Posts Tagged ‘hall trees’

Actually, a 2nd makeover.

the vintage soda crateTHIS was one of my –therapeutic– projects (after hand surgery) last year.

I visualized a teenage boy using this as a night stand while I worked on it—well, in any case, I may have thought it was a fun piece

but it never sold.

In spite of multiple locations of exposure. Bummer.  I stuck it back in storage.

funky junk's STORAGE TROLLEY!

THEN I saw this cool Storage Trolley posted by

Donna @  funky junk!

Isn’t it a fantastic idea for extra storage?!?  OMGosh~thanks Donna!  So guess how I’m altering my crate!  ; D

Why didn’t I think of this?

I left my existing project alone, except that

I added on to it!

It didn’t take much, and it didn’t take long…

and here it is now!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

what a difference!


I believe I see a quick sale coming!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

the vintage soda crate MAKEOVER!

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~rescued from a dumpster!I found this old industrial scale and stand in a dumpster end of July.

I cleaned the scale and took it to the antique mall. The stand~I had other plans for.

Thursday, I finally went to buy the appropriate metal, then took all the parts to be fabricatedI don’t know how to weld.  It was an UNcomplicated job and done in no time at all!

On my way back ~consumed by my “visual” thoughts of what wood I might have for this project~ I happened on an ah-MAZ-ingly THICK-boarded pallet behind a business and hustled to load it up!  (*Y’know I’m gonna be totally stalking that place now!)

I could SEE this project even before I was able to dig it out of that dumpster.

Believe me~THAT’s how I was able to muster the strength to pry this heavy guy out of its entanglement.  Determination!

the stand from the scale~now added on to

a pallet made up of 1"+ thick boards

I ripped the boards to width, cut them to length, rounded over the edges on the router table.  Smoothed out the extremely rough milled wood with lots of sanding~but not so much to take away all that character.  3 coats of Polyurethane.

fitting the pallet boards~

searching for the right coat hooks. . .

Today I drilled holes in the metal at varying points to stabilize the wood “slats” and keep things from warping/wracking down the line.

AND I wrestled with coat hooks.

I don’t like anything I have left.  All my aMAZing stuff is used and gone now, and I’ve had no luck finding “new” stuff—even at last Sunday’s flea market.

I thought these  might look fantastic, but—ehhh.

I’ve got 4 days to figure it out, and get a lot of other things wrapped up—yikes!

Industrial-Barn Chic!

See this & a LOT more at Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8!


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Let me 1st say that life (in the form of a painful sebaceous cyst) has interrupted the flow of working on, and finishing this hall tree, and getting started on the 2nd one.  Can you say mOre stress to make both charity deadlines~yIKes.

My mom accompanied me for my scary, and painful little “surgery.”  She also took pictures so I could actually see (afterwards) what the heck was happening.  I’ll spare you the sUper gross pics–but I’m going to show my nephews-the bOys (I’m a bAd auntie).

The whole process was pAINful~beginning with the hUNdred shots of local anesthetic that sent me flinching and squirming for all the burning, to all the cutting-poking-prodding-pushing-squeezing to excise the badly infected cyst.  Which may have lOOked like a golf ball, but felt like a softball–with roots.

Before all was done, their floor was flooded with my tears, and the doc had to remind me more than once to breathe.  And after all that to empty it, thEN she packed it back up with a medicated gauze for 24hrs that left me in agony.  My body definitely knew something was in there that didn’t belong, leaving me feeling ill, pale-white, wobbly,  and back in bed for the rest of the day.

This was 2 o’clock yesterday.  This morning, I tried to focus on finishing the hall tree upholstery to distract myself from the pain until I was scheduled for the packing removal.  The cyst was sO infected, some had to remain–and I have to go back yet again.

I’ve just got to FOCUS on my projects, and the good cause they are for.  Yes, it hurts and I’m in pain~but I’ll bet my niece’s mother-in-law would trade with me in a heart beat.  And, in the immortal words of my funny, late grandmothers—

Thank you God

“It’ll heal before you get married!”


“Cry, cry, cry–you’ll just pee less later!”

That definitely helps put things back in perspective—.


a hall tree for the ReStore's Earth Day celebration!The finished hall tree may not look “perfect” –but, all considering, I’m happy with it.  My last task was to add the nail heads, and it gave me the most trouble~heck, they’re tough to get perfect in the bESt of circumstances!

(and I sure would like a do-over)

But I have to get this one to the ReStore, and finally start on the next hall tree.

I hope you like it, and I hope the ReStore gets a gOOd price for it!







ps~1. It seems I got something on the internal part of my lens, that’s the weird dark spot you see.

And, 2. The “F & P” are covering the cabinet door handle holes on the box’s front that I somehow overlooked in construction.  ; D

a hall tree for the ReStore's Earth Day celebration!

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Yesterday, I was in construction.

Today, I’ve been puttying, sanding, painting, and waxing.

Tomorrow, I will have a few refinements to finish, and then,     I’ll be—upholstering.  Yes, the little arms and seat!

Here’s a shot from earlier today—

my charity project #1

       I have no idea why the poor thing looks a bit wonky in the photo ~but I promise, it iS square and level!

       Anyway, it looks better than this as I’ve quit for the night, but it will be finished tomorrow, and before end of day, I should have begun construction on the 2nd hall tree!  Busy-bUSy!

*I’m not sUper crazy about thESE hooks for thIS piece, but I’m trying to oNLy use things frOM the ReStore–remember that this piece is for them.  I may acquiesce on this point.


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Earth DayThis next Saturday, my favorite ReStore is having a big sale to celebrate Earth Day!          And I am building something to contribute, from the mANy things I’m always buying there.

cure pancreatic cancerAnd also next Saturday, a benefit is being held for my niece’s mother-in-law, who (at 50) has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  And I am building something for this as well.

So you can imagine~I am busy-busy-bUsy~ I’m building a Hall Tree for both events.

This one is the 1st —the materials, the construction, and its progress as I quit for the night.

the 1st hall tree--

the hall tree--

I’ll have much more to tell and share tomorrow~


I’m sharing this project with these FABulous linky parties~










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