Posts Tagged ‘building a hall tree’

ReStoreIn late August, on a run through my FAVorite ReStore (and I’ve been through mANy)–the store manager grabbed me to say, “Don’t leave without seeing me.”  Uh~I promise, I didn’t do it!

The ReStore and Habitat for Humanity are holding their 3rd Annual Hard Hats and Heels Banquet November 15–would I be willing to make another “hall tree” like the one I made and donated for their Earth Day Celebration…?


working on the door/hall treeSo yesterday I made the trip up to the ReStore to pick up the door their manager and I picked out to use.  I also ran through to see if there were any other donations I could use in construction–but unfortunately, no.  We loaded the door and my other purchases and I headed home.

I finally got started around noon today~beginning with cutting it down from its 36″ to 33″.  I had two objectives in mind: I hoped to reduce some weight from this inCREDibly heavy door, and I thought it might be easier to make room for something 33″ wide.

Then I re-contoured the bottom to create “legs”…

…and I pulled another paneled door (I had in reserve for a different project) to make the box -or- seat.  The door had 5 panels, I cut off 2– one for the front and the other cut in half for the sides.  I used some cut-off bed posts for the front feet.

*I added a small bead detail at the top and bottom of the box with the router~although you can’t see it in any of these pictures yet.

creating the "box"While I was working on a few of the details to the box, I was simultaneously working on the “mirrors.”  These fabulous beveled windows were one of the main reasons I was pushing for this door selection!

You can see the “mirrors” coming to life in the collage below, and the last shot of the two parts propped together so I could get a feeling for how things were going so far~at the end of day.  Tomorrow I’ll add the crown molding, tweak a few things here and there, and get painting.  And I hope to get crackin’ on the flip lid too!


silvering the glass-

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"Landen"My days have been very roller coaster-like since having my little surgical procedure last Tuesday.  And it’s been a challenge to work on -anything- at length.

I just couldn’t finish the 2nd hall tree on time so I donated one of my children’s cabinets instead.  I really hope it, too, will fetch a good dollar amount for Vicky.  Fingers crossed.

I named this cabinet  -locker-cubby-  LANDEN, for my gr-nephew Landen.  And it is hIS grandmother that the benefit is for.

*the reason I picked thIS cabinet

Thankfully, their “cup runneth over” with donations, and I DiD also make 2 beautiful spring floral arrangements.

building the 2nd Hall Tree

But, let me show you what I was TRYing to build for this 2nd charity benefit.

(I DiD get pretty far along–)

The 2nd Hall Tree.

I picked out some things and parts to bring together.  I wasn’t sure exACTly what I would ultimately use, so this was just a part of my “creating process!”  ~Options, y’know!

-So, I decided to use the split pediment instead of the half moon frame.  I took the mirror and frame apart to get to it.

-Then seeing how it would/could fit onto the door and its new height, I decided to cut off the top panel section.  And I needed to create a spacer, or transitional piece to bulk up the top again.  I cut a piece of wood to length and depth, and then routered a dado for the pediment to fit into.

-Next I began working on the “box” using the top section of the door I cut off.

-And I used stair railing pickets to create legs/feet for support.

-I also cut up an old cabinet door to make a hinged lid for its new hidden storage.

I’m going to end here, at the construction phase—although, mUch of the painting was well under way.          I’ll show you more of that next post.

I’ve needed more follow up with the doctor –proving just how infected the cyst actually was, and the reason I just couldn’t stay on this project to finish in time.


the 2nd Hall Tree


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