Yep~doin’ another show!
And I’ve got a lot to do to get ready.
Does that explain some of my projects of late?
I need “smalls!” You know—Cash & Carry items for those not looking for furniture. I’ve collected a lot of inspiration & ideas to draw from—
and this is another of those ideas!
It began with making some patterns from ¼” veneered plywood.
I sketched out a shape I liked with chalk, cut it out with a jigsaw, and sanded it smooth. It’ll be so much easier to replicate as needed!
You can see above that I used an old, solid wood cabinet door—¾” thick. That thickness let me run them through the router for a nice edge detail! Then I sanded and primed them both.
That was last night.
I gave both boards a fine sanding, then got busy working out my graphics ideas and printed them out on onion skin. I plan to decoupage the printed images onto the boards.
These are two of my graphic selections, and the outcome of one. I’ll share more on these soon—
With just a few details to finish up. . .
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I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.
It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down. Catch 22.
While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together. Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).
I’m still working on MY pair of [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff I’ll be sharing soon enough!
Until then~my pair of nesting trays!
Yes, I was channeling you Terry! ; D
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I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects! But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?
I didn’t sleep well the night before,
while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project. Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!
So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job! ; D
Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.
*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.
Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4). I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths. Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.
Task #3—creating the sides. I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler. Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.
Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners. After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.
I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!
And I LUV it!
I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!
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Posted in building green, humor and inspiration, painting, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged 5/4" boards, appliques, Decor Steals, hanging shelves, routered details on April 11, 2016 |
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Do you ever look at those fun and cool items offered for sale on varying sites and think to yourself,
“I could make that—why would I BUY it?!?”
—and it’s not always about cost—
I think this to myself a lot—but I’m lucky enough to have some pretty good carpentry skills and the tools to make things happen!
Last June I shared a few of my own interpretive projects—like this shelf offered several times now by Decor Steals.
This was MY interpretation—made from the APRON off a curbie sofa.
Yesterday I just felt like taking another stab at the idea. I grabbed a leftover 5/4″ board, a pine board, some appliques and played around till I had something I liked!
I cut the 5/4 board in half, centered the halves on my pine board and started riffling through my applique-stash.
I tried out some pretty aMAZing appliques—but I just couldn’t give them up to REsale. AND I actually liked how these were going to work out! Once things were settled on, I ripped the pine board on the table saw.
I didn’t just want to cut a board and stick appliques on it, I wanted to add the details that make a difference. So I cut the contour of the applique and used a jigsaw to painstakingly
cut around all those applique details!
I gave my 5/4″ board -the top shelf- a little contouring too, then ran it through the router table with a large 1″ round over bit set a little high to get that added edge detail. And a ¼” round over to soften the bottom edge.
Then it was just a matter of connecting the 2 parts together!
Glued, nailed, screwed, puttied, and sanded—
I’m off to paint them now!
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–right before my hand surgery-
I picked up Judy’s (husband’s) dresser for a makeover.
Who knew it’d be such a S L O W recovery and big delay in project.
I’ve tried my. . . hand. . . (sorry) at different projects to see how much I can get back to—some tools are still off limits. Safety-safety-safety!
Knowing a confidence for those two most used tools is wonderful!
(can I get a w♥♥t-w♥♥t!)
First things first—amputation. Apologies to all you MCM-lovers.
Now for some new “LEGS!”
These are some of the Swedish pieces she was really drawn to, and I need to find the elements that will translate to her dresser for a realistic transformation.
*Digging through my stashes for architectural pieces-other stuff-different things to get a visual and kick some ideas around. . .
landed on a stair spindle & skirted-leg combo for the bottom.
◊ I figured out the balance, and cut out a new SKIRT-APRON, also, ran the parts through the router. . .
◊ ripped the stair spindle in half to create pilasters, and beefed up the front sides to accommodate them!
The center front of the skirt-apron is intentionally hitting the floor to act sort of like a center leg— this is a heavy, solid wood dresser!
A N D we’re off!
More changes abound,
like new drawer fronts and top—more soon!
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Posted in building green, curbies, my antique mall space!, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, the ReStore, tagged curbies, jute, ReStore, Soda Crate table-trunk on February 26, 2016 |
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Got this off the curb from the neighbor.
It’s been parked in my stashes since spring of 2012, and conveniently housing misc stuff like -lamp parts.
I’ve been testing the waters with different “activities” and picking my
battles projects based on what I CAN do~SAFELY.
An idea came to mind. . . I pulled PARTS. . . and very awkwardly created a base.
Because of the metal banding –which I loved– I couldn’t attach the legs to the outer-most corners. It ends up as a very awkward and unconvincing attachment.
With a couple of days to ponder the problem, I was onto something I hoped would solve the “deficit” problem AND add to the end project.
I wound it tight, securing it frequently with hot glue.
I even ran the jute to the underside edges of the apron sides.
The jute was giving me little slivers, the hot glue was burning my thumbs.
The aprons and legs are covered separately.
You can see that the jute helped to plump out the base and soften the awkward attachment. PLUS~ I like the textural combo!
Originally, I was thinking to give it a hinged lid—
but opted for a simpler lift-off lid!
◊ I pulled some salvaged boards, and tested the waters of my HAND GRIP and ripping wood on the table saw. SAFELY. Connected the boards,
◊ ran it through the router to create a rabbet so the lid would counter sink somewhat into the top. Oh, and round over the top edge.
◊ Played with some painting, staining, and distressing to bring it all together,
◊ and added old metal screen door handles.
~A dollar’s worth of ReStore legs, 50¢ a screen door handle, $6 worth of jute ~the rest off the curb and from my scrap piles!
I cleaned up the dirty outsides and insides (including a fresh painted bottom) of the crate and seal-coated the whole
It’s at the Antique Mall for sale—
I thought it might be a fun teenager thing to keep electronic stuff tidy- ?!
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I shared previously about the tin tiles I cut apart from a collage form. I said I’d be doing something extra to them—
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.
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.
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.
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,
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