Archive for the ‘salvage’ Category

I shared previously about the tin tiles I cut apart from a collage form.  I said I’d be doing something extra to them

tin tiles-

-a brilliant idea!I was eager to test the waters and see what my recovering hand could do once again!  I jumped into ripping a length of barnboard—probably would have been an easier and less nerve-wracking task with a softer wood.  But I succeeded, and framed two of the larger tiles (that are for sale).

I keep leftover wood cuts of significant length.  The above project left me with 4 cut offs of roughly 14″ and 15″ —with one end already cut on a 45° angle.  So I cut the other ends of both pairs on a 45° angle, and joined them together creating a new frame.  For no particular project.

making a barnboard frame-Somewhere along my travels I saw a sign saying Sweet Tea served here. Adorable and EX·PEN·SIVE.  But it stuck with me and I was thinking to make my own now.  With my barnboard frame.

◊ I cut a ¼” veneered plywood board for the sign, and ran the frame through the router table to create a rabbet to drop it into.  AND, I routered a detail to the front frame edge. 

◊ I played with some graphics, sizing, and layout for my frame size.

I was still of a mind-set to print my signage on fabric!

I pulled out more grain sack and linen scraps to chose from, then it was a matter of adjusting and taping it down to cardstock to get it to feed through the printer—THAT was fun.

my Sweet Tea served here sign project-

Like my Butler and Champagne signs, I used spray adhesive to secure the fabric to the board.  I wish I had secured the fabric with wall paper paste or Mod Podge instead.  Or just left well enough alone.  I watered down some matte Mod Podge and lightly brushed it over my fabric sign to set it better to the board.  When it dried I was SO disappointed.

rescuing the "finish"Two happy accidents came of it in the end.

I sanded it down lightly which rescued that problem AND also “aged” the printing!


It’s tough to see by the pictures but—it does look better!


I’d like a Do-Over ~soon!

Live & Learn,


Sweet Tea served here sign project-

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accidents happen. . .

. . .perhaps to me more than usual.

barn board accident- yikes!I seem to be a bit accident “prone.”

This happened digging through big piles of barn boards
for all kinds of cool projects. Love me some barn boards, y’know!

BooBoo-the-Fool thought she could stop a tumbling wood pile by putting her hand out.  *Note to self—

you’re NO super woman!

Stick to cutting wood down and building. Crushed last 3 fingers, with my pinky taking the worst of it.  As you can see.

I got a Cancellation appointment with a hand surgeon tomorrow—let’s pray he can make it look pretty again!  AND stop the pain too!    I admit I’m a little nervous. . .



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Craigslist--Victorian Theatre seats!Taking refuge on Craigslist to distract myself from a winter storm (late February), I stumbled onto these really cOOl Victorian Theatre seats$25!

The first thought that popped in my head was, These would be amAZing as outdoor seating on the deck!”

I text an offer,

they were still available,

and my offer was accepted—$15!

I chased off to get them—at this incredible house to boot!

Check out the front doors!

The house of those Victorian Theatre seats from CL!

getting started on the seats--

So—on to the seats!

I got boardsdeck boards– so it would “blend” more and not detract from the vintage patio table (another story) already there!  Deck boards would be rigid, meant for the outdoor elements, and hold up to the wider span of the bigger seat without a center support.

I cut the boards down, had to rip one, ran them through the router, dry fit them, stained them—then applied them!

The seat frames were already “PLACED” in position to figure out the boards and lengths needed.

the Victorian Theatre seats set in place--

the seat frames--

dry-fitting the boards--







sanded and getting stained to match the deck itself--




I dry-fit the boards to make any adjustments needed, then sanded and stained them before the final application.

The Victorian Theatre seats getting put to use!

And here they are in actual application—I screwed them to the deck to keep them totally stable!

Perfect extra seating when needed—and the seats flip up out of the way when not needed!  Perfect!  And this whole project only cost about $35.

◊ I think I’m going to create a wood arm-rest too!

◊ Ugh- the deck needs to be stained again too!


The Victorian Theatre seats!


The Victorian Theatre seats--folded out of the way when not needed!


The Victorian Theatre seats from Craigslist!

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Did you happen to see any of these offerings

06-14-15 Main St Mrkt Sale projects

from The Antique Farmhouse or Decor Steals?

I can’t help myself, when I see these things, to think that—

“I can make that for myself!”

Well, at least  my own interpretation  of it.

The following are just 4 examples. . . knockoffs. . .

So, before the Main St Market sale, I started thinking about some fun-cool-awesome SMALLS to make & take to sell!  And I began “playing.”

found on Decorsteals--

I saw this  Decor Steals shelf during winter. Thought it was so simple and nice— and an easy project!  So I tabled it for the future.

“Hmmm-hey…remember that apron I’d pilfered off a curbie-sofa a couple summers ago…?” (I talk to myself often enough-)  “Oh, yeah..!”

So now you see the root of THIS project!  ; D   But mine has dimension instead of being flat.  And unfortunately, I never took a picture of the finished, multi-layered-painted, distressed, and waxed finish before it sold at the market!    -just SO crazy…but can you picture it ?!
the SOFA APRON shelf

the SOFA APRON shelf


found at The Antique Farmhouse-This was something I saw before the holidays.  I liked the chicken wire frame part of the project-

so I made my own to use as a Christmas card display!  Although I made mine 6ft×1ft.  Cost, $zero.  I used leftovers.  

After Christmas, the cards came down & school pictures of the kiddos were pinned to it.  At the last minute, I distressed mom by stripping it off the wall to take with me.  It sold -of course- and I need to make a new one for her now!

a little catch-all box I saw at The Antq Farmhouse!I loved this little catch-all box,

I played around with a couple ideas of my own.  This is one of the two I made.  I’ll have more to share on this project very soon and a few gOOd organizing uses for DIYers!

my interpretation of the cutie little catch-all box!

And my last playful  copy  is this zinc chalkboard found on The Antique Farmhouse.

a zinc chalkboard--I actually have a vintage farm table with a zinc top that I’ve toyed with cutting up.  Toyed with—haven’t done it though.

My medium is wood

I have a lot of scraps so I went that route!  And I made a wood template so I could make several.

Again—another project I  will share soon.  I’d like to break it down for you to see HOW EASY this is to DIY!

What have YOU seen that you’d rather make yourself?

Catherine. . .

my interpretation of the zinc chalkboard!

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. . . like making the smallest adjustment and addition!

I found this great basket, but wondered about those “HOOKS“…???

-large wire basket I just found!

-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

No problem though. I bent the ends of the hooks inward and added some cut-off spindles from a


You just never know where the right material   will come from!   ; D


I’ll be selling it in the Main St Market sale if you’re interested!
-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

-it only needed a SMALL CHANGE!

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Now THAT certainly sounds weird, doesn’t it?

-looked sort of like this. . .Okay, a couple summers ago the neighbors across the street set a settee out for the overflow pickup. Hmmmm—what is—THAT—?

It looked sort of like this one.  → But it was in rough shape, and only had the wood apron.

I persuaded the Mr. Neighbor to help me haul it up mom’s driveway, and I spent the next few hours demo’ing it down to the few “good” parts!  Then added them to my other cOOl parts stockpiles! ; D

Cut to NOW, and, I have an idea!

I retrieved the apron to take a fresh look at it and check out the size.     Uh huhperfect!

So, after making a few marks,

  1. I took it to the chop saw and made some specific miter cuts.
  2. Glued and nailed the mitered returns.
  3. Sanded the profile down to the raw wood (mostly), and shaped the oddly matched, mitered return-joints with a belt sander.
  4. Grabbed a fairly clear Aspen board to create a contoured top— which I cut with a jig saw, then routered a beveled edge, and secured to the decorative profile.

the SOFA APRON shelf

the SOFA APRON shelf

Still with me?  Easy, right?

the SOFA APRON shelf

the SOFA APRON shelf

Now I just need to decide on a finish!


Craigslist dresser--another map and luggage handle finish

Oh!  BTW—my newest map~luggage handled dresser was sold in just less than 24hrs at the antique mall!  Since it really didn’t get any exposure, I’m tempted to make a quick replacement to go right back in its place.

I don’t know—would that be pressing my good luck?

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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this projectooops!

It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.

oh well!I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.

Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but –eh– such is life.  Next time!

To Recap—

The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.

This is what I last shared with you. . .

the frame built and mirror inset.

putting all the pieces together--

I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.

◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.

◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job.  That was fun!

◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,

◊ then glued them back in place.

my scrap wood mirror and frame

I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place.  Then

◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.

◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.

◊ And finally—I waxed everything.  First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).

building "texture & age"

the progression-

I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,

I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.

I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!

my Scrap Wood Mirror!



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