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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this projectooops!

It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.

oh well!I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.

Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but -eh- such is life.  Next time!

To Recap—

The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.

This is what I last shared with you. . .

the frame built and mirror inset.

putting all the pieces together--

I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.

◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.

◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job.  That was fun!

◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,

◊ then glued them back in place.

my scrap wood mirror and frame

I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place.  Then

◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.

◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.

◊ And finally—I waxed everything.  First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).

building "texture & age"

the progression-

I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,

I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.

I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!

my Scrap Wood Mirror!

details--

 

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Life, for me, is NEVER boring.

I never “want” for something to do.  I bounce around working on a MULTItude of things all the time.  And often just roll with the craziest surprises.

Like this past week. . . crazy surprises.

When I started developing sUper itchy bumps all over my arms & stomach. Wt—huh?  At first I didn’t know what was going on.  Then it started to remind me of having chicken pox, and I grew concerned.  But I already had them.  The week after I turned 30- no less.  I went to the walk-in clinic when my doctor’s office couldn’t get me in.

The Dr. was not sure, but said NO to chicken pox.  Maybe spider bites-?  Maybe-?

Seems like I’m on my own to figure it out.  Haven’t seen any spiders or bugs and have ruled out the soap-detergent-food-clothes-even my work studio and everything that comes with that, but 2 MORE have popped up!

And they’re all SO ITCHY!

chicken pox?

See?  N E V E R  B O R I N G.

Okay—moving on. . .

Got this more than a year ago at St Vinnie’s half price sale$50 $25!. . For a niece—she didn’t like it.  Scratch that project—I took it to storage.

"Aleigha's" desk

Yesterday, I finally went to retrieve it.  Today -with no Benedryl in me- I got out the saws to start REinventing this desk!

Aleigha's desk

After removing the top, I cut off the “desk.”

REinventing "Aleigha's" desk

There was a detailed cove sandwiched between the desk and top, so I cut it down to fit the new smaller dresser/big night stand.  Now I just need to create a new top and figure out a decorative finish!

-it’s all a good distraction from scratching-

Catherine

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DSC00303Isabelle

Izzy,

whatever, she’s country-cottage-y cool!

This whole project started with a door picked off the curb.  A turn-of-the-century …. 4-paneled door.  Caked with layers of paint!

I decided it would become a tall, closed cabinet, and then I started shopping my stashes of “finds.”  And I pulled in all kinds of left-overs.

Cutting my door in half to get started!

I cut the door in half and started shaping the carcass.

I cut up-shaped-added all kinds of salvaged-REclaimed-flea market finds to play up the character & charm of the door!

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the carcass--

I got busy building a pair of front doors.

BUT—3 steps forward—2 steps back!

The satanic red squirrels that I’ve been battling forEVER broke one of the doors over night—ughh.

*It took  l o n g e r  to repair that door than build BOTH originally.   :   

repairing/rebuilding one of the doors

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When a small wine stash developed at the very top, adjustable shelving in the upper section . . . . .  .. . suddenly became two scalloped shelves!

design changes on the fly--

applying chicken wire--You can see I started painting—a soft pallet of white exterior and warmer gray interior.

To set the door hinges, I clamped the doors face to face, marking all 3 positions (top, middle, bottom) to both doors at once.  It’s the easiest way I know to make sure they’re all the same!

I hung the doors before applying the chicken wire.  I like 3/8″ chicken wire.  I laid it flat on the ground to paint it white, then applied it whole (uncut) to the inside flat of the first door—starting from the manufactured edge side.  I cut away the excess and then worked on the 2nd door—again, starting with the manufactured edge first.applying chicken wire--

covering the raw edges with a raffia ribbon

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*I would have liked to router a rabbet and counter sink the wire, but the “fret-work” prohibited that.  So for this application I stapled it to the flat back of the door, cut it off as short as possible, and then covered the raw edges with raffia ribbon.

We’ve had gray skies again so it’s tough to get good pictures.  My options were in an upside-down work studio, outside-gray skies, or the fluorescent lighting of the antique mall.  I tried my best to correct it all in editing. . .

Isabelle-- Izzy!Hope you like Izzy,

I’ll just end this with pictures!

Catherine

Isabelle-- Izzy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle-- Izzy!

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Taken just before the raffia ribbon and trimming back the wire.

Isabelle-- Izzy!

 

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All those little kid’s cabinets I love to build

by the time they’re finish, seem so filled with personality

I like to Christen each with a

Proper Name!

These are just SOME I’ve built and sold-

Heirloom cabinets for Girls

Heirloom cabinets for Boys

Ensiola -

I  building with reclaimed & salvaged materials & flea market finds!

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So, you know I was recently REinspired … . to build another Armoire,

Cottage-y Cabinet.

Ensiola, meet your big sister Isabelle!

And here’s her reveal, but there’s more to the story . . . . tomorrow!

Catherine

ISABELLE-- my cottage-y cabinet!

*See the finished project HERE.

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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With the weather finally improving,

I’ve been able to ricochet around here dealing with items looong overdue for attention!  Especially removing the last of the Christmas/holiday decor buried in snow or just frozen in place.

STILL seeing holiday decor in January is okay, February—it looks a bit silly, but in March—it just looks ridiculous!  Ahhh- winter in the Midwest.

So I’m having a good breakfast

—cheesy omelet LOADed with a multi-pepper salsa & steamy hot pomegranate black tea with a couple of lemon poppy seed scones—

to fortify me for another physical day of work.

I DiD play some too yesterday!  I snagged some miscellaneous items  -that I could get to now-  and intended to alter and take to the antique mall

below are just a few.

a small chalkboard— need to decide on the appliques, sand & wax

a new little chalkboard

a smaller chalkboard— used to be stupid signage in cute packaging

a smaller little chalkboard

a mantle clock

a small mantle clock--

a small mirror—  might still hit with dark wax. . .

a small accent mirror--

closing in on the Cottage-y Cabinet!  YaY!-

Work continues

(slowly but surely)

on the

Cottage-y Cabinet

and the only thing left to do is apply chicken wire to the doors and hang them!  YaY!

Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

 

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how about using some old luggage handles?!While I was busy decoupaging the vintage road maps to the drawer faces, a thought hit me

(my imagination can be a mystery). . .

“wouldn’t it be fUn to use

old luggage handles for drawer pulls?”

Uh—yeah!

So, the next problem was- I happened to have this ONE handle, but where to find more old suit cases for their handles?  I checked out Craig’s List and some local thrift stores, I even checked the antique mall (the only place I found anything).

Omg—these leather handles would be AWEsome, but it would’ve broken my heart to cut up the suite.  But $30 for the set is not bad—just to have them!

awesome vintage luggage--AND, there were only 6 handles to be had.  If necessary, I could just use 4 down the center of the drawers—but, ehh.

After giving some thought to my dilemma, I called a local shoe repair to ask if they had REPLACEMENT handles~no? Uhh. And then on a whim I called Ace Hardware~JACK POT!

My last task was to cut a new, simpler, pine top for the dresser, and,

My luggage handled drawer pulls!

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I luv the playful outcome!

From boring 1960’s to Well Traveled!

Catherine

A "well traveled" dresser!

◊ I’m looking for an old luggage tag now and it would be kinda’ fun to see    if I could pry off and add a luggage lock!  ; D

◊ btw—if I didn’t find the handles I was going to use these flea market vintage bin pulls. . .

I did consider the old bin pulls--
details of the RETRO dresser!

From boring to well traveled!

 

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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a freebie from CLOkay,

I really don’t like the stepped-back top,

not diggin’ those “feet,”

and not too keen on the blonde finish either.

What I DO like though- the large deep drawers, the softly curved front, and that it’s a space saver in a small room!

AND—it’s an easy style to manipulate!

Look where it’s going!

Back down memory lane—

maps that used to help us find our way to visit Grandmas and Aunties and Uncles and cousins. . .

yes, I’m playing once again.  ; D

Catherine

You might think you’ve got this one figured out, but,

wait till you see my surprise twist!

-back down memory lane!

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