I just discovered this old picture—by that I mean from 2004.

Renovating and redecorating Landen's bedroom--Three summers ago I was busy redecorating and renovating 2 of my great nephews’ bedrooms.

One of the projects was REworking a thrift store dresser (I bought and revitalized when the BIG brother was born -in 2004) to look less baby’ish as it moved to the LITTLE brother!

I shared the Before & After project with you, but couldn’t share the BEFORE THAT portion because I didn’t know what ever became of the pictures.  Since I just found one of them, I thought it would be fun to revisit this cute project!

Do you remember this?

Take 3!

This is where it started . . . original “beauty.” $15

Take 1-- directly from the thrift store.

I liked the “framed” front profileand it was SOLID wood, well made, and heavy.  Perfect for a future rough & tumble boy- right?!

My niece wanted to decorate the baby’s room with blues & greens and lots of animals!  I can do that!

Again—this was back in 2004.

Take 2!  REvamped for Braeden.

Eventually, it passed from BIG brother to LITTLE brother

-and needed to “grow up” a bit more too.  That was the Summer of 2012.

You can read about that project in the original post HERE.  In the top picture my great nephew was about even with the doorknob, at 4.  He’s 7 now  and TALL.  I should check back—wonder if it needs another update!?  ; D


3 stages--


. . . yeah, the one she didn’t want.

Wait till she sees what I did with it!

Sunday, I cut it down to just the “dresser” portion,

and made the needed “repairs.”


filling the dado after removing the

Monday I worked on its finish, including my favorite touch of decoupage! 

I painted it a soft white—building it up in layers, with sanding and scraping between each layer to create that “aged look.”  ; D

Before I quit for the day I jumped on the decoupage.  (I’d been vacillating on a few other ideas.)  I used pages from a very old church hymnal book that I’m madly in luv with!  Done—and I decided on some new hardware! 

Tuesday I had a late start -and- I had to run off to buy a slab of wood to create a new topI had no big pieces left of anything.  The original top was actually Formica and I didn’t want to cut that down.

*It may be REpurposed into an out-feed table for a saw!
  1. details of the new top--I cut the top to a fairly tight margin of its original detailed cove (that I saved, cut down, and reapplied).
  2. Then I ran the bottom (of the new top) through the router table with an ogee bit to create a nice transition from that detailed cove upward.
  3. I changed the router bit to a ¼” round over to finish the top edge.
  4. I’d already puttied the old hardware holes, and installed “rings” for a new look.

the finish for the new top--The new top.  I didn’t want a painted top—and I didn’t want the standard stained top-hmmm.  So I “stained” the top GENEROUSLY with an off white water-based, pigmented stain.  I wiped off the excess and immediately started layering a combo of Golden Pecan and Aged Oak gel stain over the top of that—with a light hand and wiping/rubbing it in to blend.

I’m sure you’re NOT supposed to mix water-based and gels but. . . eh.

The last task was to wax everything (including the drawer guides).

I like to heat-set wax with a heat gun –because. . .

◊ It seems to really lengthen the wear of the wax.

◊ When a piece lives in a hot room or by a sunny window, they can sometimes get kind of “funky.”  This seems to eliminate that.

◊ I never have “melting” issues with resale pieces at hot flea markets—it’s like the wax is BAKED IN.  And it’s wAy less work to buff.

Here’s a snapshot of the changes. . .

the progression of change

. . .and the finished project!

It now sits in my booth at the antique mall waiting for a new owner to claim it!    A n d-   I’m on to the next project. . .

What do ya’ think my Princess Aleigha?!


a small dresser, or a larger night stand, OR a fun side table!

...just waiting for a new owner!

I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!
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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this projectooops!

It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.

oh well!I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.

Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but –eh– such is life.  Next time!

To Recap—

The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.

This is what I last shared with you. . .

the frame built and mirror inset.

putting all the pieces together--

I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.

◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.

◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job.  That was fun!

◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,

◊ then glued them back in place.

my scrap wood mirror and frame

I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place.  Then

◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.

◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.

◊ And finally—I waxed everything.  First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).

building "texture & age"

the progression-

I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,

I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.

I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!

my Scrap Wood Mirror!



Life, for me, is NEVER boring.

I never “want” for something to do.  I bounce around working on a MULTItude of things all the time.  And often just roll with the craziest surprises.

Like this past week. . . crazy surprises.

When I started developing sUper itchy bumps all over my arms & stomach. Wt—huh?  At first I didn’t know what was going on.  Then it started to remind me of having chicken pox, and I grew concerned.  But I already had them.  The week after I turned 30- no less.  I went to the walk-in clinic when my doctor’s office couldn’t get me in.

The Dr. was not sure, but said NO to chicken pox.  Maybe spider bites-?  Maybe-?

Seems like I’m on my own to figure it out.  Haven’t seen any spiders or bugs and have ruled out the soap-detergent-food-clothes-even my work studio and everything that comes with that, but 2 MORE have popped up!

And they’re all SO ITCHY!

chicken pox?

See?  N E V E R  B O R I N G.

Okay—moving on. . .

Got this more than a year ago at St Vinnie’s half price sale$50 $25!. . For a niece—she didn’t like it.  Scratch that project—I took it to storage.

"Aleigha's" desk

Yesterday, I finally went to retrieve it.  Today -with no Benedryl in me- I got out the saws to start REinventing this desk!

Aleigha's desk

After removing the top, I cut off the “desk.”

REinventing "Aleigha's" desk

There was a detailed cove sandwiched between the desk and top, so I cut it down to fit the new smaller dresser/big night stand.  Now I just need to create a new top and figure out a decorative finish!

-it’s all a good distraction from scratching-


a vintage mirror and some rustic scrap wood--

1~I’ve had this very old mirror for a long time now. It’s very heavy because of its thicker glass, and some of the silvering is flaking away ..~which I luv.

2~I also had some left-over scrap wood that was kind of rustic—hmmmm,


3~I had this idea!


Sorry, limited pictures—I got busy ripping wood and routering rabbets in some parts and dados in others…

But~here’s the long & short of it.

running some rabbets and dado's in the frame parts

At the table saw and the router table

◊ I ripped the inner frame wood to 1″ thickness, then routered a ¼” rabbet for the mirror to sink/set into.

I reset the table saw to rip the outer frame pieces to 1¾”, then ran those pieces through the router to create a ¼” dado for the back board to slip into.

◊  Again, I reset the table saw to rip ¼” veneered plywood to 4½” wide.

With all sides of the frame and back board cut, next was to make the miter cuts to all, sand everything, and put things together.

putting all the pieces together--

putting all the pieces together--

Tomorrow I’ll make a decision on what to fill the center frame with. . .




whatever, she’s country-cottage-y cool!

This whole project started with a door picked off the curb.  A turn-of-the-century …. 4-paneled door.  Caked with layers of paint!

I decided it would become a tall, closed cabinet, and then I started shopping my stashes of “finds.”  And I pulled in all kinds of left-overs.

Cutting my door in half to get started!

I cut the door in half and started shaping the carcass.

I cut up-shaped-added all kinds of salvaged-REclaimed-flea market finds to play up the character & charm of the door!

the carcass--

I got busy building a pair of front doors.

BUT—3 steps forward—2 steps back!

The satanic red squirrels that I’ve been battling forEVER broke one of the doors over night—ughh.

*It took  l o n g e r  to repair that door than build BOTH originally.   :   

repairing/rebuilding one of the doors

When a small wine stash developed at the very top, adjustable shelving in the upper section . . . . .  .. . suddenly became two scalloped shelves!

design changes on the fly--

applying chicken wire--You can see I started painting—a soft pallet of white exterior and warmer gray interior.

To set the door hinges, I clamped the doors face to face, marking all 3 positions (top, middle, bottom) to both doors at once.  It’s the easiest way I know to make sure they’re all the same!

I hung the doors before applying the chicken wire.  I like 3/8″ chicken wire.  I laid it flat on the ground to paint it white, then applied it whole (uncut) to the inside flat of the first door—starting from the manufactured edge side.  I cut away the excess and then worked on the 2nd door—again, starting with the manufactured edge first.applying chicken wire--

covering the raw edges with a raffia ribbon

*I would have liked to router a rabbet and counter sink the wire, but the “fret-work” prohibited that.  So for this application I stapled it to the flat back of the door, cut it off as short as possible, and then covered the raw edges with raffia ribbon.

We’ve had gray skies again so it’s tough to get good pictures.  My options were in an upside-down work studio, outside-gray skies, or the fluorescent lighting of the antique mall.  I tried my best to correct it all in editing. . .

Isabelle-- Izzy!Hope you like Izzy,

I’ll just end this with pictures!


Isabelle-- Izzy!








Isabelle-- Izzy!

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details

Isabelle-- Izzy!   -details









*Taken just before the raffia ribbon and trimming back the wire.

Isabelle-- Izzy!



All those little kid’s cabinets I love to build

by the time they’re finish, seem so filled with personality

I like to Christen each with a

Proper Name!

These are just SOME I’ve built and sold-

Heirloom cabinets for Girls

Heirloom cabinets for Boys


I  building with reclaimed & salvaged materials & flea market finds!

So, you know I was recently REinspired … . to build another Armoire,

Cottage-y Cabinet.

Ensiola, meet your big sister Isabelle!

And here’s her reveal, but there’s more to the story . . . . tomorrow!


ISABELLE-- my cottage-y cabinet!

*See the finished project HERE.

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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