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I’m sure I’m not the only one

who has seen and glossed right over these commonly-found wood lamps in the thrift stores.  Don’t know WHY, but, this time I actually LOOKED at this pair—

with a different eye. . . . ?

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!

Uuuuuugly wood thrift store lamps!











Something spoke to me.  Their shapes perhaps?

What if I cut them up and give them NEW shapes and a NEW use?
Candlesticks come to mind.  Hmmmmm. . . .

alternative CANDLE STICKS

The cut pieces became puzzle pieces. . .

and 3 candlesticks!

I did run them through the router with a dado bit to counter sink the area for the candle to be seated more securely.  I also decided against -just painting- in favor of a raw wood.  I tried sanding them but bailed pretty quickly for stripping.

Much better!

the finish~ sanding vs stripping

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

alternative CANDLESTICKS
Now I’m playing with (cutting up) varying table legs, bed posts, and vintage porch spindles!  Some will be painted- and some left completely alone!

Catherine

alternative CANDLESTICKS
alternative CANDLESTICKSalternative CANDLESTICKS

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To Do List

To Do List

Truly accurate.

*Doing my best to stay sane through the pace.
**Explanation for my absence.

Below are just some of my projects~and the display pieces built for (both) shows.  I’ll talk about them more after this last show—when the clock will not OWN ME anymore.  Well, for a while anyway.

This was a super cute side table I found on Craigslist long ago.  It got parked in my queue when I had thoughts of keeping it, and came to light again when I took another look at things for Nellie’s Barn Sale!  I would have loved to leave it alone but discovered several “issues” upon closer inspection.

Projects for NELLIE'S

Commonly seen thrift store UGLY old wood lamps.  IDK~something struck me about them this time…?  I DEelectrified them, cut them into PARTS, REbuilt them, tried sanding the finish but bailed for stripping.

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

UGLY old thrift store lamps REbuilt

A variety of boxes, trays, and picture frames—I’ll be anxious to come back to these to tell you ALL about it!

a variety of TRAYS, BOXES, and PICTURE FRAMES

How about a VALET from several misc parts!

a VALET from several misc parts!

Misc “things” for the sale!

misc "things" for the sale!

 

These are our 3 main display pieces.

our 3 main display pieces~

our 3 main display pieces~

our 3 main display pieces~

Nellie's Barn Sale!

 

That columned structure is

8ft tall × 8ft wide!

The strapping is set at 1½ ft intervals and strong enough to hold some pretty heavy stuff—like that aMAZing mirror I REframed with chippy door casing!

Hope to see you at the sale this weekend!

Catherine

let's WINE a bit, shall we?

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I see another loooong table for

Nellie's Barn Sale!

Truly a Don’t Miss This Sale!” and I

would ♥♥♥♥ to see you there!

But in the meantime—here’s that table I’m working on!

Which started with some LONG pallet boards, some old farm table legs from my stashes ~and THEN I decided to add a cool drawer into the mix!

a pile of pallet boards, some old farm table legs...

....then add a drawer to the mix...

The drawer was a deep, center desk drawer that I cut down!

REsizing a deep drawer~

I laid out the boards to get a feel for how DEEP and how LONG I would ultimately make this table.  12″ deep × 5’6″ long.

~it's actually very simple construction!

Table construction is actually very simplistic!

  1. I laid out (and cut) the boards to determine width and length,
  2. found CENTER to figure in the drawer and used a jig saw to cut the drawer contour.
  3. I ran boards through the table saw to cut aprons to depth to match the drawer, and~
  4. cut and mitered those specifically to support the long table top boards and drawer.
  5. Pictured below~I cut and contoured a support for the drawer to hold it in place and let it glide in and out, and,
  6. lastly, I added the legs!

~it's actually very simple construction!

Today I work on the finishes~

I like the unexpected notch in the center!

Catherine

A LONG table for Nellie's!

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Thought you might like to see a few finished projects!

Like the shelf built around a vintage mail organizer!

some of the finished projects~

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!details of the mail organizer shelf~

I haven’t shown you this piece before, but, I’ve had it a year now trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it.  Getting some things done quickly became more important than getting crazy-creative.

I thought it would be fun to use for jewelry so I added the metal banding around the shelf ledge.  Nice way to catch bracelets, right?!how about a JEWELRY display! metal banding I added!

And here’s the old farm table frame.  I gave it a new top and apron, and finally got on with building that 2-way shallow drawer!

It pushes through to either side of the desk—which has no front/back side.
the old farm table made into a desk now!
I LUV’d the writing on the pallet, so I kept it!
I’ll call this the FRONT!   ; D

details of the old farm table~now desk!

the 2-way drawer!

the 2-way drawer!

There are still several things in the finishing stages, so,

more next time!   ; D

Catherine

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I know, corny!  And for the 2nd time~

apology_loading

 

 

 

 

see that old wooden TRIPOD?

The countdown is on–we get the new antique mall space for this sale tomorrow!

I spent the latter half of the day upholstering chairs yesterday, I’ll share those next time!  Until then~wanted to share THIS with you!

Among their belongings was this cool old wooden tripod–that I think was for one of two old Brownie cameras that will be put up for sale.

A quick 30 minute REvission!

Just seemed like it would be more fun as

a floor lamp!

With an Edison Bulb!

Right?

Catherine

the TRIPOD lamp!

I did leave a harp bracket for someone to add a shade!
And the legs let you adjust the height!

the TRIPOD lamp!the TRIPOD lamp!

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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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THIS was Monday–

the room is ready to go!

THIS is Friday!

the newly REstyled bookcases!

And THIS is how the week went!

Monday- I finished the last of the prep work.
Tuesday & Wednesday- picked up my stained parts, propped the key parts together to see where adjustments would have to be made –just plan on it, ’cause it happens– and got to work.  All was coming together!

Uh~mostly.

I’m still not quite satisfied with the bookshelf’s natural break line.  I may be making a change.  –We’ll see.
I started painting the interior to brighten it.  I used the satin finish from the Lower Level I had mixed to match the Living Room’s suede texture.  But without the suede texture, the satin finish read too “white.”
Thursday- So I ran off to get another paint mixed just a bit darker than the walls, and got everything finished including the shelves!
While I was out, I stopped in to have a conversation with my lighting guru and made a last minute (literally) LIGHTING decision.

painting the interior~

Early this morning I gave a light sanding to a few “rough” areas and REpainted.  While it was drying, I got crackin’ on the new TAPE lighting!

adding concealed TAPE lighting

You can see that it’s very small, low profile, and concealable!  BEST- it gives a consistent –not spotty– wash of light flooding across the shelving.  I had my lighting guy make TWO 66″ lengths to go behind each pilaster, an appropriate length to feed back towards the outlet, but connected to plug in to ONE spot.  The outlet is triggered by a wall switch I added in construction.
This lighting is  so flat~low profile, it easily slips between the slight wall~shelf gap.  I only needed to drill a small hole through the lid and the center shelf to feed the tape through, from top to bottom.  It attaches by a sticky taped backing.
The down side is that it’s still a new format~meaning EXPENSIVE.  $126 + tax.  I’ll probably add this underneath the upper kitchen cabs for counter task lighting—it’s really nice!

Look at the difference—in DAY light!

Just imagine at night!

adding Tape Lighting

the 2nd life of the Shaker bookcases
Here’s the “before” to THIS project!
I have a few things left to finish, which I’ll share later, but in the mean time~

I’ll REwork and REload all the family photos~

Catherine

the NEW bookcases W/NEW lighting!

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