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REpainting the LL built-in

I am SO happy to say I have finally finished painting the Lower Level!

I’ve been washing and polishing everything to REstore the contents of the shelves—SO nice to see things sparkling clean!

It’s lighter and brighter and FRESH down here~YaY!  But~

I’m finished~bigger YaY!

~need to finish some details

Regarding the Banquette~

Just one detail is still UNdone—the upholstery trim finish of the banquette.  The default is to apply double welting, but I’m considering the COST & WORK of nail head trim——?
~idk

Until then, here is the banquette REloaded.

Additionally~ I really wanted to show you the lack of natural lighting and WHY I’ve been working on this project.

the Banquette REloaded!

the Banquette REloaded!

the REfreshed and brightened LL

the REfreshed and brightened LL in its natural light

It’s actually pretty good light for a small, North-facing, basement awning window, right?

There are two of these awning-styled windows for natural light.  The 2nd is exactly opposite (South-facing) in the kitchenette.  The surprise here is that this is the light from a gray day~we’re in a snow storm.

I would dearly LUV to change out the dining table but it came from our late beloved great aunties and m’ma can’t bear to let it go.  Which I do understand.  (one of my big brothers REfinished it for her) 

It’s from about 1920.  Because it’s a drop leaf style it “collapses” down to a very small footprint, BUT, has several leaves to stretch out to seating for 12!  ~I generally leave it set up for 8—perfect for all my sewing needs!

my pineapple chandelierDid I ever show you guys my pineapple chandelier?

I found it in a shabby chic-vintage store back home in Phoenix about 10 years ago ALL painted white.  A LOT of stripping and REpainting later~ I knew it would be perfect for my mother!

She loves pineapples~

Catherine

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First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more

Christmas’y!

market stairs~and REvision!

A n d   you can see I used Buffalo Snow Blanket to play up the holiday effect!

So anyway~these are some of my

Holiday Show DIY’s!

My Santas.  A few years ago I cut down a vintage yard Santa to create a giant tree topper for the kiddo’s tree—I’ve collected 2 more since to have for sale!

I also made a pair of plaques using parts of that nasty~stinky dresser and vintage graphics!  I’m crazy about that craquelure finish!

Santa tree toppers~Santa plaques

It seems I became a bit STAR-struck!

I made barn board~narly wood~and stinky dresser wood “plaques” in lieu of, and as a change from the standard wreath!

in lieu of the standard wreath

I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .

my origami stars~glitter and gold leaf!

my burlap stars!

my wood lath stars!

I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .

wood drink coasters and a "tray"

I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .

my wood "candles"

I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!

my wood trees!

I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!

wood banners!

I am a wood-girl!

; D

Wanna see more?

Catherine

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the Frenchy sconces REwired and mountedI’ve had a week full of

finishing this~finishing that.

NOT the most fun spending days on end going BACK to multiple UNfinished projects.  But~oh well.

The early 1900’s (Scott’s Antq Mrkt) Frenchy sconces were professionally REwired, and I mounted them on the pilasters!

New candle sleeves were cut -and melted a little on the ends to look less NEW.

They’re now in my antq mall space for sale!

My bedpost cut-offs to architectural lamps

are also back from being professionally wired, and also for sale in the antq mall.  YaY!

my architectural lamps and pilaster-sconces

I finished framing my newest plaques.  And puttying, sanding, adding hanging hardware—they too are up for sale!

I was SO incredibly filthy from all that salvaged wood—but it was worsened by the amount of sawdust I was creating and the HIGH humidity.  I was QUITE a sight—especially my hair!  It swelled bigger, and BIGGER with the high humidity.  I tried to avoid being in public at all costs till this project was DONE—lest I should scare anyone.

As of this morning, I’m now sportin’ a bouncin’ and behavin’ CLEAN head of hair!  O.M.G.  NEVER take THAT feeling for granted.  ; D

My Plaques- finished and ready for sale!

my newest CALL BUTTONS!

I’ve created a couple more [cheeky]

Butler & Maid CALL buttons!

They always sell quick for me!

my newest CALL BUTTONS!

I actually have several things in the works beyond this “update.”

One of those projects is~ I’ve begun to play around with/and to REinvent the living room bookcase design.  You can see one of the initial changes coming below—I pulled some arched casing bought at the ReStore long ago.

I’ve also pulled something else architectural to potentially work into my new design idea—orphaned bed posts.  And I had them stripped.  Stay tuned for this future REstyle!

Catherine

BED POSTS -floor lamps, maybe pilasters

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my lighted pilasters!I really love Antiques, Vintage.

And Architecturals.

And European design.

And I love to add them into my house designs—and making them for sale for others to add to their homes!

Anyone can buy brand new—THIS has just always been so much more interesting to me.  Literally~since I was a young girl, already fascinated with design.

This door project fits me to a tee aesthetically.    It ticks all my boxes!

my vintage French sconces--newly REwired!

Now, even though I LUV’d the vintage sconces I first applied (but couldn’t give up), I really love these Frenchy sconces too!  I’m so glad I held on to them for such a special project!

I picked them up today, REwired for totally safe use now!  And I promptly prepped the door for their installation!

What I would LUV is to add half shades to each side—but they are not commonly found (for me), and at present I only have –1– .

So I’m thinking about adding mercury glass drops—perhaps like these!

mercury glass drops!

I’ll get things settled out right away so these beauties can go directly to my local antique mall space for sale!

I say cringingly.
From a 100yr old throw away door to~

Pilaster Light Sconces!

This is how I would love to use them—framing the door to a living room or dining room!

I’d actually mount them “permanently” and hard wire them directly.  But I’ll add heavy duty D-rings for simple hanging with a temp-wired cord to an outlet.

Catherine. . . .

These are, of course,  just leaning against the wall below~

my Pilaster Light Sconces!

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my next DOOR project!I had this fun idea of how I would transform this door,

but then I got another idea,

& jumped into it with great excitement!

my next DOOR project!

The project started by cutting the door in half.  Without an extra pair of hands on the back side of the saw (safety 1st), and because I don’t have an outfeed table for my table saw, I pulled out my Kreg Circular Saw Rip Guide.  An inCREDible tool I got at Haven the 3rd year!

The Rip Guide made an easy task of the first and main cut, but I left the hardware on parts of the door (for something down the line) so I returned to the table saw after.

Since I cut the door down the center of the middle stile, I needed to cut the outer edges to match.

my next DOOR project!

my next DOOR project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my next DOOR project!

~what a beaUtiful wood to find under there!You can see in the above pics that I added crown molding, a small profile detail molding, and some large oak doorstop ~to clean up the sides and stabilize those cut stiles and rails.

You can also see how dried out the old paint is—so before painting- I decided to hit it all with the sander~

just to see what would happen!

What great luck!  What beautiful wood!

~But I did paint the molding!

So finally~ THIS is where I took my project!

But~ I just can’t part with the pair of sconces you see here and will be using a very Frenchy pair of vintage scones that are being REwired (for safety).  Both pilasters will have a long cord through the back side to plug in.

I’ll share the absolutely finished project once those are mounted!

My “Lighted Pilasters!”

Catherine

just finished for the night!

-the sconces I can't give up. I have others...

my lighted pilasters!

my lighted pilasters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my lighted pilasters!

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bed post cut-offsSOMEONE wanted to update their bed.

They hired my favorite furniture strippers—who stripped the head board~foot boards and, as instructed, CUT OFF the decorative bed posts.

But that was the COOLEST PART—wt??

The guys already chucked some of the parts, but others were still laying on the ground. . . .until I happened by with a project in tow.

“What’s  T H I S?

What’s going on here?

Can I have them?”

Clearly, I’m not above begging.  And once they checked the owners didn’t want ’em back—THEY WERE MINE!

I asked the guys to strip themthey’re Maple!  I cut off the extra “ends,” drilled holes down the center (not an easy task with HARD wood), and pulled some Maple veneered plywood to make a pair of plinth boxes for them to sit on.

THESE are going to become lamps!

BED POST cut-offs~stripped and getting prepped

drilling a hole for the wiring~

building a plinth box~

creating an architectural lamp~

Things were humming along (YaY!)

and then I remembered I had a perfect pair of lamp shades found in the ReStore!  Yes~I also hoard collect lamp shades.  Don’t judge~it’s a sickness.

But look at what I found for the price!  Perfect!

Lamp shades for my new lamps!

This is the roughed-in shape of things~

now onto wiring and some finishes!

Catherine

roughed-in and only propped

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my Model Home Lamps!A lifetime ago,

when I was still a

New Construction Superintendent,

once all our home sites were sold the model homes went up for sale and one of our benefits was to get first dibs at auction on the model home contents!  I bought some amazing stuff for next to nothing—for real!  Nice employee benefit!

Furniture, accessories, lighting—and these lamps for my mother.

They might’ve cost me-  $10  ??

I loved the fruit festooned garlands, the oxidizing, the SIZE ~they’re big!  They looked nice in mom’s LL, but eventually got the boot with other changes.

Giving the lamps a new color!So they’re going up for REsale,   and definitely need a REfresh!

I won’t give up the expensive silk shades I had on them—a n d  luckily a month ago I happened to find a pair of drum shades I hoped would work!  LINEN drum shades$6 each.

I let their color dictate the direction of this change, and used a Fossil and Peanut Butter-y color brushed together for a mottled tone.

Once dry I Lime Waxed for added dimension!

I think they look better than ever!

Catherine

....making changes....

-LIME waxed for added dimension

The harps are too tall so I will change them out.  AND, I’m hoping the lowered shades will help to distract that the shades are a little small.

REfreshed lamps!my REfreshed Model Home lamps!

the lamps BEFORE...

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