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REfabbing a plain box!

A decorative BOX

~to keep the clutter in check
~but at hand!

Who doesn’t like that?

A friend gave me this basic, utilitarian, sort of primitive, wooden box to play with.  Hmmmmmm

Very simple construction so, very easy to duplicate.  Luv THAT!

  Soooo. . .

We could add mill-work OR hardware for an immediate change…??

I’ve been collecting corner feet from the flea markets for a loooong time now… hmmmmmmm…yeah!

Aleigha and I played -literally- with lots of hardware options—to which she actually complained there were TOO many!  NEVER, silly girl!

Then we sanded, puttied, and sanded again.  Talked about color-schemes and decoupage and fabric coverings.

Maybe some French Script?

Stand by for this finish

Catherine & Aleigha!

REfabbing a plain box!

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an old-fashioned mail organizerThe Shelf~

The very first ever Elkhorn Flea Market I got to go to

this very petit mail organizer came home with me!

It was cheap -as I remember- but I knew it would be a fun project at some point— and its time has come!

*Click on  –FLEA MARKETS-  under CATEGORIES  from the right column to see pictures from my many trips to market!

An idea came to me about building a SHELF around it!

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!I rummaged through my stashes of wood and propped a general configuration together.  I played with some corbels but decided to INTEGRATE the corbel design directly INTO the sides!  Which meant it’d be better to use some 5/4″ boards to look more substantial and echo the misc drawer.

AND- you see I contoured the wood to match the organizer form.  A band saw made cutting out the final shape in this thick wood a lot easier.

My mini-me niece, my Summer Intern, my  “SI”  helped in this creation.  She has some very strong ideas and opinions on design.  Uh, oh!  She’s definitely ME.

We’re just now starting to paint the current projects—but this one we’re painting in pieces and then we’ll put together (to make life easier).

This is our final design.

*Unless we don’t like it put together!  ; D

I’ll have finished pics to show soon!

Catherine

Oh!  Next is the decorative box!

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!

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Nellie's Barn Sale!There’s SO much going on and I need to be VERY mindful of my two looming show deadlines!

Trying to be the most efficient, I thought it might be prudent to work out the construction of a few things at once, then go back to paint/finish.
Do you guys ever do that?

Vintage Market at the Vineyard!

I’m really looking forward to both of these phenomenal shows!  If you’re in the Midwest and can go

they are SO worthwhile!

Here’s an old farm table frame that I’m REworking into a desk!

the old farm table~ now a desk!

I used an unusually nice pallet for the wood.  The boards happened to be the perfect size for this desk project!  I ripped one of the boards to create an apron and support cleats, and then lay out the new top.

It sanded up beautifully, I used natural oak stain on it, then poly’d the top with 2 coats.  I also added wheels to boost the height.  LUV IT!

*The “holes” you see are evidence of this old table having dropped leaves.  Each side would have had a pivoting brace to hold up the leaf.  I added guides across the span to support a shallow drawer—that will be a through-and-through to either side.
the old farm table~ now a desk!

. . . a n d  there’s a really cool shelf to show you next!

Catherine

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It’s only 5 and 8 weeks

till my 2 fall shows happen!

The only 2 I’m participating in this year.

Vintage Market at the Vineyard!

 

Nellie's Barn Sale!

 

And I am  SO B U S Y  building things for both!

There are several shelf designs I’m working on—below is one I built last minute for last year’s Nellie’s Barn Sale—it sold immediately!  Since I have enough material for 2 more, I thought I’d make at least one.  I’ll have enough time to make another for the 2nd show if it sells!

Tin Over-Mantle styled shelf

all kinds of TIN

This is the one I just constructed—it just needs “finishing!”

I made it from leftover scraps of old projects AND from my nephew’s old dresser.  The tin was a flea market-find bought for a now abandoned project.

Tin Over-Mantle styled shelf

Any suggestions on the paint color, the finish?  I’m all ears!

Catherine

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Have I told you that I’m a Great-Great Auntie?

3 times now~ yikes, huh?
14 total nephews and 14 total nieces in 1sts, greats, and great-greats!
Apparently there’s nothing else to do in the Midwest in winter.

Anyway, one of those little cuties turned 4 so I made him a coat cubby!

I found this wainscoting panel at one of the Re Stores, pulled some of my 5/4 board and picked through my “patterns” for a side profile.  The sides you see below are already cut out, sanded, and routered for a beveled edge.

a wainscoting panel, and some 5/4 board to begin setting up the router with a chamfering bitthe initial structure put together

I also added “feet” for a small boost ~and a Sleigh look.

Then I flipped it upside down to make it super easy to set the crown-cove molding AND the bottom/floor.

adding the crown-cove molding and a floor

I added wallpaper to the paneled board sections.  I found that at the ReStore too, and was shocked seeing it.  I knew what it was right away and its value.  Brunschwig & Fils Wallpaper.  I searched online at that time (about ’08) to get the exacts on it, $150 a roll.   I paid $1 ! 

*I just went back to get the pattern info again, but it’s not offered anymore.

adding wallpaper~

Yes~ I popped the top off to make life easier wallpapering and painting!

in progress~ but I don't like it. YET.in progress~ but I don't like it. YET.

 

The seat.  I pulled a 2″ board from my stashes.  I don’t have much left and it’s hard to find salvaged—which makes it more affordable.  As you can see, it’s a darker, more red wood, and I’m not liking the look.  YET.  I also don’t like my lighter gray paint at the sides.

I mixed a darker, greener gray and REpainted—way better!  And painted the seat while I was at it (and distressed it).

Way better!

Way better!

I added reproduction hooks and it was off to serve its new little Master!

HaPPy BiRthDaY Colton!

Love~ GG Auntie Catherine

HaPPy BiRthDaY Colton!

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THIS was Monday–

the room is ready to go!

THIS is Friday!

the newly REstyled bookcases!

And THIS is how the week went!

Monday- I finished the last of the prep work.
Tuesday & Wednesday- picked up my stained parts, propped the key parts together to see where adjustments would have to be made –just plan on it, ’cause it happens– and got to work.  All was coming together!

Uh~mostly.

I’m still not quite satisfied with the bookshelf’s natural break line.  I may be making a change.  –We’ll see.
I started painting the interior to brighten it.  I used the satin finish from the Lower Level I had mixed to match the Living Room’s suede texture.  But without the suede texture, the satin finish read too “white.”
Thursday- So I ran off to get another paint mixed just a bit darker than the walls, and got everything finished including the shelves!
While I was out, I stopped in to have a conversation with my lighting guru and made a last minute (literally) LIGHTING decision.

painting the interior~

Early this morning I gave a light sanding to a few “rough” areas and REpainted.  While it was drying, I got crackin’ on the new TAPE lighting!

adding concealed TAPE lighting

You can see that it’s very small, low profile, and concealable!  BEST- it gives a consistent –not spotty– wash of light flooding across the shelving.  I had my lighting guy make TWO 66″ lengths to go behind each pilaster, an appropriate length to feed back towards the outlet, but connected to plug in to ONE spot.  The outlet is triggered by a wall switch I added in construction.
This lighting is  so flat~low profile, it easily slips between the slight wall~shelf gap.  I only needed to drill a small hole through the lid and the center shelf to feed the tape through, from top to bottom.  It attaches by a sticky taped backing.
The down side is that it’s still a new format~meaning EXPENSIVE.  $126 + tax.  I’ll probably add this underneath the upper kitchen cabs for counter task lighting—it’s really nice!

Look at the difference—in DAY light!

Just imagine at night!

adding Tape Lighting

the 2nd life of the Shaker bookcases
Here’s the “before” to THIS project!
I have a few things left to finish, which I’ll share later, but in the mean time~

I’ll REwork and REload all the family photos~

Catherine

the NEW bookcases W/NEW lighting!

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shelves and parts just waiting~~and it’s not even finished!

Yesterday morning I anxiously headed out to pick up my parts.  The guys did an OUTstanding job and I was super happy!  Sure~the stain was a smidge darker than my plan, but, com’on—

it’s so beaUtiful!

And here we go

This is the room Monday, ready and waiting. . .

clear weather~nice day

the room is ready to go!

And Tuesday. . .the parts picked up and now just propped together for a general lay of the land before jumping in full fledged!

propped together for a general overview

Although I brought in the compressor, nailers, drill—and a variety of other accouterments, I still needed to run in and out to make cuts and router things.  And the RAIN moved in.  For the day.  Joy.

With ME and PARTS running in and out getting wet.

Some things were pre-cut and waiting, but other things had to be done on the fly.  Adjustments and tweaks had to be made~it happens.  So in the frenzy of work I didn’t get many “along the way” pics to share, sorry.

adjusting the plinth blocks and base

contouring the back cleats to hold/stabilize the pilastersThe jist of the work

–I started with the right side, attaching the cleating and base plinth.  

–The first change came once I added the pilaster, it just looked too “flat.”  So I pulled it off and ran it through the router with a trim bit to follow the contours.

–Calculate the cut and attach the top plinth block.

–Slide the right bookcase over, snug to the wall~move the left bookcase in and screw them together.

–Repeat the whole pilaster profile process on the left side.

–Cut/install hidden cleats to install/stabilize the center base.

–Install decorative header with the addition of 2 “L” brackets from behind for extra security.

–Add scribe to the center bottom-top bookcase divide, and rip/cut ¼” veneer to conceal the center bookcase connections.

–Lastly, each shelf had to be ripped down a slight bit shallower.  One of my corny big brothers noted that “It’ll be hard to keep your books straight.  We’ll have to call you Ei-leen.”

concealing the center connection and adding stained scribe to the middle

cutting the shelves down to fit behind the new pilasters/cleating

a NEW look!

The next tasks are to putty, lightly sand, and paint the whole interior.  And, REset that interior outlet and cover plate.

Plus, we’re in a full out snow storm now—w t h Mother Nature??

I need to decide on lighting -or not- and adding a top finial -or not- .

I liked it before but

I love it now!

Catherine

—there’s MORE to come & to explain!

the evolution of these bookcases!

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