

Obviously, I bought it–  and promptly deconstructed it!

But sadly, any kind of project got back-burner’d into my stashes.

BIRDHOUSE makings from the ReStore
my Bespoke Birdhouses!

So now I’m thinking about this potential project–again

I just think the two BIG “roofs” will make super fun  -and even biGGer-  Birdhouses!
Btw~ yesterday I ran back to the antique mall with a few props for my latest two favs!  I really love them—and if for some reason they don’t sell- I really won’t be so terribly upset about it.
So you see- my mind is stuck on spring. . .  if only Mother Nature would get on board!

Catherine

 

my Bespoke Birdhouses!

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ReStore sconces
I can’t remember ever sharing this with you—from 4 years ago.

I found them at the ReStore,

got them cheap,

did a very simple face lift,

and REsold them quickly!
. . . gotta love when that happens!

I painted them with a charcoal gray metallic spray paint, and decoupaged the metal shades with parts of an early 19oo’s newspaper.

ReStore sconce FACE LIFT

I’d actually forgotten about this project,

so fun stumbling onto these old pictures!

Catherine

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-decorating the lamps at Christmas!…as a Christmas

 hangover? 

My body, my energy, my motivation has called a big ole time out on me.  I spent the 2 days after Christmas doing…absolutely…NOTHING.  Nada.  Zilch.

It was  W O N D E R f u l !

W e l l~ I did finally do the Christmas day dishes early Wednesday morning.

I sorted and organized everything Christmas night and then decided—

I just didn’t FEEL like doing the rest.

After 2 glorious days of slackin’ off, I’m getting back in gear (uhgh!).

This year’s decorating seemed to stick close to just Reds and Whites…including decorating all the lighting!

decorating the lighting too!

decorating the lighting too!

decorating the lighting too!

...and little wreathes on the cabinet doors...

the simple extra touches~

Decorating stayed very simple–and mostly just little touches of Reds & Whites.

the simple extra touches~ the simple extra touches~

 

 

And then there were

the TREES!

the beaded tree~

the UPSTAIRS tree~

But~

If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you know I do something FuN & crazy every year for the kiddo’s Christmas tree!

I revisited the long-time-idea of going UPside down!

When I stumbled onto a stuffed lower half of Santa…well, it was meant to be!

hanging a tree UPside down!Starting with a TREE…

Couldn’t be fake—the “hinged” arms would just fall down.

Okay, REAL.  Would have to be smaller to emphasize being off the floor.  Would have to have firm branches to stay straight out.  Would need to cut the trunk LOW to the bottom branches to lay flat on the ceiling.

I screwed an eye bolt into the bottom of the trunk, and a molly bolt & strong cup hook into the ceiling~& hung it up!

The Santa came with a hook to catch the trunk, and I happened to already have a stuffed Santa Hat to poke through the other side of the tree—HoHoHo!

Santa’s legs were wired so I manipulated them to look like he was climbing in the tree.  Wait a minute~is that really Mr GRINCH stealing our tree?

I strung the lights, I added “snow,” and decorated with lots of CANDY!  (Including licorice tinsel)  The kiddos like to “EAT” the tree here!

The UPside down tree candy decor!

This is After Christmas with much of its candy eaten!  But it still looks fun!  The kids LUV’d it—and so did the adults!  I noticed several walking over to take another look at it all!

I found some amAzing lights to put on the kiddo’s tree this year—below are the color options it gives!  You can pick a color or some combo of—that’s not a filter!  There’s also a CANDY-color option of white-pink-purple-orange-red.  Then you can select solid-flashing-chasing-twinkling-fade!

~some really cool tree lights!

With just the white lights to see (what’s left) the “decorations!”the kiddo's tree!

This year we TRULY took pics UNDER the tree!

(winkwink)

Merry Christmas!

I used a softer light-scheme!

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I’m sure I’m not the only one

who has seen and glossed right over these commonly-found wood lamps in the thrift stores.  Don’t know WHY, but, this time I actually LOOKED at this pair—

with a different eye. . . . ?

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!











Something spoke to me.  Their shapes perhaps?

What if I cut them up and give them NEW shapes and a NEW use?
Candlesticks come to mind.  Hmmmmm. . . .

alternative CANDLE STICKS

The cut pieces became puzzle pieces. . .

and 3 candlesticks!

I did run them through the router with a dado bit to counter sink the area for the candle to be seated more securely.  I also decided against -just painting- in favor of a raw wood.  I tried sanding them but bailed pretty quickly for stripping.

Much better!

the finish~ sanding vs stripping

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

alternative CANDLESTICKS
Now I’m playing with (cutting up) varying table legs, bed posts, and vintage porch spindles!  Some will be painted- and some left completely alone!

Catherine

alternative CANDLESTICKS
alternative CANDLESTICKSalternative CANDLESTICKS

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