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-my barn board supplyI still had some barn boards.

And somehow, I also have a surplus of heavy coiled springs.

A N D- this idea came to mind.  I’ve seen a few variations on this, but here’s MY twist on it!

where did all these springs come from?

I plucked out 2 of the shorter boards—and discovered a mouse hiding out between them!  He went on the run–I went on the run–and a LOT of shrieking ensued!  And- this repeated many times throughout the day.

So now I’m grossed out and trying to scrub the boards CLEAN and DISINFECT them too—yeesh!  I gave them a couple of days out in the sunshine too.

working in the gardenThis week- instead of going to the gym early each morning, I’m going out to the garden to pull weeds and start the Spring clean up.

It’s a big job and will take the whole week.

Then I clean up, change clothes, & get back to my workshop before Nellie’s!

creating my 'WINE RACK"back to the “WINE RACK!”

I ran the boards through the table saw to clean up the edges, then cut them to length on the chop saw.  80″ in length.

I used pine cut offs from other projects to frame the 2 boards tightly together.  Sanded, puttied, fine-sanded, and stained the frame.  Once everything was set up I seal-coated the entire project, front and back.

At right & below shows my scheming stages!

creating my 'WINE RACK"

Yesterday I began working out how to attach the springs.  The last chair I gutted used a really interesting method of securing the springs to the wood frame.  So I thought it prudent to save the hardware—just in case!

the hardware used to attach springs in one of the chairs~

What you can’t see above~ I drilled a hole into each piece with a metal bit, then screwed each into place before bending/wrapping over the spring.  I used a small metal eye to catch the other end of the spring.  The springs are held very firmly for the [heavy] bottles of wine!

securing the springs~securing the springs~

a salvaged wood, farm-styled WINE RACK!

While I was playing with placement and spacing, I pulled out some really long cut nails -spikes- I had.  I was thinking how cool they could be holding wine glasses!  I don’t have all I need, so I’m working on that.  Otherwise–

I still have a few kinks to work out & hope the Nellie’s crowd will it!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!At 6½ ft tall+ I thought it would be nice just to lean against the wall  –kind of like riddling racks.
OR mount it!

Catherine

really large cut nails hold wine glasses!

a salvaged wood, farm-styled WINE RACK!

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a quickie!

Marie's little table!∗ My mother’s OLD neighborhood is at the end.  The woman who’s family farmed all this land, and then sold to be developed into all these area neighborhoods long-long ago~ passed on Mother’s Day morning.
OUR family was the last to settle into this street of 11 families with 27 kids.  I was 6½ when we moved to this state-city-street.  And now my mother is the last of all those parents.  (my dad left the Air Force, and this put us about half way between grandmas)
As her daughter wraps up cleaning out the still-there old farm house (it’s already sold) I got a call to come look at some things~if I’d be interested!        ♥ RIP Marie 

I was gifted 2 chairs, 2 tables!

I really thought this small plant stand-side table was such a Cutie-pie!  But I could DEFINITELY improve upon it!  Beginning with a little extra zhoosh in the form of some small fleur dis lis appliqués.

zhooshing up Marie's Table

zhooshing up Marie's Table

I reached for my newly concocted “terracotta” paint!  I LUV it and will get some color-matched to keep as a staple.  Actually- I primed it before painting because it was one of those pieces that would bleed-through pink’ish.  NOT in a good way.  That white primer absolutely showed me that it needed a BURST of color!

A bit of sanding, appliqués, primer, 2 coats of paint, and a little distressing!

Doesn’t it look FABulous?!?

And it will be at Nellie’s!

Catherine

zhooshing up Marie's Table

zhooshing up Marie's Table

zhooshing up Marie's TableNellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up saleI can’t believe there are still a few pieces remaining from the Ottilia Catherine’s Estate Sale a year ago.  Pieces I thought would have been 1st to sell.

This –trunk?– is one.

I’ve seen these things sell in the blink of an eye—but not this one.

So let’s FIX that.

It was scrubbed really well the first time around, but you still felt like you wanted to wash your hands touching it–yuck.  And maybe why it didn’t sell.

So THIS time around I wasn’t worried about detracting from its authenticity—I took it apart, cleaned it with another degreaser, and sanded.

And the yellow paint was still at hand (am I becoming a yellow-girl?).

the trunk that didn't sell--??

the trunk that didn't sell--??

the trunk that didn't sell--??the trunk that didn't sell--??

 

Even after all that prep, this piece SUCKED UP PAINT

like a magic show!

But I persevered, was patient—and won the battle!  With about 5 coats of paint working clockwise around the trunk, on to the drawer, then the top–

× 5 in steady repetition.  ON PURPOSE.

dealing with paint issues~I was painting in hot, humid conditions.  Just touching the trunk STILL made my hands “black.”  Whatever was STILL in the wood was soiling the brush and contaminating my paint.  But experience told me that if I kept layering on the paint while it was only tacky-dry, the multi-layers would fuse and it might seal in the film.  AND ultimately get me to the effect I wanted.  IT DID!

After the bleed-through stopped, and all the coats of paint–I left it alone for about 30 minutes.  THEN came some sanding with course paper around a sponge block.

The softer flexibility let me control the pressure to distress and “peel” paint off.  But now it will have to sit for quite a while to truly cure.  I may seal it right before taking it to Nellie’s Barn Sale.  It will have had 22 days to cure by then.

It’s a really cool trunk, but it’s kind of low—so I also went dragging through my wheel collection. . .

all painted and playing with wheels~

 

The color and the wheels definitely ADD TO ITS APPEAL!

I’m absolutely CONFIDENT it will FLY out of our space this time!

A NEW look for an OLD trunk!

It could even become a coffee table now!

Catherine

a NEW look for an OLD trunk!

Hope to see you at the show!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

'80's era consolesRemember these?

80’s era consoles?

I found one of these cheap (several years back already) to build up & around for extra hall storage in a niece’s home.  Although it wasn’t going to look like THIS at the end–they couldn’t SEE it and didn’t like it.

So there it sits, parked in my stashes gathering dust.

UNTIL NOW.

I muscled it out from the thick of things, cleaned it up, and started planning.

Not into the pseudo-Spanish style, I ALWAYS knew things would start with the doors.  My initial thought was to create a tall flat back and create open shelving.  I even toyed with making that Window Hutch top for this cabinet.  Ehh~too much??  IDK. . .

. . . let’s just start dealing with those doors & see what it tells me. . .

OPEN doors and painting a base color working on that door style

In the end- I REfilled the doors with more TIN!

That cool drop hardware was added to my stashes–to be exchanged for something smaller.  Then I pried off that center medallion, but it “wasn’t enough.”  So I knocked out the whole panel and considered options to REfill it.

Caningtiny chicken wirewall paper or decoupage… square off the frame?  –TIN.

I had some pieces that were about the right size and honestly, were so deteriorated and not good for anything else–so why not?

I cut them to size, sealed in the chippy state so if I opted to paint them it would show through.  But since I liked the existing chippy patina and colors, I chose paint based on the tin as is.

Then I repaired and glued and sanded.  Finally- I got busy painting a base coat on the cabinet.  I was so done in by the end of my loooong day that I just walked away from it.  It laid on the sawhorses outside overnight.  And dried REALLY well—maybe I should always do that!  ; D

Yesterday I painted the finished color in a dry-brushing technique so it has a textural fabric effect.  I selected drop handles in a smaller scale and simpler style, and installed the tin!

Done!  Fini!  Stop there!  NO top or ANYthing else.

I love it as is!

I kind of wish I had squared off the doors though. . .

Catherine

33″ wide  ×  12½” deep  ×  30″ tall

my '80's cabinet AFTER my '80's cabinet BEFORE

working hard~

We’re in the countdown to Nellie’s.

23 days away.

My project list is ambitiousand loooong.

I’ll have some pretty AWEsome things to sell! (even if I do say so myself)  But they aren’t all finished yet~YIKES!  So I’m crazy busy!

Can I offer you a few pretty FILLERS?

Things are flowering again and greening up—YaY!

the Crab Apple tree in all it's splendor

THIS is my kind of Purple 

PURPLE abounds!

MY kind of Purple!

~and those yellow “flowers” are back, ugh.

~and the "yellow" flowers are back

Yes~ Spring has Sprung!  But the clean up has to wait for the show.

Here’s a tease of just a few present projects—

I’ll share shortly!

just a FEW of the current projects~

my surrogate dog!

But this guy-

he waits for no one

and nothing!

(he’s my surrogate dog)

Catherine

 

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

another old door from the neighborThe neighbor was at it again.

Clearing things out of the house AND “modernizing” their 1880’s house.

How I HATE that.  If you want modern—buy modern.

HOWEVER– he gives me all that OLD STUFF as he strips it out– !!!!!!!!!   And I DO love that!

I had several ideas in mind for this door, but. . .

In the end, I needed to remember I was in desperate need of display pieces for Nellie’s, so one particular project rose to the top of the list. . .

a door bookcase!

It WILL be for sale, but it’s going to be a workhorse until it does.  Our space is on a PRIME corner –but– it’s also on a slope.  A double-edged sword.  SHALLOW, flexible pieces will be key for the short spans of level ground.

So THIS is the latest casualty from the neighbor’s ongoing project.  A small closet door from a bedroom with a sloped ceiling.  It had a window in it that was broken.  A window- how strange, huh?

playing w/the spacing for shelves-70″ tall × 24″ wide

window over 3 panels

You can see in the pictures that I was already playing with the placement of shelving with some previously created corbels.

Shelves at each panel would have LOOKED ideal—but they would be really short.
◊ 5 shelves in total would have been ideal—but , again, SHORT shelves.  SO 4 SHELVES IT IS!

AND- h o w  to deal with that window.

1st- the door needed to be squared from the wonky “angles” to conform to the ceiling.  And while it was laying flat on the sawhorses, I added cove molding.  I also dragged through my antq ceiling tin for a piece to fill the window—I thought it could be a good look overall AND for the show!

∗ I’m short on progress pictures because my phone was busy streaming music–I got sick of the radio’s same/repetitious 12-song playlist.

My DOOR BOOKCASE!I mixed some leftover paints to create a gray’ish shade of green I REALLY liked to paint the front of the door (love happy accidents).  ONE color looked flat so I went back with some white accents.  A N D  waxed everything for a soft hand -and the depth waxing brings to paint!

This DOOR BOOKCASE will be 360° of visibility during the Nellie’s Barn Sale so I painted the backside too.  Just the white—for a clean look. 

I swear, painting took longer than construction, but I LUV the simple outcome!

With this color combo, it’s got a very “Farm-ish” style.  I can totally see it in a kitchen corner showing off some Stone Ware, greens, and a great old cook book collection.  But I can ALSO totally see it in a bathroom loaded with towels and apothecary jars filled with toiletries!

Catherine

~on to the next project!

*it was hard to get accurate color pictures of the pretty green-  : ( 

My DOOR BOOKCASE!

∗ I need to plug the screw holes yet—

My DOOR BOOKCASE!

look what the neighbor gave me!THESE tables, that the neighbor gave me.

That I DEconstructed right away and am REcreating one into a sofa table.

I’m still working on that project, just not consistently because I’m juggling MANY projects for Nellie’s.

DEconstructing the tables~OMgoodness~ I swear, someone got paid by the screw putting this table together.

68 screws held this table together × 2 tables!

I now have a GOOD supply of screws on hand!

the aprons from the tables~

After taking everything apart—I decided to make shelves from the aprons.    I started with 3 -the 4th needed repair.  I cut the ends of each on a 45° miter and added sides.  I primed them, gave them a really sloppy paint job and over-sprayed the bottom edges with a darker shade of green.

THEN a twist!  I coated them in stripping solution just long enough to wreck the paint, and clean them off with a pressure washer.

creating shelves from the table's aprons


They looked A-MAZ-ing!

Until I clear coated them.

It “washed out” the distressed effect and I don’t even have a picture to show you the difference.

I’m SO bummed.

giving them patina~

Creating SHELVES from the table's aprons~

I cut tops for each following their contours, and routed a simple edge detail to dress them up.  Gave them a very light stain and clear coat.

I know I said “SHELVES”

and they DO look great clustered together, but, I think they would also be pretty fabulous used as

a Bed Corona!

Catherine

 

A N D  they too, will be going to Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!