Such a helpless feeling not being sure just how to truly help out, but I’ve traveled to her house to do –anything- until further notice—or I’m in the way more than helpful. . .
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15 days to Christmas—yikes!
And I still have a big
TO DO list.
I’ve checked it twice, even thrice!
How’s YOUR project list?
Mary Beth Abruzzo –Is there anything that you can’t do? As always, I love watching your progress and can’t wait to see the finished project!
Nancy –How did you first learn carpentry? You are so skilled.
Lisa –I agree with Nancy, You are very skilled. I would love to take a class from you!!
Thank You for all the compliments to my carpentry skills. . . . . . so you want to know where it all comes from. . . ?
I LUV CONSTRUCTION. Kind of obvious, huh?
As a little girl, my dad would teach me simple things and send me off to do whatever-the-task to get me out of his hair and focus on his project. –I would complete whatever it was and return to being under foot until the next “lesson.”
The first project I remember building, I was about 6. Our family made a last move at the end of my dad’s time in the Air Force. The new neighbor-girl had all this cOOl doll furniture to play with–I had none. BUT–I saw a scrap block of wood (from a 2×4) and some (4″) nails in the garage, and swiped some fabric from my mom’s stash. I hammered the nails in at each corner of the block and wrapped the fabric around it making a canopy bed for my Wishie doll (remember those?).
I was a Realtor for many years before moving to Phoenix in ’92, where I crossed over to the construction side of Real Estate. I managed and renovated several large apartment complexes before getting a position in the Warranty dept of a major home builder. It didn’t take me long to land an Asst. Superintendent role with another major builder where I took charge at Frame-to-Finish and Closing. And -longer story short- I was later persuaded to make another switch to work for our cabinet designers.
I tease of how I am the ultimate domestic— I can design it, build it, decorate it, AND sell it! At every stage I learned A LOT–but my furniture building/re-building skills really came out of learning the construction of cabinetry.
I was sO lucky to be surrounded by some very skilled trades along the way who shared generously, and I absorbed everything I could! And- I LUV to pay it all forward with anyone interested, especially women, ’cause. . .
power tools are—Power!
After gutting the closet of its contents, I needed to gut the closet of the old “reconfiguration” and make a lot of wall repairs.
You can see the raw/unfinished plywood sides and wAy too thin shelves—which is why this setup never really worked.
~But, check out that very old pencil sharpener! I’ll put that back!
Gutted and repaired, I repainted the old walls a pale blue’ish gray that I had on hand. You can really see how small this space is— 2′ w x 2’4″ d. Next, I ripped and cut scrap wood for cleats to support the shelves.
I planned to use melamine and have adjustable shelves -but- when I was perusing the size options to make the most cost-effective and efficient cuts I happened to notice these counter top end cuts.
12″ D x 4ft L and $2 each. Huh-?? There were lots of finish options including some that looked like leather, and most had an ogee edge!!
Cut in half, I could get 2 shelves from each board!
6 shelves for $6!!
So I changed my plan—!
And I changed a few other things too. I decided to reorganize things and make the closet’s focus all about snacks, extra supplies, then cleaning “stuff.” *There was a lot of “junk” in there that got cleaned out. Maybe it’ll change down the line, but for now, this is working much better.
3 pieces of counter top $6
1 wire hanging basket $5
2 hanging grippers $5
5 12″ x 12″ floor tiles $1.25
base molding $6
A fresh, clean, NEW look for $23.25!
. . . Next. . . !
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, building green, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, TIPS -construction and finishing, Uncategorized, tagged Belle Escape, OMTWI, the lingerie cabinet, the lingerie dresser on August 25, 2014 | 3 Comments »
…look familiar to you too?
She sent me this link to an online store called Belle Escape. I literally blinked a whole bunch of times and just stared.
Uh–especially at their price! $1895.oo Yowza!
Here’s the one I built once again (for my mom) in a competition 2+ yrs ago!
You can follow the progress of building and finishing it
by the links below.
*My mom is thinking about selling if she can get THAT price too! ; D
See you tomorrow
with a new project!
These are things I saw at the Scott Antique Market in July. Things I forgot about sharing.
Sorry if this is -long- but you know this market is ALWAYS incredible! You really should go sometime. . . .
-Right out the gate I was hit with the English scalloped hall table and caned chairs you see below—they were waiting for pick up, already SOLD!
-Check out the ormolu on that desk below–even painted!
-The Chippendale sofa was a whopping $60 and I seriously thought about how to get it in the car!
I heard several folks gasp at the price of this FAUX BOIS BENCH. Yes, $1,000. is high, but I’ve seen wAy higher prices for lesser quality–and this was by FAR nicer than any I’ve ever seen. So well done, it DID look like wood, even the seat!
. . .no idea why I’ve become so completely fascinated with car parts. . . .
And I really liked this leather case–if my memory is good, I think they were asking $25.
And I only went to the “B” side of the market…
…told you you should go to this market!
It has been ..o..n..e.. exhausting week. Beginning last Friday morning with a 5am flight home to Phoenix.
I emptied my storage unit -exhausting- it goes deep to the left.
Loaded it all in a 20ft truck with the help of some movers (2 fabulous guys who came to my rescue AFTER the 1st ones TEXT me a cancellation an hour before they were supposed to arrive).
Initially I wanted to delay a day leaving to avoid traveling through some of the cross-country storm-path—but those 1st rotten movers absolutely made that happen.
Yesterday went like this—
I set the alarm for 4am but was hoping to wake on my own at 3:30 — I hoped to make it to Chicago by end of day.
While I was sleeping, my phone (and therefore alarm) readjusted to the new time zone that I didn’t realize I’d crossed into. So when the alarm went off at 4am I couldn’t believe it was time to get up already!
In my sleepy, dazed and confused head, I looked over at the clock I travel with, which said 2am!
Now I was so confused, I didn’t know WHAT time it was, WHAT TIME it was when I got to sleep, or HOW MANY HOURS of sleep I’d actually gotten! *I had the day to sort it out while I drove….oy….so tired.
I traversed my way across Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois,
where there was a lot of rain, road construction, monotonous driving—and RUNning for the bathroom at gas stops. ~I encountered this VERY accurate sign on the turnpike between OKC and Tulsa! (*I made certain to give a respectful nod to the late Charles Faudree as I passed though Tulsa–)
—My little niece painted the orange flower on my thumb nail to think of her during my trip– ♥
–The much-present storm clouds. . . but thankfully nothing severe.
–The endless road construction. . .
–Is it totally wrong that I salivated over this load of cedar logs–?!? Think of the projects–!!!
Btw, did you know there are wine vineyards in the Ozark Mountains–?
Bourbon, this way……YES, please! I was getting a bit slap-happy-tired.
This is always a mark for being back in “home” territory since my mother’s family are from around the Quincy, IL area, growing up we spent much time in St Louis and Hannibal.
I made it to my bf’s in the Chicago area by 11pm— safe and sound!
One VERY long day.
…..up at 3am.
Left Chandler by 4am.
This was my view as I reached the far North of Phoenix just past 5 (tears shed).
Driving out, the beautiful Saguaro cacti looked like they were waving me good bye (a few more tears).
This was coming into Flagstaff—
I had a quick breakfast (RedBull) in Winslow—but I promise, I wasn’t standing on any corners! BTDT!
Unfortunately, I started to have some nagging concerns about the UHaul truck and the way it was driving. The UHaul guys in Albuquerque took great care of me and I was back on the road—2+ hours later.
And there’s a really bad wind storm.
Signs on the highway were “ENCOURAGING” everyone to get off the road for a while….