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-tin tile collage found at the ReStore!I’m bored, I’m restless, I’m project-deprived.

I’m still not confident in safely working on my saws.

So I’ve been staying away from the usual sources of  “new project material”— trying not to torture myself.


I did venture into my very favorite ReStore right before Christmas, and

look what I found!

At first I just took notice and breezed by, BUT THEN, I hit the brakes and backed up.  The WHOLE doesn’t do anything for me, but as PARTS…hmmmm?!

I was determined--I’ve been spending quality time in my studio cleaning up and REorganizing— ’cause that’s about all I can do still. But I’m restless and decided to test the waters.  I fired up the compressor and metal grinder to see about taking this guy apart.  Very awkward right handed trying NOT to bump the finger—only marginally less awkward left handed but,

I was determined to do SOMETHING!

The spot welds were done VERY WELL, but patience won out!  After grinding down the leftover rough welds, I primed each square with Kilz.  But then I remembered a technique I haven’t employed in a long time.

◊ I REsprayed each tile, one at a time, heavy handedly with the Kilz.  I let the paint have just a few minutes to firm up.  *Can be done by brush too.

◊ I attached the air gun to the compressor and played around “destroying” the paint with harsh blasts of air -creating texture.

The effect can get even better when the paint is only given enough time to set up before attacking with a hand sander.  You can achieve much more of a chipped up, layers of old paint, alligator’d look—depending on the firmness and thickness of the paint!

*I’ve only ever done this technique with Latex paints.

*And remember, only while the paint is just “set up,” not cured.

(*Set Up = “dry” to the touch, but you can still smudge it.)

But alas, I  -HAD TO-  head back to the house to watch the season premier of DOWNTON ABBEY, you understand, right?   So my paint had overnight to cure~unfortunately.

Below, a picture of my air-blown, “wrecked” paint (now settled down & dry).

"wrecking" the paint-

See the pointing hand below?  If I would have sanded areas like this down while the paint was only “set up,” it would have come out more alligator‘d instead of what you see in the picture after.  But it’s nice too!

~I may STILL get more aggressive sanding areas like that on the bigger tin tiles.  What the heck!  Maybe I’ll try over-spraying, blowing, then sanding a 2nd time!  Maybe I’ll dry brush another top color, maybe I’ll just wax…??

"wrecking" the paint-

sanded down AFTER paint cured-

sanded down AFTER paint cured-

the other 2 bigger tiles-

The last two big tiles were primed with Kilz, lightly sanded, and waxed with a medium-dark wax.  I’ll be selling those and the four smaller tins.  I’m keeping two of the big ones for myself and gifting one away.

Below is one of the smaller tin tiles—they’re not totally finished.

BUT, hey

keep watching to see what else I’m planning to do to [all] of them! Hopefully! 


*All the images are raised, however, sometimes they look recessed~optical illusion at play!

one of the smaller tin tiles-

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My new display cabinet for the antique mall!I’ve had several inquiries for one of my display cabinets in the antique mall.     The first one came—as I was installing it!

I really wasn’t interested in selling it—

       I built it because I nEEded it!

                4 adjustable shelves have made it incredibly flexible.

It started with pilfering off the bottom of this thrift store chair—see that post beginning HERE.

Where it all started!

Since a BIG cabinet seems to be so interesting. . .

Ensiola finished, Catrina only just built!Do you remember this loooong ago post for 2 Girl’s Armoires?

I had just finished building Catrina in this picture!  Ensiola is on the left.

The cabinet on the left -Ensiola- is the one I’m thinking I’ll REbuild  GrownUp size!

So, I’m off to my studio to get goingtalk soon!



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how about using some old luggage handles?!While I was busy decoupaging the vintage road maps to the drawer faces, a thought hit me

(my imagination can be a mystery). . .

“wouldn’t it be fUn to use

old luggage handles for drawer pulls?”


So, the next problem was- I happened to have this ONE handle, but where to find more old suit cases for their handles?  I checked out Craig’s List and some local thrift stores, I even checked the antique mall (the only place I found anything).

Omg—these leather handles would be AWEsome, but it would’ve broken my heart to cut up the suite.  But $30 for the set is not bad—just to have them!

awesome vintage luggage--AND, there were only 6 handles to be had.  If necessary, I could just use 4 down the center of the drawers—but, ehh.

After giving some thought to my dilemma, I called a local shoe repair to ask if they had REPLACEMENT handles~no? Uhh. And then on a whim I called Ace Hardware~JACK POT!

My last task was to cut a new, simpler, pine top for the dresser, and,

My luggage handled drawer pulls!

I luv the playful outcome!

From boring 1960’s to Well Traveled!


A "well traveled" dresser!

◊ I’m looking for an old luggage tag now and it would be kinda’ fun to see    if I could pry off and add a luggage lock!  ; D

◊ btw—if I didn’t find the handles I was going to use these flea market vintage bin pulls. . .

I did consider the old bin pulls--
details of the RETRO dresser!

From boring to well traveled!


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

Savvy Southern StylePhotobucketFurniture Feature FridaysPhotobucket

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Getting a first project finished and outta the craziness was great,

my poor studio--it's sending out an SOS!but my studio is still a tore’ up mess!

Sure, I’ve got lots of projects to tackle—if I could just get to’em!

Last year April, I saw this dresser listed on Craig’s List—for FREE!

This dresser was truly in there—the pointer is trying to show you!

a Crai'g's List freebie

The back story was that it was an original purchase in the 60’s and, although they still loved it, they were moving and down-sizing and just wanted it to go to a “loving” home.  ~Even FREE, they wanted someone else to love it!  Awwwwww.

I’m not really into the retro style, but free is FREE and I kinda’ like the soft-curved front!  So let me show it my kinda’ luv!

Beginning with a little DEconstructionof course.

I removed the back so I could take the top off, and I removed it’s “feet.”  I found the drawer guides needed to be re-secured, and a couple of drawers need some attention—but hey, it’s 50-some years old!

My CL freebie gets a new look!

how about some WHEELS?!That done, I can make a fun addition!  Wheels!

I’ve got two sets of industrial wheels that I’ve found while visiting different ReStores when  I travel!

The jumbo set might have been ultimately cooler, but this smaller set might make more sense to the general buying public!

This is a nod to my friend Karen at REDOUX, who has done this to a few cabinets now and I’ve really LUV’d each!

Now onto the face. . .


how about some WHEELS?!

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a couple of my singular corbels--I have several corbels, actually!

But these are two that are singular and I have not worked into a project—yet!

I found them at The ReStore!

1st thing–I cut a dado up the center back.

2nd–I drilled out a channel from the top down, and from the back inward to join the two together.

Any guesses what I’m creating?


a couple of my singular corbels--

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putting 2013 behind us I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!

I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!

antq mall display cabinet

So I thought it might be fun to

RE-share them with you too!

But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL.  What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled!  Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!


~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma  before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway!  Woo-hoo!

year in review projects- 2013

In February~

I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend!  It started with a fire place

Mom's surprise!

During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~

my lighting projects- 2013

  1. My vintage White Globe sconces
  2. Princes Aleigha’s lamp
  3. A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
  4. A lace-y chandelier
  5. A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned

my chalk boards and mirror projects- 2013

  1. the Atlanta trip windows
  2. my auction mirror
  3. making a mirror from cabinet doors
  4. a decoupaged chalkboard
  5. two more decoupaged chalkboards

And there were lots of  miscellaneous projects….

misc projects of 2013

But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!

Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches   ; D

my bench projects- 2013

  1. The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
  2. The neighbor’s curbie
  3. A quilted slip-covered curbie!
  4. The ReStore “bench”
  5. Saving history!
  6. The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
  7. The sewing cabinet bench
  8. The Christmas built-in banquette

And furniture~

furniture projects of 2013reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,

And of course–charity projects.

charity projects -2013

2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubbyAnd one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.

It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50’ish projects!

I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…).  There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…

like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!

Which you can neVer do enough of!


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I tried so hard to get a good REVEAL picture for you to see my contributions to the Habitat for Humanities and the ReStores’ HARD HATS & HEELS auction—

but the chA-os of my jam-packed work studio was not working for any “pretty” pictures.  Okay~although I wasn’t pushing for those BEAUTIFIED, IN PLACE, STYLIZED shots, I still just couldn’t show the dreaded chaos that abounds for the moment.

And you know it’s even tougher when mirrors are involved—you have to think about the background AnD their reflection~yikes!

Now that my Hall Tree & kid’s cubbie are boTH delivered, and their chaos is much less than mine—at LaST I can show you their outcome!  ; D

Hard Hats and Heels--Hall Tree

Hard Hats and Heels--Hall Tree

a cubbie for the kiddos!

Hard Hats and Heels--kid's cubbie-001

And there they are!

Their request was very flattering, I’m happy with the outcome of both, and sure hope they fetch a pretty price for this worthy cause!


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