Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sometimes No Is OK

Thrifted finds - a drop leaf table with some issues and a teacart with a drawer. Below is the 'after' picture.

Sometimes thrifted finds do not turn into great projects. Sometimes they get 'some' updo and then get ready for a new home.

A bit of blue wall for Sally who is such a wonderful party host.

The teacart has been very useful for a few months, the side leaves have made a great work surface (covered with a paint tarp) for the 'shelf painting' project as well as a place to put 'stuff'. The table has been just as useful as a work surface. BUT. Time to leave. Cleaned, cleaned, cleaned then Howard Restor a Finish.

Holly (below) is from the Como Lake Presbyterian Church Bazaar this weekend. Every year there are wonderful branches of fresh holly for sale, as well as baking, Christmas and Homemade Crafts and my favourite - a White Elephant Sale. I had a wonderful time, found some great treasures, several books, some gingersnaps too. More about the treasures another post, back to the table and teacart topic.

Table and teacart surfaces before using Restor a Finish

Lots of scratches and worn areas. Tabletop below.

Teacart (below) showing quite a bit of removed surface. Some sanding had happened previously so getting a good 'restore finish' happening wasn't easy. Added a bit of Walnut Gel in the most worn areas. Then tried Restor a Finish again.

Teacart top after Restor a Finish. Not 'perfect', but ok and pretty in its worn way.

Another view in my booth.

The table has lots of issues, tabletop wood joins are starting to separate and one edge is yellowed. The teacart has lots of wear on the edges and some areas a just plain worn. 

Sometimes I just need to say no, and I did.

Thanks for visiting.

Sir Thrift A Lot

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Knob Change

At times a simple change to a piece of furniture makes it fresh again. Brass knobs on the little birds eye maple desk were just too bright. Glass replacements.

The small desk once resided here. Shiny brass knobs.

I had a few glass knobs from Lee Valley and DH changed them for the brass. Much calmer.

Evening photos above and daytime below...

Before and After

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Building Shelves

Sometimes building something takes over the whole house, or at least the open spaces in the living room and the kitchen. Our project this past few weeks has been slowly building a new shelving unit for one of my mall spaces.

Since cutting, gluing and painting doesn't make for interesting photos I added this one showing a bit of a painted side and the soon to be bead board backing along with some vintage weekend finds.

I wanted/needed a deeper shelving unit for one of my mall spaces. The depth change is from 10 to 16 inches. 6 inches x 6 shelves = 36" total additional depth x 34.5" length = 1242 square inches of additional space. This is the current shelf, full, with mirror backed shelves. In case you wondered, the maximum depth could only be 16 inches (to match with the other shelving units along the wall).

Measured, drew diagrams (changed depth to 16 inches), checked for appropriate pieces of wood in storage.  

Carried on (and you know DH was doing the building, not me) and found enough boards for the shelves. 

Measured, cut, glued and clamped to make them wide enough. Had to buy pine for the side pieces, cut to width at the hardware store. Added (new) strips to support the shelves (glued, short nailed and screwed in place).

A not useable greenish pine narrow table was taken apart and used in this project too. No photo. Lots of work though. Shelf base was built (by DH). The frame pieces from the greenish pine were used for the base shelf along with a previously used piece of plywood. Then my part of this project (aside from finding, holding, clamping, vacuuming) started. 

Applied water putty on the knots and gouges. Sanded.

I know, a piece of beauty. It does look better after a coat of Shellac Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 and 3 coats of Behr Premium Plus Ultra Pure White Latex - a garage sale find. Since it is a bottom shelf and will be full of stuff the stains will not show (much).

View of the original top of the pine table that was taken apart and turned into shelf piece below. Shellac, water putty, sanded.

Carried on with the shelves. Measuring, cutting, gluing, clamping, drying, re-cutting to the correct width and then ... Shellac, Zinsser, and Behr (3 coats). 

Won't say more wood stains did not show through but things looked quite white and fresh. To date the shelves are: 2 finished, 4 to get to the shiny white stage.

The inside of the side pieces are finished. Shellac will go on the outsides.

The plan is to attach the sides to the base and the top shelf, add the bead board backs then add/screw down the rest of the shelves once the unit is moved into place. Unit will be 83 inches tall, 36 inches wide, very heavy. Question is, will the new shelving unit fit into the van? I will write about the ending of this project in another post.

Just to finish with something to see besides various boards here is 'stock in progress' (something very familiar to resellers of vintage). Shelf sides made a handy sorting/work space.

Thanks for visiting.
More to come.

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