Making A Dent in the Project Pile

Work has had me worn out by the end of each day. Seems like I have the best of intentions but no energy to carry out the work for the blog page. But little by little, I am getting a few things done.

The first I am going to talk about is something that I really love… from the initial idea to its completion. I am really, really in love with this project.

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The conception of this little project was picking up – for free – the sewing table. A very simple design with the flip open top, a run-of-the-mill design for sewing machine tables. But it was in very nice shape and I loved the simple, elegant design.

I began by removing the top. I also removed from the front the flip down pocket from the front. A simple wipe-down of the remainder brought it back to the deep rich original finish.

dscn4731Some time ago, like over two years, I picked up some Corian countertops from CraigsList. I didn’t know what I would use them for, at the time, but I always knew that they could be transformed into something beautiful. Part of the countertops – the island piece, I believed – became the top of a beautiful cafe-style table and chairs set.

DSCN2794You’ll note that this set’s table is also sewing related! The chairs were fitted with matching Corian seats. Isn’t that adorable too?

dscn4729Well, we’ve learned – The Kid and I – that Corian can be cut, sanded and routed the same as any wood. So, I wanted to make the top for the new table from the remaining pieces. Initially, laid out in the workshop, I drew a nice little rectangle but knew that would be too boring. I recently purchased a new template for making curved edges for quilt and the paper label was lying in the recycle bin right in eye sight! I used it to draw the nice half circles around the edges and with a little fidgeting, it turned out perfectly.

dscn4730It took nearly half of the longest and widest piece of the Corian, you can see in this picture what was left as well as the reverse of the curves of the cutout piece. This sitting like this gave me the idea to use the same design to create a matching mirror. Wouldn’t this look cute in the entryway of someone’s home? Or a little place in the kitchen to dash off a recipe or keep a computer handy?

The piece was cut using a jigsaw and then routed top and bottom. I opted to keep the inside edge of the mirror pristine, I think the routing would have detracted from the edge work. It was fitted with a mirror and backed with a lightweight backing and then taped with a finish tape.

dscn4737The drawer front was connected to a larger drawer, one that was salvaged from the desk turned small cabinet (and decoupaged with Atlas maps). It was the perfect width, just needed to be cut down to a size that would fit the cabinet.

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I love that this piece was re-made without a penny being spent! Everything is remade/recycled from free materials picked up from CraigsList. I kept the tilt-out piece and just added the drawer. The Kid was crafty enough to configure a drawer tract and put it all together!

Another project finished! I’ve also worked on a couple of smaller projects at the same time… I always have to have my hands doing something! I finished cross stitching the little pillow for Mattie (hi Mattie!) to help her to remember that cubicle walls don’t have much sound protection!

Just a little pillow, about 4″ x 7″ that sits under her monitor. She picked the colors and I just happened to have the perfect fabric to use for the back.

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I also put together this little card holder for my blog cards. It is simply two drawer pulls on a scrap of really nice wood that I had leftover. I sanded the edges into nice rounds and attached the handles simply by drilling holes into the surface and sinking them into it. No gluing, no painting, no fuss! It works for either vertical or horizontal cards. Pretty neat, if I say so myself!

And last, but not least, I made yet another little shelf with storage bottles for craft items. As many of them before, this one is made from paint sticks! I love the versatility of those free pieces of wood! And I seem to always find one or six of those little jars, so I am quickly filling up the shelves.

Well, that about does it for tonight. Tomorrow we have big plans to finish the west wall of the garage… I have to remember to take before and after photos – as well as some in between.

julie

A Little of This, A Bit of That, More of Something Else

Do you ever find yourself pulled in many directions at once? Well, that’s me for the last week or so. I feel like I have so many irons in the fire and yet, never feeling like I am accomplishing anything. At least not accomplishing enough.

I will share with you a project that has been in the works for sometime. Way back, I was given a wonderful gift of four antique phonograph player cabinets. An acquaintance of mine does old fashioned Victrola type restorations and much like anyone who restores things, it often takes two or more pieces to be able to get something that old working again. So, my friend would strip the cabinets bare of the music parts and then not have anything to put back into them.

01414_146BGjp6j5f_600x450I was able to fix up two of the four I received pretty quickly. I love how they turned out. I like one so much I opted to keep it – yes, it was done in my signature red color. But it was extremely handy to have my financial information all in one place and look good to boot! You can read about it here.

This photo shows the four I received. Like I said one sold quickly, and you can see its transformation here.

I did some preliminary work on the other two, but we were pulled in many directions and the other two went into the “To Do” section of the garage. That space was arranged and re-arranged a dozen times. But I knew I would get around to them eventually.

Eventually was this week for one piece. I stumbled onto a color when I was sorting through paint chip cards and have fallen head over heals for it. It is called ‘Deep Aubergine’ and it just screams elegance. So, being (sort of) close to finishing the third Victrola cabinet, I opted for a quart of this beautiful color.

DSCN3384This is one of those colors that is just plain hard to photograph accurately. Trust me when I say that this is a gorgeous color in person. Its a deep brown with just a hint of ‘purple’ in it. But you can see the difference in how it photographs between this photo and this one:

DSCN3385Either way, it is gorgeous! I had to replace the top, it seems that the tops of all this cabinets were the first to go. The right side of this cabinet had a horn that was covered with the dropping front.DSCN3387That piece then can be slid into the cabinet to keep it out of the way (when they were listening to music). I loved the construction and only briefly considered changing it. The other side has an added shelf to use for storage. I think this piece would be nice as a entry way or hall cabinet. I think grandmother’s silver box and the good crystal would fit nicely into this cabinet.

DSCN3386So, I have a number of other projects in the works as well. I stumbled onto a thrift store that had all their clothing marked down to $2… so I snatched up all of the jeans I could find. I spent the better part of the last two days with scissors, seam rippers and razor blades taking everything apart. I am planning to use the fabric to make a denim braided rag rug. I’ve seen a few photos and they just look awesome! I have plans for almost the entire pair of jeans – I am going to use the seams and waistbands with belt loops – I even have a plan for the back pocket label

2015-05-12 21.11.10Sitting and working on this gives me a chance to catch up on some of the old movies I missed the first time around. I love streaming content! I am taking full advantage… we have AppleTV, Roku and Amazon Fire!

2015-05-12 21.10.52The Kid and I are, once again, giving gardening a try. Last year we did pumpkins and the year before watermelons. Didn’t have luck with either of them. This year I am trying tomatoes and The Kid is planting sweet corn. Which of course reminds me, I have to get down and weed the strawberry patch. This is the third year for the strawberries and this is supposed to be the year that they really bear large and flavorable berries.

Oh, and we’ve got the antique chandelier that we rescued out of an abandoned farmhouse. I’ll provide all the info when it is complete. Like I said, we have many irons in the fire… we are constantly doing something around here.

julie

Garage Makeover… Or How to Utilize Vertical Space to Get More Room

So, the plan has been in the making for months. Maybe even years. No matter how big, it never seems big enough. Now that I have returned to my furniture restoration/makeovers, I have taken over more of the space in my three car garage and we are back to the point of not having enough space for any cars!

photo 4Not only is this just bugging the crap out of me, but it really means the investment in my cars is being dismissed. We’re smack dab in the middle of tornado season (along with hail and strong winds) and I hate to think about not being able to get the cars in the garage when I needed.

So… we’re doing a garage makeover. I am framing a wall between the second and third bays of the garage and utilizing the height for more storage. Besides, the uneven (not to mention ug-a-LEE)DSCN2541 table that I have my power tools is definitely not the quality that I am used to.

So, the wall is being sheet-rocked on one side and the other side has pegboard from floor-to-ten foot ceilings. Lots of things hanging and out of the way. It also means nothing to interfere with getting the car into that third bay when I need to. Me and The Kid (and even the old man himself) spent a couple of days building the stud wall and then me and the Kid did all the sheet rocking. It was fun learning how to do mudding and taping – we watched a YouTube video on how to do it. It is one of those things that is really great to have in your repertoire even if you never do it again. And it makes you appreciate those that do that job for a living… it isn’t easy!

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Update:

The mudding and taping was completed, even if not perfect. I opted with good enough and done, rather than perfect. The Kid went ahead and painted the wall, leftover paint from the original house colors and it looks good. I haven’t decided about the other side, the peg board is by default white and I think I can live with that.

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I’ve moved in some of the cabinets which used to sit side-by-side and now there are stacked. Ten feet of vertical storage only occupying about six square feet of garage floor. And it is white, like the other cabinetry that already exists in the garage. We did a California Closets setup when we first bought the house and I have loved, loved, photo 1LOVED all that storage. I found really nice cabinets on CraigsList for about $150 which will be perfect for the tools to sit on, although they are grey. But they are still very nice. We should be picking them up Saturday morning. This weekend is going to be very busy while we’re attempting to get this done.

Another Update:

Picked up the cabinets this morning and spent the day cleaning, reorganizing and discarding the useless junk that seems to pile up when you’re not looking. Months ago, I picked up carpet squares from CraigsList, so I stripped the old, dirty and stained carpets that I had on the floor of the garage and laid out the carpet squares. Then it was time to move all the project pieces into the smaller side so that (hopefully) we can finish the large side tomorrow. My arms, knees and back are killing me and I really need a solid night’s sleep so that I can get right back into it tomorrow.

julie

Dressers, Dressers Everywhere!

I think the week before last was bountiful when it came to second hand dressers. At the same time I got the vanities and matching dresser and chest, I also picked up this dresser:

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I also picked up another one but of course, in my rush to get things started, I didn’t take a picture of it. But here are the end results:

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I think that I have just about worn out the gray ombré paint style. It just doesn’t photograph well. I absolutely LOVE this color combination.DSCN0980

Here is a quick shot of the garage… it’s starting to look a little like a furniture showroom! I have to get some of these pieces sold!DSCN0978

The other thing I need to get serious about is finishing the Kid’s room and giving everyone long overdue reveal. I am very close, it is down to the last details… which for some reason, for me, seem to be the hardest part. Maybe it is just that I am not ready for it to be completed because I don’t have anything waiting in the wings to do be started.

Well, thanks for stopping by. Happy Crafting, Y’All!

julie

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