Posts Tagged ‘ReStore’

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!


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Got this off the curb from the neighbor.

vintage soda crate-

It’s been parked in my stashes since spring of 2012, and conveniently housing misc stuff like  -lamp parts.

I’ve been testing the waters with different “activities” and picking my battles projects based on what I CAN do~SAFELY.

An idea came to mind. . . I pulled PARTS. . . and very awkwardly created a base.  
making the base-

Because of the metal bandingwhich I loved– I couldn’t attach the legs to the outer-most corners.  It ends up as a very awkward and unconvincing attachment.

-the makings of a "table"

With a couple of days to ponder the problem, I was onto something       I hoped would solve the “deficit” problem AND add to the end project.


-wrapping the legs in JUTE!

I wound it tight, securing it frequently with hot glue.

I even ran the jute to the underside edges of the apron sides.

-wrapping the aprons in JUTE!

The jute was giving me little slivers, the hot glue was burning my thumbs.


-wrapping the aprons in JUTE!

The aprons and legs are covered separately.

the JUTE-covered base

You can see that the jute helped to plump out the base and soften the awkward attachment.  PLUS~ I like the textural combo!

making a LID-Originally, I was thinking to give it a hinged lid

but opted for a simpler lift-off lid!

◊ I pulled some salvaged boards, and tested the waters of my HAND GRIP and ripping wood on the table saw.  SAFELY.  Connected the boards,

◊ ran it through the router to create a rabbet so the lid would counter sink somewhat into the top.  Oh, and round over the top edge.

◊ Played with some painting, staining, and distressing to bring it all together,

◊ and added old metal screen door handles.

~A dollar’s worth of ReStore legs, 50¢ a screen door handle, $6 worth of jute ~the rest off the curb and from my scrap piles!

A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

I cleaned up the dirty outsides and insides (including a fresh painted bottom) of the crate and seal-coated the whole

Side table~trunk!

It’s at the Antique Mall for sale—
I thought it might be a fun teenager thing to keep electronic stuff tidy- ?!


A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

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Right before that last flea market,

I got in a gREAt “warm up!”

Friday I found a few things at the thrift store, and a yard sale—

I searched high and low, but couldn’t find the mate to the wooden stirrup (boo).

The old news paper (in the bottom corner) had some gREAt graphics in it, I already mounted one of them to wood to be framed!

The brass birds.  No, I haven’t crossed over to the “tacky” side, ha ha.  There was an old magazine ad for Patina furniture showing a phenomenal bed with birds perched atop its four posts.  I can’t find the bed on their website or rifling through some old mags to show you–but if I ever do, I promise to show you!

Anyway, when I saw the 4 brass birds, I remembered the ad and thought– “I CAN DO THIS!”  See–not SO crazy!

The 2-door cabinet, $20, is for my niece, and will become the base of a tall enclosed cabinet.  Think ARMOIRE.

The dresser, from Craig’s list $25, will probably get cut in two for two separate projects!  **One to be worked on very soon.

And then there’s the ReStore ½ price sale!

I’ve burned through a lot of my crown molding and base board stock, so I was happy to find some good pieces!   10¢ 25¢ and 40¢ a foot on the boards I picked out.

I love the wooden boxes Donna at Funky Junk has made.  You know, the ones with the old hand drills for handles!  I saw these donations mingled in with some other old tools and grabbed them fast (aren’t the handles beautiful?!)  $10 each.  The man standing near gave sUch a lOOk–I’m sure he thought I was a nUt.  I didn’t stop to explainD

A great old window for $1–can you believe?!?  And then slash the price for the sale–wow!

And the pair of doors–$2 each.  This particular ReStore gets a lot of donations from cabinet shops!  So I found Euro-hinges to hang them, at 50¢ a hinge.  They will become a part of that “armoire” for my niece!

I also picked up a bAg fuLL of cool old hardware for 25¢ a piece, and a large, mantle-styled shelf with corbels, $3.

Don’t forget—cut all those price tags in ½!


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I wanted to do something totally unique.

 And then I got this kinda crazy idea—

The tailgate was $10.

The waterbed frame (ReStore) was $40, half of the frame/drawer section, went to each of the boys–so his half was $20.

The boxed sides, made from a 4×8 sheet of plywood sub-flooring, about $15.

The “caps” on each side are from parts of the former waterbed frame!  $0

The framing for the tailgate took 2  2×4’s, $4,

—and its faces came from the neighbor’s fallen picket fence, $0.

The base molding was from the ReStore, $1.

The drawer cup-handles were from the ReStore, 25¢ each.

Drawing from my supply of scrap woods, and paints and other “sundries”—I re-faced the drawer-base face frame, added spacers and cleats, and stained-sealed-painted-waxed the whole piece.  $0

So, I think it’s safe to say this was

a fairly inexpensive bed project!  $50.75

And my great nephew has one vERy cool bedroom!




The BENCH WALL!  (was his dresser)


There are still some things to be done in there, like—

NOW it’s been decided the room really does need to be re-painted, OY-vey.  And we’ve gotten some super cool “beams” that will be installed on the ceiling—oh! along with the “ceiling light” (at right) that is waiting to be installed!

So, there’s more to come!


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Saturday—my FAVorite ReStore had a big ½ price sale, and,

Sunday—was the lAst Elkhorn flea market of the season.  ¦’  (

I got some of the COOLest stUFF, and can’t wait to show all, but— my nephew is coming this morning to help with the “tailgate” part of the TAILGATE BED for their oldest son!  That tailgate is SUper heavy and I need help!

So, for the moment–here’s just one of my more unUSUAL finds— guess what it is!?!

Hint–it’s pretty darn fancy for what it IS!
*They really don’t make things like they used to.


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He’s 4.  The little guy.  The baby.  But he’s head and shoulders taller than other 4 year olds.  And the poor guy got the littlest bedroom in the house.  1st come–1st served, you know.

His room has only been somewhat changed from the nursery he first moved into, so it was absolutely TIME TO GROW UP!

Before →

Here are the changes I made to his itty-bitty– roughly   7½ x 9ft –room.

Like walk-in-closet size.

Or NY city apartment size!  ; D

I was just starting to formulate a design plan when I found this odd garage-storage piece at the ReStore during their annual Earth Day Celebration!  Everything was ½ price!

↓ $20 –I couldn’t build this piece for thatand certainly no way for the $10 I paid for it!  It totally steered this design!

1st, I hoisted the whole piece up on “legs,” and secured it all to the wall.  Then I used the spacing of the shelves to create the stripes around the room– which distract attention from the room’s size.

To bring more texture, I cut up pallet boards to back the shelves.  To bring in more color, I painted the ceiling green—my sister-in-law thought I’d lost my mind.     Aren’t ceilings supposed to be white–??  Says who–??!!

The storage piece new bed system will anchor Landen’s bed and give him storage for books, toys, games and other little boy things without taking up any more valuable floor space!

Another awesome ReStore find was a donated old waterbed frame with under-mounted drawers, $40.  My niece wasn’t exactly enthusiastic, but said she trusted me.  Half will go to each of the boys for extra storage–after some modifications, like what you see below.

Here’s Landen’s half!

And another view–tough to get a good shot without a wide angle lens, sorry.

More details tomorrow—


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My niece, her hubby, two boys, and a goofy-polydactyl cat, all live in a very old house.  Built in 1900-old.  And 1064 sq ft small.

Although they’ve already done quite a bit, it needs more work.  Whose house doesn’t?  I’m trying to lend a hand—and design and construction—to help out.

You’ve seen the “hall tree” I built them for Christmas, and some of Landen’s bedroom and his dresser.

I recently designed a pretty cool deck to go on the front of their house, because they only have a 12ft deep backyard—kind of like a corner lot back yard.  They’re hoping to start that project in the next two weeks (fingers crossed).  But until then—

  1. I found a pair of shutters at the ReStore for $1 each and used 2 cans of spray paint to give them a neutral color.
  2. And then thought, “Well, how about a window box full of flowers?”

I bought 10ft green treated deck boards for this project.  I cut them down to 9ft (the length/run of the window), and decided to router a detail on the face.

I used a speed square to create 45° angles for the lattice-y pattern.

After finishing the routered detail, sanding, and putting the back-bottom-front-and-sides together, I lined the box with pond liner and drilled drainage holes.  They can paint the box or stain it to match the deck later.

We hung the box yesterday, and this morning, really early, I bought flowers and planted them before there was a party for Braeden’s 8th birthday.  It looked so nice, and I know my niece-and-family are well pleased!


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