Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Little Bedside Table

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Today's post is a cute little bedside table that a customer asked me to makeover. There was nothing wrong with it, she just wanted a change.  I forgot to take a before picture, sometimes I just get working on something and forget to take a photo :(

I sanded the piece down to bare wood, painted primer and then white paint.  After that I stained it with gel stain, and then did some sanding.  To finish off I coated it with polyurethane.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Antique Scalloped Edge Table Given New Life

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A lady called me and said she had 2 tables to give away if I was interested.  I LOVE when that happens.  She wasn't sure if this would be to my liking, well it's not, I don't like it, I LOVE it!!!  This is actually exactly my taste, well a little shabby, but otherwise, Awesome!

The top was in very bad shape, the varnish was chipping right off.  I sanded and scraped it, there was a big white stain, but luckily it didn't affect the wood.

The hardest part was scraping off the edges.  The finish chipped off, but it took a lot of scraping.

I mixed some brown gel stain with a little black stain and stained the top.  I painted the legs smoked turquoise.

When it was dry I polyurethaned the top and antiqued the legs with ebony stain. 

I think this one might be a keeper, I'm not sure where I will put it, but don't know if I can part with it.  Time will tell I guess.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Pallet Coffee Table, the Sequel

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This is my second pallet coffee table.  This time for the legs I used parts from the pallet, I like the way they turned out.  I couldn't bear to use my old gray 4X4's and then stain them so I had to come up with another solution.

For this table I used 2 complete pallets, plus one extra piece from another pallet for the last leg.  Luckily I have an ongoing supply of them.  I purposely used the cracked and broken slats because they add character to the piece.

I hope you like it!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Antique Door Made Into a Bench

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I started this project with this old door.  My original thought was to make a tall hall tree type bench.   I removed the window and the hardware and sanded it down.

After letting it sit, painted turquoise, for a couple of weeks, I changed my plan and cut it into pieces.  At this point I pretty much had a pile of old lumber because most of it fell apart.  I guess after this I forgot to take pictures for a while.  Basically I reglued and reorganized all of the pieces and added a piece of plywood where the window was, and this is what I had.  I added the support for the seat.

At this point the character of the old door was hard to see so I added some of my own.

Once I painted the new additions it became obvious again that this started out as an old door. I left the original paint on the end pieces because I like the look of the chippy paint.

I almost didn't antique this piece, and once I did, I couldn't believe I had thought about not doing it.  It brought out so much character!  I only antiqued the turqoise part, I left the old finish alone.  After antiquing, I coated the whole thing with polyurethane to protect the finishes, old and new.  
Choosing the fabric is always fun, I have been wanting to use this fabric for a while and I love the way it looks on this bench.

Here is a closer look at the end piece, I love how it turned out.

Happy, happy, happy!

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Little Red Riding Hood, Oh Wait, That's Already Been Done, How about Little Red Bench

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 Wow, benches are just as popular this year as they were last year.  I will do my best to keep this trend going :)

This one started with a piece of a headboard that a friend gave me.  It was a little wide so I cut a little off the sides. I gave it a good sanding, added some back legs from a chair, and some embellishments, then I went to the scrap pile cherished salvaged wood stash for the rest of it.

I struggled over this one a little bit, first I was going to paint it white and add some subway style text, but I felt like it needed to be brightened up a bit.  Do you think this is bright enough?

I primed it and then painted a couple of coats of "Red letter day".  Then I antiqued it with ebony stain.  Next step is a coat of polyurethane.

For me it's just not done until it has a nice comfy foam seat cushion on it, with some gorgeous fabric of course.  I felt like the print was offset just a little so I took it off and redid it, but I didn't take another picture.

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Friday, 20 June 2014

100th Post, Woo Hoo! Pallet Coffee Table and Yet Another Bench! Oh Yeah, and a run in with a moose :(

Pin It I can't believe it but this is my one hundredth post! I started this venture in June 2012, it was such a scary endeavour for me, I mean, really, I was slow even to join Facebook and didn't do it until the family pressure finally convinced me. After that I wanted to start a blog for quite a while before I finally did it, and now here we are 2 years and 100 posts later.   Honestly I can't believe you people are interested in what I do, but I am so thankful that you check out what I have worked on, and truly, truly love the comments you have written.  I was always afraid that my friends were just humouring me when they told me my projects were good, but when total strangers take the time to comment it makes me believe I do good work, so thank you to all that have left comments!  Except the spammers, I mean really, why do they do it, I just delete them anyway, and even if I didn't, what would they get out of it?  Do they really believe that someone coming to my site to look at furniture or baking is going to read their comment and go to their Viagra site, or whatever it may be? Seriously?

I need to update my information since I am now retired!  Selling a few pieces of furniture won't make up for the loss of a regular wage, but it gives me slightly more time to produce more furniture, and life is short people, go out there and enjoy it!

On to the main topic of the post, it's a double whammy today.  First up, another bench, are you all getting tired of seeing my benches?  Well, sorry about that if you are because I don't see myself stopping, ha ha.  I try to make each one different and creative so I hope I don't bore you.  I just never knew so many people needed benches, but I'm glad they do!
I don't have a before picture for this one because it would just be an old window, some scrap wood, and a couple of chair legs, so you will just have to picture that in your head, okay?

The second project is something I was considering since I had just obtained a couple of pallets that were heading for the dump, then a friend called and asked if I could make him one.  I asked so many questions about what he wanted that he finally told me he just wanted a coffee table made out of pallets and stained, the rest was up to me.  People don't realize how many options there are when working on a piece of furniture, which is why my preference is not to do commissioned work, it's just easier to suit myself, and if you like it, awesome.  But of course that doesn't stop me from taking commissions, hey, did I mention I have no income now, ha ha.  Anyway, no before photo on this one either as I'm sure you all know what a pallet and pile of wood looks like.

This picture was taken before I added the shelf.

Here is the finished product!

Oh, as a little side note, our daughter graduated Dental Hygiene, yay!  Unfortunately, on the way home from Thunder Bay we tangled with a moose on the highway!  Fortunately Johnny and I were unhurt, which is truly amazing, God is good people, God is very, very good!  Here are a couple of pictures of my poor car.

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Bedside Table Makeover

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Aren't these a couple of beauties? Ummm, no, no they aren't, but they could be!

I sanded them down.

I didn't take pics of the other steps, so here is the finished product.

That may have been picture overkill, but it's late and I'm just too tired to be selective ;)

I painted these for a customer and she picked the finishes and knobs from choices I gave her.

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