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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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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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face book, Buy-Sell-RummageIn no particular order,

from all I listed at the end of my last post. . .

 

July 09

I saw this dresser on one of the facebook shopify pages.

It was during one of those little unexpected lulls.  A quick, FUN project to play with!

Structurally, it was good, but it needed some REstyling.  BADLY.

The plan

It was pretty clean, but OMG did it STINK like an ashtray!

adding corner blocks to support new wheels

new wheels to make it more mobil

a reproduction postered front!

 

*If anyone knows a miracle cure for ashtray stink, please, I’m all ears!

I washed it inside and out with white vinegar and left it out in the hot sun for days—it STILL stunk.  In the end, I painted the inside drawers~only an 80% cure.

Up on saw horses, I added blocking to the bottom corners so I could add wheels. It’s a fun touch, AND helps me move it in around easier!  ; D

A N D- I found this Marvels comic reproduction poster.  I thought it would be a really fun addition to the 60’s bow-fronted dresser style.

But 1st~ let’s strip and REstain the top!

stripped and REstained top

I mixed paint to match the border of the poster—because it didn’t completely cover the dresser face.  Plus, the wood was marred in several areas and would’ve required more work than was worth the trouble  ~considering a REsale price.

the Captain America poster

And here’s the end result!

Fun & Playful!

Catherine

before~FUN & Playful!

 

 

N e x t . . !

 

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I’m still here -but-

LIFE has just been more than a

LITTLE bit crazy.

For a while now.
Now don’t think I haven’t been working on projects…

it's just LIFE

it's just LIFE

French country ladder back chairs

One such project has been making over 4 French country ladder back chairs.

The rush seats were totally shot, and the stain color was very worn and “orange.”

HERE- they were waiting their turn at the strippers.  I also had the guys bleach the Cherry hoping to lighten them just a bit more.

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

W H A T.  a.  P A I N.  in the p’tutie to sand these buggers.

I tried using just about EVERY sander I own, and EVERY kind of sand paper and sanding sponge available.  There was just NO EASY WAY to tackle this job.

And it was SO dirty.

But I was totally loving that pale, light wood!

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

Below is a comparison for you to see,

WITH some disappointing results.

Once I had a chair fully sanded, I sampled several stain colors,

a brush-on water based clear coat,

and some clear wax so I could see what I liked best.

*The BRUSH-ON WATER-based clear coat did not change the color of the wood.

But as soon as the SPRAY OIL-based clear coat hit the wood~

the RED in the Cherry popped again.

sanded & clear coated

After a little conference call with the strippers, it was thought that the OIL-based clear coat was at fault.

So I used a SPRAY WATER-based clear coat on the next chair with essentially the same result.

I did notice that the water-based brush-on was sort of “milky.”  And apparently THAT made all the difference in keeping a pale wood tone. But I was UNwilling to clear coat all the chairs with a BRUSH!

Next up—the Italian Matelasse upholstery!

Catherine

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Thank Goodness!

no. more. dog.

what's WRONG in this picture?

. . . THAT done . . .

The Dressers

the dressers~

They were in their basement.  Storing tools at some point.  But basement was damp’ish and dressers got a tad moldy.  Took them to strippers.

Did you know that stripping chemicals can kill mold as well as bad smells?

Now remedied of those two problems, it was decision time.  Do I spend more time and money on REfinishing them, leave them raw (someone else can do what THEY want) OR paint them?

I opted to deal with THE TOPS.

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

Sort of REworked~

The smaller dresser~ stained and waxed top, painted body with raw wood and waxed face frame.  Reproduction hardware.

The larger dresser~ stained and waxed top, the rest- just left raw and reinstalled original mismatched hardware.

And– REproduction wood wheels for both.

Sadly, both dressers were stripped of their  -handkerchief drawers, and  -framed mirrors.

Catherine

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the HALL TABLEVery simple in style but LARGE.
Too large for the average

hall table,

foyer table,

or as a sofa table.

Or should I say it’s

TOO deep…?

Well THAT’s easily remedied! I took it apart and cut out the center 5½”—20″d to 14½”.

The table suffered while being stored in a basement—the center joint split open and swelled outward very subtly.  Not obvious until running it through the table saw.  I set the fence to keep/maintain 7¼” on each “half,” but the same split still shows in the center.

I toyed with forcing the halves back together with a clamp and screwing a cleat underneath to hold them tightly together, but I actually don’t mind the split now. Call it CHARACTER!

the HALL TABLE~correction

the HALL TABLE~correction

the HALL TABLE~correction

the HALL TABLE~correction

Now a more reasonable depth to use as a sofa table~which is more likely to be it’s new use!  AND you see I stripped that chocolaty paint off the top and left the raw wood exposed only waxing it.

the HALL TABLE~correction

The wood glows now with hydration

and feels baby-butt smooth all waxed and ready for the estate sale!

Catherine

a very SIMPLE makeover!

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