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a vintage mirror and some rustic scrap wood---

1~I’ve had this very old mirror for a long time now. It’s very heavy because of its thicker glass, and some of the silvering is flaking away ..~which I luv.

2~I also had some left-over scrap wood that was kind of rustic—hmmmm,


3~I had this idea!


Sorry, limited pictures—I got busy ripping wood and routering rabbets in some parts and dados in others…


But~here’s the long & short of it.

running some rabbets and dado's in the frame parts

At the table saw and the router table

◊ I ripped the inner frame wood to 1″ thickness, then routered a ¼” rabbet for the mirror to sink/set into.

I reset the table saw to rip the outer frame pieces to 1¾”, then ran those pieces through the router to create a ¼” dado for the back board to slip into.

◊  Again, I reset the table saw to rip ¼” veneered plywood to 4½” wide.

With all sides of the frame and back board cut, next was to make the miter cuts to all, sand everything, and put things together.

putting all the pieces together--

putting all the pieces together--

Tomorrow I’ll make a decision on what to fill the center frame with. . .


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whatever, she’s country-cottage-y cool!

This whole project started with a door picked off the curb.  A turn-of-the-century …. 4-paneled door.  Caked with layers of paint!

I decided it would become a tall, closed cabinet, and then I started shopping my stashes of “finds.”  And I pulled in all kinds of left-overs.

Cutting my door in half to get started!

I cut the door in half and started shaping the carcass.

I cut up-shaped-added all kinds of salvaged-REclaimed-flea market finds to play up the character & charm of the door!


the carcass--

I got busy building a pair of front doors.

BUT—3 steps forward—2 steps back!

The satanic red squirrels that I’ve been battling forEVER broke one of the doors over night—ughh.

*It took  l o n g e r  to repair that door than build BOTH originally.   :   

repairing/rebuilding one of the doors








When a small wine stash developed at the very top, adjustable shelving in the upper section . . . . .  .. . suddenly became two scalloped shelves!

design changes on the fly--

applying chicken wire--You can see I started painting—a soft pallet of white exterior and warmer gray interior.

To set the door hinges, I clamped the doors face to face, marking all 3 positions (top, middle, bottom) to both doors at once.  It’s the easiest way I know to make sure they’re all the same!

I hung the doors before applying the chicken wire.  I like 3/8″ chicken wire.  I laid it flat on the ground to paint it white, then applied it whole (uncut) to the inside flat of the first door—starting from the manufactured edge side.  I cut away the excess and then worked on the 2nd door—again, starting with the manufactured edge first.applying chicken wire--

covering the raw edges with a raffia ribbon










*I would have liked to router a rabbet and counter sink the wire, but the “fret-work” prohibited that.  So for this application I stapled it to the flat back of the door, cut it off as short as possible, and then covered the raw edges with raffia ribbon.

We’ve had gray skies again so it’s tough to get good pictures.  My options were in an upside-down work studio, outside-gray skies, or the fluorescent lighting of the antique mall.  I tried my best to correct it all in editing. . .

Isabelle-- Izzy!Hope you like Izzy,

I’ll just end this with pictures!


Isabelle-- Izzy!








Isabelle-- Izzy!

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details










*Taken just before the raffia ribbon and trimming back the wire.

Isabelle-- Izzy!


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All those little kid’s cabinets I love to build

by the time they’re finish, seem so filled with personality

I like to Christen each with a

Proper Name!

These are just SOME I’ve built and sold-

Heirloom cabinets for Girls

Heirloom cabinets for Boys

Ensiola -

I  building with reclaimed & salvaged materials & flea market finds!


So, you know I was recently REinspired … . to build another Armoire,

Cottage-y Cabinet.

Ensiola, meet your big sister Isabelle!

And here’s her reveal, but there’s more to the story . . . . tomorrow!


ISABELLE-- my cottage-y cabinet!

*See the finished project HERE.

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

PhotobucketFurniture Feature Fridays

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Mom's house 1961My mother’s house has come a l o n g  way since it was built in 1961.

that's me!  -finding shade the 1st summer we moved here

the raised roof line--

~A small 1½ story they saw potential in.

Our family became the 2nd owners in the later 60’s.

The first big change was to raise the back-side roof creating a mUch bigger 2nd floor. . . a large concrete patio with stone bbq/fire place, and eventually, a kitchen window was replaced by a french door and a small deck!

the evolution of changes--

Next is a simpler back view—free of shutters, and the small deck railing sections removed for the addition of a huge 2nd level/step down deck.

continuing to change--

MY scope of work was to build an addition on the front -enlarging and squaring up the living room- renovating essentially every square inch of interior house, REworking the whole backside outdoor living space, and REworking the gardens.

the back of the house transformations--

The deck and backside of the house "now!"

antique theatre seat framesSo, all of this is to show you

the next cool addition!

I found two antique theatre seat frames on Craig’s list— $20!

They’re from the turn of the century.

They’re so AWEsome!

And here’s my plan—

Often enough, there will suddenly be extra people hanging around the dining table—sometimes pulling up extra chairs, usually leaning against the railings.  So I want to spread each seat frame apart to create a double seat, and affix them to the deck rails to the left & right sides of the large planter.

the dining deck--

adding extra seating--

I’ll use deck boards to fill the new seats and chair backs.

When someone extra is there—a seat can be flipped down!

antique theatre seat frames

antique theatre seat frames

I’m sO excited the weather is finally beginning to improve


and once the greenhouse comes down,

look for this cOOl project to take shape—I can’t wait!


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With the weather finally improving,

I’ve been able to ricochet around here dealing with items looong overdue for attention!  Especially removing the last of the Christmas/holiday decor buried in snow or just frozen in place.

STILL seeing holiday decor in January is okay, February—it looks a bit silly, but in March—it just looks ridiculous!  Ahhh- winter in the Midwest.

So I’m having a good breakfast

—cheesy omelet LOADed with a multi-pepper salsa & steamy hot pomegranate black tea with a couple of lemon poppy seed scones—

to fortify me for another physical day of work.

I DiD play some too yesterday!  I snagged some miscellaneous items  -that I could get to now-  and intended to alter and take to the antique mall

below are just a few.

a small chalkboard— need to decide on the appliques, sand & wax

a new little chalkboard

a smaller chalkboard— used to be stupid signage in cute packaging

a smaller little chalkboard

a mantle clock

a small mantle clock--

a small mirror—  might still hit with dark wax. . .

a small accent mirror--

closing in on the Cottage-y Cabinet!  YaY!-

Work continues

(slowly but surely)

on the

Cottage-y Cabinet

and the only thing left to do is apply chicken wire to the doors and hang them!  YaY!








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TRY to work on a project

and things just keep going—sideways?

My cottage-y cabinet should have been finished days ago—BUT—

a hit and run by a satanic squirrel-Things weren’t going —WELL,
I seemed to lose my “mo-jo” mid-stream,
and a satanic squirrel gave a big Thumbs down to my project.

Initially, things were full steam ahead, but then I seemed to hit a wall and was stumbling and fumbling—and, thought it best to give this project some breathing room.  IT HAPPENS.

A couple mornings ago getting started for the day— I found my doors knocked over. Wt-what?

I usually clean up each night before I quit—but I was tired (and lazy) and yeah, there were squirrel footprints in the debris revealing the bandit.  I picked the doors back up and got on with the day’s work.

Yesterday I was back on track, making good progress on many details, even creating a scalloped top shelf for the newest design change!  But you know, the Devil’s in the Details and I wanted to line up the scalloped shelf to a certain point in the door’s fret-work, so I propped & clamped them back in place.


I didn’t notice one door was   b r o k e n.  FABulous.  Beyond repair.  . . . So I bought a new pine board today to rip for at least one new stile, and discovered that

  1. Wood glue and pocket screw plugs ARE FOREVER, and
  2. Kreg pocket screws are INDESTRUCTIBLE apparently.

fingers crossedI couldn’t cut through those screws for anything with any metal blade in any saw in my arsenal.  Suffice it to say—it was NOT a good day, and I really hate these red squirrels.

Let me regain my “composure” and I’ll share the “repair”. . .


repairing/rebuilding one of the doors

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figuring out the door design--it's just propped togetherMy Cottage-y Cabinet needs doorsso that was yesterday’s project.

I had a door style in mind and pre-cut the pieces to prop & clamp in place.  That let me see if it’s really what I wanted. YES! Oh-and,

they’ll have chicken-wire too!

Did you figure out what I’m using in lieu of traditional fret-work?

The end brackets that hold a mirror on a dresser!

So here’s how I’m building the doors


the door parts of the style I  want to makeThe first order of business was to

mesh the face frame material to the fret-work pieces.

All of the parts are just propped and clamped together here, and the top rail is set behind the fret-work.


The doors are put together in a standard way but I did use a pocket screw jig for the joinery.  Everything was standard EXCEPT the   top rail and the fret-work.

Below is a door completedshowing it from  the back side, and with a general break down of the parts.


putting the doors together

To best explain how I overcame bringing two disparate parts together, this is how it looks complete -back and front- and then I’ll break it down.

bringing 2 disparate parts together

I joined the two parts together (the fret-work & top rail) with a HALF LAP JOINT.

examples of a HALF LAP JOINT


1st -I marked the FACE of each so I would cut the correct sides!

creating a HALF-LAP joint

2nd -I set the blade in the table saw to “whittle” away the desired depth.

I don’t have a dado set for the table saw, so a single blade goes much slower.  This is just 1 way to achieve the half lap. 

example of a mortise and tenon jointThe arms that I’m using as fret-work (that used to hold a mirror up on a dresser) had a mortise and tenon joint, so I chose to remove one side of the mortise and the slot that the tenon would have fit into.  Hope that makes sense to you.

Next, I reset the depth of the blade to cut the other “half” in the top rail.

Then I glued and clamped the two parts together.  You can also see the rails are over-sized so I could cut them down to an exact fit.

creating a HALF-LAP joint

creating the pocket screw holes


While that part was setting up I moved onto the rest of the door frame.

3rd -Beginning with creating the pocket screw holes in all of the rails.

Then I screwed the bottom and center rails to the stilesand finally, the set-up top rails (with attached fret-work).

And I glued and filled in the pocket holes with plugs for a clean finish.

the doors--back side with plugs, front finished side

Here’s a close up of those plugged pocket screw holes.

the plugged pocket screw holes

And- here are the doors propped in place!  You can see I’ve applied crown molding and am playing with hardware.


well into construction--

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