Old Stereo Cabinet Conversion – New Media Center

The husband has worked off and on for months to complete this conversion!  Finally finished, we brought it into the shop today.  Before pictures below.

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I really am surprised he thought to try this conversion!

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This was a piece that was extremely heavy due to the phonograph, radio and huge speaker originally found inside the mahogany cabinet.  The doors on top opened from top to bottom to allow access to the phonograph and radio.  Both sides needed shelves installed to cover the holes left from pulling the equipment out.  One of the bottom doors was fixed in place because of the speaker behind it and both were covered in filthy fabric.  Shelves were installed here too, I believe, and he added a back where there had not been one.

 

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All four doors open now

All four doors open now-the bottom two are open for access by remote

This turned out beautifully and can be very useful now – we think of it as a media cabinet, of course.  It can be used for other things too.

End of story:  He says he will never do another one regardless of how inexpensive the cabinet is (I didn’t not bring it home to him).  He did learn how to convert fixed doors, change their configuration, remove old stereo stuff and that his wife complains (loudly!) when things are too heavy (in her opinion) to easily move around.

Sharing with the ladies at Vintage Charm #16 and Talk of the Town #5

A DIY Hall Tree – finally!

I admit to “directing” my husband.  I KNOW he can do things for me and I just have to make him aware of that fact (he is more confident now I will admit).  This is the latest project.

It’s back to being rainy here in Oregon – sorry for the pictures.

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I have a thing for collecting bits and pieces of things I love –  old coat hooks, chippy doors, thick old mirrors – so I have some on hand at all times.  We brainstormed lots of ideas  for the bench part and nothing made me happy.  Until I found this box someone else had upcycled from what I think is not one, but two old sewing machine cabinets!

Some white paint, some nuts and bolts, four old hooks, a wonderful old mirror and feet for the box and voila!

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Thanks, honey – you take direction well!

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                        Adirondack Girl @ Heart Vintage Charm #15

Such a lovely marriage….

Miss Sophia’s latest dining room set is a “marriage” and it is so lovely!  The table is  almost an antique, has a lovely pedestal base and is a pretty dark brown.

Enter the chairs:  Found at a totally different sale, they needed updating with gorgeous blue paint that totally compliments the new fabric on the seats and looks beautiful with the dark stain – especially since she glazed them in an umber color!

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closeup of the upcycled chair

closeup of the upcycled chair

Happy New Year!

We never know what the New Year might bring but I have always thought it an opportunity to get beyond whatever was dragging on me last year, start over and surge ahead!

I really never have made resolutions per se, but I have resolved to make changes in the future when contemplating a new calendar.  Making resolutions seems to be setting yourself up for failure in my opinion.  I do resolve to do better but I leave the plan open.

That being said I do resolve to post more often on this neglected blog!

First new pieces of furniture into the shop are:

Miss Sophia's darling bookcase with the barn-board backing

Miss Sophia’s darling bookcase with the barn-board backing

Miss Ssdie's 4 drawer dresser in classic black

Miss Ssdie’s 4 drawer dresser in classic black

Miss Sophia's Mid Century hutch done in charcoal with areas of original finish for contrast.

Miss Sophia’s Mid Century hutch done in charcoal with areas of original finish for contrast.

The weather has turned cold after such a long, hot summer so we are painting in the house again at home.  New vanity and a gorgeous headboard are among the new projects being worked on at my house…stay tuned!

Omigoodness! It’s been such a long time between posts….

Since last we chatted we had our Holiday Open House (before Thanksgiving so we title it a Holiday Open House), we’ve sold lots of vintage Christmas but add more almost daily, started getting a decent amount of rain (we had a drought the last few years but we’re not home free yet!), refurbished a bunch of furniture (lots of which has new homes – thank you!) and are getting ready for Christmas and a New Year shortly after that – everything most everyone else is doing I know.  (And yes, Mrs. B, I know that was a run on sentence/paragraph- lol!)

I think my News Year’s resolve should be to write more often this coming year to keep you abreast of what we are doing – if you are interested, that is.  I kind of view it as an online journal to look back and be able to see how we’ve grown and changed as a shop.

New things in lately:

Miss Sophia's gorgeous dresser in Freedom Road

Miss Sophia’s gorgeous dresser in Freedom Road

Another beautiful grey piece by Miss Sophia

Another beautiful grey piece by Miss Sophia

Fun vintage sleigh filled with a beautiful tree

Fun vintage sleigh filled with a beautiful tree

Pretty vintage dresser in a lovely blue by Miss Sadie

Pretty vintage dresser in a lovely blue by Miss Sadie

Terrific antique cupboard updated by Miss Madelle

Terrific antique cupboard updated by Miss Madelle

Neat antique dresser in a fun color by Miss Sadie

Neat antique dresser in a fun color by Miss Sadie

You also got to see some of our Christmas decor – I love how it makes everything pop!

Until next time – take care and hug your loved ones closely whenever you can!!

A Quick Nightstand Makeover

Purchased recently at a local estate sale, I love the lines of this piece but that original finish was a bit boring!

Before:

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Enter some Homeplate chalk paint, a little distressing and a little waxing:

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So much prettier now and you can actually appreciate the lovely lines!

~SOLD!~

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Made by R. Veal & Sons here in Albany Oregon – a few miles south of Salem.  They closed their doors in the 1980’s after generations of furniture production.Terrific construction and solid maple, I adore their furniture whenever I am lucky enough to find it.  Maple seems to need a little pizzazz to perk it up.  Add some paint and you are good to go!

Sharing with:  Creative Inspirations Linky Party, Vintage Inspiration Party #211, Vintage Charm #3 and Tweak It Tuesday #164  – Thank you, ladies, for hosting my favorite parties!!

Sometimes….

I wonder where the piece of furniture I have been lucky enough to find originated.  This gorgeous black dresser is one of those pieces.  There is no furniture manufacturer’s signature I can find anywhere.  It was only when painting the back hubby noticed the US Navy mark.

Having been raised in the Air Force it immediately made me think about the furniture we used at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska in the late 1960’s.  Similar in wood (mahogany), the furniture issued us from Base Housing wasn’t quite this quality. (Don’t get me wrong – I would LOVE to have every piece we had then NOW!)

Perhaps it belonged in an officer’s quarters somewhere?  At one time there was a mirror – I can see where it attached.  The drawers are lovely, the casters are original, the drawers are huge and slide easily still.  Love the lines!

We painted it in classic black (General Finishes’ Lampblack) because the finish needed help.  It would make a lovely sideboard in your dining room or serve as an awesome dresser as it was designed to do.  Put a flat screen television on top, hinge the drawer fronts and you have access with your remotes!

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Closeup - see those legs and casters?

Closeup – see those legs and casters?

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Wonderful hardware!

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One of the smaller drawers – lovely condition!

If anyone has further information, please share!  Happy October!!

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A busy month!

And it is almost over and I have only shared with you once-sorry!!

We rushed to get the shop ready for fall and Halloween because there was a magazine shoot in here recently.  Now it’s like” hmmm, what to do until Christmas???”  So we keep bringing in and selling lots of furniture as usual.  Here are some recent pieces:

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Cute writing desk and chair in our favorite RED!

Matching RED bookcase

Matching RED bookcase

~SOLD~

RED cabinet with baskets

RED cabinet with baskets

Piano bench updated in RED with recycled fence plank top

Piano bench updated in RED with recycled fence plank top

And lest you think we only paint in red:

A funky black shelf unit

A funky black shelf unit

~SOLD~

A beautiful blue dresser

A beautiful blue dresser

~SOLD~

A tall grey shelf unit (and it really doesn't lean like that!)

A tall grey shelf unit (and it really doesn’t lean like that!)

Just a few of the new things here and I promise to try to post more often!!