Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Legs for the Book Shelf

I cut off the bottoms of two ends of this bedstead to form the front lets
of the bookshelf.  I shaped simple back legs from wood scraps.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November Project

A "found" piece of wood became the back of a bookcase
I'm fashioning from lumber on hand.
I'm planning to paint it and fashion some legs for it yet....

Friday, October 13, 2017

Another One

 The first stain applied left the top of the piece dull.
 I sanded it and simply applied a poly finish.
 Lots of distress marks, but these add character!
In the end, quite a handsome piece
if I say so myself!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

In Progress

All salvaged materials combined to
be a 5' long sofa table.
Plan is to stain the top and paint the rest black.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Better than She Expected

 After much scraping and contemplation about whether or not to keep
 the doors unpainted to "remember" the cabinet's past lives,
 we decided to paint it white.
The project turned out 
better than she expected!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Three to Go

 After fashioning the kitchen island/standing work station
from butcher block top to frame
made from bed frames found curbside,
I moved to finishing the particle board cabinet
 housing the working stereo that we snagged for "Free"!
 We went with a safe and sophisticated black paint, leaving the legs their original color.
 Now working on this great, old cabinet that had sat in back
of a garage for many, many years.  
It has great storage inside and my wife is thinking it belongs
along the back of our kitchen's island.
It's going to be a beauty!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One Little Chest

 Filled in a corner that had been damaged;
created some legs to give the little stand some height;
 attached them and then
painted it and moved it inside!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

From This to This

Found this desk covered with maps and without legs
lying on the roadside.
Turned out quite well!
Our grandson will sit at it for his homeschooling year next year.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First Coat

This is going to be One. Good-Looking. Piece.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

He's GOT This!

S'not "real" wood and the condition was poor.
In fact, two drawer fronts are beyond repair.
the price was right (free)
and already work has begun to create a shelf for the top opening.
I (his wife) am excited to see this heavy, sturdy piece painted white!
He's GOT this!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Paint Job

After replacing some damaged carpet with a grey-toned remnant,
the blue hue in what we thought we meant to be a grey wall
was incompatible with it.  A trip to Sherman Williams paint store remedied
our dilemma.   My 90-year-old father-in-law and I went straight to work.
My wife is pleased with the new color.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Necessary Storage

This desk came to us - free!
It was missing one of the pieces between the two drawers on one side.
I constructed matching pieces to fill in the hole,
matched the stain,
and decided to leave the natural wood finish
 as opposed to our original plan
to paint it.
We also abandoned our original plan to sell it.
Wife placed it in one of our bathrooms 
where it functions well as a necessary storage piece.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

 Not sure what this piece was from or where we got it.
 I DO remember paying $1 for it..
 I removed the middle panel and will figure out a way to use it in another project.
Repairs were made and the piece sanded.
 The mirror for the opening has been purchased.
 And we decided to stain it dark rather than paint it.
My wife has a place in mind for this unique and rustic piece.
(I'll be rubbing a polyurethane finish on it after the stain has dried.)

Saturday, October 1, 2016


 An extra table leaf + the base of an old patio table
spray painted black and attached to the top
with conduit clamps
 equals a table custom-fit to a space on our stairway landing.
(My wife wants to state for the record that she has "edited"
the display significantly since this photo was taken.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ready and Waiting

Ready and waiting.
Completely "reborn" for a specific purpose--
to provide a place for my father-in-law's small television
in the corner of our kitchen.....
The other shelves will be used to house games 
we frequently play at the table
and music books my wife uses at the keyboard 
which fits snugly beside the shelf unit.
I'm on to another interesting project!
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Another Life

 This shelving unit is about to live yet ANOTHER "life"!
Most recently relegated to an obscure spot in an outbuilding,
it was brought indoors to be remodeled and used as a TV stand
(small TV in the dining area of our kitchen).
 It needed a little extra height, so my first task
was to fashion legs for it.
Here it stands, complete with a piece of trim above the legs -
barely visible in the photo.
A good sanding and paint job are all that remain
before it is put to use!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Creating Corner Guards

 When we couldn't find corner guards in our local lumber or big box stores
 and the price on the internet ranged between $30-$50,
 we decided to get creative.
I purchased 8' corner pieces of trim,
trimmed them to size,
and set to work (tedious, delicate work) forming caps from a scrap piece of trim I had.
I glued the caps to the top of the guard piece.
 The result was quite fine!
 A savings for sure.

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Life/Old Chairs

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