Thursday, January 19, 2017

Update on all my "clean-up" projects

Well, you saw my friends and me sitting around my newly refurbished BIG dining room table - Finished!

And, I sold the round glass table - Finished!

The corbel is Finished, too - and for sale, just in case you have a burning need for a single corbel to hang on your wall!  It turned out pretty cute, and would work well enough as an "old" corbel!  There's a keyhole slot for hanging.  I've got this listed for $25.00!

Then, you know that Wedding Season is almost upon us, right???  Are you thinking ahead for gifts?  Because if you are, I've got you covered!  Well,you're covered if you think this chalkboard serving platter makes as nice a gift as I think it does.  I've sold so many of these!  It surprises me, really.  I like them, and I've seen them in action so I know they are useful, and know that people do like them, but still it surprises me.  
Anyway, if you're looking for a nice, functional gift, that is unique, then you might want to consider one of these platters.  (I call them Cheese servers, because they look so cute with different cheeses displayed and the names written in chalk so you know what you're eating.   These sell for $22.  They're about 22" long, 11.5" wide and 1.5" high.  The handles will vary depending on what is available.  When possible I use salvaged handles.  The boards are stained in either a medium or dark brown stain with a chalkboard center.  The board is sealed and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.  These have a keyhole slot for hanging when not being used for serving.  

And, finally, I finished up this bench and chair set made from salvaged chairs. I loved the original finish of the chairs - but soon discovered that the color I loved was really just dirt embedded in the wood. Sanding revealed very badly deteriorated veneer in some areas of the chair. After cleaning, joining the two arm chairs, sanding, removing old veneer, patching, and painting, these are now worthy of a place on a pretty patio. All they need are some pillows or cushions in a pretty color or pattern to brighten up any spot! The finish is Rustoleum Hammered metal. The set is $75.

I've finished these projects and cleaned my planer.  If I could find someone to tune up the rest of my tools I'd be set!  I burned up my bench sander combo and will eventually replace that - I used it much more often than I anticipated!  But, my next purchase will be a decent paint sprayer - I don't think I want to try to figure out Don's old equipment!  Much too sophisticated for me!

I don't know about you, but these days I find myself singing this old nursery rhyme:  

Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's raining cats and dogs!

It has been raining for days. Here in Southern California rain is such an oddity that we don't quite know what to do, do we?  
I can't get motivated to work in the cold!  But, I did get out to the garage to make this special gift for my good friend who is a cat person!  I am not a cat person, and I am allergic to them, but I do tolerate her cats.  However, I think they've made it their life goal to make me love them because in a room full of people they always come rubbing their furry bodies up against me.  Ughhh...

I found the poster (on sale at Hobby Lobby) and I made a simple pine frame (from scraps), glued it all together with the poster inserted in the dado, then realized I should have stained or painted the frame before I put it all together!  I get in such a hurry to finish things!  So, I scrounged and found some gold leaf cream and silver rub-n-buff and just rubbed that on the different parts of the frame.  

I love how it turned out!  She liked it, too - now she just has to figure out where to hang it!