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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!


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!”


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!


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!


....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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My Weather vane Chandelier!I haven’t visited my favorite ReStore in a loooooong time

Saturday presented my first opportunity and

look what

I found!

I LUV this, but I’m not so keen on the black.  I was thinking it would look better, fresher  -and more current-  in a soft, medium gray!

I taped off and covered/protected the metal parts with Press N Seal.

(This stuff works great for a LOT of DIY’er things—especially covering wet paint brushes overnight!)

painting the chandelier gray-

painting the chandelier gray-

I knew this would be tough to brush with all the “obstacles,” so I sprayed it, but. . .

hmmmmmm. . .

The gray just looked flat.  So I dry brushed a little darker gray~glaze mix over the top, but. . .

hmmmmmm. . .

*forgot to take a picture of the dry brushing-

Maybe I should strip it.

I also taped off and painted the shades gray to match—so I need to REthink their finish too.

painting the chandelier shades gray-

the chandelier stripped- the chandelier stripped-







stripped and now waxed-

I didn’t strip it “clean,” I left some trace paint for character.  I lightly sanded~ then waxed.

Now I love it—but it still went to the antique mall for sale.  ; D

*sorry, it was really hard to get a good photo…



the Weathervane Chandelier

the Weathervane Chandelier

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Let me preface this post with a quick backstory.

I’ve had a really strong interest in interior design since I was a kid.
I was always WAY more interested in “building” and decorating a house for my dolls than actually playing with my dolls.  Lucky for me, my parents fed this early passion with an architecturally modular doll house that could be put together and taken apart in numerous ways!  That was the end for my poor dolls.  I was 7.
By my later teens I was reading design books to learn all those WHY’s & HOW’s.  There was SO much more than just a lot of beautiful pictures to look at in those books—my design education was fully launched!
MY TEACHERS—the generously shared  -information, knowledge, education- written and published in those High End Designer’s books!

..This was one of those lessons!

-isn't this incredible?!?I was just recently guiding someone through the mysteries of selecting the right size of chandelier,

which made me wonder,

did you know…?

(I’d like to make one like this!)

The 1st thing I learned was to figure out the proper general diameter

by adding a room’s dimensions together.  So a room that is 15ft wide and 12ft long would be 27ft.

Then just change the FEET to INCHES.

A chandelier of 27 inches in diameter is a good starting point!

2nd~Dining Room chandeliers.

general rule of thumb is to be about 10-12″ narrower than your table.

So if your rectangular table for 6-8 is 40″ × 78″ your chandelier should be no more than 30″ in diameter.  A 48″ round table = no more than 38″ diameter.

◊ Round tables can totally mess with these rules—consider the room size once again to find a balance of size!

◊ If there’s a big disparity in what the ROOM size says vs the TABLE size, maybe your table is the wrong size for the space.  This has actually given a reality check to some design clients!

◊ In an open-space design, figure your dimensions based on the “designated” dining space.

3rd~table & ceiling clearance.

rules for CHANDELIER SIZINGThe bottom of a chandelier should, generally, clear the table top by a min 30″ & the ceiling by 10-12″.

With an 8ft ceiling  (or 96″) from the floor up

table,  30″ high

+  30″  table to light clearance

+  10-12″ light to ceiling

=  chandelier should be about 24-26″ tall/high.

Ceilings higher than 8ft, you should add about 3″ per foot to the table to light clearance. So a 9ft ceiling = 33″ and a 10ft ceiling = 36″ bottom of chandelier over table.

Over an Island

the general rule is 30″-34″ over counter.


Diameter—add the WIDTH and LENGTH of the room/space together, change the feet to inches and you have the suggested chandelier or lantern diameter for that room.  A 10ft x 10ft foyer = 20″ diameter light.

Height—this one’s tricky, no kidding!

1—The general rule is 2½” to 3″ in light fixture height for each foot of ceiling height—the higher the ceiling, the taller the chandelier.  But, see #2.

~a 10ft entry ceiling =   2½” or 3″ × 10ft = 25″ to 30″.

~a 12ft entry ceiling =   2½” or 3″ × 12ft = 30″ to 36″.

2—The TOTAL HEIGHT of light fixture = light AND chain & canopy!

3—An 8ft ceiling will accommodate a chandelier that is 20″-24″ in height.  WRONG.  You need to keep a minimum of 7ft of clearance for people to walk under it!

4—2-story Foyer lights should hang in the “volume of the 2nd floor,” and, should be centered in any window over the door to be visible from outside.

5—Don’t forget to think about the weight of a light.  Most ceiling j-boxes will only hold up to 50 lbs!  You may have to add extra hardware.

See?  These were great guidance rules to learn,

but sometimes rules are meant to be broken.  And in the end you may find you still have to make a judgment call on the exact size you choose and hang!
The thing is—when it doesn’t look or feel right—these rules might help you figure out WHY!

Below are some examples of

just wrong, breaking the rules & just perfect,

but you decide!





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