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REcreating an Adirondack chair from this carcass!This truly was
a FUN project

but challenging.
It tested my carpentry skills throughout.  I cut MORE compound cuts 
(explained way below)

over the last 2 days
than all of last year!

THIS carcass used to look much like the chair below.  Just not nearly so nice as it came to me.
(a be-gloved, take a long hot shower at the end kind-of-knock-down chair!)

a 1930's - 1940's club chair

I actually only wanted it for PARTS, and the man giving it to me volunteered to knock it down (because it was gross).

Oh, I didn’t get off scott-free—I still had about 2K tacks to pry out.  Back in April.

Adirondack chairs don’t LOOK that complicated–but looks can be VERY deceiving!  Lesson learned.

Back in April,

sitting in the warmth of a beautiful, blindingly sunny Spring day, listening to the birds chirping

and prying out all those tacks—I was struck by how interesting the frame was and the idea of an Adirondack chair hit me.  For the Nellie’s Barn Sale.

I had a loooong and ambitious project list for the sale, so the chair only got a little of my time here & there.  The frame needed a LOT of reinforcement and repair and I needed to stew on the HOW-to of doing this.

Friday, with only 6 days left to packing-driving-off loading & setting up–I stopped everything else to give this my full attention.  I’d already been thinking about and formatting the seat slant, I just needed to commit and cut the wood.  The first of MANY challenges I would face.  

committing to a slanted seat~

some exacting cut & angles to create the seat structure~

I used a lot of OLD deck boards.
1- because they were well dried for stability.
2- because it’s going to be an OUTDOOR chair.

I ended up creating the seat structure in pieces because of the numerous angles and cut outs–and because I didn’t have any BIG enough material at hand!.  Then I used my pocket screw jig to join them all FIRMLY.

I quickly realized that it’d be advantageous to sand & paint at each step!

sanding & painting before moving on~

-Saturday-

This was one L-O-N-G day of construction.  A day of compound cuts.
8am-9pm  with nary a break, and I was exhausted.

explaining

working on the slatted back~The slatted back
CURVED at the top and STRAIGHT at the bottom.
T
he outdoor-use deck boards were only ¾” but not long enough to “force” the “twist.”  So I cut a lot of angles and doweled the boards in place at the bottom before nailing at the top.
I also ran ALL edges through the router table to restore the factory-rounded over edges.  Hence the 13 hour day.

The “worst” was fitting in the boards at and below the wings.  WoWza!
I patted myself on the back for my level of perseverance & tenacity, quietly thanking a lot of carpenters who generously shared their knowledge with me along my travels.
That hands-on learning helped me problem-solve these issues with confidence.

AGAIN- I sanded and painted before moving on.

Consumed by the challenges, I guess I forgot to take progress pictures for you to follow along- sorry.

Incidentally- I worked on the back before the seat because of all the angles and doweling.  I needed that open space to work.

working on the slatted back~The seat

I secured the 3 seat supports in place with 3″ countersunk screws.
I glued in plugs to conceal the screws then cut them flush.

The seat is wider at the front than back, so, MORE angles.  I started with the front-most board because of all the notches.

cutting all the angles into the 1st boards

Both of those notches are ALSO compound cuts—the frame they abut is curved.

the Okay– so without the progress pictures to share, you now see a “finished” chair.

A  D E E P  27″

Too deep- actually.
Normal would be 17″.
I fetched our 5’10” neighbor-lady to gauge the situation from a taller standpoint.
Yep~ still way too deep.

I grabbed a back cushion from one of the deck chairs–it made a huge difference.
It also changed my FINISH direction.  I planned on a navy & white cabana stripe theme, and an accent pillow!

So NOW I’ll stick with a clean white chair & stained seat.  Today I’ll go in search of a stylish back cushion!

before skirting the sides-

Above is the “before I skirted the sides.”  See why?

I ripped leftovers to skirt the sides and a face plate,
plus a transition piece for the curved bottom-front.

Here are the detail shots-
hope you like LOVE IT -as much as I do!
Catherine

sorry about the length of this post—

from a 1930-40's club chair to an Adirondack Porch Chair!

from a 1930-40's club chair to an Adirondack Porch Chair!

-here are some details-

from a 1930-40's club chair to an Adirondack Porch Chair!

-and here’s an early FAIL.  The fully stained seat did NOT look good!

an early FAIL!

And you can take a seat in it this Friday & Saturday at
Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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another serpentine dresser project!I love this style of dresser, they’re just so pretty!

Uh. . . well. . .
they CAN be so pretty.
OMG is THIS one sad.
What was someone thinking here–???

The problems.

I’m just speculating, but, did someone streak a brush full of stain through the wet paint to get this look?  Ugh.

The wheels were toast.

The hardware was just  W R O N G.

It needed several repairs and one drawer bottom needed replacing.

And O-M-G it STUNK.  The car (and my nose) needed serious venting out.

another serpentine dresser project!

I took it to the strippers first thing Monday.  It wasn’t going to be a “pretty” wood so I opted for my UNorthodox strip job—“…just wreck the top please, and I’ll go from there!”  Stripping solution was also used to kill the horrible smell, and I pressure washed EVERYthing CLEAN.
(above & below- the top “stripped”)

I bought a new set of wood wheels before I left and –GOT. BUSY.

The Top.  The wood was that REALLY heavily grained oak.  I’m not a fan.  So we left the stripper on to melt-bubble-crackle the paint, then lightly rinsed it off trying to NOT disturb the effect.  I left it to dry in the sun -THEN- hit it with course sand paper to get a VERY chipped up paint effect.

getting a chippy paint finish with stripper-

floetrol-I was only looking for TEXTURE at this point.  I sprayed the top with primer to seal in my chippy effect, then added Floetrol to a simple white paint so I could brush paint the top and body and not have obvious brush strokes in the end.

I had several ideas for the end product.  When I decided on using some of my collected vintage ’40’s wallpaper, I found the white was TOO much and over-sprayed with Rust-Oleum’s Chiffon Cream Chalk paint.  It gave a much softer, off white that worked much better with my wallpaper!

WoW!  NOT easy to get a picture of the top for the end effect.  Trust me—it looks authentically chippy-layered old!  I waxed the top and buffed it out 4 times.  It is absolutely smooth as silk!

the chippy top~

adding new & larger reproduction wood wheels

I pried off the old broken and missing wheels, and replaced them with an almost 2″ reproduction wood wheel.  It raised the height to 27½”.  I’m thinking this would be better as a night stand/extra storage dresser.

painting the body~

drawers repaired and now painted too~

I added an orphaned mirror.  I like the scale and height but wish it was oval to go better with the curvilinear serpentine-front.

Now 5’7″ in its overall height!

~and I added an orphaned mirror!

adding 1940's wallpaper!

I waxed the wallpaper with the rest of the dresser—yes, it did alter the softer yellow color, but will give it more durability.
I added back the missing drawer stops, gave it appropriate hardware, and put the whole piece back together again—with the additional mirror!

my newest Serpentine-fronted dresser project!

a detailed string of "pearls"

I love the detail of the string of pearls!

Isn’t she beautiful now? 

Catherine

my newest Serpentine-fronted dresser project!my newest Serpentine-fronted dresser project!

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Someone owed me money for design work–

and [gave me] this chandelier as payment when they couldn’t pay up.  SwellDo you think I can pay the electric bill with it too?

It’s been hanging in the rafters for a long time now and HAS TO GO.  I can’t move on as long as it exists.

So I took it downtook it apart–and started with -blowing off all the dust & cleaning it up- and altering the faded black metal.  

a chandelier as payment--oh joy.

a chandelier as payment--oh joy.

a chandelier as payment--oh joy.

a whole new look for this chandelier!

Taking the fixture apart as far as was reasonable, I protected the rest of it in Press n’ Seal.  Absolutely a staple in my “tool box!”

I used a spray primer, and then two different whites.  I painted in sections with the crisp white, then immediately misted over it with an ivory so the color had more dimension.

It took several light coats to cover so I gave it a few days to thoroughly dry before trying to put it all back together.  I took pics as I took it apart to help me remember how!

Although it looked much lighter and fresher, it still needed something and-I had an idea! And more springs!

Hanging crystals would be totally–Wrong.
Glass globes–No.
Pseudo Globes–perhaps ?!?

I thought it could be playful–but STILL needed something.

playful--but still needing "something"

That’s when I thought about a garden style.  So I did what some would call UNthinkable—I sprayed glue in specific areas and applied sphagnum moss.
To one side.  Like you see on a tree in nature.

And I sprayed the spring coils and rolled them through the moss on a table!

my Garden-styled chandelier!

a stylized garden chandelier!

I’m still trying to figure out how to stabilize the coils better, they’re a bit tippy.

But I LIKE IT!

I think it would be fun in a bathroom, or a sun room.

Even a very stylized guest room!

Catherine

 

Maybe I’ll get SOME of my money back this way, right?

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Marie's little table!∗ My mother’s OLD neighborhood is at the end.  The woman who’s family farmed all this land, and then sold to be developed into all these area neighborhoods long-long ago~ passed on Mother’s Day morning.
OUR family was the last to settle into this street of 11 families with 27 kids.  I was 6½ when we moved to this state-city-street.  And now my mother is the last of all those parents.  (my dad left the Air Force, and this put us about half way between grandmas)
As her daughter wraps up cleaning out the still-there old farm house (it’s already sold) I got a call to come look at some things~if I’d be interested!        ♥ RIP Marie 

I was gifted 2 chairs, 2 tables!

I really thought this small plant stand-side table was such a Cutie-pie!  But I could DEFINITELY improve upon it!  Beginning with a little extra zhoosh in the form of some small fleur dis lis appliqués.

zhooshing up Marie's Table

zhooshing up Marie's Table

I reached for my newly concocted “terracotta” paint!  I LUV it and will get some color-matched to keep as a staple.  Actually- I primed it before painting because it was one of those pieces that would bleed-through pink’ish.  NOT in a good way.  That white primer absolutely showed me that it needed a BURST of color!

A bit of sanding, appliqués, primer, 2 coats of paint, and a little distressing!

Doesn’t it look FABulous?!?

And it will be at Nellie’s!

Catherine

zhooshing up Marie's Table

zhooshing up Marie's Table

zhooshing up Marie's TableNellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up saleI can’t believe there are still a few pieces remaining from the Ottilia Catherine’s Estate Sale a year ago.  Pieces I thought would have been 1st to sell.

This –trunk?– is one.

I’ve seen these things sell in the blink of an eye—but not this one.

So let’s FIX that.

It was scrubbed really well the first time around, but you still felt like you wanted to wash your hands touching it–yuck.  And maybe why it didn’t sell.

So THIS time around I wasn’t worried about detracting from its authenticity—I took it apart, cleaned it with another degreaser, and sanded.

And the yellow paint was still at hand (am I becoming a yellow-girl?).

the trunk that didn't sell--??

the trunk that didn't sell--??

the trunk that didn't sell--??the trunk that didn't sell--??

 

Even after all that prep, this piece SUCKED UP PAINT

like a magic show!

But I persevered, was patient—and won the battle!  With about 5 coats of paint working clockwise around the trunk, on to the drawer, then the top–

× 5 in steady repetition.  ON PURPOSE.

dealing with paint issues~I was painting in hot, humid conditions.  Just touching the trunk STILL made my hands “black.”  Whatever was STILL in the wood was soiling the brush and contaminating my paint.  But experience told me that if I kept layering on the paint while it was only tacky-dry, the multi-layers would fuse and it might seal in the film.  AND ultimately get me to the effect I wanted.  IT DID!

After the bleed-through stopped, and all the coats of paint–I left it alone for about 30 minutes.  THEN came some sanding with course paper around a sponge block.

The softer flexibility let me control the pressure to distress and “peel” paint off.  But now it will have to sit for quite a while to truly cure.  I may seal it right before taking it to Nellie’s Barn Sale.  It will have had 22 days to cure by then.

It’s a really cool trunk, but it’s kind of low—so I also went dragging through my wheel collection. . .

all painted and playing with wheels~

 

The color and the wheels definitely ADD TO ITS APPEAL!

I’m absolutely CONFIDENT it will FLY out of our space this time!

A NEW look for an OLD trunk!

It could even become a coffee table now!

Catherine

a NEW look for an OLD trunk!

Hope to see you at the show!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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'80's era consolesRemember these?

80’s era consoles?

I found one of these cheap (several years back already) to build up & around for extra hall storage in a niece’s home.  Although it wasn’t going to look like THIS at the end–they couldn’t SEE it and didn’t like it.

So there it sits, parked in my stashes gathering dust.

UNTIL NOW.

I muscled it out from the thick of things, cleaned it up, and started planning.

Not into the pseudo-Spanish style, I ALWAYS knew things would start with the doors.  My initial thought was to create a tall flat back and create open shelving.  I even toyed with making that Window Hutch top for this cabinet.  Ehh~too much??  IDK. . .

. . . let’s just start dealing with those doors & see what it tells me. . .

OPEN doors and painting a base color working on that door style

In the end- I REfilled the doors with more TIN!

That cool drop hardware was added to my stashes–to be exchanged for something smaller.  Then I pried off that center medallion, but it “wasn’t enough.”  So I knocked out the whole panel and considered options to REfill it.

Caningtiny chicken wirewall paper or decoupage… square off the frame?  –TIN.

I had some pieces that were about the right size and honestly, were so deteriorated and not good for anything else–so why not?

I cut them to size, sealed in the chippy state so if I opted to paint them it would show through.  But since I liked the existing chippy patina and colors, I chose paint based on the tin as is.

Then I repaired and glued and sanded.  Finally- I got busy painting a base coat on the cabinet.  I was so done in by the end of my loooong day that I just walked away from it.  It laid on the sawhorses outside overnight.  And dried REALLY well—maybe I should always do that!  ; D

Yesterday I painted the finished color in a dry-brushing technique so it has a textural fabric effect.  I selected drop handles in a smaller scale and simpler style, and installed the tin!

Done!  Fini!  Stop there!  NO top or ANYthing else.

I love it as is!

I kind of wish I had squared off the doors though. . .

Catherine

33″ wide  ×  12½” deep  ×  30″ tall

my '80's cabinet AFTER my '80's cabinet BEFORE

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look what the neighbor gave me!THESE tables, that the neighbor gave me.

That I DEconstructed right away and am REcreating one into a sofa table.

I’m still working on that project, just not consistently because I’m juggling MANY projects for Nellie’s.

DEconstructing the tables~OMgoodness~ I swear, someone got paid by the screw putting this table together.

68 screws held this table together × 2 tables!

I now have a GOOD supply of screws on hand!

the aprons from the tables~

After taking everything apart—I decided to make shelves from the aprons.    I started with 3 -the 4th needed repair.  I cut the ends of each on a 45° miter and added sides.  I primed them, gave them a really sloppy paint job and over-sprayed the bottom edges with a darker shade of green.

THEN a twist!  I coated them in stripping solution just long enough to wreck the paint, and clean them off with a pressure washer.

creating shelves from the table's aprons


They looked A-MAZ-ing!

Until I clear coated them.

It “washed out” the distressed effect and I don’t even have a picture to show you the difference.

I’m SO bummed.

giving them patina~

Creating SHELVES from the table's aprons~

I cut tops for each following their contours, and routed a simple edge detail to dress them up.  Gave them a very light stain and clear coat.

I know I said “SHELVES”

and they DO look great clustered together, but, I think they would also be pretty fabulous used as

a Bed Corona!

Catherine

 

A N D  they too, will be going to Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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