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I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.

A pair of Nesting Trays!It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down.  Catch 22.

While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together.  Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).

I’m still working on MY pair of  [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff my Yardstick Trays!I’ll be sharing soon enough!

Until then~my pair of nesting trays!

Yes, I was channeling you Terry!  ; D

Catherine

my Yardstick Trays!

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stick,

that is!

a project of yard sticks--

I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects!  But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?

cutting the legs-I didn’t sleep well the night before,

while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project.  Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!

So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job!  ; D

Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.

*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.

~making triangular legs

Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4).  I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths.  Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.

~cutting sides

Task #3—creating the sides.  I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler.  Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.

~the sides are formed

Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners.  After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.

cutting a bottom~

adding and securing a bottom~

~construction finished

I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!

And I LUV it!

While everything is still out—I have two more yard sticks to make a smaller tray!

Catherine

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some details-

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!

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Do you ever look at those fun and cool items offered for sale on varying sites and think to yourself,

“I could make thatwhy would I BUY it?!?”

—and it’s not always about cost—

Corbel Wall Shelf | French Country Wall Shelf | Vintage Style Home Decor: I think this to myself a lot—but I’m lucky enough to have some pretty good carpentry skills and the tools to make things happen!

Last June I shared a few of my own interpretive projects—like this shelf offered several times now by Decor Steals.

This was MY interpretation—made from the APRON off a curbie sofa.

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Yesterday I just felt like taking another stab at the idea.  I grabbed a leftover 5/4″ board, a pine board, some appliques and played around till I had something I liked!

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVESI cut the 5/4 board in half, centered the halves on my pine board and started riffling through my applique-stash.

I tried out some pretty aMAZing appliques—but I just couldn’t give them up to REsale.  AND I actually liked how these were going to work out!  Once things were settled on, I ripped the pine board on the table saw.

I didn’t just want to cut a board and stick appliques on it, I wanted to add the details that make a difference.  So I cut the contour of the applique and used a jigsaw to painstakingly

cut around all those applique details!

I gave my 5/4″ board -the top shelf- a little contouring too, then ran it through the router table with a large 1″ round over bit set a little high to get that added edge detail.   And a ¼” round over to soften the bottom edge.

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Cutting, contouring, and routering a large profile...

Then it was just a matter of connecting the 2 parts together!

Glued, nailed, screwed, puttied, and sanded—
I’m off to paint them now!

Catherine

2 more of MY interpretive Decor Steals Shelves!

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It all started with a Curb Alert on Craigslist,

and then I told you about my tentative plans HERE.

the Curbie cabinet-

I love Terry‘s idea to make a wine bar out of it, and was actually going to run with that—BUT—

since I’m already REworking another cabinet in just that way,  a n d… . it IS for REsale~ I realized I needed to think more about mass appeal.

REfitting the carcass--I know, I knowb o r i n g.

Hoping for a quick flip with the least investment, I made it into a, granted, much less sexy

BOOKCASE.

Something everyone can use, and usually needs!  I’ve created and sold quite a few through the years.

I REfitted the bottom and back with ¼” plywood—luckily, the sides were really good!  But thin.  Do I REbuild them anyway to make two adjustable shelves?

If so~ they will end up being only 9″ high.  Not super practical.  One fixed center shelf will give two shelves 13½” and 14″ high.  AND, the easier thing to do!

This project went really fast!

But there was one other issue to deal with—the PLYWOOD.  It’s rough & uneven. The easiest thing I’ve found to make it smooth is—trowel on dry wall compound (or something like it) to LEVEL everything out and fill the voids.  Once dry, it sands out to a super fine finish.  Then paint.

*It’s hard to show you this from raw wood, so I painted THEN troweled over it filling all the voids so you can see it better.

-filling the voids in plywood

Simple in white with a punch of color and a little decoupage!

It may be a simple Federal style bookcase, painted white. . .

but that doesn’t mean it can’t be punched up with a bold color!  And I love this blue’ish green!

I’m not noted for using too many strong colors in my REsale projects—neutrals are just a safer bet!  This’ll make for a fun surprise in my antique mall space!

I added a little decoupage to the oval medallions and just used clear and dark wax to finish the top.

...a little decoupage...

--all ready to go!

-my antq mall space!

A n d  it’s off to the Antique Mall,

Where it looks kind of fun positioned by my Peace & Love chairs
(that I put back in for another shot)

Catherine

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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!

Catherine

....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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another CL cabinetQuick back story

March 7 I chased 30 miles south to pick up an old cabinet off Craigslist.  Which happened to be ¼ mile from one of 3 ReStores around this area—so I stopped in.

A bit of a rant—feel free to bypass.
*We have 3 Restores—right here,  about 30 miles North  and 30 miles South of us.  Now, I love and totally believe in the philosophy and purpose of the ReStore, and both patronize and donate…BUT.   I’ve developed a bit of an attitude.  Right or wrong, here’s why.
The best is about 30 miles North, and the one I actually feel committed to- by patronage, donations, and my own built-for-charity projects.
The one about 30 miles South is incredibly junky and grossly over-priced~IMO.  The one right here?  Dropping off a donation-load, someone just ahead of me dropped off 4 inCREDible french-styled paneled doors!  I wanted them badly and asked the A-Mngr if they could be priced and I’d buy them right now!?!  “….no, but check back in the morning.”
I was there as they opened  next morn’ and was told they had lead paint and got crushed in the dumpster.  W H A T?  I was upset.  1-I would have taken them right to the strippers to make them safe, and 2-if I donated something they didn’t want to/couldn’t sell, I’d take it elsewhere!  At least give the option—DON’T just destroy it!  Before I left the store, a volunteer I had some familiarity with very quietly told me the “dumpster” was the MNGR’s TRUCK.  W H A T??  I’ve only gone back there twice in 4 years.  Under “duress.”  I will NEVER again give that store a donation.  TOO MUCH?  Well…MOVING ON….

a ReStore piece....So I got that cabinet above for $30 and have some fun plans for it! 

At the ReStore, I did buy this poor thing with no identity.  It was priced at $75.  Seriously folks?

They were calling it “a desk,” but I knew that wasn’t true.  They also decided to reduce the ridiculous price to $37.50.

I thought it was interesting and had potential!

A few days ago -in the fog of a baaad headcold- I pulled it into my work space to figure out what it WAS and think about what it COULD BE.

Well~ it had the tell-tale signs of originally being a tall dresser. Damaged?  That somehow caused the dissection?  It was actually too low for a chair to go under it to be the desk they said it was—only 18″ leg clearance.

I could picture lowering it even more to create a (masculine) coffee table—on wheels—but how to address the back…?

It might be nice as a nightstand and add a shelf in the lower midsection…?

oooooooo-yuck!What if I just finish PROPERLY what someone else started and make it a desk for real!

I stripped its top to see what I had.  Nice– but for what looks like an ink ring.  Let’s just call that CHARM!

REinventing a ReStore piece $37By its size I thought about a younger boyby its style I thought about travel.  I dug through my collection of vintage maps and found one that covered a horizontal section of the upper Midwest-East coast that seemed meant to be!

-from my vintage road map collection

It’s aMAZing how much territory it covers!  It even caught NYC and a sliver of Vermont!  It does look meant to be, but now I’m sad to give it up.  :’ (

I painted the sides -inside & out- and the back.

I also repaired the inside sides from the old drawer construction.

decoupaging a vintage road map

decoupaging a vintage road map

-beefing up the "legs"I decoupaged the inside legs with another of my vintage Midwestern maps.

◊ I ripped and contoured ¾” boards to beef up the cut off bottom~now “legs.”  I ran them through the router to  1-round over the bottom edge and  2-add a bead detail to the top edge as it meets the desk legs.

◊ It also gives more support to the reproduction ball-styled wheels I’ve added.  All this boosted the desk leg clearance to 21¼”, good for a bench.

-beefing up the "legs"

The desk legs feel beefier, and the whole desk is more substantial now that it’s boosted higher.

It came out really nice and is at the antique mall already!

Catherine

a Vintage Dresser makeover

a Vintage Dresser makeover

saving a ReStore piece!

I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!

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CL--hanging chairs!

So~ I found these on Craigslist a month ago and just couldn’t resist!

I thought they would be inCREDibly fun for two of my teenage nephews.

C’mon, this has GOT TO score big in the favorite auntie department~right?!

Sadly, they were in rougher condition than I was expecting so I needed to rethink how to actually tackle this project.  And since I was ultimately trying to surprise the boys with them -thankfully- they had no expectations to be let down by if this became a project-FAIL.  I had doubts.

I cut away all the unraveling and broken reed.  Then I used clamps to help pull things “back together” so I could glue and staple broken areas.  Since I could find no local source to buy new reed to REwrap and REsupport the critical connections~I came up with what I thought was a scathingly brilliant idea!  ; D

repairing the hanging chairs--

repairing the hanging chairs--

What if I REwrap the frames like a doctor wraps a broken arm?

A cast!

That might give it some stability!

Right?!

Y e a h—not quite.

Somehow…somehowI have escaped breaking a limb in my accident-prone, clutzy life.  I know—shocking.  Since I have NO 1st  hand knowledge about casts, I watched some Youtube videos to see how they do it (which looked easy).  And then Murphy’s Law butted in.

My plaster-gauze cast wasn’t very stable.  Do DR’s use industrial strength plaster?  So I regrouped and decided to use Gorilla Wood Glue and gauze.  Now a rock hard, stable finish- just rough. So I coated THAT with a generous coating of gesso to smooth it out and give it an extra binder.  Success!

Painting was the last task and I delivered them to the boys for Easter!

They love ’em!  Their mom loves ’em.  Their  d a d—not so much. But again, THEY do!

hanging chairs for the boys!Ah, yes. . . Luke lowered his chair so I could swing too!
The boys can raise & lower them, spin, swing—which they really liked!

Fav-Auntie Catherine

 


 

p.s.

In the 11th hour- I suddenly felt compelled to color Easter eggs.  Let’s just say, it looked like I used veggies to dye them.  I didn’t.  I have a really baaad head cold.  So to save my ugly eggs—I gave them faces!

This was my greeting opening the fridge Easter morn’.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter—

saving my Easter egg fail!

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