Spring break project marathon progress report

Kitty Spike is as miffed at this nasty spring weather as we are!  Michael is working injured, so progress has not been as monumental as I had hoped, but PROGRESS none the less!

Michael’s OWIE!  He tripped and scraped his leg (where the redder scrape is) on a wood stake falling all the way over.  Doctor said he very nearly BROKE his ankle!  The lower part of the bruising (which goes clear through to the other side of his ankle!)  didn’t show up until a couple of days later.  He’s still recovering from hurting his back after slipping on some ice in January.  I swear I need to dress him in a PADDED SUIT!

We actually STARTED and COMPLETED this sweet little ‘pampered pet bed’ today.  Lots of the creative folks over on the HGTV trash to treasure message board have been making bigger pet beds out of the backs of chairs.  (sized to fit a standard bed pillow for the mattress)  Michael must have a dozen chairs squirreled away, so it was time to embark upon some chair projects! 

 As I was studying the chair and figuring out where to make the ‘cut’, it occurred to me that we just might be able to make a smaller bed (for a kitty or tiny dog) out of the leg structure.  So, this is what we did:

Here’s the thrift store chair we started with.

Michael cut all four legs off here; right up at the base of the seat.

We removed the cleats from the bottom of the legs because we were going to use it upside down.  We can add the cleats back to what will be the new bottom when we are done.

Support slats added for the pillow, and a couple to create a headboard.

I dug through my box on assorted hardware and found two of these knobs in different shades and thought they’d work as finials on the headboard posts.  Michael attached them to the wrong end of the bed by mistake.  So I did some more digging and found some bigger wood finials to attach to the head posts.

I painted the whole thing flat black (spray paint) and added a 14×14 pillow.  TaDa!!!

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SNOW?!?!?! Are you KIDDING me?!?!?!

I’m not kidding.  It’s snowing!  They even got snow at the COAST yesterday.  What’s up with that????

DAY ONE of my spring break project marathon was not as productive as I had hoped.  Very wet.  Very cold!  Very windy!

I spent the day back and forth, between rain downpours stepping over lots of puddles in the driveway

to get to my covered outside work area, only to have it be too windy to do much.  Michael’s work day ended early because of the weather, so he hung a tarp on one side if the canopy to block the wind so I could at least got SOMETHING productive done for the day. 

I got a few table primed with KILZ spray:

A pair of these little brown tables; bought at different places and different times but exactly the same!

And this tall ‘already white but in need of freshening up’ table with a little drawer.

Had to pop the knob off in order to sand off the topiary picture.  I’m leaning towards painting this one PINK so I can use one of the the pretty pink ceramic rose knobs I just got for the drawer.

Then I worked inside the WARM, DRY house for a bit, painting this backing design with a foam stamp.  And Michael put the backing on the shelf, which I had painted a while ago.  It’s an old picture frame and he built the shelf to fit on the front of it.

So, this much was done:

And I grabbed a couple of childs chairs I had primed a while back to take inside to paint.  Chairs are my LEAST favorite thing to paint.  It just takes sooooooooooooooo long!  Getting the top and bottom and front and back and letting the paint dry between each step.  And then there are ALWAYS a few spots that I seem to have missed!

Michael decided he needed a nap and the sun came out so I scrambled out to finish getting the stuff that needed to be worked on out of the trailer and under cover. 

Managed to get this old green and brown (I’d have LOVED this color combo in the early 90’s!) painted black and distressed the top.

And these two pieces, which I had painted black a few weeks ago, sanded.

That’s a child size chair if you were wondering why the table is so tall!  The table top is made from an old linseed oil crate.  Here’s a picture of underneath:

And here is what it looks like outside today:

At least Michael had time last night to move the table saw out of the way in the workshop so I can get some sanding done in there today.  It’s still COLD in there (concrete floor and no heat) but at least it’s dry!  And I am determined to get caught up on these projects since I’ve closed the store for the week!

Taking a break

I need a break!!!

And it’s spring break week and the store is typically slow anyhow.  So, I am not opening up the store for the rest of this week.  I wish I was taking the kind of break where you go somewhere WARM and SUNNY and have FUN!

Alas, I’ll be here at home in the cold and rain, just catching up on the dozens of half finished projects (items for the store and upcoming spring shows).  I can just get more done staying in one place all day. 

Michael put up our big 10×10 canopy so I can work outside in spite of the rain.  But it got suddenly COLD again, so I have a feeling I’ll be doing as much of the painting as possible (the smaller stuff) inside the house on the folding table in the front entryway that I THOUGHT I was going to be able to take down by now!

I’ll still post in the blog all week.  And will have lots of new stuff to show off at the store when we re-open the first of April!

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