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. . . there’s a missing wall in this space.

Because it used to be ONE – HUGE space and is now subdivided.

And the neighbor has this large 3-paneled screen.  With a dog.  A ridiculous dog.  Annoying me to NO END.  So I’ve come up with a remedy I’ll work on today.  Otherwise, I’m trying to take it easy today—I need a day off!

I NEED that beach I’m dreaming of…sigh

THIS is my HaPPy PLacE!

Okay~ dream over~ well, deferred

~

what's WRONG in this picture?

WHAT doesn’t belong here . . . hmmmm . . .

Catherine

what's WRONG in this picture?

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

AND there’s WaY more waiting for space to free up. . .

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Besides MY OWN crazy array of the usual projects,

I have been ~ I am

juggling projects for 2 other families!

TOO MANY projects at once!

For Judy~ REstyling some ladder-back chairs AND a trestle table,

plus a REdesign for a change of TV.

And THEN there is a “pseudo estate sale” for a senior couple leaving their home of MANY years–overwhelming and exhausting in the best of circumstances.  I’ll be helping them sell their treasures at the antique mall beginning April 1st!

The preliminary work is almost daunting–almost.  One bite at a time, it’ll get done!  Dressers are getting stripped–one completely REstyled!  Things are getting painted, even REcreated—

and EVERYthing is getting cleaned and polished!

Bear with me—COOL PICTURES ARE COMING!  I promise!  ; D

Catherine

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Groundhog's Day movieIt’s almost feeling like

Groundhog’s Day 

around here.  Almost.  Although my 4 sectioned~4 day project is on day 5 of actual work—I started last Friday.  What the heck~??

I broke my work into 4 sections, and saved the “worst” for last. Partly because this North corner bothers me.

*To clear up any confusion—I prefer to call this the Lower Level or LL because it’s too nice down here to be called a basement anymore!

the North corner of the LL (basement)The North corner is, well~ darker.

When I added the builtin down here, I actually wanted to put mirrors in the back wall of the shelving to reflect light and brighten things up.  As much as could be.  COST crossed it off my list, but I’m REthinking that once again.

I called for prices this morning.  Uhhh~let’s just say I’m still thinking about it.  Each side is 40½” wide × 46½” tall.  They quoted $122 per side. AM I CHEAP?  THAT’s crAzy!

PLAN B.  I asked about plain old glass being cut for each side— ½” thick $90 each, ¼” thick $70. Times 2 remember.  UNbelievable.  My thought was that I would silver the glass myself making it affordable~haha.

Then I considered glass (I would silver) to cover ONLY above the top 2 shelves—design magazines completely cover the bottom shelves.  Even THAT was $70’ish something!  YES.  I guess I AM cheap.

I checked if there were any mirrors in their Ooops section that could be REcut—?? You DO know most glass/mirror stores have an Ooops section, right?  Unfortunately, everything was too small.

Ok a y ~plan C.

I could paint the back with a silver leafing/metallic paint…

or A REALLY high gloss paint for a lacquered effect…?

Maybe I should check out the price and sizes of mirror TILES…?

the last of the 4 sections~and adding MIRRORS?

So~ 1 last potential option.

*BTW~ here’s an example of the ltd natural light.

1 last potential option~

Looking online, I found a mirror that could be FRAMED IN like a picture.  $24.46 × 2  which is a lot more to my liking.

I taped it out, and put the shelves back to get a visual.

I don’t know. . .

So it looks like my project is still in “Groundhog’s Day” limbo. . .

Catherine

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I’m in the final push to be ready for

Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

REframing a vintage mirrorThe weather has NOT cooperated for many of the things I planned to work on, so I’m feeling pretty anxious about being ready. . .

it’s going to be one VERY action-packed week.

I’ve been sewing soft goods—but yesterday afternoon when that constant rain finally broke, I headed outside to jump on 2 simpler projects, like—

REframing this heavily beveled, vintage mirror.

I used the door cutoffs from making my Pilaster Light Sconces.  I just love the patina of that wood, and how the sides show evidence of it being a door, so I left the parts of the hinges that were still attached!  I also pegged each of the corners to make stronger mitered joints.  Lastly, I waxed the wood.

Btw—that frame is 2½” wide and ¼” of the mirror is covered by the new frame, see how deep the bevel is?  The last time I priced out a standard beveled glass table top~it was $2 an inch.  Imagine what this might cost nowadays!

~pegged mitered joints, and the leftover and still attached hinges~pegged mitered joints

 

....thinking about adding vintage hooks....

I’m thinking about adding those vintage wire hooks to make it a very simple entry hall mirror. . . hmmmm. . .

Catherine

. . .here’s the back side and how I secured the mirror.  Part 2 tomorrow.

the back side of the newly framed mirror

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20160623_160644I saw an ad on Craigslist for 6 really old windows  $25.

Say W H A T ?

I had to rub my eyes and look at that again.  I clicked on the posting expecting the description to clarify that it was $25 PER window—nope. I read right—what a shock!

I also called immediately and headed out the door!

Except that one window had a broken pane— O M G!

They’re tall,

they’re skinny,

they have ARCHED tops,

and they’re MINE!

OLD windows with their wavy glass make FABulous mirrors!

I added graphics to 2, left 1 plain & hustled them to the antique stores!

old window mirrors!

old window mirrors!

 

 

--at the new antq store in Door County

my original antq mall space REset!

. . .fingers crossed for quick sales!

Catherine

And check out these items that are getting my attention next!

balusters--

bed post cut offs--

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found in a CURB ALERT!. . . becomes a fancy “Farm” mirror!

I saw a CURB ALERT notice on Craigslist, old windows on the curb—I dashed out the door!  But there was only one I wanted from the stack~plus an old window screen with fabulous patina in the mesh!  No doubt that will become a future cabinet door!

Anyway- back to the window I liked.  It was the only divided light window, 2 over 2. And it was truly old with hand made wavy glass that I didn’t notice till after—beautiful!  I probably should have taken all the others just to save all that glass—sigh.

OH!  And I removed the added scabbed-on piece from the right side.

I wanted to add some transfers before making this one into a mirror.

These were my chosen images—from the Graphics Fairy & just generally online.

transfering images to my curbie window - MIRROR

Now~I may suck at transferring images to anything else, but I usually have no issues with glass.

If you wrap heavy card stock paper with plastic wrap (tape it down on the backside), the printer ink has some open time before setting up so you can literally just press/touch your image against the glass to transfer, you don’t even have to rub it!  And, in fact—you can usually get 2 or 3 impressions from each printing. The 1st being GOOD, the 2nd is decent, the 3rd is a ghost—which makes it more fun –I think!

transfering images to my curbie window - MIRROR

I’ve learned not to clean the glass unless it’s awful~it adds to the “old” look.  I also like to spritz either rubbing alcohol or vinegar before spraying the silvering paint~it too adds another layer of “old.”

Below you can see the beginnings of spraying the silver Looking Glass paint.  

silvering a window--

silvering a window--

silvering a window--

After the silvering dried I covered it in black matte spray paint (because I was out of dark brown). . .

. . .to protect the silvering,

but also because the silvering does seem to be more reflective with it.  *Dark brown seems to be most commonly found on the back of mirrors, but I’ve never learned why.

I did ultimately paint the back a white’ish color –for aesthetics– to meld in with the front finish, which is a “messy,” mottled, and distressed finish.

protecting the silvering--

-the curbie "Farm" mirror!And here’s my finished mirror!

Kind of Fancy Farm-like!

I ripped some really old, rough wood to frame it, and you can see the subtle transfers and the waviness of the glass by the reflections in the following pictures!

It’s at the antique mall for sale now—

Catherine

-details of the curbie "Farm" mirror!

-details of the curbie "Farm" mirror!-the curbie "Farm" mirror!

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my forgotten horse head hooks!I’ve been tearing into my boxes in storage.  They’ve been there [so long] I’ve forgotten about a lot of what I’ve been unpacking.  Like these horse head hooks –that I’m keeping– sorry Kathy!

It feels like Christmas rediscovering some of my treasures!

There ARE some things I’m cutting loose—some things will be upgrades for mom, some things will go to family, and there’ve been some boxes for donation. But, YESsome things ARE going up for sale.  Primarily for the upcoming Main Street Market sale the bf and I are participating in June 13th.

Yes--some crazy packing will take place to fit  everything in!

Unfortunately, I will only be able to take what I can

fit IN & ON TOP

of the Santa Fe,

but I’m a pretty good packer & I’ve got a PLAN!

I’ve been working on some things, REworking others and I’ll share soon—but for now, here’s a LITTLE something you might like!

I’d forgotten completely about this little perfume tray.  I can’t remember what the former decorative piece was from the underside, but I remember it was damaged and tossed it looooong ago.

But NOW I’m thinking -MIRROR-.

I taped it off, and sprayed it with Looking Glass paint.  BUT—to capture the appearance of an old mirror, I left the glass dirty for natural patina!  ; D

FYI—the link is to Walmart, who seems to sell it at the lowest daily price, however, I usually buy from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and do better!

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-

I taped the underside—and slit the tape to get around the curved form.

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-

Againlook at that OLD patina!

I’m pretty sure this will be something I’m letting go of . . .

Catherine

the little glass perfume tray gets a makeover-
I’m sharing with this linky party—
Savvy Southern Style

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