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working on the Cottage-y cabinetI’ve -literally- been here there and everywhere lately!

I promise, I AM working on that cottage-y cabinetsee? But I’m working on several other things too!

Here’s a teaser from the V E R Y beginning. . .

~I’ve run off to get more maps and buy some mannequin fronts to display my aprons better.

~I’ve also run off to buy some very cOOl antique cast iron theatre seat panels that are going to be put into a very cOOl project this spring!  I can’t wait— for the project AND spring!

*Check out those aMAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from!  There were French windows that opened (into the foyer) so the iron grills let fresh air in!

When the man answered I iMMediately asked if the doors were for sale!  ; D

antique theatre seats

the amAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from!
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I’m also making my OWN version of this cute “box” I saw on antiquefarmhouse.com using scrap wood laying around!

I’m creating different sizes—some will be stained, but more will be painted!  More on that coming!  This 1st one below will be painted—soon!

one of MY versions of the antiquefarmhouse.com "box"

I’ve been hitting the thrift stores too (NO idea why since I have so many projects already).  Can you BELIEVE those prices for THAT condition?

more thrift store shopping

more thrift store shoppingmore thrift store shopping

Is it just me, or have thrift stores forgotten they are

reSALE not reTAIL ?

No more rants—back to my cabinet. . .here’s the rough-in. . .

Catherine

my new cottage-y cabinet

 

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My new display cabinet for the antique mall!I’ve had several inquiries for one of my display cabinets in the antique mall.     The first one came—as I was installing it!

I really wasn’t interested in selling it—

       I built it because I nEEded it!

                4 adjustable shelves have made it incredibly flexible.

It started with pilfering off the bottom of this thrift store chair—see that post beginning HERE.

Where it all started!-

Since a BIG cabinet seems to be so interesting. . .

Ensiola finished, Catrina only just built!Do you remember this loooong ago post for 2 Girl’s Armoires?

I had just finished building Catrina in this picture!  Ensiola is on the left.

The cabinet on the left -Ensiola- is the one I’m thinking I’ll REbuild  GrownUp size!

So, I’m off to my studio to get goingtalk soon!

Catherine

 

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how about using some old luggage handles?!While I was busy decoupaging the vintage road maps to the drawer faces, a thought hit me

(my imagination can be a mystery). . .

“wouldn’t it be fUn to use

old luggage handles for drawer pulls?”

Uh—yeah!

So, the next problem was- I happened to have this ONE handle, but where to find more old suit cases for their handles?  I checked out Craig’s List and some local thrift stores, I even checked the antique mall (the only place I found anything).

Omg—these leather handles would be AWEsome, but it would’ve broken my heart to cut up the suite.  But $30 for the set is not bad—just to have them!

awesome vintage luggage--AND, there were only 6 handles to be had.  If necessary, I could just use 4 down the center of the drawers—but, ehh.

After giving some thought to my dilemma, I called a local shoe repair to ask if they had REPLACEMENT handles~no? Uhh. And then on a whim I called Ace Hardware~JACK POT!

My last task was to cut a new, simpler, pine top for the dresser, and,

My luggage handled drawer pulls!

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I luv the playful outcome!

From boring 1960’s to Well Traveled!

Catherine

A "well traveled" dresser!

◊ I’m looking for an old luggage tag now and it would be kinda’ fun to see    if I could pry off and add a luggage lock!  ; D

◊ btw—if I didn’t find the handles I was going to use these flea market vintage bin pulls. . .

I did consider the old bin pulls--
details of the RETRO dresser!

From boring to well traveled!

 

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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Getting a first project finished and outta the craziness was great,

my poor studio--it's sending out an SOS!but my studio is still a tore’ up mess!

Sure, I’ve got lots of projects to tackle—if I could just get to’em!

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Last year April, I saw this dresser listed on Craig’s List—for FREE!

This dresser was truly in there—the pointer is trying to show you!

a Crai'g's List freebie

The back story was that it was an original purchase in the 60’s and, although they still loved it, they were moving and down-sizing and just wanted it to go to a “loving” home.  ~Even FREE, they wanted someone else to love it!  Awwwwww.

I’m not really into the retro style, but free is FREE and I kinda’ like the soft-curved front!  So let me show it my kinda’ luv!

Beginning with a little DEconstructionof course.

I removed the back so I could take the top off, and I removed it’s “feet.”  I found the drawer guides needed to be re-secured, and a couple of drawers need some attention—but hey, it’s 50-some years old!

My CL freebie gets a new look!

how about some WHEELS?!That done, I can make a fun addition!  Wheels!

I’ve got two sets of industrial wheels that I’ve found while visiting different ReStores when  I travel!

The jumbo set might have been ultimately cooler, but this smaller set might make more sense to the general buying public!

This is a nod to my friend Karen at REDOUX, who has done this to a few cabinets now and I’ve really LUV’d each!

Now onto the face. . .

Catherine

how about some WHEELS?!

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good bye to 2014Reading so many of the

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Year in Review

blog posts made me think about my own once again so I went scrolling through from my first project January 11th — Christmas!

Apparently, I was S L O W getting back to work last year too.  : /

As much as I traveled throughout the year–it totaled 46 projects.

That really surprised me.  Sure, some were small and minor, but many were quite involved and lengthy.

bigger surprise came from my WordPress Year in Review ~5 OLD projects & posts were in my list of Top Viewed Posts for the year–STILL!

These are my bigger projects for 2014

The upstairs hall built-in bookshelves and bench,

the UPSTAIRS HALL project--

the ALCOVE project--modifying the alcove,

and re-building the hall linen closet.

the HALL LINEN CLOSET project--

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-a CL dresser totally REmade

A ’60’s styled dresser and bench

 

screen doors for the closet

SCREEN DOORS for closet doors--

our Great Aunties' dresserOur Great Aunties’ dresser

Lily’s birthday rockers

Lily's birthday rockers

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Mom’s old vanity    &     The bow-fronted cabinet

Mom's old vanity--The Bow-fronted cabinet--

The old Record Cabinet-

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An old record cabinet

 

 

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My 90¢ dish hutch

Dish Hutch Collage

"Plain Jane"

desk conversion--A Plain-Jane dresser

 

 

From a desk to a bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Stairs Storage  ~which is not yet finished, so watch for more on that!

extra storage UNDER the STAIRS

Still super popular and always high in my daily stats are these–

The Former Dresser

I had a dresser, but I needed a bookcase

The Craig’s List dresser #1

The Lingerie Chest

The Deck Rug

continued all-time favorites!

There were some awesome smaller projects too-

-a few I had a hard time letting go of.   :’ (

Wishing us All  an

incredibly

creatively

prosperous

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New Year!

Catherine

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I’ve learned through the years to keep an open mind for sake of

surprises & happy accidents!

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the sketch and idea of what I wanted--I traveled home to Phoenix. I emptied my storage unit and drove a big truck with the balance of my stUff back to my mother’s—until I figure out my next move.

But now I have stUff all over the place & it needs to be put away somehow-somewhere. And since we all know that necessity is the mother of all invention. . . . I sat quietly thinking about and sketching out a solution for some of the china.

the best laid plans---I had a plan~but then I stumbled onto this 90¢ thrift store cabinet and those plans took a slightly-left turn.

again….

just roll with it--

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The bow-fronted cabinet project is HERE.

So I made some design changes and got to work!

RE-inventing the 90-cent thrift store cabinet

And I really love it!

the road to re-INVENTION!

the road to re-INVENTION!

Looking back, the pictures in the original stain don’t look too bad-  -hUh.  Anyway, until I’m back in my own home again the finishes work well in mom’s LL and I have access to my beloved dishes!

But as MUCH as it holds—all my dishes are nOt put away, so I need to think about MORE storage solutions.  Dear Lord–

The right door was originally broken (I’m sure the reason it was so cheap).  I re-glued and clamped it but it’s going to need more attention–AND the old DEmountable hinge seems to be sprung, thankfully I can still order a replacement!  I haven’t seen these in forever and didn’t know they were still made, so, whew!  GooD hinges are a BiG deal~I know this from my years designing high end kitchens!

*The benefit to this DEmountable hinge is that you can adjust or remove a door from just ONE SCREW per hinge!  However, Euro and Mepla hinges are actually nicer (nothing visible from the outside) and give more range of adjustment and removal.  If you have a newer kitchen w/better cabinets you’ve probably got one of these styles!  Enough with the geeky cabinet info!

Just some of my china obsession!Yes–another of my obsessions!  I love to create a beautiful place setting and am so excited to see my pretty dishes again!  I’ll have to share some of it soon—Lenox, Waterford, Mikasa, Noritake, Spode, Charter Club, Calvin Klein, and a big stack of actual Italian chargers!!!  Virtually everything I’ve collected easily mixes and matches so I really get to play with it all!

~I need to figure out where all my stone ware is going to go next—yikies!

~Early this morning I headed downstairs to look at my project again and this was the morning light coming into the lower-level (basement).

~The last pictures are something I just found on pintrest and a collage showing the concept to completion of my project!

Catherine

filling my dish hutch--

Uh-Oh!  More that needs to be put away--

my dish hutch in the morning light--

 a dish hutch I just found on pintrest!I’m sharing this project with just a few of my favorite linky parties!

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my Dish Hutch--beginning to end!

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working on the doors--My ears won’t pop,

my head is about to explode from all the coughing,

my nose doesn’t stop running, this at the end of the flu? So unfair–but,

it is sO gOOd to BE OUTside and working on a project again!!!

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After sanding both doors, I got started waxing them with liming wax for a sort of “white washed” look!

I also made some decisions about the “interior.”  I would have loved to play with some gray or blue and old white combo, but giving consideration to where this will go and what it will be around, AND the china it will hold, I stayed with the tones of “wood, liming wax, chocolate.”  So, essentially—browns.  ; D

Instead of JUST PAINTING the interior walls and shelves, I splashed on some initial paint but spread it out and around with a Venetian plaster spatula.

Here’s why1. Using a V-p spatula pushes the paint into the wood’s grain and crevices, it reduces how much paint/pigment is left on the surface making a semi translucent finish (with more color than stain).  2. The V-p spatula leaves a silky-smooth finish without any sanding!  3. Such a thin amount of paint dries almost immediately–YaY.  *I did decide to lightly sand for some distressing.

applying paint w/a Venetian plaster spatula

covering the plywood edges--The interior walls and shelves were done so fast–I got to move right on to adding the edge banding—it was nEVer going to look properly finished looking at plywood edges!

I bought ¾” pre-glued Red Oak veneer edge banding, $2.69 for 8ft.  I had about 6″ left at the end (whew).

You iron it on (melting the glue) but I had all those curves so I also used a heat gun ~and a towel to hold it in place until it set ’cause it’s hOt!  Then I sanded the surface and edges for a nice finish, and it looks FABulous!

I reapplied the original backboard but then overlaid it with tongue & groove planks on the horizontal.

Today–I have just a few details to be finished and I’ll get to bring it in the house and

load it up!

adding horizontal planks--Yeah, sorry I’m being a little slick with the black & whites, but I’d rather show you the finishes when it’s

TOTALLY FINISHED!  ; D

Catherine

almost finished--

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