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I just need a minute~e s,  I sort of abandoned blogging for a while last year.

I needed a FEW minutes.

My bad.

 

Just like on the computer– I needed to hit the REfresh button.

But that’s not to say I wasn’t working on projects.  Oh, I was.

I had a  L O T  of project ideas, and I’d be selling in 2 Fall shows.  BUT- I knew the summer would be consumed by yard and garden repair.  And I started focusing on myself & hitting the gym hard.  A N D, of course, there was FAMILY TIME.  Seemed like EVERY. thing. was a full time proposition.

I just showed you the wall cabinet that was created because of orphaned desk drawers.  I actually made a variety of wall hanging things.  -Shelves.

I still had some very plain-Jane ReStore corbels.  I bought all 6 they had and parked on them forEVER before I came up with the first project.  But each time, I found I had to cut a bit off—and I kept themYou never know

3 corbel pairs became 3 shelves.

And the cut offs became another shelf!

The 1st pair of corbels were used to create an Over Mantle Shelf.

I backed it with 3 of the many fleur-de-lis tins I bought in a flea market.

the 1st pair of corbels--

The Over Mantle Shelf sold so quick & easy at Nellie’s Barn Sale 2016,

I decided to make a 2nd shelf for the 2017 show too.

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

There’s a place I go by with regularity that tosses out some out-of-the-ordinary pallets—I now stalk them!  The 3rd shelf was made from the boards of one their pallets.  I liked the mixed woods and only sanded and clear-coated.  You can see I ripped trim pieces on the table saw for extra detail.  It too, was a quick sale!

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

I now had 6 corbel cut offs, which got me thinking. . .

how about stretching them out for a  L O N G  plate rail?

* The long boards were also pallets from that place!

a 5ft long plate rail with the cut offs

5ft long, with a routed groove to catch the standing plates.

a 5ft long plate rail

That shelf above the plate rail was made from salvaged parts of a vintage sewing machine cabinet.  I made 2 like that!

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I only had the decorative door for the one below.

I made the sides and used part of a drawer face for the top.

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I like making shelves, they’re so easy!

And speaking of corbels and pallets

I know most of you only look at and use the top pallet boards, but look again at the thick “foot” boards.  They’re usually 2″ to 3″ thick— and thick wood is expensive to buy.

I bought this amazing and adorable pair of corbels in a church flea market.  I’ve been hoarding them because, well— they’re too cute to give up!    And then I noticed they were roughly the same size as the pallet FEET,

so look what I did!

It was not easy pulling the nails, but once clear, I traced out the shape of the corbels and cut them at the band saw.  I got all of these from 1 pallet foot! 

Wouldn’t they be awesome under a plate rail/chair rail in a room?

THICK pallet "feet"

corbels in a chair rail/plate rail

And one last PALLET FOOT project–

I played with the spacing of my last 5 votive candles, then cut the pallet FOOT board to length.  I drilled the holes with a 1½” mortising bit at the drill press.  Sanded smooth, then Lyme-waxed.  I LUV IT!

Catherine

I told you I was busy working!

made from the FOOT board under a pallet

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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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Keep Calm.....or whatever....It’s easy to be

over-taken &

over-loaded

BY LIFE, in general.

And YES, I needed a blog-break.  But dang, I’ve just been outright neglectful, and even I’M surprised.  Well, a New Year is nipping at our heals…full of

Fresh Starts and a REfocus of Priorities and

I’m back!

Promise!

If you follow me on Instagram

you’ve seen a few things along the way, otherwise~

let me get REstarted with this quickie!

One of the best things about being a “Construction-Girl” is that when you NEED something ~you can generally just go build it!

I realized I needed a VERY LARGE TRAY to cover my tufted ottoman during our Christmas gathering.  There’s always a minimum of 17 adults and 15 big-to-little kids.  So there’s a LOT of nibbles, goodies, and dinner food to make room for!

-getting things readied for a HUGE gathering!

-getting things readied for a HUGE gathering!

I’ll use the over-sized tray for nibbles, a 5ft sofa table will become the dessert bar, and the whole kitchenette becomes a buffet-styled dinner!  PLUS, a hot chocolate bar for the kiddos, coffee bar for the sleep-deprived adults, and/OR Christmas Spirits bar~where you’ll find me by the time I’ve finished all the work it takes to get this party ready!

-getting things readied for a HUGE gathering!This picture~  trying out service pieces for the What-Why-How!

The tufted ottoman is 41″ in diameter, the new over-sized tray is 37″!

Now~how I did it!

•I happened to have a former table top (Craigslist-find that was gutted for parts!) that was 31″ & also an octagon!

•I ripped a long pine board to 3″w, cut 8 generous sides,

•ran them through the router to create    1-a rabbet & 2-a finished beveled edge.

•Cut/mitered each side on a 22.5° angle, and glued & nailed each piece to the 8 sides.  The rabbet gave a stronger connection and the bevel gave a finished edge!

•Finished the wood to look as much like the ottoman as possible (different woods) and added over-sized lion head drawer pulls.

A N D, things are getting finished in the lower-level!

*aka~basement

Catherine

this scrap cut shows you the RABBET & BEVEL

*you can see the Herringbone pattern through the paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with the new sides extending the diameter~

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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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