Monday, August 15, 2016

New Life/Old Chairs

 New life for old chairs.
3 coats of homemade chalk paint,
sanding, wax & buff.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


New drawer constructed, complete with grooves to match those on the door.
The center door also sports a glass panel now...
Trim pieces were applied to the bottom of each side
to cover some damage.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebrating the 4th

I celebrated the Fourth of July 2016 in the garage.
Cool and cloudy weather was just right
for beginning to fashion a replacement front for one of the small drawers 
and a "pull" for it as well.
I'll also repair the bottom of one of the sides that has some damage on it.
The top middle door is missing its glass...
Plans are currently to paint the piece when it's finished.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016


 Adding legs to the "freebie".
Sanding & paint.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Porch Beautification

New paint job!
What a difference it made...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Road Kill

Our kind of "road kill".
Stay posted!
We can do SOMEthing with this...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Potting Bench

In process - Potting Bench
Using up old (many free) boards from my wood pile.
 I used the two "wings" from this salvaged piece of table leg
to make brackets for a shelf - also constructed from salvaged wood.

Friday, March 11, 2016

"The Right Intervention"

Really? Even the floor’s going to stay as it was in the garage?
Yes. Of course, it will be cleaned, but all of its grooves and irregularities will stay. I’m always really looking for the right intervention, the right gesture, that will change a room but not distort it. It’s important to me to preserve the history of a space, to leave something of the original quality intact.

This quote from a blog post I read recently expresses my philosophy in restoring wooden pieces. And this is the final view of one of them.It is scheduled to be picked up this evening, so I'll have more space in my garage for a new project!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What's Next?

 I planed this wood to get it ready for a project -
potting bench, perhaps? 
The plan is still "hatching"...
Meanwhile, we rescued this dresser to repair and refinish.

Friday, January 29, 2016


Mirror and (unintended) view of our living room - "as is".

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter Project

 This mirror - a thrift store purchase...
 After gluing a few loose joints, I carved out a squared shape
to encompass the chip in the backside of the frame.
Then I created a patch to fill in the shape.
After the glue dries, it will be time to select a paint color.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

More Do It Best

 From this....
to THIS.
12 of 'em!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Do It Best

Wind chimes I assembled in the back room at Grabill Do-It-Best Hardware today.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


 Recently painted and now for sale,
 this Huge and Heavy mirror.
We can't remember how we acquired it for sure...
possibly a curbside treasure.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

More Evolving

Evolving some more.  Ready for light distressing and wax.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Name that Color

 In the end, instead of painting it,
we decided to gently sand the entire desk
and to strip and stain the top to match the distressed patches.
A couple of coats of wax and some intense buffing
 produced a beautiful result.
The color?  My wife calls it "Moody Blue".