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my old

W e l l ,

was going to sell this lamp, but

I don’t think I

want to now.

This is not an ORIGINAL lamp.

It’s a lamp built from odd parts.

You see~ I needed a lamp in the hall, and since I COLLECT lamp parts (it’s another one of those sicknesses, what can I say) I dug through my boxes to find something fUn to build with!

the making of a whole new lamp

The center portion was a deep, forest green color of transparent glass—just hideous, trust me!  But it was -interesting- so I kept it.  It reminded me of those gourd lamps.  Ideally, it would have been cool to paint the inside of the glass (think mercury glass) but there was NO WAY around that green color.  So I painted the OUTSIDE a soft, warm, taupe-y brown and worked with the “texture.” (I tried to scrape it off but it wasn’t budging.)

All the metal was some ugly, brassy pot metal—but with great styling!  I played with varying silver paints to re-do its look!

The wicker shade was NOT a shade.  Nobody really knew WHAT it was, but at some point someone affixed horrible silk flowers to it trying to make something creative—fail.  Anyway- I paid something like a dollar for it in a thrift store.

-as it was used in the hall of my old house.Anyway~I just thought all the parts could be interesting pooled together!

*This is a terrible picture- but the only one I could find.

So, this was to be another of the casualties I was going to cut loose from the storage unit.

I thought it might have a better chance for REsale with a bit of a makeover though, and decided the center glass might look fresher in a soft gray~and be more tone-on-tone to the metals!

I taped it off and played with a few grays!  Happy with the outcome, but then I started having 2nd thoughts about letting it go.  Dang it.  

creating a lamp shade--Do I REALLY want to let that amazing base go-?  And I’m still diggin’ the wicker shade. . .

BTWthe wicker “shade.”  I drilled a hole through what I’m calling the center top, then poked a lamp-clamp up through it and secured it with a finial.  (I also could have secured a lamp harp and finial.)

-making a shade. . .

I didn’t mind the off black color of the wicker, but thought I might like it better in a darker gray!  I dry-brushed it to build it up to what I liked.

I’ve only ever used this lamp as a “night light” with a 25watt bulb.  The light is really soft showing through the wicker.

my lamp REfreshed!

-the new gray color!

I luv this base!

 

 

 

 

 

-my lamp REfreshed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually really like the REfreshed look!

And I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this lamp

it all over again!

Even the wonkiness of the shade, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, non?

Catherine

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the FRENCHY caned benchI luv this piece.

Bought it at TJMaxx when I first came back to work on mom’s house.  It’s been sitting in storage with all my other treasures—waiting for my life to resume.

But, in the end, I decided to cut it loose and took it to the antique mall. WHERE IT SAT.  So I pulled it to make way for other stuff.

Although I’m looking at it -once again- I’ll stick with the plan of selling it—after I’ve REworked it a bit!

For my own use I would probably strip it down to raw wood and just wax it.  But for REsale– I’m painting and waxing it.

lift-off hinges (incorrect application here)AND I need to correct the hinges.  Someone installed lift-off hinges—I have no idea why-??  They are for doors—usually found on an antique china cabinet so that you can lift off and remove the doors for moving without unscrewing at the hinge plate.     Super convenientshould STILL BE IN USE—IMO!

So here’s the project!
the Frenchy Caned Bench

I removed the caned lid, then the hinges and chain (stored the “parts” in a zip lock).

Primed everything with a stain blocker to cover the glazed finish,

◊ then got busy painting!  Lightly, wiping away some, stippling some, and thick in key areas.

◊ Before things set up I grabbed the heat gun to stress select areas, then scrubbed those areas with a wire brush—all to create AGE!

I lime waxed everything for its finish.  The white is now embedded into the pits, and chips, and nooks, and crannies!

the project--

the project--

the project--

the project--

Below- you can see the results of using a heat gun, then scrubbing away the bubbled and stressed paint.  Click on the picture to see the effects closer up.

-using a heat gun to stress the paint...

using a liming wax--

the liming wax embedded in the varying textures--

You can see the effects of all the varied painting techniques and heat gun-stress with the finish coat of Liming Wax.

a neew look for the Frenchy Caned Bench

The once brand new, smooth finished bench now has the appearance of being an old piece!  And now it goes back to the antique mall. . .

. . .wish you could see the texture in person!

Catherine

a neew look for the Frenchy Caned BenchI’m sharing this project with:

Feathered Nest Friday

The Curator’s Collection

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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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the CL secretaryI bought this secretary (and another) off of Craigslist the beginning of July, but with all the craziness going on—

I’m  just getting to work on it.

It’s in good condition, but for the drop-down part, and that should be a fairly simple repair!

Now to figure out a color scheme.

spraying the interior of the secretary-First, I knew I wanted a pop of color for the interior.  But it was NOT going to be easy to paint.  Spraying it would help—but I don’t have a sprayer so I used two cans of spray paint.

I taped off for over-spray using Paper Tape.  I bought a generic brand to save some money~and make a comparison from the one I usually buy.  Not bad, but not quite as sticky a hold in the humidity. All in all, I’d probably buy this generic again (save some money).  Plus- painters tape gets really expensive and this works well for many projects…TRY IT!

-using Paper Tape for this part

I liked the chartreuse green color—good for a girl or boy, & a young, fresh feeling!

Once I removed the divided insert, I kind of preferred the clean open interior. It leaves more room for today’s uses (computers and all).  So I left it out—less work to do too!

WITH or WITHOUT the divided insert--?

a base of a pale blue-gray, and a top coat of a soft white--Now the outsidehow about just a soft white…?

But with some dimension.  I painted 2 coats of a very pale blue-gray, THEN I painted a top coat of white.  I did a little distress sanding to reveal the base color and some wood—then I burnished it with a razor blade to a fine hand and a slight sheen.  The finish feels almost like a waxed piece.  Oh, and, you can create some interesting distressing!

not the usual manufacturer's stamping-

Instead of the usual painted manufacturer’s stamping it had a metal plate.  I love those little extras!

We’re having another weird-weather day & the light is  s t r a n g e!  But you can see some of the sheen on the secretary’s lid.

Again, that’s from burnishing the finished paint with a razor blade.

-you can see some of the burnished finish on the lid

◊ I still need to burnish both sides,

have already restored the drawer hardware,

just have to put back the drop-down hardware—IT HAS PROBLEMS.

Then it’s off to the antique mall,

and hopefully a new owner sOOn!

Catherine

just need to repair the drop-down hardware--

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weeding--what fun!My mini-me came to spend the night!  We did an assortment of goofy auntie-niece activities, including watching the old movie Clueless!

(the one-liners are fabulous!)

Day 2, after we finally got up and moving, we blew up the inflatable kiddie pool (with the air compressor) and filled it with the garden hose (and many pitchers of hot water).  We laughed that if we had to do it all manually, it might be finished—next week!

Aleigha was such a help—we weeded!  All day!  Thank God she loves me.

Well, actuallywe rotated weeding some, then wading in the pool.  After lunch we also threw in a painting project she wanted to play with.  It was a fUn day!

Break time!  Again!

Break Time--again!

All the “pool time” seemed to be exactly what my ankle needed and is SO much better today!  Who knew!

Here’s Aleigha’s projectit’s something she saw on pintrest.

Boy did I do some searching to find the origin of these photos—they’re all over pintrest with NO credit to the person who did it (sad).

1st—we/she placed tape on her jars to see about how big she wanted to make her hearts…

…but I had her peel them off to cut out the shape with a scissors, I thought it would be safer for her than using a knife.

Aleigha's project!

I suggested she place the jars upside down to paint…so paint over-spray wouldn’t go inside the jars, and I thought it would be easier than trying to both hold and turn the jars.

Aleigha's project!

She sprayed 3 coats—and we went back to our “weeding & wading” in between each!

After both jars had ample time to dry, we “primed” the chalkboard paint and THEN we took off the tape.

Aleigha's project!

from HEART.LOVE.ALWAYS.Her mom came to pick her up before we could finish and decorate, so we’ll play with that next week!

The finished jars at left are from Alexandra at LOVE.HEART.ALWAYS. and this was my niece’s inspiration!

Catherine & Aleigha

btw—this is how I finished the day!  ; D

it was a LONG day!

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the newest Craigslist dresserI bought this dresser off Craigslist on Saturday before the show.  Thought it would be perfect for my mom’s smaller guest bedroom, but—no.  Disappointing.

So I made the decision to go forward with it as an addition to what went to the show.  Yikes.

Sadly, the legs had been lopped off, but otherwise it was in fabulous condition! Isn’t it beautiful anyway?!?

Thinking in REsale terms now,  it needed to be “current” but neutral.  I chose to paint it Ben Moore’s Alabaster White and Wickham Gray.

But first, it required a lot of priming.

proming out my newest Craigslist dresser

missing drawer stops for the newest Craigslist dresser

A few other things also happened

First, I re-contoured the lopped off legs with the belt sander.

2nd, I replaced the missing drawer stops. . .

and 3rd, I added 1½” reproduction wood wheels to bring back some extra height.

After several coats of primer, I went back to choose what would be where for this two-tone paint job.

priming out the new CL dresser

Luv’d it’s original hardware—sure can’t improve on perfection!

choosing the color scheme

working on the mirror too!

I decided to add a little daily mantra-  Carpe Diem

to the small banner in the peak of the mirror’s frame.
Carpe Diem

I love how the dresser finished out, and was sad to think of not keeping it, but was so sure it would sell at the Main St Market.  What a shock and disappointment to bring it back with me.

-finished and beautiful and now at the antique mall!

I completely REset my antique mall space with all the projects that returned with me, and guess what?

My dresser sold immediately!  Imagine that

Catherine

Oh the irony!

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There is SO much still to do~finish before packing and leaving for the Main Street Market show—so I have to just “limp along”. . .

. . . really.

Main St Market show-- June 13th

yes--I'm accident prone

Last Friday, while I was working on the twin beds that will be going, a VERY strong gust of wind came out of no where and knocked one of the headboards down my leg.  H a r d.

It knocked the wind out of me, and almost knocked me to the ground for the pain. And I could barely hobble into the house for an ice pack and ibuprofen.  It swelled and turned all kinds of colors—instantly.

This is how it looks 4 days later.  (getting better)  Going to be interesting come Friday (loading) & all day Saturday (the show).

So—the offending bed.  (the culprit is on the left)

Here are both -BEFORE.

◊ Mine (with the ovals) was found at the Elkhorn Flea Market, bf’s was bought from an estate sale.

ready for some LUV!

I pressure washed both of them—they were that bad.

Then I made a few repairs, Kilz’d them, painted them, and upholstered the ovals of the Left one (that little culprit).  Oh yeah~ someone sprayed the “oval” one with some of that awful textured spray paint that I had to sand down too.

Better alreadyright?

REworking the twin beds!

--this one is getting a little upholstery job!

REworking the twin beds!

Oh NO!

Somehow the fabric puckered hot-gluing the braided gimp around it—???  arrrrrgh  Now whatany suggestions?  It has to be ready to go Friday!

More on the other bed tomorrow~

Catherine

oh NO--it puckered!

oh NO--the upholstery puckered adding the trim!

the gimp trim I used

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