Another Christmas Present Creation

Some time back I found a bunk bed frame at the curb. It was such good lumber, I could not pass it up. Here is the part that  I used for this project.

I took this apart and ended up with these boards.

I cut and sanded and glued and nailed and filled holes and sanded and primed and sanded and painted and aged and sealed…well you get the picture. This is what I created for my grandson.

He will be bringing his parents here in just 2 days!

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!

Fence Pickets Reclaimed

Just let all of the skeptics scoff. Let the naysayers nay. Let the doubters doubt. They make fun of my collections until they need something or want a creation. After hurricane Ike I collected fallen fences. I have a very large collection of   old and broken 1×6 and 1×4 pressure treated fence pickets. Some had been painted red at some point.

You may remember, in October I made scarecrows from the wood.

Now we move on to the next holiday. Years ago my sister bought some yard art pilgrims. My brother-in-law hates that kind of stuff. Lisa would come home from work and find the man with a wine bottle and the woman with a rolling-pin or the man upside down the flower bed. She finally gave them to me. My husband continued the joke. He sent a ransom note from the pilgrim’s captors. At one point they ended up back at Lisa’s. After the 100 mile trip they looked sad. The male had a 5 o’clock shadow and a hobo bag on a pole. She was dirty and had patches on her apron. I still have the poor pilgrims. They survived the flood so I used them as a pattern for my pilgrim creation.

Aren’t they sweet? I used the wire from old political signs to hold them in the ground. I stapled the wire to the back and then nailed a piece of paneling over that to hold it firm.

For Christmas I have made 3 kinds of Santas so far. One with names of my friend’s 10 (yes 10) grandchildren. She is my age and has 10 grandchildren. Well, we got perfection on the first try.

The other 2 say The Greatest Gift and have baby Jesus and presents or the nativity.

I have also made a nutcracker.

This weekend was very busy. We found out that our minister has a brain tumor. He is young with 4 young children. Please pray for him.

I also had 2 friends call and asked me to come look at their garage sale left overs. I no longer pay for my stuff. I find it at the curb or from friends. This is some of the stuff I got Saturday.

This week I have to get ready for the Friendswood Heritage Gardner’s Christmas Tour of Homes. I will be at the Garden Center at 112 W. Spreading Oaks. They serve lunch, desserts and have a bazaar. I will be selling my Creative Arts & Designs. Come by (the spell check wanted me to put BUY. That sounds good too) on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

After Thanksgiving is the Etsy Houston Event.

 

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?

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