Posted in lighting, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tall cabinets, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged bookshelf lighting, flea market bed posts, mixing woods, painting the bookshelves, REfacing a bookcase, REinvented bookcase, salvaged acrched window casing, Tape lighting on March 3, 2017|
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THIS was Monday–
THIS is Friday!
And THIS is how the week went!
Monday- I finished the last of the prep work.
Tuesday & Wednesday- picked up my stained parts, propped the key parts together to see where adjustments would have to be made –just plan on it, ’cause it happens– and got to work. All was coming together!
I’m still not quite satisfied with the bookshelf’s natural break line. I may be making a change. –We’ll see.
I started painting the interior to brighten it. I used the satin finish from the Lower Level I had mixed to match the Living Room’s suede texture. But without the suede texture, the satin finish read too “white.”
Thursday- So I ran off to get another paint mixed just a bit darker than the walls, and got everything finished including the shelves!
While I was out, I stopped in to have a conversation with my lighting guru and made a last minute (literally) LIGHTING decision.
Early this morning I gave a light sanding to a few “rough” areas and REpainted. While it was drying, I got crackin’ on the new TAPE lighting!
You can see that it’s very small, low profile, and concealable! BEST- it gives a consistent –not spotty– wash of light flooding across the shelving. I had my lighting guy make TWO 66″ lengths to go behind each pilaster, an appropriate length to feed back towards the outlet, but connected to plug in to ONE spot. The outlet is triggered by a wall switch I added in construction.
This lighting is so flat~low profile, it easily slips between the slight wall~shelf gap. I only needed to drill a small hole through the lid and the center shelf to feed the tape through, from top to bottom. It attaches by a sticky taped backing.
The down side is that it’s still a new format~meaning EXPENSIVE. $126 + tax. I’ll probably add this underneath the upper kitchen cabs for counter task lighting—it’s really nice!
Look at the difference—in DAY light!
Just imagine at night!
Here’s the “before” to THIS project!
I have a few things left to finish, which I’ll share later, but in the mean time~
I’ll REwork and REload all the family photos~
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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!
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——?
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.
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!
Did 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~
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, building green, flea markets, holiday decor, holidays, holidays, holiday decor, lighting, my antique mall space!, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, tagged candles, Holiday Show DIY, Santa tree toppers, stars, trees, wood drink coasters on November 22, 2016|
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First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more
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!
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!
I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .
I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .
I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .
I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!
I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!
I am a wood-girl!
Wanna see more?
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I really love Antiques, Vintage.
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!
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!
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~
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I had this fun idea of how I would transform this door,
but then I got another idea,
& jumped into it with great excitement!
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.
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!”
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Posted in building green, lighting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, the ReStore, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged architectural lamps, bed post cut-offs, making a lamp, ReStore lamp shades on August 9, 2016|
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SOMEONE 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 them—they’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!
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!
This is the roughed-in shape of things~
now onto wiring and some finishes!
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