I’ve told you before about my mother’s neighbor who is
“modernizing” his 100yr old house.
I really hate when that happens. Why don’t they just move to a more “modern” home?
How e v e r~
I~ have been the lucky recipient of numerous doors, lots of chippy-caked-on-layers of painted casing, and some aMAZing wavy-glass windows! And you won’t hear me utter a word of complaint there!
So, this particular door has been parked in my path since winter waiting for attention. Its day hath come.
I cut it in half.
I added oak door stop to each side.
I added crown molding.
I added a little detail molding.
I sanded the deteriorating old paint off. Mostly.
I have a VERY specific plan—that I will share as quick as I finish—S O R R Y.
NOT trying to be so mysterious, BUT—
they’re going to be
it’s going to be
hard to sell!
~but I can do it again!
I promise~I’m almost finished!
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SOMEONE wanted to update their bed.
They hired my favorite furniture strippers—who stripped the head board~foot boards and, as instructed, CUT OFF the decorative bed posts.
But that was the COOLEST PART—wt??
The guys already chucked some of the parts, but others were still laying on the ground. . . .until I happened by with a project in tow.
“What’s T H I S?
What’s going on here?
Can I have them?”
Clearly, I’m not above begging. And once they checked the owners didn’t want ’em back—THEY WERE MINE!
I asked the guys to strip them—they’re Maple! I cut off the extra “ends,” drilled holes down the center (not an easy task with HARD wood), and pulled some Maple veneered plywood to make a pair of plinth boxes for them to sit on.
THESE are going to become lamps!
Things were humming along (YaY!)
and then I remembered I had a perfect pair of lamp shades found in the ReStore! Yes~I also
hoard collect lamp shades. Don’t judge~it’s a sickness.
But look at what I found for the price! Perfect!
This is the roughed-in shape of things~
now onto wiring and some finishes!
Posted in building green, lighting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, the ReStore, TIPS -construction and finishing | Tagged architectural lamps, bed post cut-offs, making a lamp, ReStore lamp shades | 8 Comments »
WAY back in March my bf found a couple of things in her local thrift store for me—for next to nothing!
THIS was one of the finds—. .. . . a 1970’s little side table!
I can’t find the original picture so I’ll just catch you up as I’ve just now worked the project.
I cut the legs down to a good height for an ottoman,
AND, I added my last set of reproduction 70’s wheels!
Next up~ I wanted to upholster the top. I used a reproduction ticking.
I removed the top to get the best (and easiest) job done. I padded it, wrapped it in batting, and finally, wrapped and applied the ticking—squaring off the corners. Then screwed the top back on.
I loved the finish of the wood,
and the cute drawer hardware,
(did I mention there was a drawer for storage?)
so this became a
A girl needs that once in a while!
Posted in antiquing and thrifting!, my antique mall space!, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, TIPS -construction and finishing, upholstery | Tagged 1970's side table makeover | 2 Comments »
I need some “smaller” projects for an upcoming flea market.
Things easy for someone to carry off and fit in a car.
Hmmmmm. . .
I’ve got some scrap boards,
I’ve got some balusters (from a Victorian porch). . .
to make a- s o f a table ?
Well– something architectural!
I actually needed a bit from a few other boards to build this table, but I did have stuff on hand—so no store-trips involved! Use what you have, right!?!
I ripped and mitered some old pine boards to make a simple frame, then covered it with salvaged boards.
I played with the placement and spacing of the balusters- pre-drilled, counter sunk and screwed the parts together.
Making the top was essentially the same exercise, except that the “frame” is wrapping the outside edges of the boards to stabilize the form. I used 3″ long screws to attach the top (again~ pre-drilled and counter sunk).
It’s pretty sturdy~unless someone tries leaning hard on it.
I ran a little detail molding around the bottoms of the balusters (that I created at my router table).
This is truly a very basic construction project—
it’s really all about having the architectural parts and salvage wood. Of course it IS made easier by having the right tools to cut it all!
NOW the problem is trying to figure out the finish—I would have LUV’d raw wood but the balusters were beyond stripping. . . bummer.
I gave it a general white-wash and distress-sanding, and now I’m playing with some gray in areas, but—I don’t know yet.
I have a week to sort it out.
And I have 2 more balusters to play with!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, building green, flea markets, my antique mall space!, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing | Tagged table from balusters, table from salvage | 2 Comments »
I saw an ad on Craigslist for 6 really old windows $25.
Say W H A T ?
I had to rub my eyes and look at that again. I clicked on the posting expecting the description to clarify that it was $25 PER window—nope. I read right—what a shock!
I also called immediately and headed out the door!
Except that one window had a broken pane— O M G!
they have ARCHED tops,
and they’re MINE!
OLD windows with their wavy glass make FABulous mirrors!
I added graphics to 2, left 1 plain & hustled them to the antique stores!
. . .fingers crossed for quick sales!
And check out these items that are getting my attention next!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, Craig's list, mirrors, my antique mall space!, painting, REpurposed/REinvented furniture | Tagged old window mirrors | 1 Comment »
I wasn’t totally feeling the hardware selection on my newest dresser project.
So I went in search of another choice.
I tried a LOT of things, but didn’t have enough of anything that actually looked good. So I SETTLED for what you see here…
I HATE when that happens!
You know, great hardware can completely take something over the top and make the sale!
I ran off to two of my “local” ReStores, but—nothing.
So I went with new/ReProduction pulls.. . from my furniture strippers.
BUT, I had to “tarnish” them a little.
See how shiny they are?
Well, I’m happy AND it’s at the antique mall now!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, dressers and beds, my antique mall space! | Tagged changing out hardware, Hardware | 3 Comments »
This time, it’s found in a Hudson’s Bay blanket
crossed with an Adirondack twist!
First to go—the Asian-styled base/feet and that hardware.
Then I flipped the carcass upside down and added some small Industrial wheels.
Next up—lay out the remains of my split log boards across the drawers. I did need to run a few of the boards through the table saw to get the best fit on the drawer faces. AND~I may have enough leftover end cuts -and 1 whole board- to clad a good side table/night stand!
The boards were super rough and splintery -just like on the REclad bookcase project- so I had to get the sanders out again which ruined the cool look of the raw boards.
I’ll spare you the gory details of how-where-why my initial plans fell apart—I just seemed to be having a B A D day. I waved the white flag and called the long day quits. Annoyed with myself AND project, I headed for bed problem solving instead of to sleep. I’m a problem s o l v e r.
And I came up with a solution!
It all hinged on a fellow vendor’s Hudson’s Bay blanket still being available. Alas, it was sold—but there was “another.” One that had “faded” colors? Or was it a knock-off? I put it on hold to do a little research first.
I don’t think it’s the real thing because it doesn’t have a label, but did you know that Pendleton makes a National Parks blanket look-a-like?
Also 100% wool, also very pricey.
I think that’s what my blanket is—YES, I bought it and am moving forward with my “salvation” plan.
I stripped the nasty-streaky paint off the top to discover a really beautiful wood—why would someone cover such a beautiful top?
Yes, yes—hideous ugly and getting worse with everything I tried! UNTIL NOW!
I mixed up a dingy white and started painting—everything but the top! Then I marked off what colors would go where—after I
played planned it out on the computer.
I customized each color to go with my blanket instead of the true blanket colors (which would have emphasized that it wasn’t actually a HB).
*I think someone may have put this wool blanket in the washer, fading the colors.
My “Hudson’s Bay” blanket dresser!
(with an Adirondack twist!)
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, antiquing and thrifting!, Craig's list, dressers and beds, my antique mall space!, painting, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing | Tagged Hudson's Bay Blanket, Hudson's Bay Dresser, Pendleton Nat'l Parks blanket | 4 Comments »