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I just need a minute~e s,  I sort of abandoned blogging for a while last year.

I needed a FEW minutes.

My bad.

 

Just like on the computer– I needed to hit the REfresh button.

But that’s not to say I wasn’t working on projects.  Oh, I was.

I had a  L O T  of project ideas, and I’d be selling in 2 Fall shows.  BUT- I knew the summer would be consumed by yard and garden repair.  And I started focusing on myself & hitting the gym hard.  A N D, of course, there was FAMILY TIME.  Seemed like EVERY. thing. was a full time proposition.

I just showed you the wall cabinet that was created because of orphaned desk drawers.  I actually made a variety of wall hanging things.  -Shelves.

I still had some very plain-Jane ReStore corbels.  I bought all 6 they had and parked on them forEVER before I came up with the first project.  But each time, I found I had to cut a bit off—and I kept themYou never know

3 corbel pairs became 3 shelves.

And the cut offs became another shelf!

The 1st pair of corbels were used to create an Over Mantle Shelf.

I backed it with 3 of the many fleur-de-lis tins I bought in a flea market.

the 1st pair of corbels--

The Over Mantle Shelf sold so quick & easy at Nellie’s Barn Sale 2016,

I decided to make a 2nd shelf for the 2017 show too.

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

There’s a place I go by with regularity that tosses out some out-of-the-ordinary pallets—I now stalk them!  The 3rd shelf was made from the boards of one their pallets.  I liked the mixed woods and only sanded and clear-coated.  You can see I ripped trim pieces on the table saw for extra detail.  It too, was a quick sale!

6 ReStore corbels used for 3 shelves

I now had 6 corbel cut offs, which got me thinking. . .

how about stretching them out for a  L O N G  plate rail?

* The long boards were also pallets from that place!

a 5ft long plate rail with the cut offs

5ft long, with a routed groove to catch the standing plates.

a 5ft long plate rail

That shelf above the plate rail was made from salvaged parts of a vintage sewing machine cabinet.  I made 2 like that!

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I only had the decorative door for the one below.

I made the sides and used part of a drawer face for the top.

salvaged sewing machine shelves

I like making shelves, they’re so easy!

And speaking of corbels and pallets

I know most of you only look at and use the top pallet boards, but look again at the thick “foot” boards.  They’re usually 2″ to 3″ thick— and thick wood is expensive to buy.

I bought this amazing and adorable pair of corbels in a church flea market.  I’ve been hoarding them because, well— they’re too cute to give up!    And then I noticed they were roughly the same size as the pallet FEET,

so look what I did!

It was not easy pulling the nails, but once clear, I traced out the shape of the corbels and cut them at the band saw.  I got all of these from 1 pallet foot! 

Wouldn’t they be awesome under a plate rail/chair rail in a room?

THICK pallet "feet"

corbels in a chair rail/plate rail

And one last PALLET FOOT project–

I played with the spacing of my last 5 votive candles, then cut the pallet FOOT board to length.  I drilled the holes with a 1½” mortising bit at the drill press.  Sanded smooth, then Lyme-waxed.  I LUV IT!

Catherine

I told you I was busy working!

made from the FOOT board under a pallet

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While I drink my wine and finish the chair-seat slip covers,

that you can’t see yet—

-you can't see it yet!

–thought I’d reach backward to share 1 of last summer’s projects!

 

My bff was on the verge of tossing out 3 great desk drawers.

“Uh~can I have them?” 

–2 of the side desk drawers and the center pencil drawer.

I had an idea!

*You’ll have to  -visualize here-  because if I took pics I can’t find them.

a “scrap” wall cabinetI grabbed some of my rafter tails (examples below) found in a flea market long ago and some pine boards.  With one of the boards laying flat, I layered the rafter tails and propped the drawers (on their sides) to play with a CABINET SHAPE.  When I had something I liked I traced their shapes to cut with a jigsaw.

I cut the 2 drawers down in depth to something really shallow.  (I think it was 9″)

The drawers dictated width–and I cut the varying “RAILS” that supported the top, and each drawer section accordingly.  AND their bowed shape.

I dug through my stash of varying dowel sizes and cut a thicker one to width, then picked through my crown/cove moldings for an appropriate design.

The cabinet is a very simple design, with scalloped sides developed and cut from the shape of those rafter tails!

Go HERE to see how I used some of those rafter tails in a window casing project!

examples of Rafter Tails
a “scrap” wall cabinet

♦  You can see how I capitalized on the scallop of the rafter tail design, and the partial repeat at the bottom!

♦  Rails are typically just the horizontal part of a face frame, but mine are solid pieces–almost like a shelf–to better support the 2 sides and each drawer section.

♦  The lower RAILS both divide the drawer sections and support the drawers when opened.  One RAIL becomes the “top” in the upper open section.  I also cut another board for a top, or cap, and extra nailer for the cove molding -that I ultimately chose.

♦  I cut a solid piece of ½” thick wood for the entire back, but routered “V” grooves in it to give THE LOOK of wide plank tongue & groove bead board.  The thicker wood let me cut holes and apply/counter-sink wood pegs with more stability.

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

a “scrap” wall cabinet

Building

from SCRAPS!

It went very fast at the first of the two markets I sold in last fall!

Sorry for the grainy picture—apparently I didn’t even take an End of Project picture either.  Tough summer!

It obviously hangs on the wall, and if memory serves, I think it finished in at

14″wide  ×  36″long.

Catherine

 

 

*I’ve been toying with making another–but maybe 4ft long- to hold cook books!
Or bath towels!    idk~
What do you think?

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French country ladder back chairsDo you remember the 4

french ladder back chairs

I REfinished and upholstered last spring?  No?

Yeah–I dropped the ball on sharing this to completion.  Sorry.

Here’s the READER’S DIGEST version to catch you up!

Judy’s had these chairs for-EVER. . . and they were showing it.  We probably talked about this project for a year before doing it.

The rush seats were just disintegrating and those plaid seat pads became a band-aide.

Judy's ladder back chairsI took them to the strippers.
And I wish I had let them do the whole strip & refinish—it was such a MAJOR amount of work.  But -I- painstakingly sanded all of them.  HOURS of sanding and aching hands.  Sometimes DIY sucks.

Judy's ladder back chairs

Only waxing maintained the raw, pale wood we wanted—but it wasn’t enough durability for Judy.  But you can see below that even a simple clear-coat darkened the Cherry wood.  Bummer.

sanded & clear coated

The chairs sat kind of low so we played with varying ways to REbuild the seats—deciding on furniture webbing with a thicker pad for loft AND softness.

Matelassé was ordered–from Italy!  We ordered enough for a boxed covering, but discovered the chair construction dictated wrapping the seats instead—and that took much less fabric.  So the extra matelassé was used to also cover the 2 pressed back chairs I recently shared with you.

Judy's UPHOLSTERY

*We also tackled REfinishing the Bird’s eye maple table.

You know~I’ve always been pretty efficient with my cuts  -wood, fabric, whatever-  but even I was surprised at how far I stretched this yardage!

So I’m making chair seat slip covers from the very last of the fabric!

chair seat slip covers

I’ll leave you here for the moment,

I’m still working on them.

There’s a twist to reveal at the end~so check back!

Catherine

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Good deals—sucker deals.

Worth the effort—burn it.

patience-I have to stop thinking so negatively about this poor guy.

We were BOTH badly abused in this deal.

“He” –because of the masculine paint job– I think, deserves a PROPER name.

 

Caleb

was suggested and–I like it!

So –Caleb- is growing on my affections.  Maybe because the project is Hallelujah-  FINI!  M a y b e  ’cause he’s kinda’ handsome now.  Whatever—he’s going to the antique mall in the morn.  Please sell right away!

To REcap~

  1. I was sort of strong-armed into this purchase.
  2. It was lived in by some critter and was a disGUSTing clean up job.
  3. It needed wAy too many repairs, the drawers were all jacked up, and it was stripped of its original hardware.

before

That’s a GOOD picture—and VERY deceiving!

newest project~

Here he is now,

all cleaned up!

Meet Caleb!  Anyone looking to adopt?

Catherine

I call him CALEB-

 Even though the drawers cleaned up good & DON’T stink now, I painted every inch of them just for comfort–I tend to let my own comfort levels guide me.

Then –to jazz things up a little– I took a few liberties with the sides!  Think stripes & polka dots!  A fun contrast for the big over-sized wood knobs.

Call him CALEB-

I DID run the drawers through the router for an extra bead detail, and I cleaned up and put back the brass key holes–but left them tarnished for the patina!

Call him CALEB-

He looks pretty cute now, huh?

No more sow!

 

you can call him CALEB now!

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Back in early December I was asked to REwork a pair of mismatched antique pressed back chairs *The link tells how they are created!

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

The darker actually has a mate (and may get worked on later),

the lighter chair came from the Ottillia Catherine estate sale I ran last spring.  Judy snatched it up before anyone else saw it—ahh those rope spindles ♥ ♥ ♥ !

They would be needed for extra seating at Christmas.  So the lighter went to the strippers for sake of time–AND because  It.  Needed.  WORK.

While the guys showered it with their expertise, I REworked the darker.  It lived by/in a South-facing window and was dry and sun faded.  A light sanding and over-staining brought it back, and I played with varying stains to match the seat.

Both chairs had the telltale evidence of original caning.  After talking it all out, caning WILL probably happen down the line, but for now, I’d cut wood for upholstered seats.  I used the caning holes to attach the seats -but very carefully- so not to damage anything for the later project.

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

I made seat patterns with heavy card stock paper, reduced the size a little, then used it to cut the wood seats and padding.  Both seats were covered with the incredible matelasse that was ordered from Italy for Judy’s french ladder back chairs *I can’t remember if I showed you those at the end…??

Here they are, just before REdelivery.   Plus that mirror you see behind them—which is another story I’ll share soon.

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

Here’s the darker pressed back–with its mate.  It’s actually in pretty good condition, with exception to the busted out caning.

Catherine

mismatched PRESSED BACK chairs

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I’m just now circling back. . .

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

. . . it’s actually such a sweet bench  A N D  awfully tempting to keep!

I was digging through my big closet of fabrics hunting for my staple supply of matte lasse to reupholster the newly padded bench top.  But instead~

I REfound something I LUV and FORGOT about!

Something a bit UNexpected—which makes it all the more fun!

Otillia Catherine's BENCH

Ottilia Catherine's BENCHYou can see by the picture above that it’s almost like the top/seat is a little small.  I, personally, didn’t think anything of it, but I overheard a few harsh comments about it  -AND it’s UGLY covering-  while at the antique mall.

So to address that weird transition   I added a new 2″ thick pad and wrapped it down the sides to make the seat BULKIER.  Just NOT enough apparently.

It’s better for sure—but the gap persists.  Arrrgh.  And unfortunately, the top edge stands out being lighter than the sides. 

The simple solution would be to run welting, but I didn’t have enough fabric.  I was thinking some vintage crochet’d trim might be interesting—hmmm.

I tacked it on VERY lightly with hot glue.  Lightly enough to take back off if I didn’t like it.  Or someone buying it doesn’t.  This way~IT’S OPTIONAL.

Ottilia Catherine's BENCHI sort of just want to keep it now, I mean~

you can always use a bench!

And I LUV window pane plaid!

Catherine

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

Ottilia Catherine's BENCH

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Before Christmas I spent a gOOd bit of time cutting out STARS.

No joke-

a LOT of them.

I wanted them for holiday decorating, for REsale, and for an afternoon of play with some young nieces!  (pictured are 3 of said characters!)

a few of my (silly) girlies!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!I dug through my wood stashes~and found a good variety to play with!

I’d already drawn out a bunch of star shapes till I was happy with one, then printed it out on heavy card-stock paper in different sizes—to create a pattern.

I cut out my stars on a band saw.  I want one SO badly, but can’t afford one yet.  The strippers are pretty kind to let me use theirs—I bring FOOD BRIBES!

I sanded the edges of all then– Painted some, Decoupaged others on one side, and just left some RAW.   Drilled holes at the drill press for jute string to hang them.

Had a lot of fun cutting out those thick “PUFFY” stars—which I’m keeping!

Catherine

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

oh my STARS!

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