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While I drink my wine and finish the chair-seat slip covers,

that you can’t see yet—

-you can't see it yet!

–thought I’d reach backward to share 1 of last summer’s projects!

 

My bff was on the verge of tossing out 3 great desk drawers.

“Uh~can I have them?” 

–2 of the side desk drawers and the center pencil drawer.

I had an idea!

*You’ll have to  -visualize here-  because if I took pics I can’t find them.

a “scrap” wall cabinetI grabbed some of my rafter tails (examples below) found in a flea market long ago and some pine boards.  With one of the boards laying flat, I layered the rafter tails and propped the drawers (on their sides) to play with a CABINET SHAPE.  When I had something I liked I traced their shapes to cut with a jigsaw.

I cut the 2 drawers down in depth to something really shallow.  (I think it was 9″)

The drawers dictated width–and I cut the varying “RAILS” that supported the top, and each drawer section accordingly.  AND their bowed shape.

I dug through my stash of varying dowel sizes and cut a thicker one to width, then picked through my crown/cove moldings for an appropriate design.

The cabinet is a very simple design, with scalloped sides developed and cut from the shape of those rafter tails!

Go HERE to see how I used some of those rafter tails in a window casing project!

examples of Rafter Tails
a “scrap” wall cabinet

♦  You can see how I capitalized on the scallop of the rafter tail design, and the partial repeat at the bottom!

♦  Rails are typically just the horizontal part of a face frame, but mine are solid pieces–almost like a shelf–to better support the 2 sides and each drawer section.

♦  The lower RAILS both divide the drawer sections and support the drawers when opened.  One RAIL becomes the “top” in the upper open section.  I also cut another board for a top, or cap, and extra nailer for the cove molding -that I ultimately chose.

♦  I cut a solid piece of ½” thick wood for the entire back, but routered “V” grooves in it to give THE LOOK of wide plank tongue & groove bead board.  The thicker wood let me cut holes and apply/counter-sink wood pegs with more stability.

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

Building

from SCRAPS!

It went very fast at the first of the two markets I sold in last fall!

Sorry for the grainy picture—apparently I didn’t even take an End of Project picture either.  Tough summer!

It obviously hangs on the wall, and if memory serves, I think it finished in at

14″wide  ×  36″long.

Catherine

 

 

*I’ve been toying with making another–but maybe 4ft long- to hold cook books!
Or bath towels!    idk~
What do you think?
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Good deals—sucker deals.

Worth the effort—burn it.

patience-I have to stop thinking so negatively about this poor guy.

We were BOTH badly abused in this deal.

“He” –because of the masculine paint job– I think, deserves a PROPER name.

 

Caleb

was suggested and–I like it!

So –Caleb- is growing on my affections.  Maybe because the project is Hallelujah-  FINI!  M a y b e  ’cause he’s kinda’ handsome now.  Whatever—he’s going to the antique mall in the morn.  Please sell right away!

To REcap~

  1. I was sort of strong-armed into this purchase.
  2. It was lived in by some critter and was a disGUSTing clean up job.
  3. It needed wAy too many repairs, the drawers were all jacked up, and it was stripped of its original hardware.

before

That’s a GOOD picture—and VERY deceiving!

newest project~

Here he is now,

all cleaned up!

Meet Caleb!  Anyone looking to adopt?

Catherine

I call him CALEB-

 Even though the drawers cleaned up good & DON’T stink now, I painted every inch of them just for comfort–I tend to let my own comfort levels guide me.

Then –to jazz things up a little– I took a few liberties with the sides!  Think stripes & polka dots!  A fun contrast for the big over-sized wood knobs.

Call him CALEB-

I DID run the drawers through the router for an extra bead detail, and I cleaned up and put back the brass key holes–but left them tarnished for the patina!

Call him CALEB-

He looks pretty cute now, huh?

No more sow!

 

you can call him CALEB now!

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This

dresser

is seriously testing me.

testing my patience

~a silk purse out of that sow

These DRAWERS

have been

the BANE

of this project.
I  AM closing in on the finish line, but I’ll admit
I thought about a Great Big Bonfire more than once.
I pray to never run into that lady again—I’m not sure how I’ll hold my tongue.

Even though I cleaned all the drawers with a professional-grade soap & pressure washer—I really had to think about how I’d feel putting MY clothes in there.  So I’ve painted EVERY inch of these drawers.

Here’s hoping a fun paint job will sell this dresser,

please Lord~’cause it’s taken WAY too much of my TIME and MONEY for the meager sale price it’ll fetch.  That really sucks.  And will suck more if it doesn’t sell quickly.

Please Lord, help a girl out?

Catherine

please Lord~

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Before Christmas I spent a gOOd bit of time cutting out STARS.

No joke-

a LOT of them.

I wanted them for holiday decorating, for REsale, and for an afternoon of play with some young nieces!  (pictured are 3 of said characters!)

a few of my (silly) girlies!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!I dug through my wood stashes~and found a good variety to play with!

I’d already drawn out a bunch of star shapes till I was happy with one, then printed it out on heavy card-stock paper in different sizes—to create a pattern.

I cut out my stars on a band saw.  I want one SO badly, but can’t afford one yet.  The strippers are pretty kind to let me use theirs—I bring FOOD BRIBES!

I sanded the edges of all then– Painted some, Decoupaged others on one side, and just left some RAW.   Drilled holes at the drill press for jute string to hang them.

Had a lot of fun cutting out those thick “PUFFY” stars—which I’m keeping!

Catherine

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

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Penny-pinching.  Tight.  Cheap.

Hoarder.

Thrifty.  Frugal.  Economical.

Sparing.  Careful.  Prudent.  Efficient.

k a y—a pinch of Parsimonious.  Yes, I’m a bit of all of the above.

Call me thrifty!

I cut a LOT of wood.  And I’m not very fast to toss the scraps into the garbage OR burn pile.  You just NEVER know when you’ll NEED some small scrap.  For a test cut, a spacer, all kinds of—things.  And then there’s always that UNexpected—Project.

Call it a WooD CraFT project!

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MY version of the DIY Workshop Home Depot challenge~ CHRISTMAS TREE SHELF!

-made from SCRAPs!

AND-

STARS!

All kinds of STARS for Christmas!

From all kinds of scrap wood AND some leather-clad wood!

AND-

barn-styled, farm-styled coat racks

a variety of TRAYS, BOXES, and PICTURE FRAMES
Do you SEE why I don’t toss wood scraps so capriciously?

I picked up a CRAZY CHECK today for—
a variety of my stars, the Christmas Tree shelf, a scrap wood box, and the bottom rustic coat hanger-shelf!  Woot-woot!

From the TRASH to Paid TREASURES!

Catherine

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making a "silk purse?"I usually enjoy a good project, even a good challenge.

Maybe because I still feel so dragged out from that virus does this one feel like more of a chore.

Or maybe because I know I won’t make any money for all the efforts and UNdoubtedly someone’s going to offer me a much lesser priceinsert Rolling Eyes here

If there was actually some money to be made on this dresser, it would have been a fun project to flip “upside down.”  Make that 1 TOP bowed drawer become the base of the dresser!  Create a new matching top, give it some ball & claw feet, FaB vintage hardware, and a great mirror from my stashes!

Oh what fun THAT could have been to create!

  BUT THIS ONE

to minimize my Damages

it’s a Clean it-Repair it-Paint it  job.

I’m restoring wood knobs to the drawers and adding reproduction wood wheels.  They make it easier for me to move around and typically help a sale!  A N D- I’ll give it a two-toned paint job.  I’m also toying with routering that bead detail on the drawers for a little extra Oooomph!  It just needs something more style-wise!

This is the dresser I saw on pintrest that lead me down my path.
I LUV IT but I’m not trying to totally copy it.
♥ Although I actually have that vintage hardware in my stashes! ♥

~the inspirational dresser I saw on pintrest!

I’ve already repaired the dresser carcass and painted the 1st coat.

The drawers are a WHOLE OTHER project.  Tomorrow.

Noooo~I’ll be working on those today too.  Wish me luck.

Catherine

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Thank You guys for indulging me in a little cry-babying,

AND the encouragement AND confidence in my skills!  Truly!

“…if anyone can make a silk purse out of that sow…”

Good description.  Sow.

~a silk purse out of that sow~a silk purse out of that sow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~a silk purse out of that sow

~a silk purse out of that sow

~a silk purse out of that sowI donned some work clothes AND GLOVES, and loaded this -albatross- into the car to go beg the strippers for use of their pressure washer.  A F T E R  they quit laughing at me, I was welcome to use the facilities.  Tough entry fee.

It.  was.  dis.gust.ing.

No part of this has yet to be “positive.”  Unless you count positively disgusting.  Even Craig advised using his professional-grade soap & Pre-soak—it was THAT kind of disGUSTing.  The color of “liquid” running down/off this poor thing seriously looked like dark urine (sorry about that visual).

W e l l—it’s clean. . . and definitely smells better.

The guys took pity on me and gave me some tootsie rolls for comfort while I waited for the parts to dry enough to REload and head out.  And all the laughing at me aside, they seemed genuinely surprised at how good it actually cleaned up.  BUT~ cleaning it revealed a couple of amateur repair jobs. to add. to. the list.  Geesh.

Now, I know SOME would just  “put some lipstick on it”  and call it done, but that’s not ME and I AM putting my name on it.   “If I wouldn’t want it/love it, why would anyone else?”   is my standard.

~a silk purse out of that sowI–

It’s back in my studio drying out fully,

I’ve  been through the shower,

the car is hosed down with Lysol,

and tomorrow I’ll start working on the numerous repairs.

 

Suffice it to say—it’s a

Clean Sow.

Catherine

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