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take 2~

~or should I say  take 3  ?

my loooong tables

–the 1st and 2nd of my  Loooong skinny tables–

Awww, that’s it now for the wonderfully curved, double corner freebie table legs.

I was in the antique mall trying to figure out which way to shift and shuffle things to fit in this 2nd table—but someone bought it on the spot!  I left with the cash in my pocket—a GOOD problem!

Saturday I pulled more legs from my stashes, another of those super long pallets and got to work on a “replacement” table.

 

*I was hoping to take you through the steps of making this but I didn’t get the best step-by-step pictures.  Sorry.  I WILL come back to that if you’re interested.  Tables are really easy to make!

Looong skinny table #3

constructing another looong skinny tableBasically~

I DEconstructed another looong pallet, selected which boards I would use where and laid out the table top (good side down).

–In the picture above–

#1- I used a framing square to mark out an overhang and location of the legs AND clamped it down as a “catch” to hold each leg in position while I screwed them into place.

#2- Each leg was secured firmly in place with “pocket screws” from the two inner sides. 

#3 and #4- The aprons were glued, tacked in place from “underneath,” and screwed in on an angle to each leg.

Same methods for the long aprons.  AND I added center cleats for extra support.

5ft 6″ long × 10¼” deep

another Loooong skinny table

~some packing info on the pallets

I’m kinda’ digging the printing on some of the pallets and may keep it!

Stain and paint are in the works, more tomorrow~

Catherine

the Looooong tableNot that I forgot about the exaggeratedly long table I built last fall for Nellie’s Barn Sale,

5ft long × 9½ inches deep

but I just so happened to run into the couple that bought it over the weekend.

Huh~ I still have the other pair of legs. . . and I happened on some pallet boards at an unusual 5ft 8 inches in length!  It’s the same spot I found the 2″ thick pallet used for the industrial-barn chic coat rack (also built for Nellie’s Barn sale) last fall.  I’ve been stalking that place ever since!
Since I’m no “Tom Brady” fan, I decided to forgo the super bowl and head out to my studio to work create instead!

not JUST thinking outside the box!

Last fall,

someone was offering a dining table & chairs for FREE on Craigslist.  Uh, hello~I’m on my way!

I had no interest in the WHOLE—I saw PARTS!  *Although I did do a REglue & REvamp to sell the chairs immediately.
I knocked down the table into PARTS to make it easier to store.  But I used 2 of the 4 corner double legs right away.  Paired with some awesome free barn board, I made the first  looooong skinny table you see pictured above.

So, running into the folks who bought it got me thinking again.  Fast, easy, FUN project!

freebie dining table & chairs off Craiglslist~ PARTS!

~my overflow pile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s my little overflow wood pile!

So I grabbed one of those really long pallets and knocked it down to individual boards, ripped what I needed to width and cut them to length.  This time though, I rounded the ends to match the legs.  It spans a long  5’4” × 10″.

I drilled for pocket screws to secure the legs to the table top, then was able to figure the angles to add the aprons.  I shot nails in from the top to secure the aprons~with extra supports.  A N D, you see I painted.

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table~ the routered detail

Here, you can see the few separate parts needed to bring it all together.

And you can see the bead detail I routered into the aprons trying to match the same apron/leg detail.

Yes~ I painted the table.

Farrow & Ball  Rectory Red #217

I have no passion for red, but I used this at Christmas and found I really liked it.  And I actually really like it for this table!

I’m just not happy with the top.  Yet.  But I’ll figure it out.

Behind a sofa, down a hallway, in a foyer, at the foot of a bed with a bench. . . just something for fun!

Catherine

And now it goes to the antique mall for sale~

~close up of the loooooong table

~used as a sofa table here

~used as a sofa table here

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!

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!

better pictures!

Okay, you know the story

What you WANT is a nice (and expensive) DSLR camera and lenses to take great blogging pictures.

What you HAVE is a nice (even IT was expensive) “purse-sized” digital camera.  OR, your PHONE’s camera!

I used to have a really nice, high end 35mm with an assortment of lenses.  But FILM, you know—it’s NOT what’s happening and certainly not convenient.

So every time I want to share a broader view of something, I find myself taking multiple pictures and weaving them all together.  You get the idea of what I’m trying to show you, but–UGH!

*Example– I just REset my antq mall space and have eliminated everything Christmas.

REsetting the antq mall

Y′with me?

Well, I have a “sort of” solution!

Hey~ if nothing else, it’s just “sort of” fun to play with!

Below is a standard camera view~ taken from my phone.

standard view~

The next view~ standing in the very same place BUT,

using a WIDE ANGLE attachment to my phone’s camera lens.

using a camera phone attachment

I’ve been wanting to share a broader view of the finished Lower Level/basement but couldn’t seem to get a good shot.  Once again, it’s pretty bright down here, you know (all considering)only having two small windows for natural light.

phone camera attachmentsCurious?

I’ve been interested in these little lens attachments for a while.  The prices have dropped dramatically of late—I’ve been watching on amazon.

I was about to pull the trigger and order when I saw a set for only $12.99 +s/h.

Yesterday, I ran through ‘Wally-World’ to REstock toiletries.  Not sure what possessed me but, I was just curious enough to see if by any chance they carried any such thing.

They actually did—they even have GoPro cameras.

The attachment kit comes with 3 lenses.  WIDE ANGLE, FISH EYE, and a MACRO lens for serious close ups.  And guess what— $6.99!  NO s/h.

phone camera attachments

It literally just clamps on to your phone just covering the camera lens.  Easy-peasy!  I love that they’re small too—easy to throw in my purse and have at the ready anytime!

Heck, for that price I might buy a 2nd set to leave in the car!

Catherine

phone camera attachments for wide angles plus!

Here’s the fish eye lens—can’t wait to try this out with my nieces & nephews!

~the FISH EYE lens attachment

~the FISH EYE lens attachment

Actually, a 2nd makeover.

the vintage soda crateTHIS was one of my –therapeutic– projects (after hand surgery) last year.

I visualized a teenage boy using this as a night stand while I worked on it—well, in any case, I may have thought it was a fun piece

but it never sold.

In spite of multiple locations of exposure. Bummer.  I stuck it back in storage.

funky junk's STORAGE TROLLEY!

THEN I saw this cool Storage Trolley posted by

Donna @  funky junk!

Isn’t it a fantastic idea for extra storage?!?  OMGosh~thanks Donna!  So guess how I’m altering my crate!  ; D

Why didn’t I think of this?

I left my existing project alone, except that

I added on to it!

It didn’t take much, and it didn’t take long…

and here it is now!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

what a difference!

Catherine

I believe I see a quick sale coming!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

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