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Have I told you that I’m a Great-Great Auntie?

3 times now~ yikes, huh?
14 total nephews and 14 total nieces in 1sts, greats, and great-greats!
Apparently there’s nothing else to do in the Midwest in winter.

Anyway, one of those little cuties turned 4 so I made him a coat cubby!

I found this wainscoting panel at one of the Re Stores, pulled some of my 5/4 board and picked through my “patterns” for a side profile.  The sides you see below are already cut out, sanded, and routered for a beveled edge.

a wainscoting panel, and some 5/4 board to begin setting up the router with a chamfering bitthe initial structure put together

I also added “feet” for a small boost ~and a Sleigh look.

Then I flipped it upside down to make it super easy to set the crown-cove molding AND the bottom/floor.

adding the crown-cove molding and a floor

I added wallpaper to the paneled board sections.  I found that at the ReStore too, and was shocked seeing it.  I knew what it was right away and its value.  Brunschwig & Fils Wallpaper.  I searched online at that time (about ’08) to get the exacts on it, $150 a roll.   I paid $1 ! 

*I just went back to get the pattern info again, but it’s not offered anymore.

adding wallpaper~

Yes~ I popped the top off to make life easier wallpapering and painting!

in progress~ but I don't like it. YET.in progress~ but I don't like it. YET.

 

The seat.  I pulled a 2″ board from my stashes.  I don’t have much left and it’s hard to find salvaged—which makes it more affordable.  As you can see, it’s a darker, more red wood, and I’m not liking the look.  YET.  I also don’t like my lighter gray paint at the sides.

I mixed a darker, greener gray and REpainted—way better!  And painted the seat while I was at it (and distressed it).

Way better!

Way better!

I added reproduction hooks and it was off to serve its new little Master!

HaPPy BiRthDaY Colton!

Love~ GG Auntie Catherine

HaPPy BiRthDaY Colton!

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face book, Buy-Sell-RummageIn no particular order,

from all I listed at the end of my last post. . .

 

July 09

I saw this dresser on one of the facebook shopify pages.

It was during one of those little unexpected lulls.  A quick, FUN project to play with!

Structurally, it was good, but it needed some REstyling.  BADLY.

The plan

It was pretty clean, but OMG did it STINK like an ashtray!

adding corner blocks to support new wheels

new wheels to make it more mobil

a reproduction postered front!

 

*If anyone knows a miracle cure for ashtray stink, please, I’m all ears!

I washed it inside and out with white vinegar and left it out in the hot sun for days—it STILL stunk.  In the end, I painted the inside drawers~only an 80% cure.

Up on saw horses, I added blocking to the bottom corners so I could add wheels. It’s a fun touch, AND helps me move it in around easier!  ; D

A N D- I found this Marvels comic reproduction poster.  I thought it would be a really fun addition to the 60’s bow-fronted dresser style.

But 1st~ let’s strip and REstain the top!

stripped and REstained top

I mixed paint to match the border of the poster—because it didn’t completely cover the dresser face.  Plus, the wood was marred in several areas and would’ve required more work than was worth the trouble  ~considering a REsale price.

the Captain America poster

And here’s the end result!

Fun & Playful!

Catherine

before~FUN & Playful!

 

 

N e x t . . !

 

where to begin~

taking some time off....The pace was very steady AND very busy leading into the holidays.

Things did settle down in January and February, but sort of accelerated soon after that, and then took off like a runaway train.

12, even 14 hour days became the norm, and I was just trying to hang in there.  Posting projects got pushed off the loooong lists—in favor of sleep. You know?  SOMEthing had to give.

When I found a couple short, surprise lulls~ trying to edit what pictures I DID have and gather my thoughts to write something felt daunting.

And I was exhausted.  So I passed.

Part of that exhaustion came from tough, early morning workouts AND cutting carbs.  CARBS.

* I’ll have to share some of my bragging rights on the workout progress soon!

But the sheer  –physicality–  of the tree damage-repair-moving plants-clean up of this big property was -d r a i n i n g.  There were  m a n y  “zombie” days.

that which doesn't -- what?

OMGosh the changes without the tree and its shade!

The project scope grew exponentially and I wore a LOT of hats!  Landscape designer, landscaper, crew foreman, laborer, the buyer & deliveryman–and the watergirl so no one fainted on me from dehydration in the heat and humidity.

Vacation!

The tough, laborious work continues, but is not so all-consuming anymore. And I’m back to tell you all about it!

The landscape changes, a bench, a dresser, the antique mall(s), a kid’s cubby, the pergola porch swing, new grapevines and trellis—

and a vacation!

Catherine

Remember Me?

Hello!

Yes, it is moi!

Back from a much needed time out.

time out~

time out~

And now. . .

I can’t wait to share and reconnect!

I'm back!

Catherine

I'm working out!What’s going on and where I’ve been.

My focus has shifted to-  ME.

I’m just finishing my 5th week of big CHANGE.

I’m hard at it-

WORKING

OUT!

With the help of a personal trainer to do it the right way.
I have always been very physically active, so I thought I could jump into the deep end and really get some fast results.  Uh~ W R O N G.
ME!Those are OTHER muscles.  The trainer has me working on the ones long UNused. Oooooph.  But I’m totally in it and fully committed.  And even though I did have to back off some in the 2nd week (doing front planks felt like I broke a rib kind-of-pain), I was still there every day–just doing OTHER stuff.  Weight training 3 days and cardio 3 days a week.
ME and my Mini-ME in our playful tee shirts!  And me with an extra 25lbs -ugh.
I find I actually look forward to the (now) 35 minute fat burning cardio I use as a warm up to begin every morning!  Really!  The “hills” are getting a LOT steeper and I’m a puddle of sweat by the end,

but I’m already feeling stronger &

SO much better after just these 5 weeks!

My goal is to get back HERE—and STAY!

getting back to a thinner ME!

Now~ I promise to get back to sharing
THE regular PROJECTS I’VE BEEN WORKING ON!

Catherine

I’m still here -but-

LIFE has just been more than a

LITTLE bit crazy.

For a while now.
Now don’t think I haven’t been working on projects…

it's just LIFE

it's just LIFE

French country ladder back chairs

One such project has been making over 4 French country ladder back chairs.

The rush seats were totally shot, and the stain color was very worn and “orange.”

HERE- they were waiting their turn at the strippers.  I also had the guys bleach the Cherry hoping to lighten them just a bit more.

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

W H A T.  a.  P A I N.  in the p’tutie to sand these buggers.

I tried using just about EVERY sander I own, and EVERY kind of sand paper and sanding sponge available.  There was just NO EASY WAY to tackle this job.

And it was SO dirty.

But I was totally loving that pale, light wood!

sanding the French country ladder back chairs

Below is a comparison for you to see,

WITH some disappointing results.

Once I had a chair fully sanded, I sampled several stain colors,

a brush-on water based clear coat,

and some clear wax so I could see what I liked best.

*The BRUSH-ON WATER-based clear coat did not change the color of the wood.

But as soon as the SPRAY OIL-based clear coat hit the wood~

the RED in the Cherry popped again.

sanded & clear coated

After a little conference call with the strippers, it was thought that the OIL-based clear coat was at fault.

So I used a SPRAY WATER-based clear coat on the next chair with essentially the same result.

I did notice that the water-based brush-on was sort of “milky.”  And apparently THAT made all the difference in keeping a pale wood tone. But I was UNwilling to clear coat all the chairs with a BRUSH!

Next up—the Italian Matelasse upholstery!

Catherine

Thank Goodness!

no. more. dog.

what's WRONG in this picture?

. . . THAT done . . .

The Dressers

the dressers~

They were in their basement.  Storing tools at some point.  But basement was damp’ish and dressers got a tad moldy.  Took them to strippers.

Did you know that stripping chemicals can kill mold as well as bad smells?

Now remedied of those two problems, it was decision time.  Do I spend more time and money on REfinishing them, leave them raw (someone else can do what THEY want) OR paint them?

I opted to deal with THE TOPS.

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

the dressers~fixing the problems

Sort of REworked~

The smaller dresser~ stained and waxed top, painted body with raw wood and waxed face frame.  Reproduction hardware.

The larger dresser~ stained and waxed top, the rest- just left raw and reinstalled original mismatched hardware.

And– REproduction wood wheels for both.

Sadly, both dressers were stripped of their  -handkerchief drawers, and  -framed mirrors.

Catherine