Archive for the ‘salvage’ Category
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, building green, flea markets, garden, my antique mall space!, painting, salvage, tagged The Vintage Market on September 15, 2016 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, mirrors, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged 100yr old door salvage, REframing a vintage mirror on September 11, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
I’m in the final push to be ready for
The weather has NOT cooperated for many of the things I planned to work on, so I’m feeling pretty anxious about being ready. . .
it’s going to be one VERY action-packed week.
I’ve been sewing soft goods—but yesterday afternoon when that constant rain finally broke, I headed outside to jump on 2 simpler projects, like—
REframing this heavily beveled, vintage mirror.
I used the door cutoffs from making my Pilaster Light Sconces. I just love the patina of that wood, and how the sides show evidence of it being a door, so I left the parts of the hinges that were still attached! I also pegged each of the corners to make stronger mitered joints. Lastly, I waxed the wood.
Btw—that frame is 2½” wide and ¼” of the mirror is covered by the new frame, see how deep the bevel is? The last time I priced out a standard beveled glass table top~it was $2 an inch. Imagine what this might cost nowadays!
I’m thinking about adding those vintage wire hooks to make it a very simple entry hall mirror. . . hmmmm. . .
. . .here’s the back side and how I secured the mirror. Part 2 tomorrow.
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, building green, Craig's list, garden, my antique mall space!, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged antique ceiling tin, building ceiling tin boxes, Craigslist on September 1, 2016 | 7 Comments »
I got super lucky to see this ad on Craigslist
& get there 1st!
I’m usually like 5 minutes too late.
Now~several sheets were pretty ROUGH but I happily took them anyway—I just knew they could be salvaged! AND~those were the sheets I started with!
I took a rubber mallet and pounded the sheet “flat.” Then cut off the GOOD row of 4 squares. I did NOT toss out the cut off~it’ll be used in another project~wait & see! ; D
THIS is my newest tool! An angle grinder! I’ve wanted one for a while, but I’m pragmatic and only buy as I actually have need. It cut through that tin like a hot knife through butter! And I came away INJURY-FREE!
Worth its weight in gold for THAT alone, right?
That done, I headed back to my cut tin to try wrapping and securing around the frame. A little trial & err here.
I found it actually harder and really awkward to bend around the frame, so I REgrouped and tried bending and pounding the tin around the edge of the table, THEN went back to wrap the box. Bingo!
So here’s a tin box. Whoopie-doo.
like every other tin box I’ve seen flea marketing ordinary.
I like to be different! And I like things with at least a LITTLE BIT of refinement! So I added a cap. It also cleaned up the top edge which was bothering me. I used Maple bull nose molding scraps I had from casing the doors and windows in the house. AND I stained it—better!
It still felt like it needed something -I consulted with my bf who agreed- so I dug through my stashes of small feet—and THAT made all the difference!
is MY version of
chippy, rusty, crusty!
The refined kind!
You can see the progress of a 2nd, and I’ll begin working on a couple of troughs too!
As for those scraps. . . .
Loooong day—busy on a project I’ll share next post,
“Hey Catherine~did you see that chair on the curb around the corner and the LEGS on it?”
Yes~my A.D.D. sets in here. . .
WoWza! Yep. I’m gonna HAVE TO touch that chair if I want those legs—Ugh. The picture makes it look better than it was~trust me.
I stood there for a moment actually REthinking if I REALLY wanted them.
Dang it! I forgot to bring my gloves, but I loaded it up.
NOW with some gloves on & the right tools—I pulled back the gross fabric and padding to reveal the structure and pried out the legs. Which turned out to be better than the usual “just screwed in” kind! These will be nicer to build solidly into something else down the line. The heavy finish doesn’t show that they’re actually a nice wood, so I’ll probably strip them raw for a DO-over!
Yep—ya gotta look at that UGLY stuff too!
Now -I- have to haul this monstrosity to OUR curb.
I guess the neighbors will all know who took the chair. ; D
I have a 2nd blunder to reveal.
A neighbor’s mother passed, they were holding an estate sale to clear the house. A daunting task, to be sure, in the “best of” circumstances. I went.
There was a “cool” table in the basement they said and wanted me to see—!?!
Back—W A Y back—in a corner room with NO lighting. Like where you’d hide the bodies corner room. Like no one’s gonna find this corner room—on purpose.
Best I could see of it—it DID look interesting~? “How much?” “What do you think?” “$20….?” “I’ll ask.” We headed back up to rejoin the world.
“He said $45.” “Yeah. I really can’t pay that much, sorry. $20 is gonna have to be my max—I couldn’t really see, but it kind of looked like it needed some work. Besides, hey~ no neighbor discount available?!”
The older brother [in charge] decided they’d take my $20, and would bring it upstairs for me to pick up the next morning. . . !
EVERY part of it is in major distress. AND it’s weirdly short. Barely 26″.
~For a table~as they called it. OR a desk~which is what I think it might actually be. . . ??? Even boosting it with wheels won’t really get you a normal working height.
Looks like another “gonna be DEconstructed & used in MANY other ways.”
Did I really pay $20 for this?
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, Craig's list, dressers and beds, salvage, tagged Craigslist dresser, DEconstructed dressers, stinky dressers on August 23, 2016 | 12 Comments »
Craigslist—“1 very old dresser, falling apart. A good project for someone to put back together. $20”
I thought it would be a fun project and negotiated $10 because of how old the listing was.
I found my way out to his country farm to pick it up. It had been stored in a pole shed/barn. It was ROUGH. And an animal had peed in it. O.M.G.
Did I say ROUGH? I thought I’d die getting it home.
This was all the end of June. It’s been parked on the driveway this whole time. In the sun. In the rain. Constantly getting “aired” out.
It STILL stinks.
HowE V E R. . . .it now has this aMAZing crackled finish! AND authentic glass knobs!
I decided to just DEconstruct the whole piece—there is NO WAY I’m putting this stinky thing back together. And WHO would buy it? Yikes!