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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 . . !

 

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OTTILIA CATHERINE's pop up saleIf you’re following me on instagram, then you already got a glimpse of this yesterday as I was finishing up!

So- I was telling you about the family I’m helping

to sell off all the furniture and decor that they couldn’t take with them to their new senior apt ~or that their family (kids) didn’t want.

Many things were inherited from her grandmother, Ottilia Catherine, who was born on April 1st—the same day we move into the antique mall!  Think she’ll be watching over everything?

This was a very petit dresser from the very early 1900’s.  In today’s living, it would be more of a nightstand (to give you a better idea of scale).  It’s made from a really soft, mellow pine.

a very petit dressser

The reflex answer was to strip the top and REpaint.

And then you see I went in a little bit different direction.

a very petit dressser AND A MAKEOVER!

Yes~ I decoupaged another poster!  But did you notice that clearance price!  AND I ditched the plastic knobs (2 were missing anyway) to 100yr old glass knobs!

And now THIS piece is ready for the sale!

Catherine

a very petit dressser AND A MAKEOVER!

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found on a fb shopping page--

LAST Saturday

I was in a pseudo Twilight Zone trying to buy this danged dresser.

And TODAY-Saturday

the dresser has a whole new look-style-vibe and is already looking for a new home via the antq mall!

working on a classic REfinish

Well, like I said in the last post,

I had visions of  a simple, classic, and elegant REdo.

I jumped right into REfinishing the top and working on the many needed repairs.  I knew what colors I planned on using—I could SEE IT finished!

A N D   T H E N, when I couldn’t fall asleep one night, this OTHER IDEA came to me.  Contingent to finding the right floral~something.  With NO wallpaper that fits this new vision, I went in search of a large poster!

working on the drawers

I was feeling kind of badly that I already painted the drawers that pretty pale watery-blue-green.  Seemed like a waste.  But then–I made an adjustment to the poster as I cut it out, and left a ½” reveal all around.

FYI– Press n’ seal works great to cover & protect the steel wheels,  as you see below.

working on the Victorian dresser

On to the poster~

a great poster!

Taking one drawer at a time –from the bottom drawer up– I tacked the poster at the bottom drawer edge, then used a box cutter along the top edge to cut out each part of the poster.

cutting & applying the poster sections

cutting & applying the poster sections

Once things were “settled” and easier to see, I absolutely decided on cutting each section down for a ½” reveal of the blue-painted drawers.

You can see how “pristine” the poster looks, which some might like, but I wanted a very old look.  So I crumpled up each section, and even tore it a bit like “wear.”  THEN I used heavy-duty wallpaper paste to apply each section.

–Decoupaging with a poster is no easy feat, and very different to work with~thickness and finish of paper.  LOTS of patience is REQUIRED.

decoupaging a poster~

decoupaging a poster~

TEXTURE!  This poster was a printing of a canvas painting! ♥♥♥

Plus, you can see my additional “age.”

This poster was a printing of a canvas painting!

Once the postered sections were afixed and dry, I brushed on a top coat to seal it.  I’m tempted to run back down to the antq mall with a white paint pen and outline the edges for a little more “finish.”  Up close~I think it needs it, but in the general view it looks fine as is.   So, idk~

Catherine

~here’s a bunch of views to really show the details of this project.
I really LUV it!
I’m sharing this dresser project at Feathered Nest Friday!
And with WoW us Wednesday!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

details~my Victorian dresser~NOW!details~my Victorian dresser~NOW!

the side panel of my Victorian dresser

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Vintage Market at The Grove Vendor!

Yep~doin’ another show!

And I’ve got a lot to do to get ready.

Does that explain some of my projects of late?

I need “smalls!”  You know—Cash & Carry items for those not looking for furniture.  I’ve collected a lot of inspiration & ideas to draw from—

Creating a SHIELD pattern~and this is another  of those ideas!

It began with making some patterns from ¼” veneered plywood.

I sketched out a shape I liked with chalk, cut it out with a jigsaw, and sanded it smooth. It’ll be so much easier to replicate as needed!

~now cutting out the shape

You can see above that I used an old, solid wood cabinet door—¾” thick.     That thickness let me run them through the router for a nice edge detail! Then I sanded and primed them both.

That was last night.

~cut out, routed, and primed

  Today—

I gave both boards a fine sanding, then got busy working out my graphics ideas and printed them out on onion skin.  I plan to decoupage the printed images onto the boards.

These are two of my graphic selections, and the outcome of one.   I’ll share more on these soon—

Catherine

2 of my graphic selections2 of my graphic selections

With just a few details to finish up. . .

decoupaging the image~~just some details to finish this one up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Market at The Grove!

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It all started with a Curb Alert on Craigslist,

and then I told you about my tentative plans HERE.

the Curbie cabinet-

I love Terry‘s idea to make a wine bar out of it, and was actually going to run with that—BUT—

since I’m already REworking another cabinet in just that way,  a n d… . it IS for REsale~ I realized I needed to think more about mass appeal.

REfitting the carcass--I know, I knowb o r i n g.

Hoping for a quick flip with the least investment, I made it into a, granted, much less sexy

BOOKCASE.

Something everyone can use, and usually needs!  I’ve created and sold quite a few through the years.

I REfitted the bottom and back with ¼” plywood—luckily, the sides were really good!  But thin.  Do I REbuild them anyway to make two adjustable shelves?

If so~ they will end up being only 9″ high.  Not super practical.  One fixed center shelf will give two shelves 13½” and 14″ high.  AND, the easier thing to do!

This project went really fast!

But there was one other issue to deal with—the PLYWOOD.  It’s rough & uneven. The easiest thing I’ve found to make it smooth is—trowel on dry wall compound (or something like it) to LEVEL everything out and fill the voids.  Once dry, it sands out to a super fine finish.  Then paint.

*It’s hard to show you this from raw wood, so I painted THEN troweled over it filling all the voids so you can see it better.

-filling the voids in plywood

Simple in white with a punch of color and a little decoupage!

It may be a simple Federal style bookcase, painted white. . .

but that doesn’t mean it can’t be punched up with a bold color!  And I love this blue’ish green!

I’m not noted for using too many strong colors in my REsale projects—neutrals are just a safer bet!  This’ll make for a fun surprise in my antique mall space!

I added a little decoupage to the oval medallions and just used clear and dark wax to finish the top.

...a little decoupage...

--all ready to go!

-my antq mall space!

A n d  it’s off to the Antique Mall,

Where it looks kind of fun positioned by my Peace & Love chairs
(that I put back in for another shot)

Catherine

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my lists--EVERYTHING!

Well maybe not everything, it just FEELS that way.

Lots of things are checked off my list—but lots of things are  -NOT. Yikes.

Foot is still killin’ me, but I’m determined to get things done.  I admit I am beginning to wonder if something is fractured—I’ll probably go in when I get back— .  Real colorful, huh? ~I’ve been wearing a compression sock to reduce the swelling & it’s “cast-like.”

I'm accident-prone...

Enough of that—

on to the FUN!

found on Craigslist!I found this violin on Craigslist.  It was a bit beyond reasonable restoration

so I REinvented it

for the Main St Market sale.  Both parts of it— the violin AND the case!

the violin case-I refinished its beautiful case, and needed to make some repairs.  Even rough I still thought it was so fabulous and I just love its Bombe‘ish lid!

Lastly, I decoupaged sheet music in the interior.

I think this would make a wonderful jewelry “box,” don’t you?

my fabulous Violin Case!

As for the VIOLIN itself—I made it into a

CLOCK!

my VIOLIN CLOCK

  1. I had to cut into the back to accept a clock mechanism.
  2. I used a clock face image I found online, printed it out, cut it out, wadded it up to create wrinkles, decoupaged it in place, then coffee stained it.
  3. I drilled a hole for the clock mechanism to poke through, then applied the hands.

They’ll both be going to the Main St Market sale!

Catherine

making a VIOLIN CLOCK

my VIOLIN CLOCK

my VIOLIN CLOCK
I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

French Country Cottage

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Furniture Feature Fridays

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. . . so this is what I did in the end.

in the works--The dresser looked sO pretty and refreshed painted in the Revere Pewter and Alabaster White.

Yeah—WAS looking good up to The Accent Color Debacle. Ooooh well.

I’d decided to only accent a few of its subtle details, like the fluting in the full front stiles-legs, the flourishes, and the recessed upper drawer section.  And THEN I REvisited the recessed drawers.  With découpage.  Yes~more découpage.

I grabbed my vintage French vocabulary book and started leafing through for cool pages to use!  And I finally tore out the cover pages—which you can see on the 2nd drawer.

 découpage from a vintage French vocabulary book

 I also added the petit fleur de lis to each drawer.

I stained them dark to match what stain I kept.

After découpaging, I lime waxed each drawer to create a sun-faded appearance  -which also toned down each fleur de lis.

Lastly, I seal-coated all the remaining parts.

Tuesday morning I got everything REset at the antique mall and jumped on the highway to head out of town for the rest of the week!  More on that later -but- I’ve already found a new project to bring back—it’s REALLY UGLY, just wait till you see what I’m doin’ with it!

Impresively well-made dresser!Here’s the dresser, now at the mall for sale!

This is one very heavy, solid wood, well-made dresser.  Even Bird’s Eye Maple drawer boxes. Nothing cheap here!

Catherine

the flourish on the back splash--…wish you could feel just how smOOth and silky the top feels—3 layers of liming wax, paste wax, paste wax all buffed out with my random orbital buffer!

my CL DRESSER  $25

I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!

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