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getting ready~

Vintage Market at The Grove Vendor!

Yep~doin’ another show!

And I’ve got a lot to do to get ready.

Does that explain some of my projects of late?

I need “smalls!”  You know—Cash & Carry items for those not looking for furniture.  I’ve collected a lot of inspiration & ideas to draw from—

Creating a SHIELD pattern~and this is another  of those ideas!

It began with making some patterns from ¼” veneered plywood.

I sketched out a shape I liked with chalk, cut it out with a jigsaw, and sanded it smooth. It’ll be so much easier to replicate as needed!

~now cutting out the shape

You can see above that I used an old, solid wood cabinet door—¾” thick.     That thickness let me run them through the router for a nice edge detail! Then I sanded and primed them both.

That was last night.

~cut out, routed, and primed

  Today—

I gave both boards a fine sanding, then got busy working out my graphics ideas and printed them out on onion skin.  I plan to decoupage the printed images onto the boards.

These are two of my graphic selections, and the outcome of one.   I’ll share more on these soon—

Catherine

2 of my graphic selections2 of my graphic selections

With just a few details to finish up. . .

decoupaging the image~~just some details to finish this one up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Market at The Grove!

a nester and…

I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.

A pair of Nesting Trays!It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down.  Catch 22.

While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together.  Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).

I’m still working on MY pair of  [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff my Yardstick Trays!I’ll be sharing soon enough!

Until then~my pair of nesting trays!

Yes, I was channeling you Terry!  ; D

Catherine

my Yardstick Trays!

stick,

that is!

a project of yard sticks--

I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects!  But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?

cutting the legs-I didn’t sleep well the night before,

while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project.  Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!

So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job!  ; D

Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.

*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.

~making triangular legs

Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4).  I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths.  Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.

~cutting sides

Task #3—creating the sides.  I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler.  Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.

~the sides are formed

Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners.  After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.

cutting a bottom~

adding and securing a bottom~

~construction finished

I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!

And I LUV it!

While everything is still out—I have two more yard sticks to make a smaller tray!

Catherine

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some details-

my YARD STICK TRAY!

my YARD STICK TRAY!

I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!

Do you ever look at those fun and cool items offered for sale on varying sites and think to yourself,

“I could make thatwhy would I BUY it?!?”

—and it’s not always about cost—

Corbel Wall Shelf | French Country Wall Shelf | Vintage Style Home Decor: I think this to myself a lot—but I’m lucky enough to have some pretty good carpentry skills and the tools to make things happen!

Last June I shared a few of my own interpretive projects—like this shelf offered several times now by Decor Steals.

This was MY interpretation—made from the APRON off a curbie sofa.

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Yesterday I just felt like taking another stab at the idea.  I grabbed a leftover 5/4″ board, a pine board, some appliques and played around till I had something I liked!

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVESI cut the 5/4 board in half, centered the halves on my pine board and started riffling through my applique-stash.

I tried out some pretty aMAZing appliques—but I just couldn’t give them up to REsale.  AND I actually liked how these were going to work out!  Once things were settled on, I ripped the pine board on the table saw.

I didn’t just want to cut a board and stick appliques on it, I wanted to add the details that make a difference.  So I cut the contour of the applique and used a jigsaw to painstakingly

cut around all those applique details!

I gave my 5/4″ board -the top shelf- a little contouring too, then ran it through the router table with a large 1″ round over bit set a little high to get that added edge detail.   And a ¼” round over to soften the bottom edge.

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Cutting, contouring, and routering a large profile...

Then it was just a matter of connecting the 2 parts together!

Glued, nailed, screwed, puttied, and sanded—
I’m off to paint them now!

Catherine

2 more of MY interpretive Decor Steals Shelves!

It all started with a Curb Alert on Craigslist,

and then I told you about my tentative plans HERE.

the Curbie cabinet-

I love Terry‘s idea to make a wine bar out of it, and was actually going to run with that—BUT—

since I’m already REworking another cabinet in just that way,  a n d… . it IS for REsale~ I realized I needed to think more about mass appeal.

REfitting the carcass--I know, I knowb o r i n g.

Hoping for a quick flip with the least investment, I made it into a, granted, much less sexy

BOOKCASE.

Something everyone can use, and usually needs!  I’ve created and sold quite a few through the years.

I REfitted the bottom and back with ¼” plywood—luckily, the sides were really good!  But thin.  Do I REbuild them anyway to make two adjustable shelves?

If so~ they will end up being only 9″ high.  Not super practical.  One fixed center shelf will give two shelves 13½” and 14″ high.  AND, the easier thing to do!

This project went really fast!

But there was one other issue to deal with—the PLYWOOD.  It’s rough & uneven. The easiest thing I’ve found to make it smooth is—trowel on dry wall compound (or something like it) to LEVEL everything out and fill the voids.  Once dry, it sands out to a super fine finish.  Then paint.

*It’s hard to show you this from raw wood, so I painted THEN troweled over it filling all the voids so you can see it better.

-filling the voids in plywood

Simple in white with a punch of color and a little decoupage!

It may be a simple Federal style bookcase, painted white. . .

but that doesn’t mean it can’t be punched up with a bold color!  And I love this blue’ish green!

I’m not noted for using too many strong colors in my REsale projects—neutrals are just a safer bet!  This’ll make for a fun surprise in my antique mall space!

I added a little decoupage to the oval medallions and just used clear and dark wax to finish the top.

...a little decoupage...

--all ready to go!

-my antq mall space!

A n d  it’s off to the Antique Mall,

Where it looks kind of fun positioned by my Peace & Love chairs
(that I put back in for another shot)

Catherine

the red squirrel did it--. . . I honestly don’t know.  The Satanic Red Squirrel did it—well, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Don’t be fooled by the cute face~he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, creating MAJOR damage in the garage.

It’s been a tough year for working on any projects.  I got pecked off by a heavy solid wood headboard last June that sprained my ankle and bruised the bone in two places.  It took -essentially- the whole summer of staying off my ankle to heal.

Then I had hand surgery the end of September and, as you know, I’ve only just been able to confidently start working with power tools again.

Somehow, in my absence, my work studio went to Wrack & Ruins (as the saying goes).  Literally.

This is the only picture I am -willing- to show you.  There IS a workbench under there somewhere and is the least embarrassing of the whole catastrophe.  There could be a pony in there too.

~there could be a pony in there

I’ve donned the full body suit and gloves to get in there and remedy the situation.  I have cleaned out more squirrel poop than you could possibly imagine.  So. Gross.  Those devils have been in  e v e r y thing.

Things are once again sorted, organized, put away,

and CLEANED UP!    see…

Omg! There's room to work again!

And here’s a little more of my organization…

my work bench~storage bench

good paint storage--

--if you need a pencil I've got some!

--just a little anally organized, huh?

If only you were here to take the full tour—and we could work on a project together!

Catherine

Now~ BACK TO WORK!

some of my wood and mill work supplies--

 

--more supplies

Light’en up!

my Model Home Lamps!A lifetime ago,

when I was still a

New Construction Superintendent,

once all our home sites were sold the model homes went up for sale and one of our benefits was to get first dibs at auction on the model home contents!  I bought some amazing stuff for next to nothing—for real!  Nice employee benefit!

Furniture, accessories, lighting—and these lamps for my mother.

They might’ve cost me-  $10  ??

I loved the fruit festooned garlands, the oxidizing, the SIZE ~they’re big!  They looked nice in mom’s LL, but eventually got the boot with other changes.

Giving the lamps a new color!So they’re going up for REsale,   and definitely need a REfresh!

I won’t give up the expensive silk shades I had on them—a n d  luckily a month ago I happened to find a pair of drum shades I hoped would work!  LINEN drum shades$6 each.

I let their color dictate the direction of this change, and used a Fossil and Peanut Butter-y color brushed together for a mottled tone.

Once dry I Lime Waxed for added dimension!

I think they look better than ever!

Catherine

....making changes....

-LIME waxed for added dimension

The harps are too tall so I will change them out.  AND, I’m hoping the lowered shades will help to distract that the shades are a little small.

REfreshed lamps!my REfreshed Model Home lamps!

the lamps BEFORE...

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