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. . . there’s a missing wall in this space.

Because it used to be ONE – HUGE space and is now subdivided.

And the neighbor has this large 3-paneled screen.  With a dog.  A ridiculous dog.  Annoying me to NO END.  So I’ve come up with a remedy I’ll work on today.  Otherwise, I’m trying to take it easy today—I need a day off!

I NEED that beach I’m dreaming of…sigh

THIS is my HaPPy PLacE!

Okay~ dream over~ well, deferred

~

what's WRONG in this picture?

WHAT doesn’t belong here . . . hmmmm . . .

Catherine

what's WRONG in this picture?

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

Ottilia Catherine's pop up estate sale!

AND there’s WaY more waiting for space to free up. . .

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up sale

At last~

things are mostly unpacked, cleaned, staged, and tagged.  The space for this sale is FULL! And numerous things are stashed in the wings to fill it back up when space opens up.

TIRED is a fit description and I am dreaming of a hot, sunny beach and a bottomless drink!

Thought I’d share a couple more of those quick projects to jazz things up for the sale!

A very quick rocker and chair REcover!

using an old mattress pad for upholstery!In the haste of time I guess I forgot BEFORE pictures~again.  The chair got a full on paint job, but the rocker just needed cleaning and polishing.

BOTH needed a new seat and I had to cut wood to fit and start from scratch.

-I used sagless burlap on the chair and

-believe it or not-

an old mattress pad on the rocker!  The soft “patina” and stitching pattern was absolutely perfect for this caned rocker.

You just never know where the best “fabric” can come from  ; D  always keep an open mind!

And BTW-

I dug through a box of old lace & pillow flange tatting we found to use for trim instead of gimp or welting on some of these projects!

just a great old rocker!

just a great old rocker!

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

sagless burlap and old pillow flange trim

I forgot to iron out that crease mark in the sagless burlapoooops!
THIS burlap is tightly woven and SOFT!  And, I think, fine on an occasional chair seat.

Catherine

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up saleThe estate sale I’m working on has a LOT of interesting things,

giving me a lot of angst to RESIST!

I really don’t NEED more things.

I confess I AM adding to my silver collections though!

 

An upstairs bedroom was storing a very old, pitiful-looking bench.  Sure~it needed a good dose of love, but would be great for their sale! Catherine to the rescue!  ; D

It had a broken arm, a warped leg, and was pretty loosey-goosey.  The seat’s springs had become pretty wonky, but its leather was intact and still relatively supple.

Overall, a basic REdo!

an entry hall bench

~I drilled out/cleaned up the original doweled joints to fix the arm.

~I used a pocket screw method to reinforce and firm up the wiggly frame.  Which seemed to straighten the “warped” leg some.

~I applied new furniture-upholstering webbing underneath to REsupport the springs and pulled the nail heads.

THEN I sanded, primed, and painted!

Already looking better, I added it to the growing list of pieces that would need to be REcovered.  But they’d all be done together in a few days.

an entry hall bench~ REPAIRS

an entry hall bench~ UPHOLSTERY

I had several projects going at once, but when the weather changed for the worse on us I decided to go “play” indoors with some upholstery!

I played with several options for this bench–like vintage linens and ticking, some unusual damask patterns~ and a feed sack.

In the end, the feed sack won out because it was more FUN!

And I trimmed it out with vintage pillow case tatting!

Catherine

an entry hall bench~ UPHOLSTERY

My coat hook rail happened to match so I moved it over here to pair them in staging!  I’ll share pictures of the space soon—it’s really taking shape!

an entry hall bench~ UPHOLSTERY

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Besides MY OWN crazy array of the usual projects,

I have been ~ I am

juggling projects for 2 other families!

TOO MANY projects at once!

For Judy~ REstyling some ladder-back chairs AND a trestle table,

plus a REdesign for a change of TV.

And THEN there is a “pseudo estate sale” for a senior couple leaving their home of MANY years–overwhelming and exhausting in the best of circumstances.  I’ll be helping them sell their treasures at the antique mall beginning April 1st!

The preliminary work is almost daunting–almost.  One bite at a time, it’ll get done!  Dressers are getting stripped–one completely REstyled!  Things are getting painted, even REcreated—

and EVERYthing is getting cleaned and polished!

Bear with me—COOL PICTURES ARE COMING!  I promise!  ; D

Catherine

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Knocked down, stripped, sanded, REstained & sealed—

and REcovered at last!

Grandpa's rockers

Again~

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

It looks a little more “orange-y” in the picture than it actually is–lighting?  The first two rockers were red oak so I stripped, sanded and only seal coated.  This one the guys said was a white oak so I had to mix stains to get a color match.  I really LUV’d the natural, ashy color and would have preferred to only seal coat this one too, so~ bummer.
1- Not being a big Oak fan, the graining difference -red to white- was a real surprise.  
2- Back in the Day~ it was a common occurrence to use numerous woods in a project, then camouflage with DARK stain.  And all 4 of our rockers did “match” by color.

Here it is now!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

*Notice the “extra heavy” on this grain sack!  ; D

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

The 1st and 2nd rockers were more of a “match,” as were the 3rd and 4th rockers–and that’s how I originally divided them with my mother.  I preferred, and took, the “thicker” seated rockers—but believe me, any one of them is SUPER COMFY to sit in & stay a loooong while!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

The view above shows the feed sack I chose just a bit more than the one below—it’s one of those common Fulton Seamless bags.  But I wanted this sack because it included the “extra heavy” –and I have a wicked sense of humor!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

*The 4th rocker (that I *foolishly* sold in the Rose Bowl antq market) also had a thicker seat -but with a lower back, but the poor thing was in such ruff condition.  Grandma padded and covered the whole back in a farm grain sack -so I never saw if it had simple slats or another split splat back design before selling.   Hey~the guys I sold it to were pretty excited to get it no matter!

~now, back to the table I’m in the middle of building. . .

Catherine

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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Grandpa's rockersThere were 4 originally.

All slightly different, and yet, the same.

My grandma brought them together with leather, and eventually because of wear~she added some family farm grain sacks!   ~circa 1920’s

          Quick back story~
          She always had all 4 rockers gathered together in a simple vignette!  Sadly, as we cleared out the last of her house, no one seemed to want any of them.  Although they’re really not a design choice I would make–I took them.
          I took 2 home to Phoenix and left 2 with my mother.  They ALL 4 ended up in storage on both ends.  Eventually, I reupholstered the seat of my favorite and used it in the family room.  The other, I ended up selling at the Rose Bowl antq market in Pasadena.
          The 2 my mom had were still in storage when the tornadoes hit 4 years ago.  Yes, they were damaged—but it drew me back to them and to finally give them the LUV they deserved!

Here’s the outcome of REworking the 2 rockers my mother kept.

Grandpa's rockers

Well, you can see I brought my 1 back to REstore the “group!”

It just hasn’t had a full rejuvenationuntil yesterday!

Actually~ Wednesday night I knocked down the seat and ran it over to the strippers.  They did a fast strip-job for me and I picked it up first thing yesterday.

So Thursday was spent repairing a few areas, then sanding, REstaining to match the others and seal-coating.  DONE!

Today, I can reupholster the seat and call this a done deal!

See you tomorrow with its reveal!

Catherine

Grandpa's rockers

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/the-caned-chair-makeover/

Well Lisa— yes, I DID!

uh, yeah~this is gonna date me- and how LONG I’ve been doin’ this stuff.  I must digress a bit here first…
1999–it was one of my trips back here to my mother’s to visit AND work on a few projects for her—like,

building this banquette,

for her using a king sized headboard.

mom's kitchen banquette

ME~working on the banquette

Her city happened to be holding a big, organized “Charity Garage Sale”  in an old vacant downtown building.  Sounded interesting and of course I made a point of going!

I found & bought this beauty salon chair!  $5

THIS is NOT how it looked as I bought it~THIS was MY doing!

the $5 beauty salon chair!

the $5 beauty salon chair!~Best I remember, it was pretty disgustingly  D’ir-IR-t y.  Needing (gloves) an extreme cleaning before anything else could happen.

We’ve all dealt with something like that at some point, am I right?

What you see pictured was all my doing.  Once CLEANed, I could see the MANY screws holding it all together and took it completely apart to REwork.

I remember a suggestion to just spray paint the vinylwhich was somehow in amazing condition~protected by the filth?–but I was more interested in playing with this toile!  To keep things simple though, I did COVER OVER the vinyl.  Which also makes it water proof!

Originally I intended to sell it in the Kane County flea market~that we used to do!  the $5 beauty salon chair!Folks were ALL OVER IT but I realized I just couldn’t let it go!  So it went home to Phoenix with me and lived in my master bath.  It was a bougie luxury to sit in each morning doing my hair and makeup!

I brought it to my mother’s home a few years ago since I’ve somehow become her personal hairdresser –wt…?– and it makes the task easier.

And there it sits, in her kitchen.  The kiddos fight over who gets to sit in it—or should I say SPIN in circles!  And- it works well as a booster seat!

It’s multi-functional, and just a whole lot of fun!

Catherine

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