Chair Reduction

My reputation spreads. A friend called and said she had saved this bar-stool from the curb.

She had the chair beside her garage for several days before I remembered to pick it up. Of course, while I procrastinated, the rains came. This picture is actually after I fixed it. The seat had become unglued. I glued and clamped the seat. My vision was a chair for my grandson, August. I sanded and sanded. The plan brewing in this crazy brain was to remove the seat and lazy Susan swivel, cut off the legs to make the chair seat about 12″ tall. When I took it apart, I decided that the chair looked top-heavy. I bought a larger wooden round to use as the swivel base. I cut out the largest part of the legs and attached them using brackets and screws. This still did not look right. I thought about bun feet, but they cost money (not in my plan) and they are too short. I went to my scrap wood pile and decided to create legs out of a 4×4 post. I cut the legs at an angle and attached them to the round.

Finally the chair began to look proportionally correct. Next I primed and painted it red. Here is the finished product.

Won’t August look cute twirling around and around in this chair? He won’t be able to move the chair around now because it is very heavy…sturdy.

 

They will be here in just 5 days!

Kindergarten Revisited

I grew up in the small town of Friendswood, Texas. When my family moved there in 1954, the population sign read 911.  This was a Quaker community. Quakers are also called Friends–thus Friends-wood. We were not Quakers. My parents just found 25 acres that was for sale and that’s where we ended up. They sold off pieces of land to build a house, send us to school, and then to college. Therefore, my parents had the first subdivision in Friendswood.

My family attends the Church of Christ so we were real outcasts in Friendswood in 1954. When it was time for me to go to kindergarten, the only option was the Friends Church kindergarten. That was long before kindergarten was offered in the public school. So at the ripe old age of 5, I was sent to the Friends Church for kindergarten.

I give this long introduction so that I can tell you about my chair. Somehow my parents got the chair that I used. My brothers say that no one wanted the chair after I sat in it. I guess it was in the time out corner most of the time.  This chair has my name written on the bottom. It has been through a lot. My 2 children used it. It was used as a stool to reach things. It eventually ended up in the attic in Bridge City. When we moved back to Friendswood in 2008, the chair came with us. When I got ready to do something with it, there was a piece broken off. Here is what it looked like after I repaired it:

Now we have a grandson and he needed a chair. I sanded and primed it and painted. With the help of my daughter-in-law, Emily, on paint color, this is the finished product.

Now he has 2 chairs to go with the table I found in the trash earlier.

Drawer Upcycle

During a trash trawling, I found these 2 drawers. I had no immediate plans, but they were sturdy and had the rollers that I thought I might need on some drawers at the house.

I decided that I would just paint one white and make it to hang on the wall as a kind of shadow box. Well, as you might expect, as I began to work, the brain went wild and I began to see a counter top shelf. The front of the drawer would have had to be cut off on the bottom for it to hang flush on the wall. I really did not want to do this. After I primed the drawer, I thought that it would be nice with some shelves. The most used spice in our pantry is TexJoy Steak Seasoning. It is made in Beaumont, TX and can now be found it many Texas stores. We put it on everything.

Okay, back to the drawer. I took the jar of TexJoy to measure the height of the top shelf. Then I divided the bottom section in half. This was a very un-math calculation because I do not do math. The shelves were made from some 1x4s that I had in my pile of wood. After I put in the shelves, I decided that they needed some trim. Back to the wood pile. I found some plastic trim molding. I’m sure that I found it in someone’s trash. By nailing the trim 1/4″ above the top of the shelf, there was a small lip to hold the spices in place.

The next step was sanding and filling in holes with wood putty. I have no real training in all of this. I just jump right in with both feet and hope for the best. The plastic trim did not sand very well, but the putty covers a multitude of sins.  I painted the putty-filled and sanded shelf white. That’s when I decided that the shelf needed feet. I had a 4×4 scrap that was about 1″ thick. I cut it in half so that I had 2 blocks 1x2x4. I attached them to the bottom with wood glue.

In someone’s blog, I had seen a white dresser painted with a turquoise zigzag design. That sounded good. I started mixing colors until I found one I liked. Here is the finished shelf. It is at the Antiques and Crafts Mall in Pasadena, TX with some collectibles on the shelves.

I think that I will make a doll bed out of the other drawer. I can make a small mattress and quilt. It will be great for Christmas. What do you think?

Pumpkins and More!

Thursday night we had a fun and inspirational Ladies’ gathering at church. I was in charge of decorations. So, I made some pumpkins to go in the table with the fall leaf garlands. The pumpkins were inspired by trash2treasure http://trash2treasure.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/pumpkins-plain-fancy-funky/

I drew them on a piece of MDF that I found in someone’s trash. After I cut them out and sanded out my mistakes, I gave them a base coat of some brown OOPS paint and put some dimension with other fall colors. I had a stencil that I used on the red plate shelf so I just put it down and stenciled across the pumpkins. On the little pumpkins, the stencil looks like a face. Do you believe I planned that…no, just luck.

By the way, Diana Bradshaw gave a very inspirational talk on listening to God. He will break through in your life if you are open to his voice.

I took some other things to the shop on Friday.

There is the little table that my mother had. I first painted it white, but it was too plain. I free-handed some flowers and vines. In Bridge City I had painted something similar to this on the wall in the entry hall. I had just finished the walls when hurricane Ike came through. We tried to save some of the sheet-rock, but it didn’t work.

My nephew, Michael, gave me a table and 4 chairs to put in the shop. I didn’t do anything to it. It is the new cabinet height and only about 4′ square.

I now have 3 red pieces. I took an old self and added the side rail from a Radio Flyer wagon. Then I also have to plate self and the spice rack.

I made a spice rack or small table top shelf from an old drawer. I just added shelves and feet.

Someone gave me this mirror. I just repainted it and also the coat rack.

Random pictures from the Antiques and Crafts Mall in Pasadena.

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