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an old-fashioned mail organizerThe Shelf~

The very first ever Elkhorn Flea Market I got to go to

this very petit mail organizer came home with me!

It was cheap -as I remember- but I knew it would be a fun project at some point— and its time has come!

*Click on  –FLEA MARKETS-  under CATEGORIES  from the right column to see pictures from my many trips to market!

An idea came to me about building a SHELF around it!

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!I rummaged through my stashes of wood and propped a general configuration together.  I played with some corbels but decided to INTEGRATE the corbel design directly INTO the sides!  Which meant it’d be better to use some 5/4″ boards to look more substantial and echo the misc drawer.

AND- you see I contoured the wood to match the organizer form.  A band saw made cutting out the final shape in this thick wood a lot easier.

My mini-me niece, my Summer Intern, my  “SI”  helped in this creation.  She has some very strong ideas and opinions on design.  Uh, oh!  She’s definitely ME.

We’re just now starting to paint the current projects—but this one we’re painting in pieces and then we’ll put together (to make life easier).

This is our final design.

*Unless we don’t like it put together!  ; D

I’ll have finished pics to show soon!

Catherine

Oh!  Next is the decorative box!

building another shelf around a vintage mail organizer!

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Nellie's Barn Sale!There’s SO much going on and I need to be VERY mindful of my two looming show deadlines!

Trying to be the most efficient, I thought it might be prudent to work out the construction of a few things at once, then go back to paint/finish.
Do you guys ever do that?

Vintage Market at the Vineyard!

I’m really looking forward to both of these phenomenal shows!  If you’re in the Midwest and can go

they are SO worthwhile!

Here’s an old farm table frame that I’m REworking into a desk!

the old farm table~ now a desk!

I used an unusually nice pallet for the wood.  The boards happened to be the perfect size for this desk project!  I ripped one of the boards to create an apron and support cleats, and then lay out the new top.

It sanded up beautifully, I used natural oak stain on it, then poly’d the top with 2 coats.  I also added wheels to boost the height.  LUV IT!

*The “holes” you see are evidence of this old table having dropped leaves.  Each side would have had a pivoting brace to hold up the leaf.  I added guides across the span to support a shallow drawer—that will be a through-and-through to either side.
the old farm table~ now a desk!

. . . a n d  there’s a really cool shelf to show you next!

Catherine

It’s only 5 and 8 weeks

till my 2 fall shows happen!

The only 2 I’m participating in this year.

Vintage Market at the Vineyard!

 

Nellie's Barn Sale!

 

And I am  SO B U S Y  building things for both!

There are several shelf designs I’m working on—below is one I built last minute for last year’s Nellie’s Barn Sale—it sold immediately!  Since I have enough material for 2 more, I thought I’d make at least one.  I’ll have enough time to make another for the 2nd show if it sells!

Tin Over-Mantle styled shelf

all kinds of TIN

This is the one I just constructed—it just needs “finishing!”

I made it from leftover scraps of old projects AND from my nephew’s old dresser.  The tin was a flea market-find bought for a now abandoned project.

Tin Over-Mantle styled shelf

Any suggestions on the paint color, the finish?  I’m all ears!

Catherine

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!

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